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Time Study & Methods Engineering


Time Study and Methods Engineering (Analysis) are directly related.

Time Study is the analysis of a specific job by a qualified worker in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort. Time Study measures the time necessary for a job or task to be completed using the best method.

Methods Engineering/Analysis is the systematic recording and critical examination of the way tasks are completed in order to make improvements.

Methods analysis is concerned with the reduction of the work content of a job or operation, while work measurement is typically concerned with any ineffective time associated with the method and subsequent establishment of time standards for the operation.

Methods Analysis Objectives are:

  • The improvement of processes and procedures.
  • The improvement of plan, office or service area layout.
  • Economy in human effort and the reduction of unnecessary fatigue.
  • Improvement in the use of materials, machines and manpower.
  • Development of a better physical working environment.

In methods analysis, the following six questions can help to pinpoint areas for improvement. For each operation performed on every part ask: Why? What? When? Who? Where? How?