MTM – Work design productive and safe


13th TiCon® Users’ Meeting

This year’s TiCon® users’ and administrators’ meeting focused on the latest requirements for software solutions in the fields of time management, design and ergonomic assessment – and development trends within the sector too. More than 80 customers of the MTM Software Center from Germany and abroad accepted the invitation to attend.

The participants obtained information on new and ongoing developments from the MTM Software Center – for example, on the new TiCon Takt (Balancing) in SAP module, on ErgonomicsExpress, a rapid screening process for the ergonomic assessment of a large number of work stations, and on FlexPro, the IT solution for predicting learning times. There was also a presentation of MTMmobile, a new app for preparing and printing MTM analyses on iPads and sending them by e-mail.

MTMmobile is designed as a simple solution for the MTM application and the spreading of MTM in training and teaching environments, but it does not (yet) have any link to the TiCon database. The panel discussions also concentrated on using tablet computers at corporations. Airbus, for example, has already moved towards using mobile devices on final production lines. A great deal of paper is still in use – for discussing and assessing data too. But if any changes, which have been entered on a tablet locally, are entered directly in the system, i.e. the data can be synchronized, the general opinion was that this would be a good approach.

When it comes to processing data in graphical form for production planning, the participants in the discussion forum agreed that the visualization of the analysis results provided the basis for rapid management decisions that are governed by the facts.

Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A, Veritas AG, PFW Aerospace GmbH, Siemens Industry Software GmbH and RWTH Aachen University provided reports based on experience and best practice examples this year.

Legend: Piero Maina, Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A


Unified standards: IMD supports global players

The International MTM Directorate (IMD) met in Milan at the beginning of May. The German MTM Association adopted the role of mentor for the new official MTM chapter in Hungary. During the discussions, the IMD members agreed to provide closer cooperation in the area of consultancy, e.g. when providing support for member corporations with global operations. The aim of this close cooperation on the IMD is to enable every member company to guarantee unified standards in productivity management at all its corporate business sites around the globe.


Training Center in Stuttgart starts work in october 2013

The German MTM Association now offers seminars and training courses at ten different locations in Germany. The premises at the Zettachring in Stuttgart have now been expanded to a considerable degree. In order to be able to make MTM tangible in the real sense of the word, the new training center will focus much more in the future on providing so-called hardware seminars for designing products that are easy to assemble, work system design that pays attention to ergonomics issues, cardboard engineering, simulation games and practical seminars related to the issue of lean management in production, logistics and administration. The official inauguration of the training center in Stuttgart is planned to take place in October this year.


All-round services for TiCon users

Where are we – and where are we going? The meeting of TiCon users and administrators in Dresden on 6 June 2013 will focus on the latest requirements for software solutions in the fields of time management, design and assessing ergonomics – and also cover development trends in the sector. The event supplements the general agreement offered by the software center to maintain the “TiCon” and “TiCon for SAP” software products. You can find more information about the maintenance contract and other services provided by the software center in Dresden on our website.


Assessment standard for ergonomics: User Group gathers momentum

The EAWS user group met in Heilbronn on 25 April 2013 in order to discuss the general conditions for the project work involved in turning EAWS (Ergonomic Assessment Work Sheet) into an international assessment standard. The first major corporations have already joined the user group in the shape of Volkswagen and Airbus; others have promised to actively work with the group. The Institute of Ergonomics at Darmstadt University of Technology (IAD) and MTM signed a cooperation agreement to divide up the work of the user group in terms of its content and organization. The next meeting is planned to take place in the fall. Any parties interested in working on the EAWS user group should please get in touch with the managers of the German MTM Association, which is coordinating the work of the user group.


Innovation: MTM develops new building system

„Human Work Design“ that is what the development project is called which is initiated by MTM. Together with member companies from the automobile industry and the home appliance sector. The Institute for Work Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt (IAD) is the science partner for this venture. MTM launched this project to elaborate ergonomical and working system aspects into a new building system for the first time. The goal is a new quality in the description and the design of manual working procedures following the MTM principle „work productive and healthy“.


MTM international: IMD-Meeting in Milan

The international MTM directorship (IMD) with representatives of their national MTM associations as well as their chapters get together in Milan from May 2nd to May 5th 2013. The IMD was founded in 1957 and is supervising the MTM copyrights of the Methods-Time Measurement while coordinating all MTM activities and co-operations world wide. The agenda includes standardization of the national MTM data cards, the presentation of the new material regarding the MTM modular system MEK and the MTM instructor license. The panels of the IMD will get together as well as the executive board. Dr. Knut Kille will present himself as new director of the german MTM association and the MTM consultancy. His predecessor Dr. Hans Fischer now holds office as president of the IMD.

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