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Bottleneck

In project management and other fields, a situation in which output is limited by the lowest capacity system in the project. For example, the output of book publishing is limited by how quickly writers write, regardless of how quickly books can be edited and printed. Bottlenecks have a wide variety of applications in business, technology and elsewhere.

bottleneck

a hold-up in some part of a PRODUCTION LINE which disrupts the smooth flow of work. See PRODUCTION-LINE BALANCING, OPTIMISED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY.
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The climbers were now scaling the Bottleneck under tremendous pressure and the unnecessary delays exhausted them.
the main task involves "reducing cost of goods and cycle time in new technologies, while maintaining quality related to the downstream processing bottleneck.
Bottlenecks are the bane of any process that desires efficiency and effectiveness.
In contrast to the bottleneck model, this scenario suggests a relatively stable parasite population as old as modern humans themselves.
Knowing exactly where the bottleneck was going to occur allowed us to increase capacity at the critical time period," says Mr Harvill.
The physician bottleneck is too valuable a resource to waste on nonvalue adding work, or work that the physician is not needed to accomplish.
The generalized genetic distance after each flush cycle, of a bottleneck line from the ancestor, along the successive principal axes was then computed as D = [d.
Most I/O-starved database systems will have one or more I/O bottlenecks, some occurring during the day and others at night.
It didn't take too long for most people to realize the machine had become a bottleneck.
On the basis of recent data, the authors postulate that theprimary bottleneck happened 10,000 to 12,000 years ago during the late Pleistocene period, and the second happened during the last century.