‘’To serve and facilitate so that clients are empowered to exceed their goals.’’ 

The time study is a standardized process of directly observing and measuring a client’s internal work operations. When properly undertaken, the time study involves the use of specific control mechanisms to ensure that all aspects of the job have been properly documented and measured. Our time studies are recorded by an analyst’s documentation, time tracking, and video documentation. We monitor several cycles of the client’s operation to increase the study’s overall accuracy.


Step 1: Our time studies begin by simply observing the client’s process. Analysts observe how the product takes shape, how the workers move from one step to the next, and how all the various parts fit together to create the manufacturing process.

Step 2: The analyst will review the operation with the client. As they discuss each element, the analyst identifies the opportunities and limitations of the process: machine speeds and the impacts on tool life or product quality, reducing cycle times through re-tooling, spatial and ergonomic scenarios, equipment performance, and operation safety.

Step 3: Ultimately the analyst will evaluate the human ergonomics of the process: physiology and Anthropometry, fatigue assessments, industrial hygiene, the control and retrieval of information, and the overall process design.


When being conducted, Will a time study slow down production?

No, our Analysts are trained to monitor the process from a distance and not get in the way or slow the process down.

What documentation do I get at the end of a study?

As the customer you will receive a confidential digital or physical packet with the Final Analysis Report, exhaustive documentation for all monitored cycles, including photographs, video, and physical documentation.

How much does a time study cost?

A time study is billed by the hour, observation time, data analysis, report generation and presentation. Volume studies, active client and long-term contract discounts are available upon request.


Set the standard: When developing new processes, a professional Time Study will become the standard for all future production performance. A well-documented Time Study, can be used to pace your production floor, set reasonable goals, and predict production capabilities.

Train New team members: Start your new employees off right and make sure they are not being taught bad habits from seasoned coworkers. Time studies can be used as a foundational training piece for your newest team members.

Improve the process: SBSC’s Time Studies critically evaluate a client’s process and are used to identify wasteful practices, problematic equipment, and struggling team members.


Improving productivity revolves around reducing movement and time. Nearly all human work is about motion and movement: fingers, limbs, body movement, steps, moving materials, operating equipment, using controls, keyboard depressions, telephone etc. This applies in every business sector.

In the past, time studies were an investigation into how hard or how fast people were working. Today, we identify consistent work methods, standardized organization, and make work easier through efficiency.