Definition of lead time in English:

lead time


  • The time between the initiation and completion of a production process.

    ‘some monthly magazines have a lead time of six months or more’
    mass noun ‘planning is an area where lead time can be reduced’
    • ‘The lead time for one of those $30,000 creations is two months and counting.’
    • ‘They are products with a long lead time so, if you pick a poor scheme, it could be many years before the full damage becomes apparent.’
    • ‘In fact, freely exchanging data across the supply chain would reduce lead time, complexity, and costs on several fronts.’
    • ‘The days when book orders had a one-to-one ratio are gone, but the company is still confident it can achieve a reasonable lead time of between six to 12 weeks.’
    • ‘Over the same period the lead time for supplying the goods has fallen from 14 days to between five and seven days.’
    • ‘The lead time for these products will be measured in weeks.’
    • ‘It gives the vendor lead time to plan; your customer is a lot happier because he gets his product quicker.’
    • ‘In high tech, the assumption is that developing proprietary software and content gives you higher margins and a long lead time over rivals.’
    • ‘Another Los Angeles garment maker produces hand-sewn fashion accessories with a lead time of less than five days.’
    • ‘‘There is a shorter lead time in holidays these days’, he said.’
    • ‘The 200,000 tonnes is the lead time needed for the importation of maize seed in the event of any shortfall.’
    • ‘We are expecting a large contract to begin soon which involves the supply of expensive equipment with a lead time of about six months.’
    • ‘Well, I would hate to disillusion anyone, but magazines have a long lead time, so what hopefully is springtime for the reader is still the chili of winter for the writer.’
    • ‘Knowing that every parent will be contacted immediately gives the director more flexibility to respond to each situation and can reduce the lead time in closing by several hours or more.’
    • ‘If the boards are sourced in Asia the lead time can rise to as much as 10 days.’
    • ‘However, given the lead time needed to actually produce, film and edit television programs, decisions about content have to be made early, up to a year before the show hits the screens.’
    • ‘Finally, as always, the more lead time the better the content and the lower the price.’
    • ‘But a journal article with a shorter lead time suffices for the purpose.’
    • ‘In our business the lead time is very long and unless we have timed it right and judged our market correctly, it is a costly failure.’
    • ‘Those months in the production lead time must be absorbed each year, and without purchasing additional steel, there is no surge capability.’


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