Methods and competencies in logistics planning METHODS-TIME-MEASUREMENT (MTM)


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The process in focus – recognising and harnessing productivity potential

When it comes to designing work systems efficiently at process level, methods-time measurement (MTM) is mostly used in practice. Using this method, complex workflows are split into individual components (e.g.: grasping, bringing, letting go, etc.) and assessed on an employee and industry-independent basis. Thus, from small-scale production to office activities and assembly processes to mass productions segmented on a granular basis, working time requirements can be calculated with pre-determined times, without the need for an employee-specific performance level assessment.


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Ergonomics and efficiency – methods-time measurement in operational logistics


LOGSOL uses the MTM method to describe and assess processes and employee requirements analyses in the field of operational logistics. Here, a specially developed tool is used. Using variable parameters, diverse scenarios can be mapped in it and various processes described and assessed. In addition, LOGSOL uses methods-time measurement analyses as the basis for preparing work instructions. In this connection, ergonomics at the workplace play an important role and will increasingly become a point of focus in future. This is because, due to demographic change, the number of older employees who must continue to work as healthy and motivated employees until they retire is rising. By means of rough screening, LOGSOL uncovers health risks at the workplace reliably already during the planning phase. Thus, by considering processes and workplaces ergonomically, companies can lower their sickness absence rate sustainably – for “healthy” workplaces with satisfied employees who make a crucial contribution to the company’s success.

Process analysis

  • Recording of real or planned processes
  • Division of processes into activities
  • Division of activities into basic movements
  • Work out influential factors (height, weight, etc.)

Time allocation

  • Allocation of corresponding codes per basic process and determination of the time units
  • Parametrisation of the process to represent various scenarios
  • Calculation of individual and total times


  • Clear time determination of real or planned processes
  • Employee workload analysis
  • Starting base for planning, optimisation, cost control, etc.