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Setup Reduction is the practice of dramatically reducing or eliminating the time to change from one method or unit to another. This concept is also known as Changeover Reduction or Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) where the goal is to reduce the changeover time to single digits or under 10 minutes. This was originally developed by Shigeo Shingo in order to reduce the time spent in setting up equipment or materials since setup does not add value.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.