Adam Frandson


 

Takt time planning - When the train falls off the tracks

Takt time planning is a great tool for aligning crews and creating flow on site. However, it’s still just a plan and it will inevitably fail at some point. One of the reasons for using takt time is not only to create flow, but also help pinpoint where the bottleneck is on site. In the long run that’s a good thing; don’t ignore your problems, they’ll just grow.

Aside from adding more crews, here are a few countermeasures to consider when executing a Takt time plan that’s gone off-beat.

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5 Steps To Takt Time Planning

As a foreword to the post, I think there are many ways one can execute Takt time planning (TTP). The fact that there isn’t much research on the topic in construction means that it is definitely an open question. Through some iteration and research, the five step method below is the best practice to Takt time planning so far.

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A Brief History of Location-based Scheduling and Takt Time Planning

Location-based scheduling methods are not new. In some countries such as Finland, the adoption of line of balance schedules is widespread and used for decades. However, in the United States these schedules have remained unpopular.

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An Introduction to Takt Time Planning

‘Takt time’ is a term used in manufacturing to describe pacing work to match the customer’s demand rate. ‘Work structuring’ is the practice of scheduling out work and is a part of designing a production system. Takt time planning then, is one method for work structuring around a set pace of work. The goal of Takt time planning is to create a reliable plan, with the input of the entire team, which balances workflows for specific phases of work.

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