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# WORK MEASUREMENT

Work Measurement

A technique used to determine the best estimate of the time required to perform a task Regardless of the methodology used, the immediate objective of all work measurement studies is the development of standard time Standard time is the time that a person suited to the job and fully trained in the specified method will need to perform the job if he or she works at a normal or standard tempo

## Uses of Standard Time

Providing a base for estimating productivity/efficiency (standard output) Estimating manufacturing costs (labor) Developing production schedules (capacity) Justifying additional production capacity Appraising employee performance Determining incentive payment plans

## How to obtain standard time

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Time Study/Stopwatch Method Work Sampling Pre-determined Time Systems (PDTS) Standard Data

## Time Study/Stopwatch Technique

The method basically involves taking a number of observations for the operation Divide the operation into elements Rate the operators performance Set allowances Check whether a sufficient number of cycles have been timed Compute the standard time

PRACTICE

## Breaking Down into Elements

The following must be carefully noted: 1. Repetitive element 2. Occasional element 3. Constant element 4. Variable element 5. Manual element 6. Machine element 7. Governing element 8. Foreign element - events that occur while a job is being performed that are not part of the normal work assignment (e.g. dropped tool, sneeze, etc.). These are unnecessary, unproductive element that are added to the job by the worker

## Computation of Number of Cycles

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n = (zs/ax)2 where : s = standard deviation z = value for a desired confidence level a = accuracy/error (in percent) _ X = mean

## Computation of Number of Cycles

n = (zs/e)2
where : s = standard deviation z = value for a desired confidence level e = accuracy/error (in unit of time) _ X = mean

## Computation of Number of Cycles

Typical Value of (z) used in the computation: Desired Confidence Percent 90 95 95.5 98 99 z-value 1.65 1.96 2.00 2.33 2.58

## Computation of Number of Cycles

The General Electric Company has established Table for Number of Observation Cycles as an appropriate guide. This is shown below:
Cycle time in minutes

0.10 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 2.00 2.00 5.00 5.00 10.00 10.00 20.00 20.00-40.00 40.00-above

## Recommended Number of Cycles 200 100 60 40 30 20 15 10 8 5 3

Sample Problem
A time study analyst wants to estimate the time required to perform a certain job. A preliminary study yielded a mean of 6.4 minutes and a standard deviation of 2.1 minutes. The desired confidence is 95 percent. How many observations will be needed (including those already taken) if the desired maximum error is : a. 10 percent of the sample mean b. One-half minute

## Sample Problem No. 4

Jim and Bob recently conducted time study on a janitorial task. From a sample of 75 observations, they computed an average cycle time of 15 minutes with a standard deviation of 2 minutes. Was their sample large enough that one can be 99% confident that the standard time is with in 5% of the true value. (z = 2.33)

Rating

It is the process during which the time study analyst compares the performance (speed or tempo) of the operator under observation with the observers own concept of normal performance Rating is a matter of judgment on the part of the time study analyst The objective is to determine the average level of performance at which the operator was working while the study is being made

## Westinghouse System of Rating

Skill the effect of skill is minimized by timing only people who are skilled. Operators must be fully trained in their work classification before being time studied. Very skilled operator make a job looks easy but an operator shows lack of skill when dropping, fumbling or inconsistent timing occurs Effort is the operators speed and/or tempo and is measured based on the normal operator working at 100%.

## Westinghouse System of Rating

Consistency greatest indication of skill. The operator is consistent when he or she runs the elements of the job in the same time, cycle after cycle. Consistency is used to determine the number of cycles. A consistent operator needs to run only a few parts before a cycle time is known with accuracy. When inconsistency is present the analyst must take many more cycles to be acceptably accurate in the time study Conditions - can affect the performance of the operator such as hot, cold, dusty, dirty or noisy environment

## Westinghouse Rating Factor

Allowances

These are extra time added to the normal time such that standard time becomes practically attainable No manager or supervisor expects employees to work every minute of the hour This was the question asked by Frederick Taylor over 100 years ago Would you expect the employee to work 30 minutes per hour? How about 40 minutes? 50 minutes

## How to set Allowances?

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Personal Allowance is the time an employee is allowed for personal things such as talking to coworkers, going to restroom, getting a drink etc. Fatigue Allowance is the time an employee is allowed for recuperation from fatigue. Delay Allowance is called unavoidable because it is out of the operators control. Something happens to prevent the operator from working such as waiting for instructions, or raw materials, machine breakdown or maintenance

## Formula for Standard Time

Normal Time = Observed Time x R.Factor Standard Time = Normal Time x A.Factor AFjobtime = 1 + A 1 AFworkday = ---------------1A where: A = Allowance % (e.g. 3%, 5%)

## Sample Problem No.1

Compute the allowance factor these two (2) cases: 1. The allowance is 20 percent of job time 2. The allowance is 20 percent of work time

## Sample Problem No.2

A time study of an assembly operation yielded the following observed times, for which the analyst gave a performance rating of 1.10. Using an allowance of 15 percent of job time, determine the appropriate standard time for this operation.

