Changeover / Maintenance

Quick changeover / Single-minute exchange of die (SMED) and Total productive maintenance (TPM) are systems of maintaining and improving the integrity of production and quality systems through machines, equipment, processes, and employees that add business value to an organization.


Quick changeover / Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) is a method for reducing waste in your manufacturing processes. It will focus on reducing the changeover. Direct impacts are to reduce the production lot sizes and thereby improving flow.

Total productive maintenance (TPM) is a system focusing by keeping all equipment in top working condition. In manufacturing processes, it will avoid breakdowns and delays. This improvement is mesured by the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and focused on 6 losses.


Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) = Performance (running at reduced speed, Minor Stops) x Availability (Breakdowns, Product changeover) x Quality (Startup rejects, Running rejects)


Have you already try to use SMED and/or TPM to optimize your changeovers and improve your maintenance? What were your results with this action? Please, feel free to contact our consultant.


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