Inspection Productivity Improvement – Inspection Industrial Engineering
The inspectors were working for ten and half hours every day with a half day Saturday holiday.
Initially the inspectors (all girls) were told that the work day can be made 10 hours and they can do the same work as they are doing now in ten hours and they will be paid the same wage for the day. The girls agreed with the change.
Mr. Thompson recognized that persons of low personal coefficient were required for inspection job.
It is necessary in almost all cases to take definite steps to insure against any falling off in quality before moving in any way towards an increase in quantity. An accurate daily record was kept for each inspector for quantity and quality.
Time study was done. It was observed that after one half hours of work they become nervous. So rest break of 10 minutes was arranged after one and quarter hour.
Differential system was put into practice.
Measurement of output was done each hour and a teacher was sent to correct shortcomings in methods.
35 girls did the work that was previously done by 120 girls. Accuracy of work was two-thirds greater at the higher productivity than at lower productivity. The inspectors received 80 to 100% more wages on average. (Read the full description of Taylor’s work on inspection in Illustrations of Success of Scientific Management – Bicycle Balls Inspection Example – Taylor
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Published on the blog in 2011
Updated 22 July 2013