By Shigeo Shingo, Andrew P. Dillon

Written by means of the economic engineer who constructed SMED (single-minute alternate of die) for Toyota, A Revolution in production offers a whole evaluate of this strong simply in time construction software. It deals the main whole and distinctive directions on hand at any place for remodeling a producing surroundings in ways in which will accelerate creation and make small lot inventories possible. the writer delves into either the idea and perform of the SMED procedure, explaining basics in addition to innovations for employing SMED. The severely acclaimed textual content is supported with countless numbers of illustrations and images, in addition to twelve chapter-length case stories.

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Stage 3: Streamlining All Aspects of the Setup Operation Although the single-minute range can occasionally be reached by converting to external setup, this is not true in the majority of cases. This is why we must make a concerted effort to streamline each elemental internal and external setup operation. Thus stage 3 calls for a detailed analysis of each elemental operation. The following examples are drawn from successful applications of stages 1,2, and 3. 0 At Toyota Motor Company, the internal setup time of a boltmaker — which had previously required eight hours — was cut to fifty-eight seconds.

For repeat orders — even if each individual order is small — the number of setups can be reduced by combining several lots into one. Unfortunately, this solution gives rise to waste by producing toO much too soon. Corresponding to the demand characteristics noted above, the Setup Operations in the Past 13 supply side (production) requires numerous setup operations for diversified production, and small lots. Although numerous setup operations must be carried out in a diversified production system, several possibilities arise when we look at the problem in terms of die setup itself.

This must be done as an external setup procedure, in which either the operator moves the parts himself while the machine is running automatically, or another worker is assigned to the task of transportation. One factory I worked with conducted setup operations on a large press by extracting the die on a moving bolster. A cable was attached to the die, which a crane then lifted and conveyed to the storage area. I suggested a number of changes to the shop foreman: 36 THE S M E D SYSTEM 9 Have the crane move the new die to the machine beforehand.

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