Value Added Time

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Definition: Value Added Time


Value Added Time


Full Definition of Value Added Time


The time spent that improves the outcome of a process is referred to as value added time. Typically, this is just the processing time associated with production. All other intervals associated with a process, such as wait time and queue time, add nothing to the outcome and are thus classified as non-value added time. This concept is used to identify non-value added activities and remove them from a process, thereby reducing the total time required to complete a process. When the duration of the manufacturing process is reduced in this way, it can provide a competitive advantage because a company can respond to customer demands more quickly.

It may be possible to shorten the amount of time spent adding value in a process. However, because non-value added time accounts for such a large portion of total processing time, it is usually easier to start by eliminating or reducing it.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Value Added Time are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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