Setup is the activity that takes place between your process steps, that non-productive time while changing a production line from one product to another. Reducing the amount of setup downtime improves the productivity of your operation.
Reduce Downtime with Quick Changeovers
Minimizing the setup times of your processes and equipment will help you accomplish quicker changeovers and allow your business to benefit from:
- Shorter lead times
- Less material waste
- Fewer defects
- Less inventory needed
- Lower space requirements
- Higher productivity
Achieve Faster Changeovers
Many companies underestimate the gains to be made in setup reduction activities. The first step in improving any process is to thoroughly understand its current state which CONNSTEP considers the best place to start analyzing the changeover. We initiate a team-based approach with your organization to document the current changeover.
Following basic Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) principles helps to identify ways to reduce or eliminate setup times.
Improvements can then be implemented and their results monitored. Once proven effective, the improved changeover techniques can then be standardized.
Leverage Our Expertise
CONNSTEP Lean manufacturing consultants have extensive expertise in setup reduction techniques that yield well-documented results. We can help your company implement a proven methodology for collecting the right data and analyzing the important phases of your setup reduction processes.
By combining our experienced and knowledgeable perspective with our expert group facilitation skills, your team will learn how to explore all possible areas for improvement. We’ll leverage our expertise to enable you to shorten setup times, expand production time, and achieve higher capacity without increasing direct labor.