What’s idle time and how does it differ from downtime?
The difference between idle time and downtime with these definitions:
- Idle time is the time in which Plants or Equipment is either waiting to run or isn’t scheduled to run.
- Downtime is when the asset is incapable of running, either because of planned maintenance or an unplanned outage.
What is idle time?
Idle time is the amount of time spent waiting to use viable equipment or the non-productive time of employees, due to lack of demand or unforeseen work stoppage. If you don’t have a piece of equipment scheduled to run or an asset is up and available, but not being used, that’s considered idle time.
Idle time vs. downtime
As opposed to idle time, equipment downtime is any time when an asset is unavailable to run. Often, this occurs because you have preventive maintenance scheduled (proactive maintenance tends to compose about 70% of all maintenance tasks). In other cases, downtime results from an equipment failure. In either case, you can’t use it while it’s down, often constituting a drop in productivity.
Now, since both of these metrics represent times when your equipment isn’t running, why track them separately?
By sharing of Plants & Equipment’s can reduce the Idle time & improve Productivity
If you pre-planned sharing of your Plants & Equipment’s this can reduce the Idle time of the machine drastically, This way, demand for the asset increases, and you can put your idle Plants & Equipment on work.