Buffers, used strategically, will enable you to “smooth” out the flow of work through your system.  This is important to maximise production. 

 Buffers Improve Flow

Your overall throughput in any workflow will suffer if you run out of work or resources required as inputs for any important stage of the workflow.

Strategic use of buffers of work-in-progress (WIP), raw materials and people in front of these critical steps in your work flow you want to protect will smooth out fluctuations and improve your throughput.

The most critical of the steps in a workflow to protect is the “constraint” you have identified.  Any wasted capacity here is lost forever.

Go to the article: TOC Drum, Buffer, Rope Optimisation Techniques for more on this topic pending the expansion of the discussion here

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