MTM – Work design productive and safe

The MTM Institute in Zeuthen

The MTM process language is established as the global standard for work design. The MTM Institute plays an importat role in improving the process language and developing new application fields.

Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, Managing Director, MTM Institute:

“Productivity management at MTM – with its central themes of prevention and sustainability – offers industrial engineers a systematic framework for deliberately using methods in order to increase productivity. The onward development of productivity management with MTM and the even closer dovetailing of forward-looking planning, time assessment and ergonomic aspects in the complete production creation process are the focus of our user-oriented research and development work at this time and this will continue in future too. We believe that the requirements for performance standards derived from these activities with regard to human work and therefore the MTM process language are innovation drivers in industrial engineering and form the mandate for MTM member companies and network partners too.”

The activities in Research and Development, the close cooperation with partners in commerce, academics, organizations and institutions, the opportunities to share ideas from workshops to conferences, the professional expertise and, not least, its journalistic work make the MTM Institute a motor of innovation.

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MTM-1® Base as an E-Learning Course Now Available in English Too

MTM ASSOCIATION e. V. is launching its training services for the fall in 2019 with an extended range of e-learning opportunities, an even more attractive online store and a new version of MTM-1® Base for interested parties.


Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung Is Now Called MTM ASSOCIATION e. V. 19 September 2019

Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. has started a new chapter in its history. The non-profit association has now had an entry in the association register in Hamburg under the name MTM ASSOCIATION e. V. since 16 August 2019. Its Executive Director is Knuth Jasker.


In Focus: Human Work in the Digitally Networked World

Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e. V. and Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. are organizing the 2019 GfA Fall Conference in Böblingen on 12 and 13 September with the kind support of Daimler. The fall conference will focus on the fashionable topics of digitalization and demographic change under the heading “Human Work in the Digitally Networked World.”


MTM-HWD®: Validity of the New Process Building Block System Confirmed

The HWD® (Human Work Design) joint project is entering its final phase. RWTH Aachen University recently confirmed the validity of the new MTM process building block system with regard to its time evaluations in comparison to MTM-1. According to the university, MTM-HWD® has been developed in line with the regulations and can now be put to use in operational practice: ranging from mass production to series manufacturing with short cycles. The project partners and the newly gained authorized users, Kiekert, Bosch, BSH, Schaeffler and Cooper Standard, are currently gaining experience in using the system in practice. 


EAWS User Group Tests Ergonomic Rapid Screening Process

The proper use and ongoing development of the EAWS process (Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet) – the international evaluation standard for physical workloads at workplaces – and the integration of employees affected by disabilities on a balanced line were the central focus at the recent meeting of the EAWS User Group Germany at the Aerospace Center in Wildau. In addition to those member corporations that have been actively involved for many years – i.e. Brose, imk automotive, Miele, Stihl and Volkswagen – BSH, Siemens and SMA Technologies, which joined the group last year, also sent representatives.


MTM-EasyTime: Calculating Standard Times – Simply, Quickly and Reliably

Introducing modern time management is (still not) an issue for many medium-sized enterprises – although their current productivity levels are often inadequate to safeguard their competitiveness in the long term. They normally say that determining reliable, work-related time data is too complicated, too long-winded and, above all, too expensive. According to studies, 70-80% of medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing sector perform their planning work using times from previous years and decades, but often just using figures based on experience or estimates. However, do they know what their own production department is capable of performing? They do not have any precise figures – and that is the problem. Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH now has the solution: MTM-EasyTime, the first cloud-based software solution to calculate reference times simply, quickly, reliably and cheaply.


E-Learning: Demand Increases in Germany and Abroad

Participants have been able to take the first step to becoming an MTM Practitioner – the MTM-1 Base training course – in digital form too since the beginning of this year. The increasing demand for the new e-learning course from the MTM Academy shows that more and more corporations have recognized the benefits of online training facilities. The number of bookings per corporation has increased too. Firms are often registering more than ten participants for an MTM-1 Base e-learning course at the same time. After all, this pays dividends in many different ways – as the new video entitled “MTM by E-Learning” illustrates.


1st International E-Mas Conference in Mexico

The Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen University, Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V., the WBA Tooling Academy Aachen, the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey are organizing the first international E-Mas conference in Mexico on 21–22 March 2019. The partners are using E-Mas to develop an all-round and integrated further training concept for specialist workers, human resources developers and operational management personnel in the automobile industry in Mexico. Blended learning, a type of learning where the benefits of events attended by people and e-learning are combined, forms the basis for this. Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. is responsible for the technical implementation and operating the e-learning platform. The platform has been online since the beginning of January.


