Cumulative Lead Time

Cumulative lead time is the time spent to complete a task from scratch. In a manufacturing environment, the cumulative lead time clock starts ticking after raw material purchase and ends at product shipment, with fabrication (cutting, molding, welding, finishing, etc.), assembling, testing, and packaging serving as interims. Within an industry setup, cumulative lead time is […]

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Industrial Robot

An industrial robot, as the name suggests, is a robot used in manufacturing plants and similar organizations to move massive loads (production tools and components), assemble materials, and carry out a range of other programmed industrial tasks such as painting, welding, palletizing, product testing and inspection, to name a few. The robot could either be […]

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Blast Furnace

Blast furnace is a metallurgical furnace that makes liquid iron known as “hot metal” from iron oxides through physical and chemical reactions. The furnace is fed with iron ore, limestone and coke at the top, with preheated air being blown through the bottom. The air is blown through multiple nozzles, called tuyeres. The air temperature […]

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Takt Time

Takt time is existing production period or working hours divided by total buyer demand. In other words, the production rate is synchronized with demand. For instance, if a shirt manufacturer operates for 10 hours per day and the client needs 1000 shirts per day, the company’s takt time for the shirts is 100 units per […]

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Build Time (Manufacturing)

Build time is the total time taken to convert or transform raw materials or product components into finished goods. The build time starts ticking as soon as the essentials (raw materials and labor) needed to make a product are ready for use. Build time is a critical performance measure within manufacturing setups, and which adds […]

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