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Cycle Time

What is Cycle Time?

Cycle time is the time it takes to process one unit of product as measured from the start of that unit’s process steps to the start of a similar and subsequent unit’s process steps. Basically, this means cycle time is measured by timing ‘Part 1’ at operation step 1 through and until ‘Part 2’ starts at the same process step 1.

Cycle times can be categorized as manual, machine, auto, overall, and total. It is important to note that when calculating cycle time, it should be less than the Takt Time which is a measure of customer demand. This will ensure that the overall processing time of the product can be fast enough to ensure on-time delivery to the customer.