The amount of time required in a production area to make one container of products.
The formula for pitch reads:
Branch time × pack size = pitch
For example, if the branch time (available production time per day divided by customer demand per day) is 1 minute and the package size is 20 items, then 1 minute×20 items = a 20-minute pitch.
Together with the use of a leveling box and material handling based on rhythmic removal, pitch helps determine the tact and pace of a plant or process.
Incidentally, the term pitch is also used to indicate the scope or time frame of one's work.