Takt-Time refers to the rate at which you need to complete your work in order to keep up with customer demand. More simply put, Takt-time (TT) will ensure that the right product (RP) is delivered to the right customer (RC) at the right time (RT) and in the right quantity (RQ). It is possible to achieve the RC, RP and RT without implementing Takt, but this often leads to an excess in waste and therefore means your organisation will not be operating in line with Lean.
Takt-time is often thought of as the ‘heartbeat’ of an organisation, as it is creating a constant pulse across all processes, highlighting any issues relating to capacity, synchronisation and most importantly, quality. If an organisations takt-time is 5 minutes, that means they have 5 minutes to complete a product or product component, as this is how long on average a customer is buying from them. The sell rate is the takt time.
It is important to calculate the takt time of your products or processes, as this can help in reducing any waste created by the processes.
In order to calculate Takt-Time, cycle time must first be accounted for.