Method study

• Improvement of processes and procedures.
• Improvements of factory, shop and workplace layout and of
design of plant and equipment.
• Economy of human efforts and the reduction of unnecessary
• Improvement in the use of materials, machines and manpower.
• The development of a better physical working environment.


Selecting the work to be studied
• Economic considerations
Movements of material over long distances
Operations involving repetitive work
• Technical considerations
Relatively straight forward
Based on the technical knowledge of the process
• Human considerations
Most difficult to foretell – because of mental and emotional
Select an unpopular job for method study.

8. Product and operation Person who proposed investigation Reason for proposal Particulars of the job Equipment Layout Product Savings and/or increase in productivity expected. 4 . 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.Important considerations 1.

Neatness and accuracy important. equipment details (code#. Increased value if following is included: Product. Details on the chart must be obtained from direct observation. 5. 3. drawing#) Job or process being carried out Location and time (date) of the study Observer’s name Chart reference number 5 . 2. It gives a complete picture of what is being done and helps to understand the facts and its relationship to one another. Should not be from memory. 4.Why charts? • • • • 1.

an abbreviated description of what is done during the operation or inspection. 6 .Outline process chart: • Outline process chart: The outline process chart would bear against each symbol. • Outline process chart which gives an overall view of the entire process is designed to give a quick understanding of the work which must be done to produce a given product. The analyst questioning on the outline process chart may discover significant cost reductions by combining or eliminating certain operations and inspections. • It makes possible a study of the operations and inspections so that the best sequence may be developed.

release. or a tool. □ INSPECTION – is used to denote inspection. D DELAY—is used to denote time during which the hand or limb being charted is idle (although the others may be in use). or material. component or material. use. position.The symbols of process chart are as follows: • • • • • • • • • • • • The symbols of process chart are as follows:  HOLD ―STORAGE‖  OPERATION – is used for the activities of grasp.  TRANSPORT—is used to represent the movement of the hand (or limb) to or from the work. etc. of a tool. 7 .

8 .Flow process chart• Flow process chart• A flow process chart is a process chart setting out the sequence of the flow of a product or a procedure by recording all events under review using the appropriate process chart symbol • Flow process chart – Man type: A flow process chart which record what the worker does.

9 .• Flow process chart. • Flow process chart-Equipment type.A flow process chart which records how equipment is used.Material type: • A flow process chart which records how material is handled or treated.

D Permanent storage-.□ Transport--Temporary storage of Delay--.• • • • • • Symbols of flow process chart: Operation – O Inspection--. 10 .

machine. or bars to represent the activities of different operators or machines against a common time scale the chart shows the periods of idleness on the part of any subjects. also on maintenance work when scheduling expensive plant. • Extremely useful in organizing teams of operatives on massproduction work. equipment) are each recorded on a common time scale to show their interrelationship. during the process. • This makes it possible to rearrange these activities so that such ineffective time is reduced. 11 . • By using separate vertical columns.Multiple activity chart • A chart on which the activities of more than one subject (worker.

Facility layout / Plant lay out .

Facility layout: Method study considerations • Important considerations: Easiest flow of material.etc. • Layout by Process or function: Here all operations are of same nature are grouped together.g.g. 13 . at the lowest cost and with minimum handling. Ship building. • Layout by fixed position: • E. air crafts. garment industry. e.

Material handling .

• Typical material handling problem solved in the same way as all method study problem – start with asking questions. • Most important question: WHY is this handling done? 15 . • Only important method study principle: Motion Economy! • Material handling adds to the cost of manufacture but adds nothing to the value of the product.Material handling • Typically material handing may take up to 85% of the total process time. ideally there should be no material handling. • Therefore.

Specially critical when one is buying material handling equipment for the workplace. AIM: Minimization of movement in any plane – horizontal or vertical. 16 . Change in workplace layout affects not only the quantity but also the type of material handling equipment necessary.Material handling: Process • • • • • improved material handling process is traditional way of solving any method study problems Use of outline and process flow charts and flow diagrams to ensure a correct workplace layout.

platforms or container available at the workplace. • Keep gangways clear. • Never keep material on floor. • Don’t reduce the supplementary human labor if it means increase in the load for direct operators. • Always have sufficient boxes.Material handling: Important aspects • Always try to keep material at the height at which they are to be worked upon. • Always handle in bulk over distances. • Let gravity work for you. • Always keep distances over which material is handled as short as possible. 17 .

Movement of workers .

19 . • An operator is looking after two or more machines. This happens when. • Bulk material is fed to or removed from a continuous process. with or without material. • In stores and shops when variety of materials are being removed from or put away into racks or bins. • In restaurants and canteens kitchens during preparation of meal. • Laborers are delivering material to or removing work from a series of machines.Effects of shop layout on worker movement There are many activities in which workers move at irregular intervals between a number of points in the working area.

