A tool for analyzing human work, MODAPTS® helps you determine reasonable expectations for the time required to complete a defined task by a typical operator. While the accuracy of the MODAPTS® system is comparable to most other systems in its class, MODAPTS® is less complex and easier to understand.

The name “MODAPTS®” is derived from MODular Arrangement of Predetermined Time Standards. As a third-generation predetermined time system, MODAPTS® is used for:

  • Calculating reliable production standards
  • Improving an organization's productivity
  • Improving employee relations

MODAPTS® can be used manually or with the aid of a desktop computer using TaskMaster 2020 Software, due for release in October 2013.

MODAPTS® Elements

MODAPTS® time estimates are based on a unit of work called a MOD, which measures the time required to complete any body movement. A MOD is measured in decimal time, and each MOD is equal to 0.129 seconds (or 0.00215 minutes); there are 7.75 MODs in a second. Each movement is identified by a two-character code comprised of a letter, followed by a number. The letter represents a basic movement, such as R for Read, W for Walk, or G for Grasp. Typical manufacturing processes include only 18 basic movements. The number that follows the letter is the number of MODs required to complete the movement. For example, “W5” means 5 MODs to walk one step, and “G4” means 4 MODs to grasp an object with both hands. The simplicity of data is the primary reason for MODAPTS® wide adoption.

Motions Sequence 

What makes MODAPTS® a superior system is its Coding Procedure.  That is, the type of activity is followed by the time complete the activity. 
MODAPTS® Coding:

  •  Is a form of shorthand
  •  Will enable you to describe complex operations in a simplistic written code
  •  Can be easily understood by other MODAPTS®  practitioners


what is modaptsHere is an example of how a Motion Sequence might written:

M2P0 = 2 MODS Here the M = Movement, 2 the use of the wrist, P = Put to Destination

MOVES intervene between the Get Control and the Put to Destination,  and also precede the Get Control activity, where the fingers/hands are moved to the appropriately close enough position to effect the control.