Free time study forms, free plant layout examples. Articles about real life manufacturing problems and fixes. Guidance to achieve manufacturing productivity

Reminders that productivity should focus, not just on the shop floor, but also on the rest of the organization, because its cost is usually much higher than the direct cost.

This page is under construction in Spring of 2023, so please forgive the inadequacies.

Please also see http://jacksonproductivity,com for Jackson Productivity Research consulting, Jack Greene,  843-422-1298


Menu headings include:

Time Study and Work Measurement

Free Work Measurement Forms  

You are welcome to use the free time study forms which follow, but frankly I’d like to expect that you use them correctly. Since many universities with IE curricula don’t even teach time study anymore, I’ll point out some of the potential pitfalls, and suggest ways to raise your professional capability.

Principles of time study and work measurement have classically been applied to industrial situations, but they are also very useful to quantify what actually happens in many other situations; health care, construction,  warehousing, back office, distribution, service businesses.

A. Time Study, four forms.  For repetitive activity, For non- repetitive time study; this form will accommodate less structured observations, For crew work sample; the form accumulates activity and workload information, For time study when common tasks may be done in random order. Record time by tasks

B. Flow Charts define five possible activities; operation, work, transport, inspect, delay,  store. Four of these five functions do not add value, so first eliminate non-value added.
 Flow charting can provide insights into product flow and processes in an office or  warehouse or factory, and also the movement of paper, the assignment of work, a  customer interface, a service call.

C. Multiple activity charts, two forms show relationship and the timing of work elements or activities done, by different people, people and machines, or hands.  For activities done in parallel, it is often beneficial to define how tasks relate. A Man – Machine Chart helps to keep a machine producing at the shortest cycle time. A Right hand / left hand chart breaks down work closely.

D. Manning charts,  quantify the necessary labor required to produce a particular quantity of goods, based on output expectations.


Free examples, Plant Layout and Facility Planning

These examples WILL NOT match your plant dimensions, products, processes and equipment, but they will depict sound layout principles in a variety of actual manufacturing operations.


Guidance Menu headings include:

Capacity and Constraints

Plant Layout

Work Measurement


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