By Douglass Beach
In batch processing operations, the combination of numerous concurrent and independent steps can lead to bottlenecks, causing the process to pause and wait for a downstream operation to finish before the preceding steps can move forward. This introduces latent time to the cycle and lengthens the time required to complete each batch.
Understanding and measuring this latency in your process can be an impactful project justification metric, as well as a critical KPI when measuring OPex performance. When viewed individually, each of these waiting periods may seem brief or unimportant, but totalizing these periods into a single number often tells a more meaningful, and sometimes costly, story about your process.
Learn how to find the root cause and solution for each delay once these waiting periods are identified.