How to Reduce the Cycle Time Using 7 Lean Manufacturing Tools.

What is cycle time and how to reduce cycle time using lean manufacturing tools


In this article, you will learn what is the cycle time and how to reduce the cycle time using lean manufacturing techniques.

Cycle Times Definition

Cycle time measures how long it takes a work item to get from point A to point B, without considering the waiting times and queue times. Since cycle time can be measured from any two starting and ending points, it’s common for several categories of cycle time to exist. e.g. QA cycle time, packaging cycle time, assembly cycle time, inspection cycle time, etc.

How to Reduce the Cycle Time using Lean Manufacturing Techniques

Cycle time reduction is achieved by incorporating some of the most recognized lean tools.

The methodology carried out in lean implementation could serve as a guideline for implementing lean concepts and determine which lean tools are more adequate for your company.

Most companies reach a substantial cycle time reduction by eliminating nonvalue-added time using the following 7 lean manufacturing tools:

  1. 5S,
  2. Jidoka,
  3. Muda,
  4. Visual management,
  5. Poka Yoke,
  6. Cause and Effect,
  7. Work Standard Procedure -to eliminate inefficiencies

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Ramon Cayuela, MS, BS, Chemical Engineering

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