Industry + Work | 1950 | Sound | B/W
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Opening with scenes in London (including buses passing the National Gallery in Trafalgar Sqaure) and Country with some time wasting traditional ways of doing jobs, like moving a lawn or using a large old revolving grindstone etc., The film then show how an individual job can be make easier using the principle of motion economy. Using as its main example the assembly of a governor element for diesel engines, this film explains these principles and the human physical characteristics on which they are based. Filing and reaming parts and assembly of the parts is shown utilising the old technique, then the new way is used following the rules of: necessity, sequence, combination and simplification with an illustration of how the operator can use both hands together, instead of only one. College of aeronautics with the use of a film projector and other machines that illustrate how energy can be wasted. Principles of reorganizing the job with a new assembly technique and a special sliding chair. Use of electric power tools and a foot pedal. The job is actually reduced from 221 movements down to only 118 movements. Scenes at C.A.V. of Acton and T.& J Daniels of Stroud. Further scenes of note: 10 cwt. Forson Van, Model train set, rowing on the river. Film also utilises animated charts.
Time and motion and working practises.
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