Business Improvement through the Use of Single Minute Exchange of Dies: Process Improvements in an SME

By Jennifer Bingen.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Many Small to Medium Enterprises suffer large amounts of downtime due to poor changeover performance. This is because jobs are unplanned and standardized processes have not been implemented. As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Arc Energy Resources Ltd, a specialized welding company, and the University of Exeter, UK, research was carried out into changeovers and past papers were critically analyzed. Arc Energy Resources Ltd offers a service to ‘clad’ free issue material, therefore all products are one off bespoke products or small batch products. Value Stream Mapping, Production Funnels and Process Maps were used to identify areas of improvement by interrogating the process. Removing external processes from the production time (SMED) created long term time and cost savings.

Keywords: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, SMED, Changeovers, Manufacturing

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.129-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.418MB).

Jennifer Bingen

Knowledge Transfer Partner, Process and Systems, University of Exeter, Eastington, UK

Currently writing a Masters in Philosophy in Engineering and working as a Process and Systems Engineer at Arc Energy Resources Ltd in Eastington, UK. Completed a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and enjoys process improvements and Lean Engineering/Management.

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