Manufacturing Setup Reduction & Quick Changeover

Ideal for any business looking to improve equipment uptime and productivity, optimize capital investments, improve service delivery time, and reduce inventory.

Overview of Setup Time & Changeover in Manufacturing

Through this process, each element of the setup/changeover is analyzed to see if it can be eliminated, moved, simplified, or streamlined. Changeover times can be dramatically reduced – in many cases to less than 10 minutes.

In today’s hyper-speed economy, time is money. On the shop floor, that means the amount of time employees spend setting up a machine to run a new batch or order is more important than ever. Wasted minutes and hours—over the course of weeks and months—can take a big bite out of corporate profits. Shortened machine setup times will allow your company to meet customer demands for high-quality, lower-cost products delivered quickly and without the expense of excess inventory.
Once employees learn the techniques, they can apply them over and over again to achieve even greater savings. DVIRC is ready to help you get on track and moving forward.

The DVIRC Difference

Manufacturing leaders intent on driving measuring performance improvements need the expertise and experience that only DVIRC can provide. Using our unique “learn and apply” approach, our Continuous Improvement experts will train a core team of employees in the setup reduction process and will facilitate an actual setup reduction exercise to ensure the team has a solid understanding.

We work with clients to identify a specific machine tool to focus on, create a project charter to establish goals and objectives, and work on-site to implement our Setup Reduction, or Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) methodology. 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 the remaining steps. The name Single-Minute Exchange of Dies comes from the goal of reducing changeover times to the single digits, or less than 10 minutes.

Benefits of Setup Time & Changeover for Manufacturing

  • 30-50% reduction in changeover time
  • Freed up capacity and productivity
  • Reduced inventory and increased inventory turns
  • Reduced customer lead time
  • Supported sustainability of results

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