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Business books by Jack Greene, for Industrial Engineering, Plant Layout and Design, and Cost Reduction,

About the author:
Jack Greene is president of Jackson Productivity Research Inc. He has implemented dozens of productivity improvement, work measurement, cost reduction, expansion, relocation, consolidation and integration projects in the US and internationally for manufacturing companies both large (Fortune 250) and small.

Mr. Greene is a graduate industrial engineer from the University of Tennessee with over 40 years practical experience in industry, in the U. S. and internationally. He started at U. S. Steel, with a stopwatch in his hand, and subsequently headed division or corporate industrial engineering for three Fortune 250 companies; ITT, Abbott Labs, and Bausch & Lomb.

In all of the management positions, he has directed industrial engineering (cost reduction and productivity, work measurement, cost standards, methods) and facility planning (layout, capacity and cost determination to support strategic decisions, justification of projects, subsequent planning and implementation, plant expansion, relocation, consolidation).

His expertise in cost effective manufacturing and management practices comprehends the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, optical, steel, lighting, electronic assembly, canning, recreational, consumer products, and hospitality and communication industries. He has frequently represented manufacturing and facility interests within due diligence and feasibility studies for merger, acquisition and consolidation projects.

Time and Motion Study

For Capacity and Productivity

Authored by Jack Greene

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How long does the job take? Arguably, this is the most valuable fact for a business to know because it determines capacity, productivity, profit or loss.

Both direct and indirect labor costs rely on the required time, as do output, crew sizes, staffing, schedules, product cost, transfer prices, constraints, workload balance, on and on.

Let's also suggest that the answer must be both accurate and objective. Time study is the basis of accuracy for management measurement, and is applied to resolve disagreement should they occur.

Chapters include:
Operating practice for labor operations
Benefits of work measurement,
Which measurement technique?
Employee incentive pay
If you only read one work measurement
The art of the time study
The art of work sampling
The special case of construction piece rates
Other important aspects of work measurement
A model plan to establish work measurement
Formal incentives administration
Methods and workplace checklists for improvement
Work measurement glossary
Useful forms and worksheets

An extra section on Capacity, Utilization and Constraints is included, to enable the reader to identify and relieve bottlenecks in the first place, then to manage constraints. Capacity activity depends very heavily on work measurement, to locate causes and relieve them. Chapters include:

Capacity, utilization, constraints; in the context of business operations
Manage constraints, by boardroom and policy actions
Operating factors affect utilization
Maximize capacity, manage constraints, on the floor
Apply the capacity, constraint, and utilization data

As with other professions, work measurement proficiency is gained through training and experience. This book explains very specifically what to do, why it is necessary, and how to do it; not only study techniques themselves, but also management and control actions to implement work measurement. Buy it for both practitioners and managers, as each will learn from the guidance contained.

The text of this book is included in "Industrial Engineering: Theory, Practice, and Application", by Jack Greene, as are texts of "Cost Reduction In Business Management" and "Plant Layout and Design Edition Two".

Publication Date:
1492221422 / 9781492221425
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Business & Economics / Management Science

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