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Creating Valuable Human Capital to drive Lean through Setup Time Reduction (SMED) training.

Setup Time Reduction is also known as Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). Setup Time Reduction enables rapid changeovers are vital for the implementation of Pull Production. In this class we learn about the concepts and techniques for Setup Time Reduction which is one of the cornerstones of a lean production process.

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Here is an interesting article about Single-minute exchange of die (SMED) which is also known as Setup Time Reduction. This tool is crucial to enable production lines to switch over to produce different parts rapidly. This allows for smaller batch sizes as switch-over times become much smaller. Smaller batches means less inventory which also means less cash tied up in the inventory. Faster switch over times also means more flexibility to respond to customer orders leading to shorter lead times.


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What is SMED about?

SMED or Setup Time Reduction was developed by Shigeo Shingo, a Japanese industrial engineer who was extraordinarily successful in helping companies dramatically reduce their changeover times.


He brought new ideas and thoughts about how change over times can be reduced and challenged the conventional thinking of the day.  These techniques are stilll very relevant today.

Here is an interesting article that tell you more about SMED.

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