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SMED or Quick Changeover is one of the key Lean tools developed to reduce setup times by implementing a quick changeover of the activities that create and support your product or service. While it was developed by the Automotive Industry, its application goes beyond the Manufacturing sector to also cover the Service and Customer Support sectors.

It is a system that reduces dramatically the time it takes to complete equipment or process changeovers by reducing waste. It provides a rapid and efficient way of converting a manufacturing process from running the current product to running the next product. This rapid changeover is key to reducing production lot sizes and thereby improving flow.

The essence of the SMED or Quick Changeover system is to convert as many changeover steps as possible to “external” steps (performed while the equipment or process is running), and to simplify and streamline the remaining steps.

A successful SMED program will have the following benefits:

·       Lower manufacturing cost (faster changeovers mean less equipment down time)

·       Smaller lot sizes (faster changeovers enable more frequent product changes)

·       Lower inventory levels (smaller lot sizes result in lower inventory levels)

·       Smoother start-ups (standardized changeover processes improve consistency and quality)

·       Improved responsiveness to customer demand (smaller lot sizes enable more flexible scheduling)

This practical and highly interactive course builds on these principles and will provide participants with a structured methodology to identify potential opportunities and how you can implement it to your organization.



·        Background and History

·        Waste Management Concepts

·        Traditional/Strategic Setup Approach

·        Maintenance, Organization and Housekeeping – Basic building blocks for SMED

SMED Quick Changeover Basics

·        Definition

·        Benefits

·        How to Identify Opportunities

·        Types

SMED Implementation Process

·        Identify the pilot area

·        Documentation of the Present State

·        Identification and separation of Internal and External Elements

·        Convert Internal Elements to External Elements

·        Streamline the Remaining Elements

·        Evaluation of Change

Verification and Standardization

This workshop is available online or in-house.

We will be happy to discuss our Single Minute Exchange of Die course in the context of your own business needs, so please contact us via email at or phone +44 (0)28 9073 7950 or our Dublin office +353 8 7224 2575 for more information.