Learn to reduce changeover time from hours to minutes at IMEC May 19 workshop

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) will host a quick changeover/set-up reduction (SMED) workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 19, in Riverfront Hall Room 118 at Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline. 

This workshop and hands-on simulation teaches the fundamental principles of quick changeover, or set-up reduction.  Also known as SMED, it eliminates or reduces non-value added activities in the setup and teardown processes of manufacturing, allowing companies to quickly and efficiently change from one product to another – a critical component of lean manufacturing and a common need across industries.

Participants will learn the standard methodology for applying SMED to any type of set-up or industry.  The techniques covered demonstrate how to reduce changeover time from hours to minutes … and even seconds!  Participants will:

·         Understand how quick changeover/set-up reduction supports lean manufacturing

·         Learn key concepts and principles related to quick changeover/set-up reduction

·         Develop skills to apply SMED using a disciplined, visual process of documentation and improvement

·         Experience a team approach to quick changeover/set-up reduction

·         Recognize how quick changeover/set-up reduction can be applied to support functions throughout the value chain

Cost is $299 per person and includes lunch and course materials.  Cancellations made within 7 days of the program start date or failure to inform IMEC of cancellation may result in up to 50% of the invoiced attendance fee.

Register your company seat(s) by visiting  For more information, contact Terry Loughrin, IMEC Regional Manager, at (630) 561-5511 or

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