THE ELEMENTS OF QUICK CHANGE OVER
Quick Change Over, otherwise known as Setup Reduction or Single Minute Exchange of Dies, is a technique that minimises the downtime of assets during configuration changes. Quick Change Over seeks to achieve two goals: 1) minimise the volume of internal operations (i.e. operations that require the process to be stopped); and 2) minimise the waste in the internal operations.
THE BENEFITS OF QUICK CHANGE OVER
Quick Change Over has the benefit of maximising asset and critical resource utilisation. This is particularly important for capacity constrained assets, where every second affects the capacity of the entire value stream.
An important secondary benefit of Quick Change Over is the ability to reduce the Economic Order Quantity of items. Change over costs are often attributed to large batch sizes, providing false economies.