Recover wasted capacity with SMED

SMED is a systematic approach to quick changeovers in order to minimize machine downtime. It is welcome to recover wasted capacity on a bottleneck resource. A bottleneck is a resource with a capacity, in average, lower or equal to customer’s demand. A true bottleneck runs 24 hours 7 days a week and still cannot supply … Continue reading Recover wasted capacity with SMED

SMED explained while doing laundry – part two

In part one I explained SMED is a systematic approach to quick changeovers in order to minimize machine downtime. In order to explain what SMED is good for to non-specialists, I used the laundry example, in which the mundane washing machine is a very precious resource and it should wash (add value) as much as … Continue reading SMED explained while doing laundry – part two

SMED explained while doing laundry – Part one

SMED is a systematic approach to quick changeovers in order to minimize machine downtime. >Lisez-moi en français To explain what SMED is good for to non-specialists discovering it, I use the laundry example. Let’s imagine the mundane washing machine is a very precious resource and it should wash (add value) as much as possible in … Continue reading SMED explained while doing laundry – Part one

What is SMED?

SMED stands for Single Minute Exchange of Die, a systematic approach to changeover and setup time reduction. SMED is an acronym that made its way into industrial lingo for decades now. Its origins is in japanese automotive industry of the 1950s when Toyota Production System pioneers led by legendary Shigeo Shingo observed operations on shop … Continue reading What is SMED?