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Systematic video analysis in production and logistics

Sport isn’t the only area in which video technology is regularly used to evaluate and analyze how athletes and their equipment perform. Production, development, process technology – the use of video is gaining ground in each one. Recording processes on video is the simplest way of obtaining information. But this method is quickly hampered by its limitations, leaving the door wide open for professional systems of detection.

Video recordings made with the TimeStudy T1 tool allow users to quickly and effectively spot where working processes could be improved. Co-designed by the Steinbeis Transfer Center Lean Operations & Reengineering, TimeStudy T1 dissects the recorded processes to strip them of their complexity. Equipped with an easy-to-use mask dialog, the TimeStudy1 first determines to what extent each step of the process adds value. It then documents the potential for improvement and even includes a suggested course of action.

Capturing today’s production processes involves much more than merely looking at a particular sequence. Why? Processes are much too fast to record manually. And processes that are performed in “capsules,” (such as laser welding) make it impossible to see what is happening.

Evaluating video images is critical, especially when completed processes are scrutinized. Video analysis using TimeStudy T1 is an efficient starting point for identifying ways to improve processes. At the same time, employees involved in those processes – no matter what part of the company they work for – must be involved in interpreting what the video has recorded. Past experience has demonstrated that making the recorded processes “repeatable” greatly simplifies and accelerates the path to a solution – especially when discussed during workshops.

TimeStudy T1 simplifies the evaluation of video analyses considerably, even though these evaluations must meet the same requirements as time and motion studies. Other useful findings (such as those needed to time assembly and production lines) are easy to generate from the video analysis using TimeStudy T1.  

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