• 1994: Graduated from high school
  • 1996: Studies in education and sports science, University of Hamburg
  • 2001 – 2009: Honorary lecturer and educational director, training center HOHEGEEST, Lauenburg
  • 2010 – 2014: Employee at the Department of Movement Science, University of Hamburg
  • 2014 – 2015: Head of department, Department of Technology and Tactics, IAT, Leipzig
  • 2015 – 2020: Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, “smartASSIST” project, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg
  • 2020: Head of Biomechanics (R&D), exoIQ GmbH, Hamburg
Reducing workloads with active exoskeletons – potential in application

In industrial production, manual load handling and assembly activities are still part of working life despite increasing automation. In particular, workplaces with a high proportion of activities at and above head height, often in connection with high load weights and high repetition rates, involve an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

Through the use of active exoskeletons, physical (over)strain can be avoided. Scientific studies show that with their adjustable support performance (to individual physical conditions and workplace-specific requirements), significant relief of the stressed muscles can be observed.

The latest generation of active exoskeletons not only supports the employees directly, they also allow a workplace-specific ergonomics assessment and a visualization of the support provided in the work process. This makes it easier than ever before to integrate exoskeletons into existing stress analyses.

Dr. Andreas Argubi-Wollesen
Head of Biomechanics @exoIQ GmbH
Harald Bauer
Team Lead Visual Computing @Profactor GmbH
  • 1998-2002: Apprenticeship at the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg (Austria), course of study: Software Engineering
  • 2002-2011: Research associate at the production research company Profactor GmbH; R&D with a focus on 3D image processing for robotics
  • 2011-2016: Head of software team at Profactor GmbH; Project management and coordination for bilateral or funded (international) innovation projects in the R&D area.
  • since 2017: Head of Visual Computing team; Innovations in the field of industrial assistance systems for human-centered work environments; technical focus: visual understanding with AI and assistance systems with spatial augmented reality
MTM analyses from digital data how much potential is there in the new technologies?

Machine understanding from visual inputs in the context of human-centered processes in the production work environment is an important research focus for us. The know-how enables the establishment of innovative assistance systems, e.g. for documentation, quality assurance, optimization or real-time assistance.

In the current Hybrid Work Systems (HWS) research project, the aim is to carry out workplace analyses, e.g. for MTM or ergonomics analysis. For quick and uncomplicated use, statically positioned camera technology is used – otherwise there is no manipulation of the work environment (no wiring of the employee or similar). With the help of AI-based software, the position of the people – spatially and temporally over the entire time span – can be extracted from the recorded video data. 

The positions of the hands/arms/etc. of the observed persons are extracted in metric form (!) to a previously definable coordinate system in the workspace – i.e. in measurable units and in all 3 dimensions. In addition to this basic functionality, the software can also be trained on specific actions for automated action recognition, e.g. to be able to automatically recognize semantically interesting human actions.

Andreas Bochmann has been a project engineer in the automotive sector between 2016 and 09.2018.
Since 10.2018, he has been involved in project management of system consulting in the “Digital Solutions” division.

Lean Assessment WITH MTM-Easy®

Lean assessments are a popular product from consulting firms that companies use to get an assessment of the current situation. Preferably within a week and with clear statements on measures and their impact on EBITDA. Classical controlling with its linear and rigid approaches as well as the focus on short-term thinking dominates the thinking of most companies. This often poses difficulties for lean experts. For the assembly area, the use of systems with predetermined times is an option to deliver results. However, these are time-consuming and exceed the time limits. With MTM-Easy®, an initial assessment of savings potential (degree of severity 2) is possible within a very short time. The digitization and simplification of the MTM approach in combination with an intuitive user interface allows a quick assessment of time and cost saving potentials based on best practice values. 

In this presentation with Dr. Johannes Pohl, Andreas Bochmann, will demonstrate the simple application of MTM-Easy® using a practical example.

