Setup Time Reduction Project - How big should my team be?

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capnkrk

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I'm assembling a team to tackle a setup time reduction project, and I wanted opinions on how big it should be. So far it's myself and 3 floor supervisors, but we need operators as well. We have 4 shifts. Does it make sense to take one from each shift so we have an 'ambassador' from each one to get buy in? Do I take the best 2? I don't want an overly large group, could become unwieldy.
 
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I'm assembling a team to tackle a setup time reduction project, and I wanted opinions on how big it should be. So far it's myself and 3 floor supervisors, but we need operators as well. We have 4 shifts. Does it make sense to take one from each shift so we have an 'ambassador' from each one to get buy in? Do I take the best 2? I don't want an overly large group, could become unwieldy.
I would pick the smartest 4 and add to you which makes a team with as many as fingers in your right hand. Easy to keep in grip and do things well co-ordinated. This would be a combo of supervisors and operators. :)
There could be other teams with other members managing other projects.
 
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tongxiaozhi

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I was once a team member of SMED project. Our team included engineering, production, process technology, QA, foreman and operators. We followed the following steps:
(1)5S is the foundation, to ensure that tools and dies have their defined places and should be close to operators
(2)Videotape the current setup process
(3)analyze the videotape and identify unnecessary operations and eliminate them and internal setups that can be converted into external setups.(this step is crucial to subsequent steps)
(4)Document the whole process and create new setup SOP
(5)Implement the new sop and standardize the operation

The sop should be living document and should be updated based on new observations and team experience.
 
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