I'm looking for a concise translation for "Rüstzeit". This is the time taken to reconfigure a machine for a new batch of work. (Installing new tools, new NC program, etc.)

"Setting up time" is one idea but sounds a bit too general.

Any other suggestions?

  • Funny thing: I know the word 'Rüstzeit' from pastors and the like, when they go to a training, they often call it Rüstzeit (weil sie ausgerüstet werden, they get equipped for their job)
    – Hinek
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 7:56
  • @Hinek - yes, it has a similar meaning but I guess the boss isn't standing there doing a time and motion study ;-)
    – paul
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 7:58
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    – starblue
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 8:59
  • I never heard that word in German before. Seems to be more a dialect, see also: bar.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rüsten_(Fertigungstechnik). BTW: @Gigili why is this question tagged with two tags, meaning the same?
    – feeela
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 19:08
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    Close! 1. als Frage nach einem engl. Ausdruck m.E. off topic. 2. eine simple "Google-das-für-mich"-Frage, bzw. leo. Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 3:20

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How about Retooling time? Retooling is the process of equipping a machine, factory, etc., with new, or different components.


The IATE database (European Union terminology database) has entries for Rüstzeit:

  • dismantling time for Abrüstzeit in labor law (“the time required for breaking down a machine (for process) after completing production”);
  • set up time for Aufrüstzeit in labor law;
  • preparation time and time for clearing-up in agriculture;
  • temps mort (idle time) in technology (“that part of operable time during which a functional unit is not operated”).

The Linguee translation database suggests tooling time or retooling time or setup time for Rüstzeit in this sense.

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