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Takt time is the amount of time it takes to produce something synchronized with customer demand. Written as an equation, takt time means:
Takt time = Available production time in a day / Daily customer demand
For example, if a business has 480 minutes in a day (8 hours) to produce products, and customers order 120 of these products each day, the takt time is 4 minutes (480 minutes/120 units=4 minutes). That’s the amount of minutes the business can spend on each product if it wants to keep up with demand.
Takt time is used to help determine what production time should be for standard work.
The word takt is German and means “beat,” as in a musical beat. The German aircraft industry used takt time in the 1930s, and the concept spread to Japan by the 1950s.