Takt Time

Takt Time -

Takt is a German word meaning ‘beat’ or drumbeat (metronome)

This means matching the pace of production to customer demand.

Adherence to Takt will ensure customer satisfaction through 100% on-time delivery. This will also ensure not too many or too few are delivered when the customer does not want them. If the customer wants 200 items per week, then we need to deliver 200 items per week and not 800 items at the end of the month. The customer may have staff waiting around for 4 weeks if we do it this way.


• Links production activity to actual customer demand

• The ‘Drumbeat’ of Production enabling better planning and forecasting

• Ensures all production activity will be synchronised from 1st process to final assembly process. - ‘Flow’


Takt = The pace at which the customer requires products.

Cycle Time = The time at which a process cycles to produce products.

Lead Time = The total production time from start to finish, including inventory time between processes.

Don’t get them confused!!

Takt Time, the pre requisite to all lean manufacturing

Calculating the ' Takt Time ' Drumbeat

How to calculate Takt time

this relates the customer demand to the time available.

Takt = Production Time Available / Customer Demand

Time is deducted for: Lunch and tea breaks Team briefing times TPM breaks Clean down time

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