SMED Training

SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies) is a system for dramatically reducing the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers. The essence of the SMED system is to convert as many changeover steps as possible to “external” (performed while the equipment is running), and to simplify and streamline the remaining steps. The name Single-Minute Exchange of Dies comes from the goal of reducing changeover times to the “single” digits (i.e. less than 10 minutes).

A successful SMED program will have the following benefits:
• Lower manufacturing cost (faster changeovers mean less equipment down time)
• Smaller lot sizes (faster changeovers enable more frequent product changes)
• Improved responsiveness to customer demand (smaller lot sizes enable more flexible scheduling)
• Lower inventory levels (smaller lot sizes result in lower inventory levels)
• Smoother startups (standardized changeover processes improve consistency and quality)

Course Content
The Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) training course covers the following topics:-
• SMED – Introduction & Definitions
• 8 Wastes - A review of waste in your business
• The benefits of Introducing SMED
• SMED - The Three Stages

Stage One: Data Collection - Observation & Recording
• Using Video to record Set-Ups
• Separation of Internal and External Set-Up time

Stage Two: Conversion of Internal to External Set-Up Time
• Function Checks & Transportation
• Next operation preparations
• Standardisation
• Function Standardisation
• Direct Line Feed (DLF)
• Standard Work
• Cell Manufacturing

Stage Three: Kaizen activities to refine the process
• Parallel Operations
• Functional Clamps
• Eliminating Adjustments
• Practical Case Study -utilising actual video footage
• SMED Leadership
• Getting Buy-in from your team
• Course Summary & Review

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