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Single minute exchange of dies, or SMED as it's commonly known, is defined as "the time elapsed between when the last good piece of product A comes off and the first good piece of product B starts." SMED is probably one of the most important lean manufacturing tools, if not the most important, for enabling just-in-time (JIT) production.
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Lean can be applied to any industry, not just manufacturing, because any business can
benefit from improvements in cycle time, cost savings, productivity, efficiency and more.
This case study examines the application of Lean to the engineering services industry
in the areas of design, analysis and prototyping of parts to realize improvements in a
sub-process of the new product development (NPD) life cycle.
Quality and Six Sigma are often considered as links in a chain. For example, when quality is poor, many times the immediate response is, “Let’s improve it using Six Sigma.” But does Six Sigma, or any other program for that matter, really improve quality? Or, are they simply mirrors to let us know where we are, what we’re doing, and where we’re heading?....
Comparing two occupations where process matters. You might think that the medical and engineering professions would operate quite differently from each other. Yet, as we will see, not only are they similar, but there is a lot that the engineering profession could and should borrow from the medical profession....
Why do we need SMED?
Within production strategies such as lean manufacturing and just in time ( JIT), we are aiming to reduce the waste within the system, waste being one of three main areas as defined in Lean/Toyota Production System (TPS): the Waste of Muda (non-value adding), Mura (unevenness) and Muri (overburden). Waste reduction is an effective way to increase profitability.