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„A Standardized Approach Is Beneficial, Particularly with Long-Established Structures“
Wacker Neuson SE Is a New MTM Member Corporation
The MTM community is able to welcome a new corporate member to its ranks: Wacker Neuson SE, which has its headquarters in Munich. The Wacker Neuson Group, which has about 5,000 employees around the globe, is one of the leading manufacturers of construction equipment and compact machines. The Group has more than 50 subsidiaries and over 140 sales and service sites all over the world. The corporation has intensified its cooperation with MTM for several good reasons. The most important is the implementation of standards for work design.
The company launched pilot studies on using MTM at two business locations last year. The results in terms of improvements and the related proof of the usefulness of employing MTM led to the current project, where the method is to be introduced on an assembly line at the development and production site at Hörsching near Linz in Austria as a pilot project. Probably the most important reason for approaching MTM was the need to not only follow the latest standards in terms of work design and time management, but also generally establish uniform standards within the Group. “We have many long-established structures and different systems within the Group. A standardized approach is definitely beneficial”, says Andreas Mühlberger, Corporate Operations and Excellence, Wacker Neuson Group. In addition to just determining times, the systematic identification of those points where the existing assembly system can be improved is one of the major areas of focus.
The practical test in Linz is being managed by MTM specialists from within the company and supported by experts from Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH. Four employees have obtained the relevant training in MTM. Alongside this, the MTM’s TiCon für SAP software solution is being introduced. Andreas Mühlberger is expecting the pilot project to be concluded by the end of July this year and a decision will then be made on rolling out MTM to the complete Group.
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Wacker Neuson SE
MTM and TiCon for SAP Become the Group’s Standard Tools
The Wacker Neuson Group is a corporate network with international operations handled by more than 50 subsidiaries and 140 of its own sales and service points. As a leading manufacturer of construction equipment and compact machines, the group offers its customers around the globe a wide range of products, extensive services and efficient supplies of spare parts. The group has been working with its cooperation partner, Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V., in order to introduce the MTM (Methods-Time Measurement) time management standard for eighteen months and it is now implementing this as its standard tool for work design. Following two pilot studies, the practical test was successfully completed at the development and production site at Hörsching near Linz, Austria. The results – reliable data, transparency for all the assembly procedures, significant improvements in the line balancing and the associated evidence of the monetary usefulness of using MTM – have persuaded the management team to roll out MTM at the affiliated factories in Germany. The preparation work for introducing MTM at the factory in Serbia is already taking place too.
“When it comes to work design and time management, we’re using this to create a standard tool at group level,” says Andreas Mühlberger, Corporate Operations and Excellence, Wacker Neuson Group. “In the light of the increase in structures and different systems within the corporation, this offers real benefits. Then there’s the fact that using MTM also offers optimization potential, which goes beyond the pure time data. We can see through the analyses precisely at which points we can remove ergonomic stress situations, where we can reduce distances or even need to change griffin radii, for example” Mühlberger explains. “We’re currently in the process of introducing initial improvement measures here.”
The practical test in Linz was managed by internal corporate MTM specialists and supported by experts from Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH. Four employees have already obtained the relevant training in MTM and others will gain qualifications now too. “We want to have two experts for work preparation and at least one expert from the works council at each business location,” Mühlberger adds. These experts will draw up all the analyses with the specific corporate process building blocks based on MTM-UAS in the future.
Alongside the pilot project, the MTM software known as TiCon for SAP has been introduced to log, manage and further process MTM-based data directly in SAP. The work planners particularly appreciate the direct link between the analyses that have been generated and the work plans and work operations in SAP. The IT solution from the MTM Software Center is now the standard tool within the group.
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