MTM

MTM and Lean

MTM and Lean

The use of MTM starts at the very beginning of the value added chain. Its influence begins with the product idea and continues through all of the successive stages of design, production, repair and maintenance, making it a vital constant all the way to the end of the product life cycle.

“First Time Right!” is a guiding principle emphasizing the importance of optimizing costs and productivity during the product development stage of the value added chain.

Along the value added chain, the use of MTM and Lean in a coordinated manner proves to offer the optimum opportunity to avoid waste. MTM and Lean philosophies are used to analyse all processes in a company with respect to their value added contribution and to improve them, if required. In doing so, staff, products and the production processes achieve maximum harmony. The target contributions of MTM and Lean can be described as follows:

 

Lean strives                                                      

To create, throughout the whole value stream, the highest possible efficiency by synchronizing the flow              

• by reducing supplies, as well as, wasted time and human resources

• by shortening production cycles and delivery times to meet the needs of the customers 

 

MTM strives

To avoid waste, along the whole value added chain through method planning

• by applying appropriate methods and tools

• by standardizing production, based on a consistent data concept

• by providing time standards, based on a standardized reference performance

 

While both methodologies strive to improve efficiency, they differ in their approach to identifying waste:

Lean based on global optimization of flow  - MTM based on local optimization of activities

To use MTM and Lean together, along the value added chain, means to make the optimum use of both the synchronization of the value stream and methods design, in order to ensure low-waste flow coupled with efficient work methods

 

Methods Time Measurement and Lean Management 

These two techniques, or management principles should be used at the very beginning of the 
value added chain, which should be used first will be argued by their supporters, continuously, but 
it cannot be denied that 'If you don't know how long it takes, you don't know how much it costs'. 
It should be made clear from the outset that these management processes are not exclusively 
applicable to manufacturing but can be applied successively to any human activity. 

It has always appeared to MTM practitioners that Lean Management Techniques do not have a 
sound basis for accurate measurement of processes and that Lean Practitioners would benefit 
enormously from an understanding of MTM and therefore what the techniques add to the Lean 
Process. 

The influence each can bring starts with a product idea and should continue through all of the 
stages of design, production, repair and maintenance, making each, vital constants all the way to 
the end of the product life cycle. 

“First Time Right!” is a guiding principle emphasizing the importance of optimizing costs and 
productivity during the product development stage of the value added chain. 

To use MTM and Lean together, along the value added chain, means to make the optimum use of 
both the synchronization of the value stream and methods design, in order to ensure low-waste 
flow coupled with efficient work methods! 

Along the value added chain, the use of MTM and Lean in a coordinated manner proves to offer 
the optimum opportunity to avoid waste. MTM and Lean philosophies should be used to analyze all 
processes in a product chain with respect to their value added contribution and to improve them, 
as required. This would enable colleagues, products and production processes to achieve 
maximum harmony. The target contributions of MTM and Lean can be described as follows: 

Lean Management strives to create the highest possible efficiency in the production chain, 
through method planning, by reducing supplies, as well as wasted time and human resources. It 
concentrates on shortening production cycles and standardizing production, based on delivery 
times to meet the needs of the customers. 

Methods Time Measurement strives to create, throughout the whole value stream, the highest 
possible efficiency by defining appropriate methods, providing accurate standards based on those 
methods and eliminating wasted time and human resources, based on a standardized reference 
performance. 

While both methodologies strive to improve efficiency, they differ in their approach to identifying 
waste: Lean based on global optimization of flow; MTM based on local optimization of activities