The United States Marine Corps Maintenance Center repairs, rebuilds, and modifies all types of Marine Corps ground combat equipment, combat support and combat service support equipment. Such as:
- AAV – Assault Amphibious Vehicle
- LAV – Light Armored Vehicle
- M1A1 – Main Battle Tank
- HMMWV – High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle
- M88 – Recovery Vehicle, Tracked Trucks, Various Types
- VS – Logistics Vehicle System ( MK48 and Trailers )
- M9 ACE – Armored Combat Earthmover
- M970 Fuel Tanker
- AVLB – Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge
The Maintenance Center for the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia, launched a program in 2001 combining principles drawn from the Theory of Constraints and Lean thinking. The Center had been constantly plagued by apparent capacity shortages in virtually every department and additional manpower was being considered.
An analysis using Theory of Constraints revealed that there was, in fact, more than adequate capacity to handle the workload. The perceived lack of capacity was due to policy constraints imposed on the Center as a result of a push scheduling mechanism. By implementing a pull system for scheduling repairs, the Center revealed capacity that had been masked.
TOCICO – November 3, 2008
The Theory of Constraints and Lean Thinking were successfully implemented at the Maintenance Center, transforming this organization into a world-class depot maintenance operation which continues to improve and sustain to this day.
This video was created by the US Marine Corps Logistics Base to highlight their results from using the Theory of Constraints and Critical Chain Project Management. They increased their effective capacity so much that this video was made to attract more work.