Manufacturing the period of time between the decision to make a product and the beginning of actual production
The time between the initial stage of a project or policy and the appearance of results: a long lead-time in oil production because of the need for new exploration and drilling.
(plural lead times)
- (idiomatic) The amount of time between the initiation of some process and its completion, e.g. the time required to manufacture or procure a product; the time required before something can be provided or delivered.
- It's an excellent device, but it has a 10-week lead time, so be sure to order it in advance.