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New Publication on MTM in the Comprehensive Production System (CPS)

The systematic anchoring of suitable ergonomic work is a success factor

The Braunschweig Symposium for Comprehensive Production Systems (CPS) is taking place for the tenth time this year. To mark this jubilee, Prof. Dr. Uwe Dombrowski, Head of the Institute of Advanced Industrial Management (IFU) at Braunschweig University of Technology, and Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, Head of the Institute at the Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. (German MTM Association), are publishing a book entitled "Mensch-Organisation-Technik im Lean Enterprise 4.0" (Human Organization Techniques in Lean Enterprise 4.0). The publication deals with the development of the issue of CPS from the point of view of the worlds of science, research and practice. A special chapter is devoted to the subject of “MTM and Ergonomics.”


The background to this is the need to systematically base ergonomically suitable work in the CPS in order to successfully implement the management model within a corporation. It is the job of MTM to develop the content of this new design field in the CPS. The new MTM-HWD® process building block system plays a special role in this; it combines the methodical and ergonomic process description in just one stage for the very first time. Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang says, “MTM-HWD® embodies the change in the understanding, the perception and the use of MTM as a process language for modelling human work like no other MTM building block system. In the light of aging workforces, it is essential to minimize health risks at work stations in every sector and maintain the efficiency of employees so that they can continue working until the end of their careers. The comprehensive work system design that is available with MTM-HWD® helps enterprises to handle these challenges,” Kuhlang emphasizes.

In addition to articles from the series of events, including this year’s symposium, the publication contains an extensive presentation of the current state of research and the use of the CPS method standard within corporations; and it points forward to the CPS in the context of Industry 4.0. Statements from renowned academics and experts from the world of operating practice provide additional value within the publication.

The book is entitled “Mensch-Organisation-Technik im Lean Enterprise 4.0” and is available from the Shaker publishing house, ISBN: 978-3-8440-5411-8.

The jubilee event on 14 September 2017 at the Old City Hall in Braunschweig will focus on the lean enterprise methodological standards as a success factor for digital transformation. The symposium will tackle the following issues, among others:

  • What will the transformed factory of the future look like?
  • What role does Industry 4.0 play in introducing Comprehensive Production Systems?
  • How does a Lean Enterprise 4.0 enhance learning?
  • Digital transformation – at any cost?

The speakers include Dr. Bernhard Huck, Volkswagen AG, Dr. Uwe Winkelhake, IBM Deutschland GmbH, Tobias Hoffmann, HOFFMANN Maschinen- und Apparatebau GmbH, Dr. Thomas Rennemann, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Hubertus Müller, Kohl und Sohn Rheinisches Press- und Ziehwerk GmbH, Michel Isermann, Hella Corporate Center GmbH as well as Thomas Bernitt, Leopold Kostal GmbH, and Manuela Ostermeier, Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V.

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