Professor Semyon M. Meerkov
Department of EECS
University of Michigan

Most production systems need improvement and may be improved. It appears that the best way to accomplish this is to identify and eliminate production bottlenecks. Although these facts have been widely known and shared by most practitioners for a long time, a "right" definition of bottlenecks and, respectively, methods for their identification have appeared just recently, based on a system-theoretic approach to manufacturing. In this talk, bottlenecks in various types of production systems will be defined, methods for their identification will be presented, and numerous applications in the automotive industry will be described.