Andreas Bochmann
Project Lead Digital Solutions @Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH
Johann Exenberger
Johann Exenberger
Consultant work and time study @STIHL Tirol GmbH

Johann Exenberger has been working at STIHL Tirol (formerly VIKING), the competence center for ground-mounted garden tools in Langkampfen, since 2013. He started out as a team leader in production. In 2016, he switched to the production and work planning department and introduced MTM and time management at our Tyrolean location. Since then he has continued to further develop, which is also reflected in the MTM Operational Excellence confirmed by the audit. At the moment, he works in an independent group of 4 people within the company, which he has been leading since January 1st, 2022.

MTM Operational Excellence along the product development process at STIHL Tirol

The presentation begins with an introduction to the company and also a brief overview of which devices are produced at company’s location in Tyrol. Afterwards, he will show the framework data, which building block systems and which software are used on the part of MTM. The main part contains what has already been audited and what the results were. At the end there will be a brief overview of where the journey is going.

Marius Geibel is a product manager at item Industrietechnik. Prior to that, he worked in various areas such as development, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering.

Best practice - planning and implementation of efficient and ergonomic assembly workstations

When designing the work systems in assembly at SIKO, the MTM method and the ergonomics assessment tool EAWS are used in symbiosis. As a result, manual activities can be efficiently designed as early as the planning phase and ergonomic stress can be avoided. The results of this method application are a target time for the designed work process and the ergonomic assessment of the load on the entire body and hand-arm system. The technical design and implementation of the work systems is carried out using the modular system from item. This enables flexible design of work systems with established system elements combined with easy adaptability of the work system to product variants and future extensions. Thanks to the work systems designed in this way, the employees at SIKO can fully concentrate on the actual assembly work. The result is a noticeable health improvement in working conditions with a significant increase in productivity at the same time.

Marius Geibel
Product Manager @item Industrietechnik GmbH
Dr. René Grzeszick
CTO @MotionMiners GmbH

Dr.-Ing. René Grzeszick studied computer science at TU Dortmund University from 2007 to 2012 and completed his doctorate there in computer vision by 2018. From 2014 to 2017, René Grzeszick worked as a developer and deputy project manager for research transfer projects at the Informatik Centrum Dortmund.

From 2017 to 2019, René Grzeszick worked at Fraunhofer IML as part of an EXIST research transfer with the goal of spinning off MotionMiners GmbH. MotionMiners GmbH was spun off in October 2017. Since then, René Grzeszick has been working there as a managing partner and, as CTO, is responsible for the area of technical development.

Sensor-based efficiency and ergonomics analysis with Motion-Mining
Motion Mining offers the possibility to record data from manual work processes with the help of portable sensors. Thereby it offers itself to record process data anonymously about a group of employees and to build up a comprehensive database as a basis for process analysis. In the presentation, an example from the area of process efficiency and an example from the area of ergonomics will be given. Emphasis will be placed on complementing existing methods such as REFA and MTM. Advantages and disadvantages of automatic data acquisition will be worked out. Finally, a short outlook on the MTMmotion interface will be given.

She is a founder and managing partner of Impuls & Effekt – Herbstrith Management Consulting GmbH, award-winning international keynote speaker and top trainer, high-performance coach and management consultant. Since her philosophical-epistemological studies in mathematics and physics, she sees herself as a profound mediator between hard facts and soft skills. She draws from a wealth of experience from management concepts and neuroscience to systemic psychology and coaching principles to humor and heart education.
She has written numerous specialist articles and is the author of the books “Performing & Living” and “Diving in the Ocean of Life”, among others.

Icing on the Cake: thinking brightly about the future

Our world of upheavals urgently needs more confidence. Monika Herbstrith-Lappe gives us food for thought. She invites us:

Thinking brightly about the future.

To do this, she draws on a whole sea of possibilities: from the philosophical depths of her mathematics and physics studies, her profound wealth of experience as a multi-award-winning keynote speaker, top trainer and high-performance coach to her enthusiasm for diving in tropical seas. Together with her husband, she even holds a world record: more than 2,000 dives together as a buddy team.

What she tells us is neuroscientifically sound and strangely packaged. Let yourself be surprised!

