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Posted:  24 Apr 2009 14:06
Dear MAPP Members:

My organization is looking to improve the efficiency of our Mold Change Time and need to better our SMED program. 

Thus far, we have accomplished some small things; our tool storage is well organizized; we have fit  tools with quick connect water lines; and modified the rountings for our molds to smooth out the capacity for our machines.

We know there is much more we can do so we are looking for MAPP Members that would be willing to share benchmarks and tactics they have taken in this area - we would do our best to share in return!

Would anyone be willing to help me?

Bob Cheatham
Sr. Manufacturing Manager
Gecom Corporation
1025 Barachel Lane
Greensburg, Indiana 47240

Bob Cheatham
Posted:  24 Apr 2009 17:42

MXL would be happy to share information, but it looks like you are a little ahead of us already.

Best of luck,

Jim Eberle
Posted:  20 May 2009 13:59
One of the methods I've used in a previous life is to film a set up, then review it with team members and map the process- each step. Its interesting to see post-it notes all over the wall. After identifying areas for improvement, make them, restudy and adjust your process map. It may take some investment but an ROI analysis should justify your expenditure.
If you are looking for specific silver bullets, I couldn't offer any as every business seems to be unique. I've looked at the things you mentioned that can come from a good 5S program at the onset of SMED program, plus magnetic platens to reduce clamping time, quick (1/4-turn) clamps, hard line plumbing permanently attached to the mold, and prestaging barrels and nozzles. Being organized with a place for everything and everything in its place is a good start.
I hope you find some value in this posting

Jeff Dorgelo
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