Siemens, Miele, Brose and Others Test MTM-ProKonE

Is it possible to influence the ergonomic risks in a production process as early as the design phase? Is it possible to prevent costs during the product development stage? The partners involved in the MTM-ProKonE development project – Miele & Cie. KG Gütersloh (white goods), Brose (automotive) and Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. – have clearly given a positive response to these questions. Following successful practical tests, the new MTM method, which combines the MTM-based process for production-oriented design (ProKon) with the ergonomic assessment based on EAWS (Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet), has attracted great interest from other corporations too. After all, MTM-ProKonE (production-oriented design ergonomics) enables users to evaluate both ease of assembly for a product and the ergonomic risk inherent in the assembly process as early as the development or design phase and therefore prevent costs associated with introducing improvements at a later stage.


New Webshop for MTM Training Courses Online from 7 January 2019!

Registration for MTM training courses will be even simpler in the future: The new online shop will go live at on 7 January 2019. The technical implementation of the new booking system will take place at the turn of the year.


Kostal: Strengthening Employees’ Digital Skills

The challenges of the future are many and varied – not just with a view to digitalizing industrial production. The work content in manual assembly operations with partially automated areas is becoming more and more extensive and complex too, learning times are becoming shorter, the working environment is becoming more interdisciplinary and the scope for making decisions is greater. The partners involved in the PALM4.Q project on process-oriented and work-related learning in assembly operations – Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG in Lüdenscheid und Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. – are working on a system to identify what kind of digital skills are required for various groups of employees.


Exporting Training Course: E-Learning Platform Already Being Intensively Tested


2018 German MTM Conference: Sonja Kühn and Christof Oberhausen Honored


BSH, Kiekert and Schaeffler Test the MTM-HWD® Process Building Block System

16 Oct. 2018
The partners in the Human Work Design (HWD®) development project – Audi, Daimler, Miele and VW – are currently in the process of validating the new MTM-HWD® process building block system and gaining experience in its use in corporate practice. Three new users – Kiekert, BSH and Schaeffler – attended the 50th working group meeting at Erfurt in September. The gathering focused on assessing the degree of maturity of the process building block system, new features for the analysis procedure and gaining new users.


From 2019: Shorter Training Periods – Lower Prices

Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. is playing a leading role in developing and establishing consistent MTM training standards that apply around the world. The requirements of member corporations and customers based on digitalization, globalization and the process of demographic change for MTM training in the future form the background to this. The new training structure forms part of the training and examination regulations that come into force on 1 January 2019.


MTM-HWD®, EAWS, Motion Capturing: MTM Presents Innovations

MTM-HWD®, EAWS (Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet), motion capturing with the digitally networked full-body suit – MTM is presenting the latest innovations in the form of lectures and specialist exhibitions during the 2018 Science Year. The networked full body suit for logging movement data (motion capturing) was an absolute highlight at the A+A 2017; it can be used to assess ergonomic workloads. The full-body suit can be experienced live at the GfA fall conference, which is taking place in Berlin on 27 and 28 September 2018. The event organized by the Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft (GfA or Society for Ergonomics) is also an integral part of the 2018 Science Year, which is entitled “The Working Environment of the Future.”


MTM by E-Learning: Efficient, Innovative, Global

Shorter training times and therefore shorter periods of absence for employees, standard teaching materials, paperwork and qualifications around the globe, innovative teaching elements and consistently high quality – they are the most important requirements for member corporations and customers when it comes to MTM training for the future.


EAWS User Group: More members at the start

The declared aim of the EAWS User Group Germany is to continue developing the EAWS process (Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet) – the international assessment standard for physical workloads at the workplace – in the proper manner and in a practical way. Alongside the following member corporations that have been actively involved for years (Brose, imk automotive, Miele, Stihl and Volkswagen), these new members are now represented on the user group too: BSH, Schaeffler, Siemens and SMA Technologies.


"IE arrives in the Digitalization Age by means of MTM-HWD®"


MTM-1 Goes Digital: First Learning Modules Prepared for Teaching


HWD® and EAWS: A Major Focus of Interest at International Ergonomics Conferences


KOSTAL: Mechatronics Trainees Take Over Part of PALM4.Q Project


MTM Exports Practitioner Training Course


Kostal and MTM Develop Qualification Concept for Assembly Work


Digitally Networked Full Body Suit Was the Number One Attraction