Quick changeover reduces setup and teardown time of machines and equipment and the time from the last good part/unit of the prior run until the first good part/unit of the next run. This is sometimes referred to as Single-minute Exchange of Dies techniques, or SMED.
Why use quick changeover?
Adopting a quick changeover process can improve your production capacity without additional capital investment. Quick changeover reduces setup and teardown time of equipment while eliminating the waste of waiting and excess inventory. A faster changeover time will also allow you to be more responsive to your customers’ varied product demands.
- Eliminate the waste of waiting in the process that is inherent with long set-up times
- Reduce the waste of inventory by running smaller batches using faster setup times
How do you use quick changeover?
Quick changeover techniques can be applied anywhere a setup and/or changeover is required to meet customer demand. Examples would include, machining operations, stamping operations, assembly work, mixing, fabrication, etc.
- Separate Internal Tasks from External Tasks
- Convert Internal Tasks to External Tasks
- Streamline Remaining Tasks
- Eliminate Adjustments
- Maximize and sustain results