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“Roping Salami” (Marvin Mundel, ca 1954)
NMAH Archives Center, Mundel Industrial Engineering Col. 676
Marvin Mundel (1916-1996), built on the efficiency techniques developed earlier in the century. He produced a series of motion study films documenting his work increasing efficiency in a variety of American and Japanese workplaces, including industry, the Army, and eventually the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The clip above is taken from one of Mundel’s manufacturing studies; it is a “film for rating practice,” showing ten different speeds of doing the same job in random order. In this case, the job is “roping salami.”
Mundel’s archive is located at the National Museum of American History; the clip comes from their Mundel collection.
Marvin Mundel Motion and Time Study: Principles and Practices (New York: Prentice Hall, 1955).
Marvin Mundel, Improving Productivity and Effectiveness (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1983).