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Time Management Makes It Possible to Measure Lean Operations in the First Place

First Meeting of the New AWF “Time and Work Management” Working Group

Why is it essential for time management to work properly for lean management? MTM Executive Director Knuth Jasker posed this question at the beginning of his keynote lecture during the first meeting of the new “Time and Work Management” working group at AWF GmbH (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wirtschaftliche Fertigung). The host corporation was BKS GmbH, which has its headquarters in Velbert. Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. or Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH is supporting the working group with expert advice on the topic of time management. The meeting in Velbert focused on the organizational correlation of time management and lean issues. Those participating in the meeting had to jointly respond to the question posed at the beginning: Time management makes it possible to measure lean operations in the first place.

The declared aim of any productivity management system is to achieve the greatest level of efficiency along the complete value stream. Time management and lean issues make the same contribution here. “For the level of synchronization in production using lean issues (VSM, SMED/COE, Kanban, TPM, 5S or KAIZEN) is largely determined by the quality of the volume and time data that is available,” MTM Executive Director, Knuth Jasker, emphasized. “MTM provides this precise, reliable data, e.g. via ProKon, an MTM analysis, ergonomic assessment tools, line balancing and logistics standards. Combining MTM and lean issues means acting with a view to the future, instead of just seeking to correct existing matters.”

Time management + lean = effective management and a high level of planning reliability
Jasker explained the additional benefits offered by time management by presenting several cases. If KAIZEN is used on the shop floor, for example, the changes can be quantified in terms of time management. The PDCA model is another example. If time management is used, it is possible to identify any discrepancies, prepare precise delta analyses and also provide standardized responses. The “One Piece Flow” system is another example. The additional use of MTM process building blocks, for example, leads to defined standard performance, standards in line balancing and new ideas for designing workplaces.

The benefits of combining lean and time management approaches are absolutely obvious, according to the MTM Executive Director:

  • Ensuring that goals are met (primarily important for management)
  • Offering protection from excessive demands (this benefits employees on the shop floor)
  • Providing effective workshop management and a high level of planning reliability

The focus will soon be on allowance time/set-up time/recovery time
The mix of methods in logging data and allowance time/set-up time/recovery time will be the major focus at the second meeting of the “Time and Work Management” working group at Niesmann+Bischoff GmbH in Polch on 7-8 November 2018.

The founding members, Behr Hella Thermocontrol GmbH, BKS, GmbH, CWS-boco Deutschland GmbH, DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH, Diehl Comfort Modules GmbH, Hansgrohe SE, HEW-KABEL GmbH, KNIPEX-Werk C. Gustav Putsch KG, Niesmann+Bischoff GmbH, RITTAL GmbH & Co. KG, Siemens AG, Wacker Neuson Beteiligungs GmbH and BKS GmbH, are currently all involved in the working group.

Any interested corporations wishing to join should please contact Thomas Schöppler, AWF; his e-mail address is: ; cell phone: +49 1718636983

Are you interested in obtaining expert advice on the topic of time and work management based on MTM?
Contact details: Ralf Jaehnke, Managing Director, Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH; his e-mail address is:

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