SMED – Reducing changeover times

Reducing changeover times of machines and equipment creates the conditions to either produce more with the equipment that you have, or to reduce batch sizes and thus produce more frequently. The latter alternative has a positive effect on the flow as it helps you to deliver the right product, in the right amount and at the right time. Furthermore it contributes towards lower stock levels and shorter lead times. Reducing lead time is one of the most effective ways to eliminate waste from a flow.

Part Development can support you in reducing your lead times with the SMED method (Single-digit Minute Exchange of Die). Our support involves motivating your organization to focus on changeover times not only through understanding why they are important, but also through learning the structured nature of the work and the way of thinking that SMED incorporates.