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5. What is ‘Loading Rate’?

Loading Rate: ‘Scheduled Time’ versus ‘Not Scheduled Time

Please note:  ‘Scheduled Time’ or ‘Potential Production Time’ is also referred to as ‘Loading Time

So first we determine: How much of the total time was the machine scheduled to run?

This is the Loading Rate:

loading factor

Please note: Breaks and other waiting is INCLUDED in the loading-time:

It is part of the operation; theoretically the machine could run!


Once the machine is scheduled, it will usually be operated in a certain shift regime. However sometimes it will be unscheduled again. Regular shift time can be unscheduled for several reasons; ie there is no demand, R&D needs to runs some tests etc. Those reasons are beyond the scope of the production-team.

Please do not confuse un-scheduled with not-scheduled or unplanned!

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