Optimizing equipment efficiency: An application of SMED methodology for SMEs
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Competitiveness in the era of globalization is tougher than ever before. Most of small medium-sized enterprises, especially in the manufacturing sector, are easily vulnerable due to lack of opportunities and resources to harness the economics of scale as well as business activities in research and development. To drive business competitiveness, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must make use of resource efficiency in production processes and optimize the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The method of single minute exchange of dies (SMED) appears to be an effective approach, which does not require financial investments but only utilizes the current human resource, to improve and maximize the OEE. The paper describes the step-by-step approach to apply SMED and shows its results in the increase of 18% OEE in a semi-auto cutting machine.
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