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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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Chromatography, as the major method for large scale protein purification, takes a leading role in downstream processing and remains the major hurdle in overcoming bottlenecks.
Overall, the elimination of bottlenecks is largely dependent on upon efficient and effective collaboration.
While the government could improve immediate bottlenecks with emergency measures, shipping companies are concerned with long-term capacity growth.
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Armed with the knowledge of where the bottleneck was on a given day, managers and supervisors looked ahead to address bottlenecks projected by the software.
Real cost savings can be realized when bottlenecks are used to full capacity, while non-bottleneck resources are utilized with the entire process and the overall goals in mind.
Because five (non-independent) individual tests were performed on each line over the serial bottlenecks, the error rate was adjusted by Bonferonni methods (Sokal and Rohlf 1987; Rice 1989).
That means funds are going to pay off debt instead of to buy goods, and that's a demand-side bottleneck for the economy.
Increasing productive capacity through elimination of bottlenecks, optimizing batch sizes and increasing efficiency will decrease cycle time as well as increase throughput.
If the double bottleneck hypothesis is correct, captive crosbreeding programs using east African and south African animals together might improve the cheetah's genetic profile and chances for survival.
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.
Unfortunately, over time the databases developed I/O bottlenecks that the initial SAN deployment could not fully handle.