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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 results are a sad reminder that bottlenecks harm the quality of life of motorists nationwide," said Kathleen Bower, AAA Vice President, Public Affairs & International Relations.
It is interesting to note that these downstream bottlenecks often come from new products, new processes, or new CMO projects, and not from existing products/processes.
If there are any legal obstacles or bottlenecks, we will solve them.
If too few patterns are run, a bottleneck will occur at stripping waiting for binder to set up.
Once Martin Lightsey, president of Specialty Blades, realized the critical link between bottlenecks and profits, he knew that communicating this link to his employees--who already participated in the company profit-sharing plan--would become a powerful motivating tool.
An example might be smoking cessation, acne, or prenatal classes using trained staff members, steering work load away from the physician bottlenecks while maintaining quality standards, patient acceptance, and satisfaction.
Another economic bottleneck is that we have had a record high average capital gains tax rate.
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.
VKernel Corporation, a provider of easy-to-use and quick-to-deploy virtual appliances for managing virtual server environments, announced today its Capacity Bottleneck Analyzer Virtual Appliance, which immediately identifies current and future capacity bottlenecks to ensure the performance of VMware ESX environments.
According to the study, Unclogging America's Arteries: Effective Relief for Highway Bottlenecks (1999-2004), targeting funds to fix major bottlenecks "will reduce the amount of time commuters have to spend on the road, save thousands of lives, prevent hundreds of thousands of injuries and help us safeguard the environment.
Most I/O-starved database systems will have one or more I/O bottlenecks, some occurring during the day and others at night.
The study, called ``Saving Time, Saving Money: The Economics of Unclogging America's Worst Bottlenecks,'' outlined problems with freeway interchanges nationally and calculated the costs that motorists and businesses could save if highway improvements were made.