What Are Downtime Periods?

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What is a Downtime Period?

A Downtime Period is a length of time where a machine is not running production. Operators can use the Operator Interfaces to add a Downtime Code to a given Downtime Period. Labeling these Downtime Periods allows your factory to track your root causes of downtime and better understand how to improve your operations.

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How are Downtime Periods Generated?

Downtime Periods are generated based on two main thresholds to help control how you track your Downtime.

Downtime Period Start Threshold

The Downtime Period Idle Threshold determines the amount of consecutive Idle/Off time needed to begin a Downtime Period.

For example, let's say a machine has a Downtime Period Idle Threshold set at 5 minutes and is not currently in a Downtime Period. If your machine is idle for 3 minutes, a Downtime Period will not be created since this is below the 5 minute threshold. Once the machine is idle for 5 minutes, the Downtime Period will be created.

The default value for this threshold is 5 minutes, but it can be adjusted to any full minute value on a factory wide basis.

Downtime Period End Threshold

The Downtime Period Production Threshold determines the amount of Production time needed to end a Downtime Period.

For example, let's say a machine has a Downtime Period Production Threshold set at 5 minutes and is currently in a Downtime Period. If your machine has Production for 3 minutes, the Downtime Period will not end. Once the machine does have production for 5 consecutive minutes, the Downtime Period will end.

The default value for this threshold is 5 minutes, but can be adjusted to any full minute value on a factory wide basis.

Logging Downtime Periods

For guidance on how operators can log Downtime Periods, see our article How Operators Can Log Downtime Periods in Amper Outposts