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The MOST® System

MOST® Work Measurement System

In recent years, HB Maynard (one of the founders of the MTM-1 System) developed a new system of time standard development to meet the requirements of:

• Method Sensitivity
• Variation in Distance
• Ease of Coding
• Simplicity in Application
• Repeating Parameter
• Frequency
• Number of Cycles
• Ease of Computation
• User Friendliness
• Excel Friendliness

This renewed research work resulted in the development of:

a) Maxi-MOST®
b) Basic-MOST®
c) Admin-MOST®
d) Mini-MOST®

In the above systems, now owned by Accenture, there are obvious advantages. The MOST® system does away with mnemonic codes to represent motion categories and instead uses an ingenious method based on Operation Activity Parameters with indexing class to represent degree of difficulty in executing the motions as well as standard time slotted ranges for Part Handling, Tool Handling, Machine Handling, Equipment Use Sequence, Truck Sequence and Powered Crane Sequence.


Operational Activity Parameter Index

As MOST® uses Operational Activity Parameter Indexing approach, the developing of Methods and Waste Standards becomes more standardized to conform to consistency in application and yet sensitive to changes in:

• Operational Methods
• Distances
• Additional Adjustments
• Weight Factor
• Degree of Repetition
• Number of Parts
• Number of Actions

The indexing is based on time slotting range of 1, 3, 6, 10, 16, 24, 32 etc.

The database of MOST® Operation Activity Parameter Index values are based on MTM-2 standard work development. MOST® system meets the Air Force MIL-STD-1567A standard as one of the most reliable and consistent way of developing work standards.

The accuracy of the MOST® system is ±5% at 95% confidence level for the following measurement systems:






20 sec

120 sec

120 sec

20 minutes or less


MOST® system is user-friendly

MOST® system is the only work measurement system in the world that can be said to be 100% user-friendly as there is no complex mnemonic codes to memorize. There is no need to even refer to the datacard for the TMU time value after getting familiar with the system.

When it comes to application speed improvement and error reduction, MOST® system is unbeatable, achieving accurate work standard results at the desired accuracy within a short time using only a few Work Sequence calculations.


Which MOST® System to Study

For the Manufacturing Engineering specialist, it is advisable to undertake MOST® system study as follows:

Path 1: Basic-MOST® + Maxi-MOST®

Path 2: Mini-MOST® + Basic-MOST® + Maxi-MOST®

Path 3: Basic-MOST® + Admin-MOST® + Maxi-MOST®

Path 4: Mini-MOST® + Basic-MOST® + Admin-MOST® + Maxi-MOST®

However, for those who want to be expert in motion and time study, they can avail themselves to learn all the 4 MOST® systems of work measurement.


Accenture Certification

MOST® Certification is issued by Accenture USA upon successful completion of courseware and assessment administered on the last day of training.

Due to our proven record in conducting best-in-class training for the MOST® system, we are very confident that everyone will do well in the final assessment for certification.

Maxi-MOST® Training (4 Days)

Intermediate to Long Cycle Work Measurement

Maxi-MOST® is the ideal work measurement system for long cycle time activity which is only performed for a few cycles with considerable variations in the method and distances which are part and parcel of the work activities. It is another breakthrough in the work measurement world that is capable of work measurement based on Output Identification Unit (OIU), be it number of parts, tool actions, steps taken, body displacements, or distance measured etc., to transform them into measurable unit of time in Time Measurement Unit (TMU). The cycle time applicable to most application areas is anywhere from a few minutes to several hours in duration.

With Maxi-MOST® system, there is no need to worry about the characteristics of the motions made with respect to the engaging part. This therefore reduces the unnecessary detailed analysis of motions made that are so prevalent in other work measurement systems. This reduces applicator errors by eliminating the need to make judgment on variation in methods and distances.

Maxi-MOST® uses a few parameters to define the type of motions and provide the index value of each parameter based on:

– Tool Used
– Action Made
– Distance Covered / Number of steps
– Number of Parts Handled
– Number of Actions Employed
– Whether additional adjustments are required


Maxi-MOST® System Aligns With Technological Advancement
Of all the work measurement systems available today, the Maxi-MOST® system stands out as the one that aligns with today’s technological advancements in manufacturing in the areas of product design, tool design, as well as equipment design. With Maxi-MOST®, it is no longer necessary to be concerned with the nitty-gritty issues of analysing:

  1. Grasping motions in Pick-up
  2. Orientation, alignment and insertion elements in Placement
  3. Hand motions, which are built into the Maxi-MOST® parameter index value for Part Handling, Tool Handling, and Machine Handling

With the use of Maxi-MOST® for industry applications, it becomes apparent that the operational sequence model is the answer to today’s work measurement challenges where diversity, complexity and variation in methods from cycle to cycle is the norm in industries such as:

a) Manufacturing
b) Plant Operations
c) Warehousing
d) Hypermarket
e) Healthcare
f) Hospitality
g) Aircraft Engine Maintenance
h) Rail Line Inspection / Maintenance
i) Vehicle Inspection / Servicing
j) Engineering and Construction


