Introduction to MEK
Introduction to MEK
The cost-effective work organization with the objective of constantly improving
- the cost-performance ratio (function, quality)
- delivery reliability (short-term, on schedule deliveries)
- humane, motivating work structuring
is a permanent task, regardless of the company’s size and industry, to insure the competitiveness of the company and its products.
Since its release in 1948, the MTM method has played an important role in accomplishing this task. It enables
- consistent, often analytical examination of production runs
- comprehensive examination of processes for determining weak points in the work method and conversion of potential into improvements
- assurance of up-to-date times of planned work systems based on a unified performance standard
Considering the predominant structural conditions in industry, MTM-1 (MTM basic system) was primarily developed for mass and line production and was successfully employed there.
The market conditions changed the situation of many companies that were now fundamentally characterized by:
- shortened production life-span
- increasing complexity in production
- increasing variety
- turning away from high production quantities
Designing, planning and managing operational work routines requires methods for calculating process data which accommodate these new conditions and whose application requires the least amount of costs and effort.
The sensitivity of MTM-1 is neither necessary nor economically viable for analyzing long-cycle processes or for activities which change constantly.
Based on these considerations, a building block system referred to as
MEK – (MTM in the one-of-a-kind/small batch)
was produced for use under conditions found in one-of-a-kind/small batch. MEK is a subsystem of the MTM prozess building block system.
Survey of the user-neutral MTM process building block system
The user-neutral MTM process building block system encompasses subsystems in 6 hierarchical levels, which have different characteristics regardless of the respective method level.
All higher aggregated subsystems of the MTM process building block system share basic features:
The method determines the time.
“…equivalent to the performance of an average worker who can perform a given task for the duration without tiring.”
All subsystems of MTM process building block system refer to acommon reference performance: the MTM-1 system.
features or factors which determine the time required for a given method, e.g. weight, distance, place accuracy.
The building block system MEK is a subsystem consisting of the MEK basic operations system and the MEK standard operations system. MEK is linked to the method level of the one-of-a-kind/small batch.
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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