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Audi: New MTM-HWD® process building block system about to be pilot tested

Audi AG has conducted an in-house company training course on the new MTM-HWD® process building block system; it is the first partner in the consortium project known as Human Work Design (HWD®) to do so. Nine IE employees from the business centers in Györ and Ingolstadt took part in the MTM-HWD® course led by pioneer instructor Hans-Thomas Mai at AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. in the Hungarian city of Györ. The purpose of the training course was to prepare for the pilot testing of MTM-HWD® at Audi. The first public MTM-HWD® training course was held in Stuttgart in the fall last year. The newly developed MTM-HWD® modeling templates were introduced both at the course in Stuttgart and the one in Györ. This involves a kind of advanced level on top of the MTM-HWD® process building block system, comparable to the MTM-UAS standard operations. The declared aim of the developers is to once again significantly increase the application speed of MTM-HWD®.

The MTM-HWD® building block system combines methodical and ergonomic work design in just one stage. Any corporation using the system not only benefits from being able to determine the standard times, but also gains significant information on how ergonomically suitable work design and productivity development can be reconciled. That is to say, if corporations do not just have time issues in mind – and ideally use the classic MTM process building block systems for this purpose – but want to do more and reduce elements like ergonomic workloads at work stations because workers are becoming older and older – then MTM-HWD® is the number one choice.

Here is a summary of the benefits of using MTM-HWD® at a glance:

  • More ideas for increasing productivity and ergonomic design, based on a standard and high-definition process description
  • Lower expenditure on human resources in the planning and improvement process (CIP)
  • Improved use of human resources because of a precise recognition and design for workloads (reintegration management, among other things)
  • A common understanding of processes during interdisciplinary cooperation through the pictogram description
  • A standard reference base for operational result quantities (time, ergonomics) and workflow indicators (value added, eHPV, etc.)
  • An increase in awareness regarding behavioral ergonomics and quality assurance in the employees as a result of the precise work method instructions

The MTM-HWD® process building block system has been developed for short-cycle serial production (process types I-II) and also makes use of the ergonomic assessment tools used at many corporations, including EAWS (Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet), the internationally recognized standard procedure for identifying biomechanical risks in work processes. While the classic MTM process building block systems are used by work planners and therefore normally by just one group of experts within a corporation, MTM-HWD® is designed for use by several functional areas – ranging from time management to ergonomics/corporate health management/corporate physician, product development and design and even the human resources department and improvement management. The benefits of this combined method are only felt if MTM-HWD® is used in an interdisciplinary manner – and it therefore conforms to the modern understanding of human-centered industrial engineering.

The paper version of MTM-HWD® taught during the MTM-HWD® training course not only covers the process building blocks, but also the set of rules, the description forms, examples of usage and information regarding scientific corroboration. There is also a digital version available based on TiCon4, which comprehensively supports the preparation and management of MTM-HWD® analyses and also provides three analysis results in line with the correlation between the method and ergonomics: a description of the work process, time and the workload point value.

The MTM Academy is offering the next public MTM-HWD® training course in Stuttgart on 25 – 29 September 2017. This is geared towards planners, ergonomics specialists, industrial engineers and occupational health physicians. Those attending must have successfully passed the MTM-1 examination; a basic knowledge of ergonomics is also recommended – e.g. as taught in the “Basic Principles of Ergonomics” training course. You can obtain more detailed information about the course here.

Your contact partner for any technical questions:

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Finsterbusch
Head of the MTM Academy




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