Shinka Management has announced the release of OTRS10, the latest version of the industry-leading time and motion analysis software from Japan.
Achieving labour and cost reductions within manufacturing operations through improving the efficiency of processes is an important consideration for local food and beverage manufacturers. Manual processing, product changeover, maintenance, packaging and warehousing operations can all benefit from time and motion analysis.
OTRS (Operation Time Research Software) leverages Japanese industrial engineering and lean manufacturing approaches to help manufacturers achieve world-class performance. Through video-based analysis, standard work procedures can be defined, compared, improved and documented leading to higher efficiency and lower variability in manual tasks and higher consistency and quality in products.
The latest version of OTRS has been developed in conjunction with Toyota Motor Corporation to complement practices fundamental to the Toyota Production System such as waste identification and implementation of standardized work.
Implementation of standardized work can be especially effective, and in many cases critical, in the food processing industry. Through the use of various tools such as standard work combination sheets and Yamazumi charts, production managers can identify the optimal sequence of work elements in a process, define and document these, and use these for training and audits to ensure not only efficiency but also consistency in processes. The use of video-based time and motion analysis software makes this process quick and easy, saving companies time and money and achieving far superior results to manual analysis and documentation.
The software is used by over 4000 customers in Japan including a large number of automobile makers and leading food and beverage manufacturers. Now available in both English and Japanese, the time study software is rapidly being adopted by a growing global user base.
Shinka Management are a team of English-Japanese bilingual lean consultants. The South Australian company has clients in 36 countries, and as part of their support services provide lean training services and run lean manufacturing study tours to Japan several times annually.