Revitalization of North American Manufacturing


Quick Changeover Using SMED Techniques

Save time by streamlining and standardizing changeovers

Workshop Code: W-15

Day & Time: Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Length: 4 hours

  • $200.00 USD for those attending the conference
  • $300.00 USD for those attending workshop only
Changeover and set-up time is non-productive, so reducing this wasted time can only be a good thing. Lean provides a way to do this by cutting out non-value added activities. This workshop starts with a brief introduction to lean and the eight wastes and then uses a pit crew example as an excellent lead-in to single minute exchange of dies (SMED). The workshop looks at the lean building blocks that have to be in place before you attempt quick changeover and gives a step-by-step examination of the quick changeover methods. Finally, the workshop looks at the importance of capturing your gains through immediate documentation, training, error proofing, checklists/logs, mentoring and periodic auditing.

In this workshop:

  • Hear why companies find changeover and set-up time to be such a challenge.
  • Learn tried and proven step-by-step methods in set-up time reduction.
  • Find out how to increase productive processing time in any operation.
  • Convert internal to external times/tasks.
  • Standardize the improved changeover methods to sustain gains forever.
  • See how SMED techniques are useful for shop floor and office changeovers.
  • Learn lessons you can apply at your business.

Profero, Inc.; Alukal Partners, LLC

Profero, Inc., is a consulting and training organization focused on lean enterprise, process improvement and quality.

Alukal Partners, LLC, is a management consulting and on-line training firm .


Anthony Manos

Anthony Manos is a catalyst with Profero, Inc. He also teaches for the American Society for Quality Certification Program (ASQ) and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. Tony is past chair of the Lean Enterprise Division of ASQ, a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and a Shingo Prize Examiner for Manufacturing Excellence. Tony is the co-author of Lean Kaizen: A Simplified Approach to Process Improvement and author of many articles on lean and its allied subjects.

George Alukal

George Alukal is president of Alukal Partners, LLC. George has taught lean for organizations such as ASQ, is the co-author of Lean Kaizen: A Simplified Approach to Process Improvement and has published many articles on lean. He periodically delivers webinars on kaizen for ASQ and routinely speaks on lean at SME conferences. George is a member of the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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