Lean this way, please

September 2003
Management Services;Sep2003, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p5
Academic Journal
A major company in the food packaging industry has made significant inroads into improving productivity in various areas of the manufacturing process. Earlier in 2003, they had used various techniques to reduce the setup time for one their major processes. Originally taking 3 operators 24 hours, they managed to reduce the setup time by 50% needing only 12 hours for the three operators. To move forward their program of changeover reduction they got help from Scott-Grant whose unique approach to the SMED technique has proved so successful. After formal SMED training and three days of guided application, the team reduced the 12 hour changeover time to under three hours, using only two operators throughout the changeover period and a third operator for about two hours. To illustrate the flexibility of the Scott-Grant approach to SMED, the two companies are working together to use SMED to reduce the process down-time for scheduled and non-scheduled procedures.


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