Changeover Reduction (SMED)

What you will learn:

  • What is the SMED process
  • Where should the changeover process be applied that will result improving company performance
  • How to document the current changeover process
  • What is the definition of waste in the changeover process
  • What is meant by internal and external tasks
  • How to analyze the changeover process and identify improvement opportunities
  • How to brainstorm improvement opportunities
  • How to re-define and document the new changeover process
  • How to achieve buy-in on the new changeover process from operators
  • How to successfully implement and sustain the improved process
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The focus of this course is to review and give participants the basic concepts of how to significantly reduce changeover time utilizing the Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) technique.  The course is designed to help participants understand the SMED process and how it is used to document the current changeover process, analyze the changeover by identifying wastes, internal and external tasks of the changeover process.  Participants will also learn when it is appropriate to reduce changeover time and how to tie the actions to overall improved company performance.  You will also learn when it is not appropriate to reduce changeover time and the logic associated with this thinking. The course will also review the other techniques required to support the improved changeover process, such as 5S, standard work, and visual management.  Participates will apply the principles to hands on exercises to reinforce the learning.


Module 1:

  • Introduction to changeover reduction
  • Introduction to the SMED process

Module 2:

  • Documenting the current changeover process
  • Identifying waste in the changeover process
  • Defining internal and external elements of the changeover process
  • Brainstorming improvement ideas

Module 3:

  • Re-defining the changeover process
  • Applying 5S and visual management concepts to the process
  • Creating standard work for the changeover process
  • Implementation planning and follow-up



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