Case studies in industry and services
Lean on the shop floor: setup time reduction with soft systems methodology

Robert S Keyser; Parisa Pooyan

Volume 10, Issue 4 , October 2023, , Pages 563-574

  In a lean production environment, reduced setup times can lead to many benefits, including reduced lead times. Previous research has primarily relied on the SMED methodology and mathematical modeling to reduce setup times at machine centers – and both are very useful techniques. We use the Soft ...  Read More

Manufacturing and Logistics
Setup time reduction with SMED in a corrugated box plant

Robert S. Keyser; Renee S. Severin; Matthew J. Geiger

Volume 9, Issue 2 , June 2022, , Pages 264-271

  The Single-Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) methodology proved to be an effective approach for reducing setup times on a bottleneck 66” Koppers rotary die-cutter machine center in a corrugated box plant. Root cause analysis techniques, such as a check sheet and control charts, aided the analysis. ...  Read More