What is a bottleneck in my production process?

A Bottleneck is a process which may cause an entire system to stop or slow down. It is dire need to understand that almost every system has a bottleneck and the meaning of this concept to have a better idea about the bottleneck production process.

What is a bottleneck?

A bottleneck is the lowest process with the lowest output in a system. It usually has impact in the capacity of the whole chain and deals with the satisfaction of customer by interfering with the capacity to complete the orders in the given time. A short-term bottleneck is usually temporary and insignificant, while a long-term bottleneck happens frequently, slowing down the production very often.

It’s mandatory for a company to identify their bottleneck and possible consequences, in order to manage it and prevent future bottlenecks.
In many cases, it’s possible to notice a bottleneck simply through experience and daily monitoring of the production line. It becomes especially easy to do it if you have a system like Prodsmart, collecting data and analyzing all the information in real time. The sooner you spot the bottleneck, the better.


Consequences of bottlenecks in production

Almost in every work or business, we go through the bottleneck process. A work can be divided into four different processes. These processes are actually helping to make production more amazing and according to recommended step. Every step is important and help to make the next step easier and continue work. These processes are:

Stall in production
When one machine slows down the entire production line or leaves the other machines unable to keep working

Supply overstock
The limit at which the bottlenecked machine is running could be slow to the point that the collected assets that are in the line should be put away. The expense of putting away assets is critical as it takes assets to transport the materials forward and backward and additionally requiring space, another potential cost.

Employee happiness
As a result of bottlenecks could require more work from representatives and also long hours. There’s the factor of pressure and disappointment with the bottlenecked machine and its administrator. This could result in loss of effectiveness as representatives may not be exceptionally inspired to work.


Although they are common and exist in almost every process, bottlenecks need to be monitored and managed efficiently. In the ideal scenario, they should even be avoided.
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