Gary Berquist

Date of Defense




First Advisor

Robert Landeros, Management

Second Advisor

Sime Curkovic, Management


The term SMED, Single-Minute Exchange of Die, is a process improvement system developed during the 1950s. Its theory and structure allow for setups that once took hours to complete, to be reduced to minutes. It took nineteen years to develop this process method which originated in Japan. Although the system was initially designed to reduce setup times in manufacturing settings, it can easily be converted to use in any area where processes exist. The goal of this thesis is to analyze the existing process and separate each step into being either internal or external to the system, convert all steps into external ones, and decrease time as much as possible. The thesis follows the steps taken to this end and analyzes each process with observations.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only