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Mini-MOST® Work Measurement


General Description

Mini-MOST® is designed for short cycle repetitive operations in order to achieve the desired accuracy of ±5% at 95% confidence level for cycle time duration of about 5 to 120 seconds. It is the system of choice in developing fast operation cycle time.

Detailed Description

Mini-MOST® is a power of 1 system and is as close as MTM-1 in terms of TMU parameter index. The Mini-MOST® system has a small slotted time range of 1, 3, 6, 10, 24, 32, 42, 54, 67, 81, 113 etc. Assembly motion classes are defined clearly and can be easily slotted into the above time range with a high degree of precision. Unlike MTM-based or other conventional systems, there is no need to use mnemonic codes, which reduces applicator errors. Mini-MOST® uses only 3 operational sequences:

1. General Move Sequence
2. Controlled Move Sequence
3. Tool Use / Machine Use / Process Controlled Sequence

This permits the easy development of work task time without having to worry too much on the human motions made at work. The motion sequence prompts the parameter index to be applied without fail. As there is no mnemonic code pegged to every motion made, the speed of Mini-MOST® system is much higher than other conventional approaches.

Generally, Mini-MOST® should always be used in fast-paced work environments where routine work and repetition allows the operator to work at high speed. All repetitive work of around 20 to 60 seconds is suitable for Mini-MOST® application.


Areas of Application

1. Short cycle Time Assembly Work
• Electronic Assembly
• Garment Assembly Work
• Short Cycle Machine Loading and Unloading

2. Repetitive Manufacturing
• Manual Benchwork Assembly
• Packing Work
• Sewing Operation
• Machine Loading and Unloading

3. Automatic Device Operation
• Scanning
• Dipping
• Pressing
• Pulling
• Sliding
• Pushing

4. Short and Repetitive Motion Handwork
• Brushing
• Painting
• Striking
• Tapping
• Typing
• Data Entry

5. Repetitive Counting Activity
• Fast Counting
• Finger Sliding
• Finger Pointing

6. Data Entry
• Short and Repetitive Data Entry
• Keyboard Activities
• Finger Motions
• Quick Sequence Tapping


Uses of Mini-MOST®

Mini-MOST® will equip engineers with the right tool to measure short and repetitive operations that are difficult to measure with any other work measurement system. Other useful applications include:

• Workload Balancing
• Capacity Calculation
• Man-hour / 100 Units
• Workload Scheduling
• Workload Distribution
• Reduced Delivery Cycle Time


What You Will Learn In Mini-MOST®

Day 1: General Move Sequence

• Mini-MOST® Common Parameters

– Action Distance
– Body Motion
– Obtain Control
– Action Distance (to place)
– Body Motion
– Placement
– Final Return Action

• The nature of General Move

• How General Move “ABG ABP A” is applied

• Demonstration and practice of “ABG”

• Demonstration and practice of “ABP A”

• How to use Repeat Frequency

• How to use Cycle Frequency

• Cycle Time development activity


Day 2: Controlled Move Sequence

• What is Controlled Move

• What are the parameters of Controlled Move

• How is “ABG MXI” applied

• WHat is Process Time, X

• How to apply X Process Time

• Theory of I Alignment

• How is Alignment applied

• Cycle Time analysis of process activities

• Test for accuracy

• In-house application of the Mini-MOST® system

• Special assignment to test the proficiency in applying Mini-MOST®


Day 3: Measurement of Process Activities

• What are the necessary activities to record for measurement

• How to break down job tasks for measurement

• How to gauge whether the Job Time set is considered a fair day’s work

• BSI Rating Scale used

• When to set for “Skillful Performance” and “Highly Skillful Performance”

• Fatigue and Relaxation Allowance

• How to develop Standard Work Value

• Special rules for Grasping action

• Simultaneous Motions and how to code them

• Body and Hand Motion Overlaps

• Repetitive Work with Body Motion analysis


Day 4: Special Application and Customization of Mini-MOST® Sequences

• Weight Factor

• How to factor in weight handling

• Accurate Positioning Analysis

• Insertion greater than 2.5cm

• How to assess the presence or absence of simultaneous motion

• Walking more than 2 steps

• Assembly Process analysis

• Material Handling analysis

• Repetitive Work analysis

• Special Tool Use Sequence analysis

• How to customize the Tool Use Sequence for use in Mini-MOST® analysis

• Mini-MOST® Assessment Examination

Information on Enrollment

The course is suitable for Manufacturing Engineers, Process / Industrial Engineers, Production Supervisors / Executives, System Engineers / Analysts, Office Managers / System Managers.