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SMED or “Single Minute Exchange of Die” is the practice of dramatically reducing or eliminating the time to change from one method or unit to another where the goal is to reduce the Changeover Time to single digits or under 10 minutes. This concept is also known as Set-up Reduction or Changeover Reduction. 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 Master Black Belt at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC 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.
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