Lean Management – 5S, SMED
The meaning of Lean is to vigorously work on eliminating waste from the manufacturing process at all stages of the processes.
So, what is waste? The Waste is defined as any activity that does not add value from the customer’s point of view.
According to the Industry analysis, more than65% of production activities in a typical manufacturing operation are waste – they add no value at all for the customer.
What is 5S?
- Organize the work area:
- Sort (eliminate that which is not needed)
- Set In Order (organize remaining items)
- Shine (clean and inspect work area)
- Standardize (write standards for above)
- Sustain (regularly apply the standards)
Eliminates waste that results from a poorly organized work area (e.g. wasting time looking for a tool).
- SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies) is a system for dramatically reducing the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers.
- Lower manufacturing cost (faster changeovers mean less equipment down time)
- Smaller lot sizes (faster changeovers enable more frequent product changes)
- Improved responsiveness to customer demand (smaller lot sizes enable more flexible scheduling)
- Lower inventory levels (smaller lot sizes result in lower inventory levels)
- Smoother startups (standardized changeover processes improve consistency and quality)