Cycle time is used in reference to time needed to complete one cycle of an operation. In case of production line cycle time can be referred to operation on one machine (e.g. drilling several holes in metal element) or to manufacturing whole complete one product. However, in that case it is more often known as lead time.
- cycle time multiplied by number of manufactured elements,
- preparation time * number of elements,
- tools change time * number of changes,
- worker breaks,
- breakdown time.
- Langerak, F., Hultink, E. J., & Griffin, A. (2008). Exploring mediating and moderating influences on the links among cycle time, proficiency in entry timing, and new product profitability. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 25(4), 370-385.
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