Development – A trip through MTM past
The era of the Industrial Revolution changed the world. With increasing mechanization and automation of work also comes a change in business management. Work organization is increasingly moving to the center of a still young discipline: scientific management. Its founder, Frederick W. Taylor, was the first to recognize the significance of time studies. His work, however, does remain disputed, even today. The chapter “Frederick Winslow Taylor – Celebrated and reviled, honored and misunderstood” explains why.
Even more crucial to the later development of the MTM process is the research of Taylor’s contemporary, Frank Bunker Gilbreth. His studies of movement between 1911 and 1924 were the building blocks for the “Development of the Predetermined Time Systems“.
The time comes in 1948: Industrial scientists Harold B. Maynard, John L. Schwab and Gustave J. Stegemerten establish the MTM method with their pioneering research. Objectivity, scientific soundness and a broad application scope cause American industrial engineers to immediately take note. Something new, organizationally was essential. Accordingly, a group of 11 practicing consultants met at New York City in January 1951, with Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth and Prof. Harry J. Loberg of Cornell University, to discuss the condition and to find ways of meeting it. Out of this cooperative approach evolved, in March 1951, the present non profit MTM Association for Standards and Research representing the U.S.A. and Canada. This body grew into the Cooperating National Associations and their incorporating, in six short years, as the International MTM Directorate.
MD Around the World
Austrian MTM Association
Association MTM Francaise
Deutsche MTM Vereinigung e.V.
Italian MTM Association
South Africa MTM Association
Asociación MTM Española
MTM-föreningen i Norden
Swiss MTM Association
U.S.A. and Canada MTM Association
Czech Republic MTM Association
Polskie Stowarzyszenie MTM
Associação MTM do Brasil
Asociación MTM Mexicana AC
MTM Hungária Egyesület
MTM Derneği Türkiye
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Minimizing stress situations
“We’re also carrying out process analyses in the nursing area. This has the crucial benefit that it is easier to plan human resources needs, minimize stress situations and, at the same time, guarantee excellent nursing care or even improve it.”
Dr. Stefan Beyer, Managing Director, Vital-Kliniken GmbH
Ergonomics and economics
“MTM makes a significant contribution towards reconciling an increase in productivity and ergonomics. Because the basis for any increase in productivity is firstly the technical preparation work, the industrial equipment, but also the work design for the employees. When there’s an increase in productivity, there’s greater physical pressure for the employee – and the MTMergonomics analysis allows us to classify the level of this pressure.”
Harald Ebner, Head of Disk Brakes Unit, Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH, Aldersbach
"The introduction of the ERGO-UAS system has dramatically changed the way of developing the new products and of managing Production and the Industrial Relations. No motion can be designed, implemented and executed in our company without the scientific assessment of the biomechanical load generated by the motion itself. The paradigm "more productivity less health" has been turned into the new "more productivity more health" and the ERGO-UAS system has become one of the fundamental pillar of our production system"
Luigi Gennaro Galante, VP Manufacturing EMEA, Fiat Group Automobiles SpA