SMED Training Course

This one day SMED training course is a must for all Production Managers, Supervisors and Engineers who utilise automated plant and machinery. The implementation of Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) enables a company to achieve a smooth flow of value on a production line that produces multi-variants by providing a method which minimises waste caused at the point of change over.

What you will learn

This course has been designed to address the key SMED principles and provide you with tools, tips and techniques to bring about systematic set up reduction in your business by:-

  • Providing a method for ‘learning to how to see’ waste within you machine areas and set-up operations
  • Highlighting non-value adding waste by mapping out the set-up/change over process
  • Helping you to differentiate between internal & external set-up time
  • Providing a range of ideas and techniques for converting internal to external set-up time
  • Showing you how to implement Set-Up Kaizens – giving you the skills to develop a sustainable SMED programme in your business

Course Content

Our Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) training course covers the following topics:-

  • SMED – Introduction & Definitions
  • 7 Wastes – A review of waste in your business
  • The benefits of Introducing SMED
  • SMED – The Three Stages
  • Stage One: Data Collection – Observation & Recording
    • Using Video to record Set-Ups
    • Separation of Internal and External Set-Up time
  • Stage Two: Conversion of Internal to External Set-Up Time
    • Function Checks & Transportation
    • Next operation preparations & Standardisation
    • Direct Line Feed (DLF)
    • Standard Work
    • Cell Manufacturing
  • Stage Three: Kaizen activities to refine the process
    • Parallel Operations
    • Functional Clamps
    • Eliminating Adjustments
  • SMED Leadership
  • Getting Buy-in from your team

This SMED course uses practical demonstrations to re-enforce the theory.

Cost: £295 plus vat per delegate. Courses are limited to a maximum of twelve delegates. Course costs cover the training sessions, a comprehensive set of course notes, lunch and refreshments.

This is a non-residential training course. This SMED course can be delivered in-house if required. For further information, contact Aster Training on 01296 720281 for a Free Consultation to discuss your training requirements.

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Review by Victor Smith, Production Team Lead


Very Informative

Review by Paul Marshall, Nightshift Team Leader, Ricardo

"The course was very informative and gave me a lot to implement and think about."

Very Easy to Understand

Review by Joe Halfpenny, CNC Manufacturing Operator, Centor

"I found the course very informative and very easy to understand."

Very informative

Review by S. Hancock, Production Manager.

"Very informative course giving a good insight into lean techniques and the process and benefits of TPM."


Review by Fabienne Couaullac, Continuous Improvement Engineer, Martin Baker Aircraft Co.

"Good discussion points and advice."

Good and informative

Review by Alan Trigg, Estate Manager, Ecovert FM.

"Good and informative course, discussions during the course constructive and supportive."

Good and well delivered

Review by David Hamilton-Palmer, Area Engineer, Mars UK.

"Balance was good, well delivered, good knowledge base, great examples used."

Good introduction to TPM

Review by Clive Maughan, TRW Automotive Ltd

"Very Good introduction to TPM and how to deliver in the workplace."


Review by Stephen Smith, Team Leader, Coca Cola Enterprises.

"I wouldn't change anything about the course."

Very professional

Review by Alan Ross, Dupont Teijin Films

"The course was presented in a very professional manner" Brilliant."