Our Time Study Process
Work measurement, time study by watch or electronics, and perhaps random sampling are good ways to learn the time involved. A time study also highlights lost time, interference and waste, constraints, unbalanced workloads, activities undertaken by people with lower skill levels, and poor or even unauthorized procedures.
Work measurement provides up-to-date data to support a variety of management tools.
Quantify the Required Time to Perform a Function; Direct or Indirect
Evaluate Overloaded and Underloaded Jobs – Balance Lines and Workloads
Update Old Rates and Standardize Practices
Identify Non-Value-Added Work
Remove Low-Skilled Tasks from Skilled Positions and Allow Workers to Spend Time on Their Special Talents
Prepare for Union Contract Negotiation – Know Precisely What the Activity Level Is, Especially in Machine-Paced Operations
Identify Time-Consuming Elements of Labor Content
- A hotel wanted to determine the expected time to change a room when a guest departed. Our study did that and also told the client that some of their luxury room features, glass, and marble, for instance, required substantial time to clean. Also, keeping the number of pillows down saved literally minutes on a room change.
- A manufacturer believed their construction products could be installed more quickly than a competitor’s. A time study verified the claim, and it was subsequently featured in ads.
Educate Your Educated Guesses
- Confirm with management that a particular level of performance has been achieved and that the next project phase has begun.
- Quantify current output, activity level, lost time, and workload balance.
- Inform management that manual assembly can never attain as low a cost as simple mechanization.