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Vol. 12 No. 4 (2021)
Original Research Article

Implementation of the Single Minute Exchange of Dies Method for Reducing Changeover Time in a Hygiene Production Company

Marcela Malindzakova
Technical University of Kosice, Institute of Logistics and Transport
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Dusan Malindzak
U. S. Steel Kosice, Ltd., Kosice
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Patrik Garaj
Technical University of Kosice, Institute of Logistics and Transport
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Published 2021-12-30

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Keywords

  • Lean management,
  • Single Minute Exchange of Dies method,
  • changeover times,
  • streamlining processes

How to Cite

Malindzakova, M., Malindzak, D., & Garaj, P. (2021). Implementation of the Single Minute Exchange of Dies Method for Reducing Changeover Time in a Hygiene Production Company. International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 12(4), 243–252. https://doi.org/10.24867/IJIEM-2021-4-291

Abstract

This article focuses on implementing the Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) method within the case study company, a local subsidy of a global producer of hygiene products. Such research was not yet done in the area of Eastern Slovakia, nor was it done for the area of hygiene produce production. The article lists unique specifics taken during the process. The results exceeded the preliminary management expectation, where a changeover time reduction by 30% was achieved. From the managerial perspective, this demonstrates that the SMED method is a mandatory approach for companies struggling with frequent and long changeover times.

 

Article history: Received (February 21, 2021); Revised (July 19, 2021); Accepted (August 2, 2021); Published online (October 28, 2021)  

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