Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to calculate Production Rate?

In a general terminology, production rate is a measure of time it takes for an operation to produce an output. An effective manager are able to identify the right equipment to an specific work where a task is being analyzed. Every task has a different production rate and other variables to consider such as, availability of equipment, materials to be moved, and manpower.

In order to make accurate and meaningful comparisons and conclusions about production, it is best to
use standardized terms in calculating your operations productivity:

Production Rate = Unit of Work Done
                    Unit of Time

  • Production rate. The entire expression is a time-related production rate. It can be cubic yards per hour, tons per shift (also indicate the duration of the shift), or feet of ditch per hour.
  • Unit of work done. This denotes the unit of production accomplished. It can be the volume or weight of the material moved, the number of pieces of material cut, the distance traveled, or any similar measurement of production.
  • Unit of time. This denotes an arbitrary time unit such as a minute, an hour, a 10-hour shift, a day, or any other convenient duration in which the unit of work done is accomplished.

For critical operations, it is best to use project management software that are available in the market. This software can help you track down your productivity in a real time as long as raw data from your operation are encoded daily. By identifying accurate production rates, every manager can perform intelligent decisions and able to develop efficient process to improve its operation, and therefore will increase productivity and a manageable costs.

Related Links:
Selecting the right Equipment for a job
Role of Project Managers in Earthmoving Operation
Caterpillar Performance Handbook
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