Monika Herbstrith-Lappe
Founder & Managing Partner @Impuls & Wirkung – Herbstrith Management Consulting GmbH
Krzysztof Izdebski
Product Manager @Halocline GmbH & Co. KG

Krzysztof Izdebski studied Cognitive Science. A core element of the course: understanding and analyzing human behavior from all possible perspectives. With the founding of the Virtual Reality Laboratory at the University of Osnabrück, he raised the question: How do people behave in virtual space? With the change to the business sector, the question arose: What benefits can people derive from VR technology? At the software company Halocline, he not only contributes his scientific way of thinking as the head of research projects, but also in his role as product manager for the Halocline Performance product area.

MTM analyses from digital data – how much potential is there in the new technologies?

The digitization of work planning offers a wide range of potential for industrial companies. Modern tools such as virtual reality and motion capturing support the targeted design and evaluation of work systems – in particular by deriving reliable time and ergonomic data from the MTM analyses.
In the session “MTM analyses from digital data” Harald Bauer (Profactor GmbH), Dr. Martin Benter (MTM ASSOCIATION e. V.), Krzysztof lzdebski (Halocline GmbH), and Stefan Stüring (LIVINGSOLIDS GmbH), will discuss how digital tools are changing work planning and what potential can be realized with them.

Sarah-Ethel Kalesse studied mechanical engineering, specializing in production and logistics.

She worked in several positions as a project engineer, logistics planner before changing to Industrial Engineering at Volkswagen Group Services GmbH. She is an MTM instructor since 2018.

Managing productivity in indirect areas

Due to increased inquiries regarding the utilization and optimization potentials in the indirect area, a suitable method for analysis was sought. In the lecture, the first impressions you gained when using MTM-OS will be presented. Furthermore, some differences in the inclusion of processes between direct and indirect areas are shown.

Sarah-Ethel Kalesse
Indrustrial Engineer @Volkswagen Group Services GmbH
Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang

Peter Kuhlang, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr., is the managing director of the MTM ASSOCIATION e. V. and the Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH. In June 2013 he habilitated at the Vienna University of Technology in the field of “Business Sciences/Industrial Engineering” and is an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology. He heads the MTM Institute, is an MTM instructor and was, among other things, a member of the management team at Fraunhofer Austria and a guest professor at the Institute for Production Systems at the TU Dortmund. He teaches at the Technical University of Vienna and at the Danube University in Krems, among others.

In his overall responsibility of the MTM organization, he is responsible for the dissemination of the MTM method as well as the prosperous development of all worldwide research, development, consulting, software and One-MTM network activities. He is currently leading the research and development activities for the derivation of MTM analyzes from digital movement data using artificial intelligence.

Lean Work – digital, efficient, ergonomic [Keynote]
The introduction of modern work assessment as part of lean activities or systematic productivity management is (unfortunately) often not an issue, especially for medium-sized companies. But time and ergonomic data are important in order to know what your own production or assembly is actually capable of. This is the only way to put current time consumption and physical stresses in the right light and to find out where to start in order to do things better. Design work systems, processes and value streams ergonomically and efficiently, identify bottlenecks, reduce stress, determine cycle times, cycle, describe and evaluate work content, calculate the effects of improvement ideas – and all this in advance and digitally! This works particularly well with the global method standard MTM. In his keynote, Peter Kuhlang spans the spectrum from the determination of well-founded time and ergonomics data in lean management based on the process language MTM and the ergonomics evaluation tool EAWS® to digital lean work and the automatically created MTM analysis in combination with human simulation and virtual reality .

Stephan Meyer has been working in Software Development since 2019 to map customer requirements in TiCon for Windows. He has methodological knowledge in the areas of MTM-HWD and EAWS. His previous experience was 5 years as a team leader for standardization, design and change management and 7 years as a production engineer at an automotive supplier (Aluminium die casting, machining, assembly, rework/reuse, logistics). After studying mechanical engineering, he took further training in the areas of TPS, Kaizen, MRL and an ISO TS 16949 auditor training.


In the tandem talk with Florian Walter, Stephan Meyer talks about the concept for automatic MTM-HWD® analysis, the software development process and an outlook on future applications.

