Manufacturing organizations want to gain more capacity without investing capital. Sound impossible? No, gaining capacity without investing in more equipment is definitely possible. Our implementers will work with your team to reduce machine setup times by learning and applying a SMED methodology (single minute exchange of die). SMED, originally developed by Shigeo Shingo, Japanese Thought Leader, is a powerful, yet a relatively fast way to gain capacity using creativity over capital.
Lean Solutions Group offers setup reduction workshops conducted at your facility that focus on SMED tools and techniques---with your team, your equipment, and your processes. We use everyday examples to educate your team in the application of SMED techniques. And before the workshop ends they will be applying these tools to actual equipment, reducing setup times and tracking their results.
As we attempt to uncover and remove the sources of variation, we soon discover our physical work place itself can be one of the largest contributors to variation and waste. Unmarked storage locations, missing tools, left over tools from previous jobs, disorganized desk drawers, broken machines taking up room, and general dirt are a few examples of things that get in our way and cause wasted time. 5S is a methodology to combat these conditions in any manufacturing or office environment as it establishes a strong foundation of discipline needed to sustain Lean improvements.
Contact us now for your complimentary 5S White Paper to learn more about 5S basics and implementing 5S within a manufacturing environment.