Weeks has worked in the label printing industry for 23 years, initially with American Label & Tag and, for the past 14 years, with Label Logic, a medium-sized converter in Elkhart, Indiana. He has held a variety of positions, including hot stamp operator, press operator, digital specialist, prepress technician, and quality manager. Weeks helps sustain Label Logic’s ISO 9001:2015 certified quality management system and has led the company’s Lean implementation since it began in early 2021
Set-Up Reduction (Co-presented by Brian Van de Water)
Beating the competition requires steady gains in production efficiency. This session defines how to cut makeready time through the single-minute exchange of die (SMED) system, a vital component of Lean production. You’ll learn the concepts behind SMED, such as the distinction between internal and external tasks, and a specific multi-step process. Importantly, learn the tactics to conduct an improvement blitz over just a few days, which dramatically reduces your makeready time on a press or any other production equipment.