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
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.