Cycle Time

7 Definitions

How frequently an item or product actually is completed by a process, as timed by direct observation. Also, the time it takes an operator to go through all of his or her work elements before repeating them.
The time elapsed from the beginning of a work process until that process is completed.
Cycle time is the time it takes to do one repetition of any particular task. Cycle time can be categorized into 1) manual cycle time, 2) machine cycle time, and 3) auto cycle time. Also referred to as touch time or hands-on time.
defined by Lean Affiliates
Cycle time is the time taken for one item to go through one cycle of one step of a repeated process activity. It is "the time between items falling off the end of the production line". Cycle time has units of e.g. minutes per widget, and is different from lead time. Lead time is the time taken for a product or service to move through a series of operations i.e. how it takes the product or service to go from start to end of a series of process steps "down the production line". E.g. Door to door or order to invoice time.
The time to complete a specific process. This must not be confused with Lead time which normally includes waiting time cumulated before, during and after the process and is a product of WIP.
defined by Lean Kaizen
The time required to complete one cycle of an operation. If cycle time for every operation in a complete process can be reduced to equal takt time, products can be made in single-piece flow.
The time between the beginning and end of a process.
defined by PCoE Oregon .Gov