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Last updated: March 21, 2017

What Does Throughput Mean?

Throughput is the quantity or amount of raw material processed within a given time. In other words, throughput is the rate of production for a process over a specific amount of time.

This specific period is known as manufacturing throughput time, which is the amount of time required for a product to pass through a manufacturing process, thereby being converted from raw materials into finished goods. The concept also applies to the processing of raw materials into a component or sub-assembly.

A high-throughput electrochemical test method can be used for determining the resistance to corrosion of a metal article with a resinous coating.


Corrosionpedia Explains Throughput

Throughput is one of the top metrics used to measure how well a system or machine is performing. A high-throughput methodology is useful to the systematic study of individual variables involved in atmospheric corrosion. High-throughput corrosion testing allows more experimental control on corrosion studies and reduces the amount of material required for testing. This technique is capable of testing a wide range of atmospheric conditions in a short period of time with a high level of reproducibility.

High-throughput screening is also a method for scientific experimentation in the fields of chemistry and biotechnology. High-throughput screening allows a researcher to quickly conduct millions of chemical tests. These methods are useful to the production, analysis, and characterization of libraries of natural products in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

By monitoring throughput, an operating plant can more effectively correct and monitor corrosion, which helps to prolong plant life. It also enables continuous monitoring of actual corrosion rates, allowing for timely preventative action if a variance is observed.

The concept of manufacturing throughput time is primarily oriented toward the reduction of time required by the manufacturing process, so that the amount of throughput flowing through the system can be increased, thereby increasing profitability. Thus, it is easiest to reduce manufacturing throughput time by eliminating as much inspection, move and queue time as possible.


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