Quick Changeover for Operators: The SMED System

Quick Changeover for Operators: The SMED System

Paperback Shopfloor Series

By (author) Shigeo Shingo

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  • Publisher: Productivity Press
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 249mm x 10mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Portland
  • ISBN 10: 1563271257
  • ISBN 13: 9781563271250
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 280,535

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The powerful knowledge contained in this book can make your workplace more productive, your job simpler, and everything more satisfying. It's about how to do equipment or product changeovers in record time--often in less than 10 minutes. The method you'll learn here is called SMED, short for "Single-Minute Exchange of Die" (the "single" here means a single-digit number of minutes). Developed from a longer book, A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System (cat no. PP9903), written for managers, this book is written for frontline production and assembly associates. It presents an overview of the reasons why SMED is important for companies and employees, sets out the three basic stages of SMED, and then devotes a separate chapter to each of these stages. The first chapter of the book is like an "owner's manual" that tells you how to get the most out of your reading time by using the margin assists, summaries, and other features of the book to help pull out exactly what you need. One of the most effective ways to use this book is to read and discuss it with other employees. The authors planned the book so that it can be used this way, organizing the book into chunks of information that can be covered in a series of short sessions. Each chapter includes reflection questions to stimulate group discussion. A Learning Package is also available (catalog no.PP7126), which includes a leader's guide, overhead transparencies to summarize major points, and color slides showing examples of SMED applications in different kinds of companies.

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Changeover is the process of setting up a production line for a different process or product. Many plants take hours or even days to do a changeover - a major barrier to manufacturing flexibility. Quick Changeover for Operators, based on Shigeo Shingo's SMED system, teaches frontline employees the techniques and approaches that turn hours of changeover time into minutes, even seconds! Now the learning format in the Shopfloor Series makes these powerful techniques accessible to the whole workforce. SMED is short for "Single-Minute Exchange of Die". The "single" here means a single-digit number of minutes - less than ten. The SMED approach is simple and universal. It works in companies all over the world. Although it was first used in (and named for) manufacturing with dies, the basic principles of SMED have been used to reduce setup and turnaround time in all types of manufacturing, assembly, and even service industries, from process and packaging plants to airlines.

Table of contents

Publisher's Message Chart: SMED's Conceptual Stages and Practical Techniques Chapter 1. Getting Started Chapter 2. Important Terms and Concepts Chapter 3. Getting Ready for SMED Chapter 4. Stage 1: Separating Internal and External Setup Chapter 5. Stage 2: Converting Internal Setup to External Setup Chapter 6. Stage 3: Streamlining All Aspects of the Setup Operation Chapter 7. Reflections and Conclusions About the Authors