Stephan Meyer
Business Analyst / Requirement Engineer @Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH
Michael Mohren
Michael Mohren
Process planning manager @DEHN SE
Michael Mohren started at DEHN SE in 2018 as a consultant for ergonomics and work system design and was responsible for the introduction of MTM and the creation of a DEHN-specific building block system. Currently, the trained plastics molder and automation technology technician is working as the head of process planning and his team around future topics for the planning of work systems, material flow and ergonomics.
VR and MTM in the design of the DEHN WORK systems of the future

After the design of the value stream, the individual work systems are planned out in detail at DEHN SE. Classic cardboard engineering has largely been replaced by VR in order to be able to carry out as early as possible and at the same time detailed design in virtual space. Combined with the digital product data from the design department, the future work system is thus planned and optimized even before the first prototype. The employees actively participate in designing the work system and experience the future process realistically due to the high immersion of the selected technology. The result of virtual planning are efficiently and ergonomically designed workplaces including the quantitative evaluation by means of DEHN’s in-house planning time values based on MTM-SD® and EAWS®.
Using the example of a real production line, work system design using VR at DEHN SE is illustrated and the success factors are shown.

  • Mechanical engineer, Continental AG Hanover
  • Manager metal workshop, Polyform GmbH
  • Manager Wine and Sparkling Wine Press Shop, Pomona GmbH
  • Head of Process Engineering Maintenance, Wesergold GmbH
  • Business Unit Manager Consulting, Deutsche MTM Gesellschaft mbH
  • Owner, Müller Technisches Management GmbH
  • Head of Methods and Procedures Work System Consulting, DB Netz AG
Personnel requirements planning with parallelism in SAP

Staffing in a complex environment characterized by a diversity of technologies and variants, taking into account the different occupational fields. Basis for product, process and work design.

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Holger Müller
Head of Methods and Procedures Work System Consulting @DB Netz AG
Dr. Johannes Pohl
Managing Partner @PEOPEX GmbH

Dr. Johannes Pohl received his doctorate from the Technical University of Munich in the field of production management and is the founder and managing partner of PEOPEX GmbH, a management consulting boutique for the topics of production, supply chain and digitization. He has written books on lean management and is the host of the “Business unplugged” podcast.
Previously, Dr. Pohl worked for a leading European investment company as a functional expert operations and interim manager as well as project manager and industry 4.0 practice lead at one of the leading management consultancies in the field of operations.

Lean Assessment WITH MTM-Easy®

Lean assessments are a popular product from consulting firms that companies use to get an assessment of the current situation. Preferably within a week and with clear statements on measures and their impact on EBITDA. Classical controlling with its linear and rigid approaches as well as the focus on short-term thinking dominates the thinking of most companies. This often poses difficulties for lean experts. For the assembly area, the use of systems with predetermined times is an option to deliver results. However, these are time-consuming and exceed the time limits. With MTM-Easy®, an initial assessment of savings potential (degree of severity 2) is possible within a very short time. The digitization and simplification of the MTM approach in combination with an intuitive user interface allows a quick assessment of time and cost saving potentials based on best practice values. 

In this presentation, the simple application of MTM-Easy® will be demonstrated using a practical example.

  • Planning / series support assembly BMW motorcycle
  • Head of Assembly Logistics BMW Motorrad
  • Various projects logistics BMW Group
  • Head of Standards Industrial Engineering
  • Head of Standards / Methods Industrial Engineering and WPS (Value-Adding Production System)
Lean before digital – With consistent standardization to intelligently networked IE system

The strategic focal points of the BMW iFACTORY – LEAN, GREEN and DIGITAL give us at the BMW Group the direction for transformation. The BMW FACTORY stands as a label for the outstanding production competence of the entire production network in terms of:

  • efficient, precise and flexible (LEAN),
  • resource optimized and circular (GREEN),
  • effective use of AI, Data Science and virtualization (DIGITAL). 

We live the “Lean Mindset” not only in our manufacturing and logistics processes, but also for years in our IE processes and the associated IT tools. In the following presentation, he will give an insight into how consistent standardization is implemented at the BMW Group as an essential prerequisite for leveraging the potential offered by constantly evolving digitalization.

