SMED - quick changeovers

SMED workshop

The SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies) method included in lean tools serves for shortening the changeover process by eliminating the wastes inherent in it and by standardizing the process. 




SMED időmérés

Aim of the SMED workshop:

Familiarization with the approach required for the efficient reduction of changeover times and acquisition of the way of thinking required for introduction. The SMED Workshop provides theoretical and practical knowledge by means of which the time lost during changeovers can be efficiently reduced.

Course of the Workshop:

I. Theory:

  • The definition of changeover
  • A general approach to changeovers
  • The advantages of shorter changeovers
  • Internal, external and parallel operations
  • The 8 steps of the application of SMEDSMED gyors átállás

 II. Practice

  • Analysis of a changeover process of the company – on the basis of a video footage
  • Preparation of an action plan for eliminating the identified reserves
  • Finishing to dos, standardizing new process and training
  • Homework assignments with persons in charge, deadlines


Main fields of effect of SMEDCourse of a SMED eventLean tool, method
Changeover times 1. Recording of a changeover process  
WIP inventories 2. Analysis of the video footage SMED analysis
Availability of machines 3. Highlighting of wastes Basic Lean principles, Basic SMED principles
Standard changeover process 4. Problem-solving 4M, Fishbone analysis, Pareto
Product quality 5. Planning of the new process 8 steps of SMED
Lead time 6. Testing, fine-tuning 6S, TPM principles
6S indexes, visuality 7. Documentation of the new process Standard work instructions

Feedbacks – results

„This week was very exciting and I am proud that we could finish almost all the modifications on the machine and in the process as well.”

„We have reached incredibly good results in reducing changeover time and we have all the necessary materials and conditions to sutain it!”

„New colleagues will have an easy job at changeovers from now on ;-)”

„The new standard works and easy setup solutions are saving a lot of time for us!” 


Related lean tools:

Lean basic training
6S workshop
Implementing SMED
Lean production 


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