Freivalds, Andris Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania.
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A technique used by industrial engineers to improve productivity and quality and to reduce costs in both direct and indirect operations of manufacturing and service organizations. Methods engineering is applicable in any enterprise requiring human effort. It can be defined as the systematic procedure for subjecting all direct and indirect operations to close scrutiny in order to introduce improvements that will make work easier to perform while maintaining or improving quality, and will allow work to be done more smoothly, in less time, with less energy, effort, and fatigue, and with less investment per unit. The ultimate objective of methods engineering is increasing profits, but it is also important in improving worker health and safety.
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