Jens Rauschenbach
Head of Standards / Methods of Value Added Production System and Industrial Engineering @BMW AG
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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlund
University professor @TU Wien

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Schlund is BMK endowed professor for Industry 4.0 at the Technical University of Vienna, head of the Institute for Management Sciences (IMW) and heads the research area Human-Machine Interaction. He researches and teaches in the field of digitally and automatically supported work design in production with a focus on assistance systems, work organization, man-machine partnership, assembly planning and competence development/learning. He is also responsible for the “Advanced Industrial Management” division at Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH . He is the acting President of the Austrian Scientific Society for Production Engineering (ÖWGP), a member of the Scientific Society for Work and Business Organization (WGAB), the Society for Ergonomics (GfA) and Scientific Director of the TU Vienna in the EIT Manufacturing. Sebastian Schlund studied transport engineering at the TU Berlin and the INSA Lyon and did his doctorate at the University of Wuppertal in the field of quality management. Until 2017, he was an academic senior councilor at the University of Stuttgart and head of the Competence Center “Production Management” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO).

Lean was yesterday: Adaptive work systems as a way out of the demographic trap

Demographic change and a tailor-made task/skills matching are already presenting many companies with major challenges. Traditional (and successful) lean concepts and their implementation are reaching their limits against the background of greater scattering of the individual capabilities of the employees. The design of customizable, adaptable work and assistance systems offers a way out of this. The lecture presents the possibilities and limits of adaptive work systems and shows examples of implementation.

Before founding LIVINGSOLIDS GmbH, Stefan Stüring, has worked in different positions such as Scientific Employee (Fraunhofer IFF) and Head of Department Interactive Visualization and Simulation (Fraunhofer IFF).

MTM analyses from digital data – how much potential is there in the new technologies?

The digitization of work planning offers a wide range of potential for industrial companies. Modern tools such as virtual reality and motion capturing support the targeted design and evaluation of work systems – in particular by deriving reliable time and ergonomic data from the MTM analyses.
In the session “MTM analyses from digital data” Harald Bauer (Profactor GmbH), Dr. Martin Benter (MTM ASSOCIATION e. V.), Krzysztof lzdebski (Halocline GmbH), and Stefan Stüring (LIVINGSOLIDS GmbH), will discuss how digital tools are changing work planning and what potential can be realized with them.

Stefan Stüring
Managing Director @LIVINGSOLIDS GmbH
Ralf Volkmer
Networker @Lean Knowledge Base

This, which Ralf Volkmer has been dealing with for more than 30 years, is due to an “accident”. The large topic of business process organization was never intended for his “professional training” at a young age, since he learned the profession of agricultural machinery mechanic – only under pressure from his parents. Because, they were of the opinion that – in addition to a career as a competitive athlete – one should learn something decent. And it is precisely this “accident” that is due to the fact that Ralf Volkmer was once the youngest REFA teacher, went through several stations from the engine room right up to the command bridge and worked for an international consulting organization for many years as well as 15 years in other European and non-European countries. This curvy curriculum vitae of the initiator of LeanBase.de and the possibly largest, but definitely craziest LeanEvent in the German-speaking world entitled LeanAroundTheClock probably explains a slightly different view of organizations.

Evergreen, pop star, dream of the future – where do we really stand when it comes to lean?

A multitude of organizations from almost every industry have tried over the past 30 years to put into practice what James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos described in the publication The Second Revolution in the Auto Industry . And although everything has been said about it by now, thousands of presentations have been made about it, it seems that no organization outside of Toyota has actually been able to match the excellence of Toyota. My guess is that “we” still haven’t understood what is really necessary for this. Some of us like to talk about lean transformation in this context and are probably not even aware of the meaning of the word “transformation”. On the contrary, because I often experience the senseless application of methods & tools without understanding in order to actually increase productivity. In addition, organizations should – according to the widespread opinion – be flexible, resilient, learning and intelligent. However, if you really want to achieve this, you have to say goodbye to a management culture based on power and shift responsibility far down the hierarchy levels and understand organizations as a living system.

Florian Walter has been working in industrial engineering at Siemens AG since 2018 and oversees the electronics plants in Amberg, Chengdu and Fürth. Before that, he worked as a project manager at the production site in Fürth. After training as an industrial electronics technician, he completed several further training courses as an electrical engineer and technical business economist. The main tasks include time management and ergonomic advice with MTM and REFA methods. The digitization of methods and processes is one of the focal points.

