Ralph Mosser Barnes motion and time study films

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    This collection consists of four films showing a selection of motion and time studies that were managed or designed by Ralph Mosser Barnes (1900-1984). These experiments measured and rated an employee's efficiency while performing a repetitive task. After the study was complete, recommendations were made to management staff on what could be improved to increase productivity, such as employee body movement or position, equipment design, or time allowances.
    The Ralph Mosser Barnes motion and time study films (Accession 2022.203) collection consists of four films showing a selection of studies that were managed or designed by Barnes.
    Three films are specific studies that Barnes conducted in 1949 showing people performing various tasks at different speeds. The fourth film, The Ratings of Time Studies, shows the machine operator performance of three manufacturing jobs: forming rug cups, cutting cork tube, and deburring.

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