SMED Quick Changeover Online Training Module is designed to help you learn how to reduce the setup times by implementing a quick changeover of the activities that create and support your product or service.
This concept was first introduced by Shigeo Shingo, a consultant to Toyota during the 1950s. More than half a century later, Shingo’s brainchild is still used as part of Lean Manufacturing principles.
Briefly, SMED or Quick Changeover represents the absolute minimum amount of overall time needed to change over from one activity to another. Overall Time is the elapsed time between the last good part on one run to the first good part on the next run.
SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die), or Quick Changeover, shortens production time by focusing on decreasing the amount of time that a tool or machine requires in order to change its components. These delays occur, for example, when the same machine is used for two different products.
The term “single minute” should not be taken literally. It denotes not a single minute for the actual changeover, but a “single digit” number of minutes. In general, SMED promotes the changeover rate of less than ten minutes.
The SMED Quick Changeover Presentation designed by ELSE Inc. is highly interactive and enables participants to experience firsthand the difference in output when Quick Changeover is implemented within your workflow. This presentation illustrates how product lead time is reduced and inventory is lessened, thereby reducing costs while improving efficiency.
The SMED Presentation can be applied to a wide array of departments within the company, especially when used in conjunction with the SMED Simulation. Production associates who are involved with manufacturing processes will be able to see the value of SMED in their operations.
If you are planning to also provide on-site (in-classroom) training for your team, we strongly recommend that, beside taking this module online, you check out our SMED Quick Change-Over Module Presentation (PDF format), and the SMED Game (PDF format), which we provide separately, for a one-time cost. When used together during the training session, your team can experience the true power of what they’ve learned.
Although you can start right away on this module, we strongly recommend you first do the following:
- Move from a functional organization to a value stream organization. Only then, you can see the whole pictures of how each department is aligned, and how they are able to contribute.
- And then, start the training and the application of the continuous improvement routines, and the problem-solving methodology. This way, it will be much easier to develop the strategic plan, of closing the gap towards the vision, step by step, year over year.
- Develop your Lean Policy Deployment (Strategic Plan). Value stream mapping is just a way to visualize and prioritize the activities that will be aligned to the vision of producing enhanced value to the customer in the shortest amount of time with minimum overall cost for the business. If the actions are not incorporated in the overall strategic plan, they will not get supported financially and otherwise, or else, what is the purpose of a policy deployment?!
- Draw the Current State Map using the Value Stream Mapping Methodology. Suddenly, now you have a good picture of the current state of the equipment you need to work on, and how it is linked to various value stream (product families). You also have access to financial and people resources, and everything is aligned to the true North. Without these ingredients, your effort will be local at best, and not sustainable, because it’s not enough to stop here, you will need to write instructions, set the standardized work, and train everybody, and this requires a lot of planning and collaboration.
- Introduce the SMED – Single Minute Exchange of Die – concepts
- Differentiate between Internal & External elements
- Define the steps to perform an SMED workshop
- Learn how to implement SMED
- SMED Quick Changeover Basics
- How to Identify Opportunities
- SMED Implementation – The 6-Step Methodology
- Working through a Case Study on all 6 steps
- Documentation of the Present State
- Separation of Internal and External
- Reflections on SMED
- Where do we go from here? The Lean Transformation Roadmap
- The SMED Quick Change-Over Module Training (online only)