MTM – Work design productive and safe

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

15.06.2018
New Issue in the ifaa Series of Publications Entitled “Leistung und Entgelt”

The latest issue of the series of publications entitled “Leistung und Entgelt” (Performance and Payment) from the Institut für angewandte Arbeitswissenschaft e. V. (ifaa) (Institute for Applied Labor Science) is dedicated to the new MTM-HWD® process building block system. MTM-HWD® combines methodical and ergonomic work design in just one stage for the very first time.


While the classic MTM building block systems are primarily used by work planners, HWD® (Human Work Design) is designed for use by several working departments: ranging from time management to ergonomics/corporate health management/the company physician, product development and design and even the human resources department and improvement management. The huge benefit here is that one single analysis produces three results: a process description, time and ergonomics.

From the predetermined motion time system to a modern process language
In addition to describing the motivation for developing the new process building block system, the edition of “Leistung und Entgelt” explains the current status and the experience from the initial practical tests. The article focuses on the change at MTM away from a system of predetermined motion times to a modern process language to provide a well-founded description and assessment of work. The latter is also the basis for designing productive work that meets ergonomic requirements too – which is a central task for employers and employee representatives.

Human-oriented work design with HWD®
Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, Head of the MTM Institute and the author of the new publication, pays particular attention to the opportunities that arise in conjunction with digitalization. “MTM-HWD® meets the requirements for human-oriented work design in a far better way than any other process language at the moment. The technologies are also available for handling this language in an efficient manner – which was not yet the case when developing MTM-UAS, for example. MTM-HWD® is in a position to provide crucial help in enabling industrial engineering to arrive in the digitalization age, because it supplies the fundamental and important raw material of the digital age – data and information – and also structures it,” Kuhlang emphasized. “The strategic approach adopted by HWD® and the new MTM-HWD® process building block system are suitable tools to be able to meet the challenges of digital transformation”, Kuhlang continued. “This approach leads to a change in our understanding of industrial engineering: moving in the direction of it becoming a key player for productive work that meets ergonomic requirements too.”

The issue entitled “Productive Work That Meets Ergonomic Requirements – from the MTM Process Language via Ergonomic Assessment to Human Work Design” can be obtained from the Institute for Applied Labor Science or Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V.

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