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Eight Principles of SMED

Mr. Rogers explains six basic steps of Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) basics and its eight principles.

Bruno Pešec
Bruno Pešec
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Eight Principles of SMED

Mr. Rogers explains SMED basics and its eight principles.

Six basic steps of SMED are:

  1. Measure changeover times
  2. Identify internal and external elements
  3. Move external elements to external
  4. Shorten internal elements
  5. Shorten external elements
  6. Standardize and maintain new procedure

Eight principles of SMED are:

  1. Separate internal from external setup operations
  2. Convert internal to external setup
  3. Standardize function, not shape
  4. Use functional clamps or eliminate fasteners altogether
  5. Use intermediate jigs
  6. Adopt parallel operations
  7. Eliminate adjustments
  8. Mechanization

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Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about running SMED workshop read this article by Dr. Roser. For more details regarding the eight principles of SMED see this excerpt from Shingo’s book (1985).

Read the following short papers in which the authors describe how they applied SMED on:

  • injection presses used for Styrofoam products, by Ulutas (2011);
  • PLCC Tape and Reel machine, by Tharisheneprem (2008); and
  • machine tool manufacturing, by Bharath and Lokesh (2008).


Shingo, S., 1985. A revolution in manufacturing: the SMED system. Productivity Press.

Ulutas, B., 2011. An Application of SMED Methodology. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial, Mechatronic and Manufacturing Engineering, 5(7), pp.1194-1197.

Tharisheneprem, S., 2008, November. Achieving full fungibility and Quick Changeover by turning knobs in tape and Reel machine by applying SMED theory. In Electronic Manufacturing Technology Symposium (IEMT), 2008 33rd IEEE/CPMT International, pp. 1-5. IEEE.

Bharath, R. and Lokesh, A.C., 2008. Lead Time Reduction of Component Manufacturing Through Quick Changeover (QCO). SASTECH Journal, 7, pp.13-19.

This post was originally written for The Lean Presentation.


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