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Change-Over and SMED Training Objectives

With the Change-Over and SMED training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the Change Over methodology, based on SMED
  • Know the basic rules of SMED implementation in the organization
  • Learn that you can use SMED principles in many different processes, including maintenance, quality, production, logistics)
  • Demonstrate the impact of SMED methodology through implementation in pilot area

You will be able to know how to reduce waste and downtime in a process, by improving the time of replacement of tools, devices, by constantly improving external activities duration.


What is Change-Over and SMED?

Change-Over is the period required to prepare a device, machine, process, or system for it to change from producing the last good piece of the last batch to producing the first good piece of the new batch. This process is based in SMED methodology.

SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies) is a system for dramatically reducing the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers. The essence of the SMED system is to convert as many changeover steps as possible to “external” (performed while the equipment is running), and to simplify and streamline the remaining steps. The name Single-Minute Exchange of Dies comes from the goal of reducing changeover times to the “single” digits (i.e. less than 10 minutes). One of the best examples are applied in formula 1 for tire replacement.

In SMED, changeovers are made up of steps that are termed “elements”. There are two types of elements:

  • Internal Elements (elements that must be completed while the equipment is stopped)
  • External Elements (elements that can be completed while the equipment is running)

The SMED process focuses on making as many elements as possible external, and simplifying and streamlining all elements.

A successful SMED program will have the following benefits:

  • Lower manufacturing cost (faster changeovers mean less equipment downtime)
  • Smaller lot sizes (faster changeovers enable more frequent product changes)
  • Improved responsiveness to customer demand (smaller lot sizes enable more flexible scheduling)
  • Lower inventory levels (smaller lot sizes result in lower inventory levels)
  • Smoother startups (standardized changeover processes improve consistency and quality)


Change-Over and SMED training course

The participants will attend a theoretical training session to support the workshop implementation of Change-Over on a pilot area.

The Change-Over training workshop training workshop will be performed using specific templates and a benchmark example.

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