Here is how to implement SMED
How do you go about recalibrating a machine for the next order in less than ten minutes? By now, Daniel knows all about that. “It is important to first analyse the current recalibration process and differentiate between in- and external recalibration activities. Internal recalibration activities – e.g. turning off the mould heater and disconnecting the water and oil lines – can only be carried out when the machine is turned off. External activities can also be done when the machine is still operational. In the case of Rompa CZ, these activities include placing the next mould next to the machine and going over the product’s settings guidelines.” Ana María adds: “If you want to reduce the recalibration time, it is a good idea to conduct all external activities while the machine is still working on the previous order. As a result, the machine does not have to be switched off as long.”
From analysis to execution
The interns analyse the best way for Rompa CZ to implement the SMED tool and how the workspace must be set up to facilitate this. After completing their analysis, they will start working on the design of the new setting. Next, they will also be involved in the execution in order to further optimise the process. In addition to this project, Daniel and Ana María are also involved in other projects to e.g. reduce production waste and organise the transport of material within the production site more efficiently.