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Manufacturing Cycle Time

The manufacturing cycle time (Throughput Time) assumes an order exists for a product and measures the amount of time from the start of production until the product is shipped.

The cycle time includes actual time for production processing, inspection, material movement and queuing times. Only processing time adds value. The others are non value-add activities that can be reduced or eliminated in continuous improvement, Lean and Six Sigma programs.