Automatic generation of clock analysis with MTM-HWD® in TiCon

In the tandem talk with Florian Walter, Stephan Meyer talks about the concept for automatic MTM-HWD® analysis, the software development process and an outlook on future applications.

Florian Walter
Industrial Engineering @Siemens AG
Herwig Weidle
Director Business Unit Digital Solutions @Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH

After finishing his studies on computer science and industrial engineering, Herwig Weidle, has worked in different roles such as software developer for internet marketplaces, at Deutsche MTM software developer for TiCon, later team leader and development manager.

Digital solutions for efficient product and process data management

Herwig Weidle will talk about relocation of the software house, current organizational structure, product launch TiCon for Web and first pilot application of MTMmotion.

Prof. Dr. Lars Fritzsche
Head of Ergonomics @imk automotive GmbH

Prof. Dr. Lars Fritzsche studied Work / Organizational Psychology and Ergonomics at the TU Dresden. After completing his diploma thesis, he completed an industrial doctorate at Daimler AG, devoting himself to the subject of “ergonomics and teamwork in industrial production”. He showed that poor ergonomic working conditions lead to more absenteeism and assembly errors in production.
He has been with his current company since 2010, imk automotive GmbH from Chemnitz, where he has been head of the ergonomics department since 2012. With a team of around 15 employees, he realizes numerous consulting projects and training courses for customers from the industry. The coordination office for research and development projects is also under his direction. One focus is the topic of digitization and “Ergonomics 4.0”.

Since 2017, Mr. Fritzsche also works as honorary professor for “Ergonomics and Corporate Health Management” at the Institute of Work and Organizational Psychology at the TU Dresden.

ema SPEAKS HWD - The new MTM process language as a result of 3D human simulations

MTM-HWD (“Human Work Design”) is a new standardized process language that combines time analysis and ergonomic evaluation. This kind of MTM-analysis is very detailed and almost unpossible to conduct via paper-pen, so digital tools are required to generate complete and valid results during production planning. ema Work Designer (emaWD by imk automotive GmbH) is a software that provides detailled process simulations using a unique 3D human model and a comprehensive task library.

Based on the simulation, emaWD automatically generates valid MTM-UAS and EAWS analyses, along with other productivity measures (like walkways, value added time analysis, etc.). During the last 3 years Audi, MTM and imk worked in a joint project on the integration and validation of MTM-HWD into emaWD. This required some adjustments in the software but also in the basic method. 

As a results, emaWD is now able to automatically generate comprehensive HWD-analyses and send them to some specific planning systems, such as Volkwagen “Arbeitsplan” and MTM “Ticon” for further assessment. Users can save a lot of effort compared to the manual generation of MTM-HWD analyses, as previously done.

Frank Helmke
Product Manager @BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Frank Helmke is in his current position at BSH Home Appliances responsible from IT side for all Manufacturing Engineering tools at BSH globally. He started as an Industrial Engineer in BSH in the Factory of Traunreut in southern Germany and was also working as Lean Manufacturing Consultant until he made his move towards IT and Digital Factory.

He studied Business Administration and Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales.

Designing Ergonomic and Productive Work @BSH Home Appliances [EN]

BSH is one of the leading home appliance manufacturers worldwide. The PLM strategy of BSH includes an integrated Digital Factory approach based on the Teamcenter Manufacturing backbone, as well as value added applications like Process Simulate for robotics automation, and Active Workspace based Easy Plan for assembly planning, ergonomics evaluation and line balancing for final assembly lines. These applications run entirely on top of Teamcenter Manufacturing thus allowing all Manufacturing Engineers in BSH to reuse Engineering data such as factory layouts, bill of material and bill of processes, to efficiently plan their production. 

BSH Digital Factory goal is to raise overall engineering efficiency and productivity as well as to deliver detailed plan of production facilities and processes, as early as possible to reach start of production with highly mature and well proven production processes.

Peter Blau has worked as Head of the Raw Production Department / Project Manager for Production Optimization.

