1st Edition

Quick Changeover Simplified The Manager's Guide to Improving Profits with SMED

By Fletcher Birmingham, James Jelinek Copyright 2007
    128 Pages
    by Productivity Press

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    A Quick Start Guide for Setup and Changeover Reduction for Managers

    Quick Changeover Simplified: The Manager's Guide to Improving Profits with SMED, by Fletcher Birmingham and Jim Jelinek, is for companies that must implement a quick setup and changeover program, but aren't sure how to start.

    The authors walk you through the process of implementing a mini setup reduction program with some quick changeover tools and concepts that won't overwhelm you. When you start seeing the results and you're ready to implement a full-scale program, they'll take you through an eight-step process that's easy to understand.

    This compelling book is:

  • A quick start guide that is concise and easy read.
  • Written for those who understand the benefits of SMED but don't know how to start.
  • Designed so that you can read it when you have only a few minutes to spare.
  • Distinctive in that all the examples, including the ROI statistics, are real --companies have successfully used all the strategies and tools discussed.
  • After you've read this book, learned the basics, and have successfully implemented a quick setup and changeover program, you'll see the results in shorter downtime and increased profits for your organization.

    List of Figures
    Getting Started (Preface)
    Chapter 1: Committing to Quick Changeover
    Chapter 2: Selecting the Project and the Group
    Chapter 3: Preparing the Group
    Chapter 4: Establishing the Baseline
    Chapter 5: Separating Internal from External Operations
    Chapter 6: Converting Internal to External
    Chapter 7: Streamlining Setup Efforts
    Chapter 8: Standardizing Improvements
    Chapter 9: Celebrate Successes
    Chapter 10: Every Second Counts
    Final Thoughts


    Fletcher Birmingham, James Jelinek

    "This book is very insightful and informative for those who want to stay ahead of their competition. It is very easy to read, concise, and straight to the point - making excellence seem easy and seamless."
    --Sasicha Wongchai, PhD, College of Graduate Business, University of Phoenix 12/12/06

    "The SMED program has helped us realize greater manufacturing flexibility in the Molding area and all the associated benefits: lower inventory, shorter lead times and responsiveness to our internal and external customers."
    --Linas Biliunas, Director, Manufacturing Operations, Kinetico Inc. 12/12/06