In formal english, can I use "cycle" to replace "period"?

I am writing a paper to describe the relationship between two periods. The first period is measured by seconds, while the second period is measured by slots. For example, considering in a factory, the incoming material to the production line is with a period of 10 seconds (1st period), and a product can be made every slot (e.g., one slot have 15 seconds).

In the description, I want to distinguish these two periods, can I name the first one as incoming period, and the second one as producing cycle? Is there a more formal term to replace "producing cycle"?

• It's called the production cycle, not producing cycle. Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 18:11
• And I would not use different terms for similar concepts. That may get people looking for a distinction that you do not mean. "Input cycle" and "output cycle" strike me as preventing confusion, but I prefer "Input period" and "output period" as being a bit more accessible. Either pairing will work. Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 19:24
• A "period" is a property of a cycle, a sequence that repeats in time. The words aren't interchangeable. In your problem, you have two different cycles, one with a period of 10 seconds, and another with a period of 15 seconds. Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 19:30