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Design of Dynamically Updated Icon to Depict Labor Standard Range

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103188D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Badgett, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to enable manufacturing operators and others measured by performance to a labor standard established for a job to gauge their own performance to fall within or exceed the acceptable range.

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Design of Dynamically Updated Icon to Depict Labor Standard Range

      Disclosed is a method to enable manufacturing operators and
others measured by performance to a labor standard established for a
job to gauge their own performance to fall within or exceed the
acceptable range.

      Industrial Engineers often define standards for manufacturing
and other labor in terms of time per unit or time per job.  Standards
are based on well known methodologies such as motion time measurement
(MTM).  The labor standard constitutes a target which is used for
planning purposes as well as measuring the performance of the
operator.  Typically, there is an acceptable range for performance,
such as plus or minus 15% from the labor standard set by the
engineer.

      On the computer screen which the operator is using to do such
activities as receive manufacturing instructions, view scheduling, or
do labor claiming, we depict information on the operator's
performance using a dynamically updated icon.

      The operator would begin work on a part or job.  At that time
the system would begin the clock for the work. Initially, an icon
depicting 100% of time remaining would be displayed to the operator.
As time elapses and the operator proceeds to perform the job, the
icon would be updated dynamically, reflecting the passage of time.

      Initially the color of the icon would be green.  When the low
end of the labor standard range is reached by the system clock (...