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SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die)

“What a difference a second makes” – a quote from an empowered employee.  Just one second over a ten second continuous cycle can mean your line runs consistently 10% faster, the difference between comfortably achieving tight production schedules or continually being capacity constrained.

From definition of the current cycle, quickly through to mapping and optimisation, the team can quickly visualise the opportunity that exists – a real ‘light-bulb’ moment, where previously the required improvement would not have been pursued.

Detailed visualisation of the each stage in the cycle / process, whether a ten second continuous cycle or a two hour non-continuous process, is the key to real understanding of where your opportunity lies.

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Application of the optimisation stage shows what the improved cycle / process time should be, and what steps need to be taken to achieve the result.

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(The other way to reduce changeover loss is to have fewer of them!).

Suitable for all levels on the continuous improvement ladder, both strong and weak, LI Europe is able to pass on a very powerful SMED technique .

Testimonials

It must be said that the concept of change management which LI were asked to bring in was a very big ‘ask’. Their work on the floor was very beneficial to change management. LI try to problem solve by using the workforce. This has to be done tactfully. They achieved it. They had the respect of the people on the floor and the management which is a major credit.

Peter Barnett, CFO, KR Castlemaine

"I am amazed at what has been achieved in 5 weeks. I'm very impressed that such an approach can make fundamental changes in a mature environment with a lot of closed thinking. I am now totally convinced..., and will support the rollout across all the businesses under my control"

Supply Chain Director, Asia Pacific, major Multinational Food & Beverage Company