Work Measurement and Methods Improvement

Work Measurement and Methods Improvement

Work Measurement and Methods Improvement

Work Measurement and Methods Improvement

Synopsis

Practical, up-to-date coverage for a new generation of engineering and management professionals. Lawrence S. Afts Productivity, Measurement, and Improvement has long served as a seminal reference for students and professionals in industrial engineering, quality management, and other related fields. Now Work Measurement and Methods Improvement brings his work right up to date with the demands of todays rapidly changing marketplace, where work measurement and methods improvement have a vital role to play in improving quality and enhancing productivity in a wide range of industries. Accessible and easy to follow, this book presents solid, practical coverage of the key principles and practices of work measurement. It explains the purpose, use, advantages, and limitations of tools and methods for: Work analysis'including graphical productivity analysis and work methods improvement Product measurement'from time study and standard data systems to work sampling and labor reporting issues Product improvement'ergonomics, incentive systems, continuous improvement, process improvement, and more With straightforward examples, chapter-end summaries, review questions, and practice exercises that emphasize the application of fundamental concepts, Work Measurement and Methods Improvement is an essential reference for current and future professionals who must do the work and manage the process to achieve better quality, higher productivity, and powerhouse performance for their organization.

Excerpt

Under a new title, this is the third edition of this text. It has been written, and revised, to serve as a practical explanation of the fundamental principles of motion and time study. More and more, the need for documentation, measurement, analysis, and improvement still exists. The people performing these tasks do not have a technical background. Hence, the explanations in the text are geared towards those individuals who must do the work and manage the process.

Examples and practice exercises are kept simple. Most of the situations are generic, and should be understandable regardless of background and experience. Discussion of the applications of the fundamental concepts is key.

The major changes from the second edition of Productivity, Measurement and Improvement are found in Chapters 1 and 10. Chapter 1 has been substantially revised to include information about the current status of methods and measurement of work. Chapter 10 is brand new and addresses labor reporting, labor variances, and management action. Other, less significant changes include a revision of the sample size calculations for time study to include a thorough discussion of accuracy and confidence in the determination of the appropriate number of cycles to time. Several chapters have additional example and practice problems, and, where applicable, existing technology has been added to previous examples. Some dated concepts, such as the computer programs, have been dropped.

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