• A special form of flow diagram.String diagram A scale plan or model on which a thread is used to trace and measure the path of workers. it will most often be used to supplement a flow process chart. • Like flow diagram. • Necessary that the string diagram be drawn correctly to scale. • Start using the string diagram by recording all the relevant facts from direct observation. material or equipment during a specified sequence of events. in which a thread is used to measure distance. whereas regular flow diagram can be drawn only approximately to scale. 20 .

21 . the string diagram is used for plotting the movements of workers. • Most commonly. string diagram and flow chart can give clearest possible picture of what is actually being done. • Flow process chart will be examined critically in order to make sure that all unnecessary activities are eliminated before a new method is proposed and tested using string diagram. • String diagram can be used to plot movements of material to know how far the materials travel.String diagram • Thus.

should be drawn to scale.String diagram: Process • A scale plan of working area similar to that required for a flow diagram must be made. together with doorways. • Machines. with higher accuracy. stores etc. the heads being allowed to stand well clear of the surface. benches. • A measured length of thread is then taken and tied around the pin at the starting point of the movements. as stated earlier. pillars. partitions. • Pins should also be driven in at all the turning points on the route. • Completed plan should be attached to a softwood board and pins driven into it firmly at every stopping point. 22 .

• By measuring the length of the thread.String diagram: Process • It is then led around the pins at the other points of call in the order noted on the study sheet until all the movements have been dealt with. 23 . those which are most frequently traversed being covered with the greatest number of strings. • Of two or more workers are studied over the same working area. the distance traveled by the worker can be calculated. • The result is to give a picture of the paths of movement of the operators. different colored threads may be used to distinguish them.

• The length of the thread for the new layout is measured and compared with the length of thread for original layout. • Pins and templates are moved around until an arrangement is found by which the same operation can be performed with a minimum movement between them. 24 . • Difference in length of threads represent the reduction in distance traveled as a result of improved layout. • This can be checked by leading the thread around the pins in their new positions.String diagram: Analysis • Examination of diagram and development of new layout done in a similar fashion as with a flow diagram. keeping the same sequence.

materials or equipment between any number of places over any given period of time. 25 .Travel chart • A travel chart is a tabular record for presenting quantitative data about the movements of workers.

• It is a tabular record for presenting quantitative data about movements of workers. • It is represented as a square matrix: columns indicating origin of movement and rows the destination. 26 . distance traveled etc. • Data could be travel time taken. Or vice versa. • When the movement patterns are complex. And when a great many movements along complex paths are involved.Travel chart • String diagrams take a rather long time to construct. the travel chart is quicker and more manageable recording technique. the diagram looks like ugly mess of criss-crossing lines. materials or equipment between any number of places over any given period of time.

• Just the start and end of the travel is recorded as corresponding columns and row. 27 .Travel chart • The person conducting the study doesn’t have to trace the actual path from origin to destination.

28 .handed process chart • The two handed process chart is a process in which the activities of a worker’s hands (or limbs) are recorded in their relationship to one another.Two.

Gilbreth differentiated 17 fundamental hand or hand and eye motions.Micromotion study • • • Micromotion study: In certain types of operation. it is worth while going into much greater detail to determine where movements and efforts can be saved and to develop the best possible pattern of movement. The micromotion group of techniques is based on the ideas of dividing human activity into divisions of movements or groups of movements (known as therblings) according to the purpose for which they are made. the founder of motion study. The divisions were devised by Frank B. The techniques used for this purpose frequently make use of filming. symbol and letter for recording purposes. to which an eighteen has subsequently been added.Gilberth. and are known collectively as micromotion study. thus enabling the operative to perform the operation repeatedly with a minimum of effort and fatigue. and particularly those with very short cycles which are repeated thousands of times ( such as the packing of sweets into boxes or food cans into cartons). the word ―therblig‖ is an anagram of his name. Each therblig has a specific color. 29 .

often performed with extremely rapidity. 30 . Because simo chart are used primarily for operations of short duration. it is generally necessary to compile them from films made of the operation which can be stopped at any point or projected in slow motion. The Simultaneous motion cycle chart in short known as simo chart is the micromotion form of the man type flow process chart.Simo Chart (Defination) • • • Simo Chart (Defination): A simo chart is a chart. used to record simultaneously on a common time scale the therbligs or groups of therbligs performed by different parts of the body of one or more workers. often based on firm analysis. It will be seen that the movements are recorded against time measured in ―winks‖ (1 wink = 1/2000 minute).