Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights Video Series, this program shows examples of how four different companies reduced changeover times to be more responsive to customer orders.
The first part of the program outlines the benefits of reducing setup times and how to identify wasted time by analyzing your current routine. Next, examples of quick changeover in plastic injection molding, metal stamping and metal cutting are explored to give the viewer an understanding of the type of equipment and procedures used during quick changeovers.
The four companies visited include The Wiremold Company, Associated Spring, Powers and Sons, and Hitachi Automotive Products (USA). The program concludes with five common organizational procedures to follow when implementing quick changeover.
By Philip D Rufe, CMfgE
By Ahmad K Elshennawy, Gamal S Weheba, PhD