One of the key components of a Just-in-Time production system is quick changeover. If you can’t quickly change equipment for work on other processes, you can’t successfully implement level loading, and without this, you can’t adjust your output to match demand. That is why you must learn SMED to gain the full benefits of Lean implementation. SMED stands for Single Minute Exchange of Die. Its aim is to reduce lengthy changeover times to single digit time-frames. When Shigeo Shingo first introduced this method, people thought he was crazy. How can a 90 minute changeover be reduced to under 10 minutes? The secret is to start by categorizing changeover tasks as either “internal” or “external.” Want to know more? Check out this month’s featured Youtube playlist. It’ll get you started with the basics of SMED.
Single Minute Die Exchange (SMED)
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