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MTM-HWD®: Methodical and Ergonomic Work Design in One Step

MTM/IE Regional Meeting at the VW Training Institute in Zwickau

Volkswagen Bildungsinstitut GmbH in Zwickau was host to the latest meeting of the MTM/IE Regional Group in Saxony. The interest shown by the more than 20 planning engineers, work and time managers from very different sectors initially focused on what the Saxon center of expertise is able to offer in terms of job training, further training and advice, but also on the new MTM-HWD
® process building block system, which Volkswagen has helped develop as part of the #HumanWorkDesign joint project. The regional group leader, Dr. Ricardo Schönherr, guided the participants through the agenda.

The VW Training Institute provided information to those attending the regional meeting about its own instructional and training activities in the field of industrial engineering and gave them an opportunity for an in-depth glimpse of the work of a training services specialist. Executive Director, Dr. Holger Naduschewski, led a tour of the training institute and came up with interesting and also surprising information about current opportunities and challenges facing a technical training service organization. The rapid spread of digitalization in instructional and training processes in particular played a role here.

“No other system can do that”
Another thematic highlight of the regional meeting was the lecture on the MTM-HWD® process building block system, which combines methodical and ergonomic work design in just one step for the first time. While the classic MTM process building block systems are mainly used by work planners, #HWD® (#HumanWorkDesign) is designed for use by several functional departments: ranging from time management to ergonomics/corporate health management/corporate physician, product development and design and even the human resources department and improvement management. Olaf Damitz from the industrial engineering department at VW in Wolfsburg and one of the first pioneer instructors in MTM-HWD® familiarized the participants at the regional meeting with the new process building block system and explained its major benefits:

  • Only one analysis is necessary, but it provides three results: a description of the procedure, time and ergonomics
  • The description of the process takes place with pictograms instead of codes and this makes it easier to visualize design and organizational potential
  • Significant time savings in logging data, as some boxes already have default entries on the (digital) description form etc.

It is possible to describe and assess each change in body posture during any movement – for example, a walking movement – and “no other system can do that!” Damitz added.

Next MTM-HWD® training course in June

In addition to the details regarding the specialist content, the participants were also interested in the further steps on how the new process building block system is being introduced at VW. “The primary aim is to now press ahead with the technical implementation in the work plan system – the central planning tool at VW,” Damitz said. “After all, MTM-HWD® creates greater leeway for actually designing the work and industrial engineers no longer have to invest most of their time in describing and assessing the process.” Damitz specifically invited those attending to make use of the services provided by MTM related to the new process building block system – for instance, the next

MTM-HWD® training course on 11 – 15 June 2018 in Stuttgart

or the familiarization package for corporations. Please contact:

Matthias Roth, Head of Sales and Marketing, accompanied the guests on a discovery tour through the training institute at the end of an exciting afternoon and provided information on the range of services at the center together with Executive Director Naduschewski in a competent and entertaining manner. 

The next regional meeting for the group in Saxony is already being planned. You will be able to find more detailed information on this in the near future on our website.

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