MTM Universal Analysis System (UAS)

Introduction of the Training:

The American ergonomists Maynard, Schwab and Stegemerten developed under a consulting contract with Westinghouse Electric Corp. between 1940 and 1948 the basic data of the MTM process. In the 1960s, MTM was expanded or modified to the systems used today. MTM is a method in which manual processes are broken down into their basic movements. A known standard time value is assigned to each basic movement. This enables the optimal method to be determined as early as the planning phase.


Through the training for the MTM UAS module the participant will be informed that this tool is ideal to create work processes to achieve high benefit and to eliminate waste already in the planning phase. 

The participant learns that MTM finds its justification especially in the planning processes. To create an analysis only knowledge about the structure of the work system as well as an idea of the planned work processes are necessary. It is not necessary to find an existing process or workplace for the application of the MTM method like it is required in contrast to the time recording by means of a stopwatch (REFA).


The user will learn following (Caution: the training module does not substitute an education at the MTM Association. The module is only to be understood as an introduction to the basics and the advantages of the MTM method):

  • Why due to the use of MTM (UAS), workplaces can be ergonomically designed and       ensure that work does not make the worker / employee sick
  • The  smallest  movement  elements  are  recorded  in  MTM-methods,  in  which  the  main  workflow  is divided  into  basic  motion  elements,  the  so-called MTM  control  loop. The  basic  movements  of  the control loop are “reach”, “grasp”, “bring”, “place” and “release”, supplemented by moving elements such as “walking”, ” bend overand straighten up”, “visual control”, “handling tools” etc.
  • Due to the worldwide uniform coding of the movement elements, MTM is valid worldwide and is understood by all trained employees
  • Distinction of detectable and non-detectable activities by MTM-method
  • Advantage  of  primary  and  secondary  analysis  when  using  MTM  to  get  information  about  the efficiency of a production system

Key Users/Stakeholder: 

Manufacturing SMEs; Technology Provider; System Integrators; End Users


The user should have basic skills in process planning processes and work preparation

Training Part 1 –> Video 1,..

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