Why MTM?

Methods-Time Measurement (MTM) is the most established of all pre-determined motion-time systems (PMTS). The system was born in the USA and since its publication in 1948, it is now a worldwide phenomenon. The UK MTM Association was founded in 1964, and as all other National Associations, seeks to uphold the professional standards of training and research, which was the vision of Mike Maynard, who was the father of MTM. It was he who coined the phrase “MTM - First Time Right”!



  • Independent academic verification of all MTM data provides absolute confidence in its application.
  • MTM eliminates the need for the stopwatch and the often argumentative, subjective rating of operator performance.
  • MTM certification courses in all systems are regularly organised by the UK Association, at fees, which reflect the Association’s “not-for-profit” constitution.
  • The International MTM Directorate (IMD) controls the standards of training and all certification.
  • National Associations audit practitioner competence by routine examination at pre-determined intervals.


  • MTM can be applied to simplify product designs and also to improve workplace layouts, therefore reinforcing “Lean Management” thinking, from design through to despatch.
  • Intuitively, MTM Practitioners focus on “what is to be done” and not “what is being done”.
  • MTM is applicable across all economic sectors from manufacturing to servicisation, as evidenced by case studies on this site.
  • Emerging digital technologies now projects MTM to the forefront as the most cost effective and efficient foundation for underpinning enterprise simulation, planning and control.


  • Unambiguous MTM motion analysis permits rapid and accurate construction of “time blocks” for transfer between company locations and products.
  • Unique mnemonic coding seamlessly blends with computer software, therefore facilitating efficient computerised data analysis, storage and retrieval.
  • MTM data has been applied and verified in non-mainstream areas, such as visual inspection and working under microscopes.
  • Continuing research now extends MTM for the quantitative ergonomic evaluation of the physiological and psychological effects “man-at-work”.
MTM is a Work Measurement system which does not require the use of a Stop Watch or Time Study (Time and Motion) and also negates the need for Pace Rating. When used on its own, or with Lean or Six Sigma it is a powerful System for Process Design, Tooling Design and Layout Design. It is also used for Process Improvement, Productivity Improvement, Labour Utilisation and OEE calculations.               LinkedIn


News Flash

AGM 17th June 2017

      10am at the

 Tamworth Nursery


Open MTM-1, MTM-2, MTM UAS,

& MTM Base courses in to be run

in September 2017

start date and location to be



Also due to popular demand we 

are running a Work Measurement

Practical course in October 2017

start date and location to be 



Contact enquiries to register your interest

for any of the above courses, with places

limited to 10 delegates on each