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THROUGHPUT IS A term used in a number of fields. In industry, it denotes the amount of raw material that a processing plant handles in a set amount of time. In the computer world, it is the amount of work a computer system or a component does in a specified amount of time. In the pharmaceutical industry, it signifies chemical screening technology used to manufacture drugs.

Throughput, when denoting a processing plant, can refer to any kind of processing plant such as an oil refinery that can handle a given number of barrels of oil per day. It may be a gas pipeline or an oil pipeline. Or throughput may refer to the loading facilities in a port and depot or some other point of debarkation ...

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