How Quest’s Time and Motion studies can drive efficiency and arrest waste!

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In today’s competitive world, time of people and machines in a process is of high value. Hence, every company is trying to optimize its operation to ensure higher productivity and efficiency. Continuous incremental changes that happen due to learning on shop floor, automation and product improvements are drivers of optimization of resources and elimination of wasteful activities. Time and motion studies are keys to make your company’s operations competitive so that employee productivity and performance can be sustained over operational changes. Time study establishes standard times, while motion study identifies work improvements. These two techniques are fused together and applied to bring corrections in process, and upgrading work systems.  Whether you are a service centre or dealership, or whether it is a refurbishment task or a service, time and motions techniques can be scientifically employed to arrive at a define rate and use this as a benchmark to assess throughput. Using outcomes of Time and motion studies, companies can rightly assess their output driven contracts, in say mining and service operations.  You could employ time and motion studies for new products or redeployment scenario’s including remanufacturing or when applying value engineering for an existing product or system.  You could use the techniques to assess excess manpower, value stream mapping, and workload assessment, and process and methods improvement, work simplification, identifying efficiency gaps and suggest improvements.

Quest’s experienced engineers would carefully record time to perform a specific job or its element under specified conditions to arrive at the necessary time for an operator to carry out the task at a defined rate of performance. Quest engineers use Maynard Operations Sequence Techniques (MOST) and other approaches to break down a task into individual motion elements and allowances to arrive at standard time. Clients using Time and Motion studies benefit from improvising productivity by 10-15% or even more, reduce waste and wasteful practices, optimize resource utilization, identify skill gaps and training needs, and finally, build an employee engagement approach by enhancing ergonomic as well as process centric improvements .