reliability improvement

5 rules to build a partnership

5 Rules to Build a Partnership

5 Rules to Build a Partnership Torbjörn Idhammar, President & CEO IDCON INC. Plant professionals (and consultants) often talk about the importance of a maintenance, operations, and engineering partnership. In my experience, the discussions commonly center on very general terms such as better communication and understanding. Those issues are important…but what you need are precise …

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The Power of Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)

There is an ongoing debate on the Superfactory web forum concerning SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies) as developed by Shigeo Shingo, and in particular about Shingo’s influence on Toyota. As someone who had the privilege of meeting Shingo a few times before his death in 1991 and who has taught Single Minute Exchange of Dies for 15 years, I would like to give my view on the importance of the SMED process.

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