So many product varieties, how can we deliver all variety products to all customers in time and quantity?
In a long run, low volume and high variety product manufacturing fast changeover time plays an important part in maximizing the capability of equipment .With the increasing demand for more product variants and short delivery times from customers it is necessary to have short lead times in production. This is where Quick Change Over/Quick Set up application is abundant. time.
Changeover Time is a period required to prepare a device, machine or system for it to change from producing last good piece of last batch to producing first good piece of the new batch. It is important to note that, Setup and Changeover are sometimes used interchangeably; in other cases Setup is viewed as component of changeover.
Changing market demands, due to the transition from a sellers‟ to a buyers‟ market as well as globalization of markets far beyond national borders, put high demands on flexibility and costs. Three key reasons why set-up times need to be reduced can be identified