Revamping Time and Motion Studies

Revamping Time and Motion Studies

January 31, 2019

A new survey indicates that humans, not machines, perform 72 percent of manufacturing tasks.  However, when companies look at improving efficiency, they often overlook how to make humans more productive and focus instead on how to replace them with automation.

Robots are well suited for some tasks, but many other tasks still require the human touch.  In addition, industrial engineers often use time and motion study techniques which, while valuable, have been in use since Henry Ford’s days in the early 1900’s.

Perhaps it’s time to use new data gathering methodologies to increase worker productivity.

This post is based on the Design News article, Is it time to make human workers more efficient?, by Rob Spiegel, January 2, 2019. Image source: auremar/123RF.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why don’t companies spend more time analyzing workers to improve their efficiency?

Guidance: According to the article, manufacturers often put a greater emphasis on the potential benefits of automation because of the difficulties in quantifying investments and potential payoffs associated with improving worker proficiency.

Also, it takes a great deal of time for industrial engineers to conduct these studies. The measurement techniques have not changed to reflect the digital age.

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P&G’s New Waterless Cleaners: Big Ideas in Small Packages

P&G’s New Waterless Cleaners: Big Ideas in Small Packages

January 30, 2019

Ten years in the making, revolutionary new DS3 cleaning products by Procter and Gamble are liquid-free and have no plastic packaging.

Personal care products like body wash, hand soap, and shampoo as well as home cleaners like laundry soap and toilet cleansers are sold in dry packets.

The removal of water reduces the weight of the product by 80% and the space by 70%, offering sustainability as well as convenience for home use or travel.  Eight DS3 products are due to be in stores in late 2019.

This post is based on the Cincinnati Business Courier article, P&G launching liquid-free cleaning products for home and body, by Barrett Brunsman, December 31, 2018; and the Global Cosmetics News article, P&G to launch waterless, plastic-free beauty brand DS3, by Georgina Caldwell, January 1, 2019. Image source: McGraw-Hill Education.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the new waterless design relate to sustainability?

Guidance: Since the packets are lighter and smaller, shipping costs and storage space are reduced.  Additionally, the products contain fewer chemicals than those typically used in home cleaners and no unnecessary ingredients.  For instance, these cleaners have no chlorine-based bleaches or phosphates.  Biodegradable and recyclable Continue reading

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Angola’s New Last Mile Delivery App

Angola’s New Last Mile Delivery App

January 26, 2019

One large pig to go? No problem.  For $124, an African start-up called Tupuca will deliver it to your doorstep.

Prefer a medium sized chicken?  That will be $5, please.

With Tupuca’s app, customers in Luanda, Angola can order a diverse array of products, including coal, fuel, produce, and even live animals like chickens, pigs, or goats.  At present, an average size order is around $40, and Tupuca’s 140 drivers make about 17,000 deliveries each month.

This post is based on the APICS article, Last-mile delivery apps grow African economies one goat at a time, by Abe Eshkenazi, December 14, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Syda Productions.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does Tupuca’s app fit in with the economic and socio-cultural environment in Angola?

Guidance: By partnering with Roque Online, which sends a buyer to the market to buy top quality produce or livestock, Tupuca offers a unique service to its African clients.  Africa boasts 21 of the world’s 30 fastest-growing cities. Newly emerging middle class consumers have money to spend and smartphones on which to order food and other products.

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