Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

J. Paul Sims

Committee Members

Charles C. Havener, Hugh W. Broome, W. Andrew Clark


Thinking exercises used in the Theory of Constraints (TOC) were used to find and remove constraints at the Merged Beams Experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The goal of this project was to significantly reduce the amount of time used to take a certain type of measurement during an experimental cycle. After the TOC exercises were used, a basic plan for change was discovered. Preliminary data were taken to establish a baseline of performance from which changes were made. Post-Modification was analyzed showing the project was a success.

The overlying reasoning for this exercise was to prove successfully that continuous improvement techniques used in the manufacturing industry can also be successful in a research environment. After overcoming the differences in the goals between each environment, it can be concluded that this reasoning is justified.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


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