Areas of Application of Maxi-MOST®

a)    System Assembly Line

b)    Vehicle Assembly Line

c)    Shipbuilding

d)    Construction Sites

e)    Maintenance Workshop

f)     Engineering Repair Workshop

g)    Warehousing

h)    Truck Movement Sequence

i)     Powered Crane Operation

j)     Machine Operation

k)    Tank Cleaning Operation

l)     Machine Cleaning Operation

m)   Material Handling

n)    Machine Setup Operation

o)    Welding Operation

p)    Machine Assembly

q)    Security Inspection Station

r)     Hotel Room Cleaning

s)    Healthcare Nursing Inspection

t)     Patient Nursing Healthcare

u)    Doctor Check On-round

v)    Cooking and Serving

w)   Conference Room Setup

x)    Aircraft Engine Maintenance

y)    Tool-Crib Room Operation

z)    Security Check Operation


Uses of Maxi-MOST® System

Managers, engineers and executives who are trained in Maxi-MOST® will be able to do the following:

a) Determine Man-Hours of Project Activity

b) Establish Cost Estimate on Project Activity

c) Determine the time taken to complete the project

d) Plan out the project schedule timeline

e) Establish man-machine ratio

f) Determine the capacity of the man-machine

g) Allocation of man-machine resources according to work completion output requirements

Basic-MOST® Training (4 Days)

Variable Short To Intermediate Cycle Work Measurement

Basic-MOST® covers a wide range of industrial activities ranging from short cycle to intermediate long cycle operations of all trades. Basic-MOST® is the most favoured work measurement system to use for:

– Short Cycle
– Intermediate Cycle

for all trades where there are some variations in distances from cycle to cycle. It can measure with accuracy of ±5% at 95% confidence level for cycle time ranging from 5 seconds to 20 minutes and more.

It is the only work measurement tool that has made a breakthrough in work standard development with:

– Consistency in method of application
– Operational method sensitivity
– Good accuracy
– User-friendly
– Excel-friendly
– Easy to customize for local processes
– Adaptable to all unique operational requirement
– Fast speed of application of 10 to 20 times the speed of MTM-1


Areas of application:

·       Assembly Manufacturing

·       Store and Shipping

·       Warehousing

·       Material Handling

·       Machine Operation

·       Setup and Maintenance

·       Fastening and Unfastening

·       Packing and Unpacking

·       Welding Operation

·       Loading and Unloading

·       Preparation Activities

·       Checking and Sorting

·       Recording, Reading, and Marking



Uses of Basic-MOST®

– Developing work station cycle time
– Calculation of operators’ occupied time during a work shift
– Establishing of man-machine ratio
– Establishing of standard hours per 1000 units of production
– Projection of man-hours distribution from area to area
– Workload scheduling
– Lean Balanced Workflow

All manufacturing engineers, industrial engineers, and production executives will benefit tremendously from the application of Basic-MOST®. It is the only work measurement tool available today that helps them to quantify the Operational Parameters that change with improved methods. This will assist in advancing their contribution to make a big difference to the profitability of the enterprise.

Admin-MOST® Training (4 Days)

Variable Short To Intermediate Cycle Work Measurement

Admin-MOST® is the office counterpart of Basic-MOST®. It is modelled on the success of Basic-MOST® for wide applications in the office environment to cover all aspects of:

– Paperwork Processing
– Administration Activities
– Computer Data Processing
– Document Sorting
– Filing Operations
– Reading, Writing, Marking
– Keyboard Data Entry
– Scanning Data Entry
– Inspection
– Office Device Operation
– Material Handling


Areas of Application

  1. Banks
  2. Insurance Organizations
  3. Finance Houses
  4. Corporate Offices
  5. All Paperwork Environments
  6. Warehouses
  7. Stores and Shipping
  8. Retailers
  9. Hypermarkets
  10. Distribution Centres
  11. Government Offices
  12. Airline Offices
  13. Accounting Offices

Uses of Admin-MOST®

Admin-MOST® has the same wide application advantages as Basic-MOST®. It is the only Office Work Measurement System today that can measure all aspects of office administrative work with the use of 4 operational sequences:

a) General Move Sequence
b) Controlled Move Sequence
c) Equipment Use Sequence
d) Tool Use Sequence

With these 4 operational sequences for office work, all aspects of office administration and operations can be measured to seek the following improvements:

a) Calculate the processing cycle time of any set of office processing activity

b) Establish the man-hours required for work completion

c) Schedule employee workload according to fair workload distribution

d) Balance the distribution of workload to reduce the overall cycle time

e) Calculate the number of employees required to complete a given office project on time

f) Provide a cost estimate for a given work process

g) Evaluate the introduction of new documentation and their impact in terms of man-hour savings

Mini-MOST® Training (4 Days)

Repetitive Short Cycle Work Measurement

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.

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


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

APRC an approved distributor of Accenture, is the best-in-class training center for MOST® system training in Asia. All enquiries on in-house and public training (classroom or virtual zoom training) are welcome. 

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