Use of MTM Time Value Tables at the Interface to the "SAP Variant Configuration" Add-on

His lecture will include:

  1. Preparation of the MTM analyzes,
  2. Time value tables
  3. Features management
  4. Modeling environment
Peter Blau
Project Lead @WANZL GmbH & Co.KGaA
Prof. Dr. Jochen Deuse
Director @Centre for Advanced Manufacturing // University of Technology Sydney

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Deuse studied Mechanical Engineering and received his doctorate in 1998 as a Research Assistant at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Operations Management (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University. Following his doctorate, he worked for seven years in management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen and for Robert Bosch Australia in Melbourne. 

In 2005 he was appointed professor at TU Dortmund University, where he heads the Institute for Production Systems (IPS). Since 2019 he has also been a professor at the University of Technology Sydney and there Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM). Prof. Deuse lives in Australia and Germany.

Beyond Time and Motion Studies – Enhancing MTM ​with Digital Twins and Data Science [EN] [Keynote]
In the last decades, MTM entered the domain of industrial manufacturing and has become the global standard for time and motion studies. In addition to the methodology, the aspect of advancing automation and digitization was and is the essential key to its success. Starting with ANA/ZEBA-DATA to TiCon to Human Simulations and far beyond, a substantial benefit is generated for the manufacturing industry.

With the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twins, the focus is not only on benefits, but above all on saving planning effort and data management. A promising approach to further increase efficiency in time and motion studies is provided by the combination of Motion Capturing and Data Science and raises several research questions. IoT and Data Science open up new perspectives of time and motion studies, and are thus the game changers for state of the art Industrial Engineering: From an administrator of time and motion studies to a creator of human work planning and design.

Thomas Gehart has worked in different roles between 1987 and 1999 at Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH. In 1999, he has founded THANOS GmbH.

Moreover, he is an international MTM Instructor and President of Austrian MTM ASSOCIATION.

Automated MTM Analysis for Efficient Evaluation with High Process Variance @REWE (Austria)

The averages evaluated according to MTM or other planned time determination methods (e.g. 2.35 min per pick) are suitable for determining the personnel requirements or for a performance assessment over a longer period of time.

The average value is no longer meaningful for an individual assessment of an order, be it for the deployment planning of the employees or for an objective, transparent performance assessment. This is especially true for processes with high variance or high scatter in relation to the mean value.

Knowledge-based systems, on the other hand, are able to generate an individual MTM analysis for every picking order within a few seconds. This not only takes into account the individual routes through the warehouse and the properties of the products to be picked (weight and dimensions), but also the current stock levels to determine the required body movements (e.g. bending over when the stock level is low).

calculation4u provides the planning time for each picking order in real time with the required accuracy and the basis for evaluating the ergonomic load.

Thomas Gehart
Managing Director @THANOS GmbH

Dr. Johannes Sternatz has been heading method development in the Volkswagen Group Industrial Engineering since 2017. Between 2011 and 2017 he worked in various functions in the planning of the Volkswagen brand. He worked at industrial engineering in the Wolfsburg plant from 2008 to 2011. He studied Business Informatics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and received his doctorate in the field of Management Science.

MTM-HWD in Practical Use in Volkswagen Group – Insights and Outlooks

A practical use of MTM-HWD in Volkswagen Group will be discussed in this presentation.

Dr. Johannes Sternatz
Head of Group Industrial Engineering Methods and Ergonomics @Volkswagen AG

Helmut Mersjan has worked in different positions such as Industrial clerk, REFA technician, MTM practitioner and instructor, industrial engineer in plastics industry. He has also worked as a consultant and interim manager at Mersjan Consulting, where he dealt with different topics such as business management Organization and process consulting; in SMEs from industry, trade, logistics, services and selected production-related corporate areas.

Currently, he work as a Senior Operations Management Consultant / Interim Manager at EVP Prozess- und Produktionsoptimerung (EmsVechte Produktion).

Time Determination Fast and Easy – from Kitchen to Factory Floor

Anke Pinnau, Rainer Lehnemann and Andreas Bochmann will join him in this presentation.

Helmut Mersjan
Senior Operations Management Consultant / Interim Manager @EmsVechte Produktion
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