What is Method Study? What are its main objectives?
Method study is the process that specifies the methods and activities considered in a job through an operations chart and eliminates unnecessary elements of operations to obtain the fastest and the best method of performing a specific job. It can be defined as the systematic recording and critical examination of existing and proposed ways of doing a work as a means of developing and applying easier and more effective methods as well as reducing costs.
The main objectives of method study are :
(i) To improve processes and procedures
(ii) To improve factory, shop or workplace layout
(iii) To improve the design of the plant and equipment
(iv) To bring about economy in human effort and reduce unnecessary fatigue
(v) To efficiently utilise raw materials, machines and human resources
(vi) To develop a better physical environment
(vii) To improve the quality of products