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how to calculate ideal cycle time

Cycle Time Calculator

The Cycle Time Formula is an essential manufacturing KPI to understand in manufacturing. It is used by ERP and MES systems for scheduling, purchasing and production costing. It is also a critical part of the OEE calculation (use our OEE calculator here). Fortunately, it is easy to calculate and understand.

Cycle Time Measurements

Cycle times can be expressed in many different units of measure below are a few of the most common and what you find in many manufacturing analytics systems like Mingo Smart Factory.

  • Parts per Minute
  • Minutes per Part
  • Seconds per Part
  • Parts per Second
  • Hours per Part
  • Parts per Hour

We will show you how to calculate cycle time in any of the above units and how to convert it, too. From the list above, it may seem like there are 6 different formulas but there are really only 2:

  • Parts per Time Period
  • Time Period per Part

There are two components of the formula:

Total Parts Produced: Including scrap and good parts

Production Run Time: How long the machine is running when the parts are produced (Do not include planned or unplanned downtime)