2001_Roser_WSC A Practical Bottleneck Detection Method_Preprint

2001_Roser_WSC A Practical Bottleneck Detection Method_Preprint

This paper describes a novel method for detecting the bottleneck in a discrete event system by examining the average dura-tion of a machine being active for all machines. The machine with the longest average uninterrupted active period is consid-ered the bottleneck. The method is widely applicable and also capable of analyzing complex and sophisticated systems. The results are highly accurate, distinguishing between bottleneck machines and non-bottleneck machines with a high level of confidence. This approach is very easy to use and can be implemented into existing simulation tools with little effort, requir-ing only an analysis of the log file which is readily available by almost all simulation tools. This method satisfies not only ac-ademic requirements with respect to accuracy but also industry requirements with respect to usability.