The SMED method

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Target audience

Technicians and engineers from the quality, production and planning department as well as the operators.


• To know and apply the SMED method,
• To reduce the costs of changeover between series.
• To improve productivity.
• To identify the various tasks during a changeover.
• To simplify and optimize the changeover process.

Key points:

• Time savings.
• Improved response to customers.
• Optimized production flow.
• Smaller batch quantities at the same cost.
• Problem solving in a multi-disciplinary group


• Improvement of changeover times between series through the SMED method
• Cost issues
• Presentation of the SMED method.
• The definition of key steps in the changeover process
• The segmentation of the changeover production process
• The search for solutions to reduce the changeover time
• Classification of internal and external tasks
• Reduction of internal tasks not being able to be externalized
• Example of an analysis of a SMED action
• Executing a SMED action in a company
• Means necessary to make a SMED study.
• Planning of actions to be carried out
• Simplified planning, implementation examples and results of SMED


Internal workshop. Theoretical and practical part.

Duration 2 days according to the study to be realized. Use of video analysis.

Teaching methods :
• Support of course distributed to each trainee.
• Theoretical and practical contributions by the trainer.
• Video analysis.
• Room with available video camera, television set and video tape recorder.


Duration : 2 days
Format: In-House