## Sample Problem No.2

Observation Time Observation (mins) Time (mins)

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## Sample Problem No. 3

Given the following readings : 1 2 3 4 5 0.239 0.052 0.198 0.049 0.080 6 7 8 9 10 0.060 0.068 0.239 0.988 0.239

## Sample Problem No. 3

From the above data, determine the representative selected time using :
a. arithmetical method b. modal method

## Sample Problem No. 4

Jim and Bob recently conducted time study on a janitorial task. From a sample of 75 observations, they computed an average cycle time of 15 minutes with a standard deviation of 2 minutes. Was their sample large enough that one can be 99% confident that the standard time is with in 5% of the true value. (z = 2.33)

PRACTICE PROBLEMS

WORK MEASUREMENT

## Computations for Allowance

COMPUTATIONS FOR ALLOWANCE (MINS) Given : % ALLOWANCE = 15% TASK ALLOWANCE/JOB TIME ALLOWANCE Allowance (minutes) % ALLOWANCE = ---------------------------------------TPT Allowance (minutes) Allowance (minutes) 15% = -------------------------------------------------450 minutes Allowance (minutes)

## Computations for Allowance

WORKDAY ALLOWANCE/SHIFT ALLOWANCE Allowance (minutes) % ALLOWANCE = -------------------------------TPT Allowance (minutes) 15% = ------------------------------450 minutes

## Work Sampling Technique

A method of finding the percentage occurrence of a certain activity by sampling and random observations Its main objective is to measure the activities and delays of workers or machines and/or working time and nonworking time of a manual operation and establish a standard time for an operation

## Work Sampling Formula

(total time in mins) x (working time in %) x (performance index in percent) Standard time = ----------------------------------------------- x AF per piece Total number of pieces produced
(480 x 0.85 x 1.10) = ------------------------- x 1.15 = 1.23 mins 420

## Pre-determined Time Systems

A method which uses the Methods Time Measurement (MTM) system which analyzes any manual operation into the basic motions required to perform it and assigns to each motion a predetermined time standard which is determined by the nature of the motion and the conditions under which it is made.

## Pre-determined Time Systems

It uses tables which give the motion-time data for each basic element such as Reach, Move, Turn, Apply Pressure, Grasp, Position, Release, Disengage, Eye Travel and Eye Focus, etc

## Pre-determined Time Systems

The unit of time used in the tables is referred to as TMU (time-measurement unit) which has the following conversions : 1 TMU = 0.00001 hour = 0.0006 minute = 0.036 second 1 hour = 100,000 TMU 1 minute = 1,666.7 TMU 1 second = 27.8 TMU

## How to get Standard Time

Using MTM1, compute for the standard time for the motions required in order to dispose one part of product. The left hand reaches an object 12 inches away (Case C). Grasps the object 2 in diameter which is mixed with other materials (searching and selection occur). The left hand then moves the object back to the other hand. A transfer grasp puts the object in the right hand, which then moves it 2 inches to an exact location, positions it and releases it.

## How to get Standard Time

Left Hand R12C G4A M10A G3 TMU 14.2 7.3 11.3 5.6 5.2 5.6 2.0 51.2 Right Hand

## G3 M2C P1SE RL1

TOTAL

Standard Time = 51.2 TMU x (0.0006 minutes/TMU) Standard Time = 0.03072 minutes

## Standard Data Technique

A method which derive standard elemental times from a firms historical time study data This obtains elemental times that are common to many jobs Example, in a machine tool work all elements may be virtually alike except for the machine time of the cutting time

## Standard Data Concept

SPRAYING TIME AND PRODUCT SURFACE AREA Y =a+b
ST = 20 mins

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ST = ?? ST = 40 mins

## Standard Data Formula

a = (x2)(y) - x(xy) n (x2) (x)2 b = n(xy) - x (y) n(x2) - (x)2
y = a + b (x) regresssion line

## How to get Standard Time

b = 0.001304 a = 0.10403
Y = 0.10403 + 0.001304 (surface area) Standard Time=0.10403 + 0.001304 (250) Standard Time = 0.429 minutes