Idle Time

Unproductive time on the part of employees or machines as a result of factors beyond their control. Idle time is the time associated with waiting, or when a piece of machinery is not being used but could be. Idle time could also be associated with computing, and in that case refers to processing time.

Time management is extremely important in any business. This includes timing the completion of one project to coordinate with the beginning of another to reduce idle time. For example, if department A is unable to work on assembly because department B has not finished creating the parts required, the two departments need to be synchronized so that this handoff can go more smoothly, thus reducing idle time.


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  • idle time — UK US noun [U] ► IT the period of time when a computer or other machine is not being used despite the fact that it is available to be used: »Idle time can sometimes be used to save additional power, with the help of hibernate or standby choices.… …   Financial and business terms

  • idle time — laukimo trukmė statusas T sritis automatika atitikmenys: angl. idle time; latency time; waiting time vok. Latentzeit, f; Wartezeit, f rus. время ожидания, n pranc. temps d attente, m …   Automatikos terminų žodynas

  • idle time — When a computer is not being used. This refers to either a computer running a BBS that is not busy, or a caller that is not typing anything or receiving anything. Some BBS s will hang up a user if there is a certain amount of idle time (such as a …   Dictionary of telecommunications

  • idle time — neveikos laikas statusas T sritis informatika apibrėžtis Laikas, kai aktyvi programa neturi ką veikti ir jos laukiančių užduočių eilė tuščia. Tuo metu kompiuteris gali vykdyti ↑fonines programas. atitikmenys: angl. idle time ryšiai: dar žiūrėk –… …   Enciklopedinis kompiuterijos žodynas

  • idle time — time in which one is inactive, time spent resting or relaxing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • idle time — The time, usually measured in labour hours or machine hours, during which a production facility is unable to operate. See also: idle capacity, waiting time …   Accounting dictionary

  • idle time — The time, usually measured in labour hours or machine hours, during which a production facility is unable to operate. See also idle capacity; waiting time …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • idle time — Gen Mgt time spent waiting to continue working on a task while there is a delay (slang) …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • Idle time — Простой; время простоя …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

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