Improving SMED in the Automotive Industry: A case study

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Abstract

The Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) is one important lean tool to reduce waste and improve flexibility in manufacturing processes allowing lot size reduction and manufacturing flow improvements. SMED reduces the non-productive time by streamlining and standardizing the operations for exchange tools, using simple techniques and easy applications. However the process doesn't give the specific actions to implement which can result in overlooking improvements. To overcome this, common statistical and industrial engineering tools can be integrated in the SMED approach to improve SMED implementation results. The applicability of the proposed SMED approach was tested for injection machines changeovers in the automotive industry. The implementation has enabled reduction in setup time, through company's internal resources reorganizations without the need for significant investment.
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Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
Pages1-27
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
EventPOMS 2009 - 20th Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

Conference

ConferencePOMS 2009 - 20th Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society
Period1/01/09 → …

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