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Sep 21

SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

Free – $39.00

“SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies) is a system for dramatically reducing the time it takes to do equipment setups. Changeover times can be dramatically reduced – in many cases to less than 10 minutes.” Each element of the changeover is analyzed to see if it can be eliminated, moved, simplified or streamlined to complete equipment changeovers. The essence of the SMED system is to convert as many changeover steps as possible to “external” (performed while the equipment is running), and to simplify and streamline the remaining steps. The name Single-Minute Exchange of Dies comes from the goal of reducing changeover times to the “single” digits (i.e. less than 10 minutes).

Learning objectives:

  • How to systematize SMED implementation
  • How to systematize SMED implementation
  • The Value And Techniques in conducting a SMED event
  • Thoughts on sustainment


About the presenter:

Allen Dembski
Regional Manager of Lean/Continuous Improvement of Orbis

Allen is currently a Regional Manager of Lean/Continuous Improvement for ORBIS Corporation.  He has co-responsibility (with other Regional Managers) for development, deployment and support of Continuous Improvement across 11 manufacturing locations located in the US and Canada.

He has developed and delivered Lean training material for Overview, 1-Week Lean Leader and standalone topics (e.g.  Single Minute Exchange of Dies, 5S, Visual Management, Value Stream Mapping, etc.)  Facilitated numerous VSM events, SMED events and other kaizen.

Prior to the increased Lean focus at ORBIS, Allen was Director of Six Sigma and Quality.  This involved developing business-level Lean Six Sigma strategy, working with senior management to establish targets, deployment methods and focus areas for improvement.  These included BB- and GB-led projects with a realized annualized savings over  $10MM (closed projects over 7 yrs).  He trained 13 waves of Green Belts in both DMAIC and DFSS.  Allen also had responsibility for ORBIS’ Quality System and ISO 9001 certification.

Before joining ORBIS in 2004, Allen spent 23 years at GE Healthcare, most notably as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Manager of the Global Six Sigma Center of Excellence.  In that role, he was responsible for indirectly leading a dotted line global team of over 150 MBB’s and working directly with global Champions to establish initiatives and drive to targets.  With a small direct team of MBBs, drove Six Sigma engagement and vitality through focus on training, competency, certification, communication, talent assessment, metrics and support tools.

In his MBB role in Engineering, was part of team that defined and deployed Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology globally across GEHC engineering and technology organizations and standardized across all GE businesses.

Before joining the Six Sigma initiative, Allen was a new product development program manager, responsible for program management and project leadership for major new product development programs in the magnetic resonance business.


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Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Free – $39.00
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Optima Associates
1861 Nimitz Drive
DePere, WI 54115 United States
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