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Cycle Time

Cycle Time refers to the time required to repeat a given task, generally measured from the beginning of an item processing on a specified machine or operation to the beginning of another similar item on the same machine or the same process.

 

Cycle time can be classified into 5 distinct categories:

 

1. Manual cycle time: time, loading, unloading, turning over / rotating parts, adding components to an item while remaining within the same machine / process.

 

2. Machine cycle time: the processing time needed for a machine to work on an item.

 

3. Automatic cycle time: the time for a machine to run without any manual intervention (automatically).

 

4. Overall cycle time: Total time required to produce a single unit. This term is generally used to refer to a single machine or a single process.

 

5. Total cycle time: This figure includes all the machines, processes and cycle time categories that a product must undergo to become a finished product. It is not a discrete duration, but it helps to determine one.




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