Lesson 1, Topic 1
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How do you measure Takt Time?

Maria September 25, 2023

How do we calculate the Takt Time?

The Takt Time is the period of time in which we have to produce one pan in order to fulfill the customer request within the available working time. The calculation of the Takt Time is as follows:

It is very important that you do not mix up the Cycle Time mostly visual on the shop floor with the Takt Time which is driven by the customer demand.

Let’s breakdown the formula:

  • Available Production Time: This is the total time available for production in a given time period, typically expressed in hours or minutes. It takes into account factors such as the number of shifts, working hours per shift, and any planned downtime (e.g., maintenance or breaks) during the production period.
  • Customer Demand: This represents the rate at which customers require or demand the finished product. It is usually expressed as the number of units or products needed within the same time period used to calculate available production time.

The result of this calculation, takt time, gives you the ideal production rate or cycle time required to meet customer demand while avoiding overproduction or underproduction. In other words, it tells you how frequently a product needs to be completed to fulfill customer orders on time.