activity sampling


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activity sampling

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work sampling

a means of studying the work of managers, staff and indirect factory workers (see INDIRECT LABOUR). Activity sampling involves noting at predetermined time intervals, say every five minutes, what activity or work a particular individual or group of employees is engaged in. From these observations it is then possible to calculate the percentage of their time which the individual or group of workers is spending upon various tasks. Activity sampling information can be used to assess the proportions of productive and non-productive time and to help managers and workers to use their time more efficiently See METHOD STUDY.
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Delegates were also given the opportunity to apply their newly-learned principles to Thomas Thomson's cherry-picking operation, involving waste walks and activity sampling to review the state of the company.
Detailed time studies were used to determine feller-buncher and skidder productivity, whereas activity sampling was used to assess system productivity per unit volume and area for processing and loading.
To identify bottlenecks and determine landing efficiency, fixed-interval activity sampling information was collected for each machine during the productivity study.
Airborne Cryptococcus gattii concentration before and during contracted tree-cutting activities Tree-cutting activity Sampling method Quiescent Swab Air; Andersen 6-stage * Limb removal Air; Andersen 6-stage Air; Andersen 6-stage Felling Air; RCS-Plus, ([dagger]) 12-15 m above ground Air; RCS-Plus, 12-15 m above ground Cutting limbs Air; RCS-Plus, 6 m above ground Air, RCS-Plus, 6 m above ground Cutting tree trunk Air; RCS-Plus, 0-3 m above ground Wood chipping Air; RCS-Plus C.
Use techniques such as Pareto analysis and activity sampling to facilitate data collection.
Since each machine was fitted with a clock, it was comparatively easy for the operators to undertake activity sampling in order to ascertain the levels of machine utilization.
After discussion, it was agreed that the survey would take the form of activity sampling to be carried out by supervisors.