Activity capacity

Activity capacity is the rate of output of an activity over a protracted period of time, assuming the existence of normal operating conditions. Normal conditions involve a reasonable amount of down-time for employee breaks, maintenance, shift changes, and so forth. Activity capacity is incorporated into the budgeting process for the production area, to determine the amount of goods that the process can actually generate. The outcome of this analysis can be a decision to invest in more manufacturing equipment in order to increase the amount of capacity.