Wednesday, March 6, 2024

NPE 2024:

The Pivotal Role of SMED at NPE 2024

The importance of Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) amidst the latest technologies showcased at NPE 2024 cannot be overstated. As the plastics industry continues to evolve, the demand for more efficient, cost-effective, and flexible manufacturing processes has become paramount.

SMED stands at the core of these demands, offering a systematic approach to drastically reduce setup and changeover times. This not only improves manufacturing agility but also significantly decreases downtime, leading to enhanced productivity and competitiveness in a rapidly changing market.

SMED at the Forefront in the Era of Smart Manufacturing

At NPE 2024, the spotlight on SMED technology, among the myriad innovative solutions, highlights its critical role in enabling manufacturers to adapt quickly to changing consumer demands, reduce waste, and optimize resource use. In an era where customization and small-batch production are becoming more prevalent, the ability to switch molds or dies quickly without compromising quality or operational efficiency is a competitive advantage.

Furthermore, integrating SMED with other cutting-edge technologies such as IoT, AI, and automation showcased at the event exemplifies how traditional manufacturing principles are being transformed to fit into the smart factory concept. These technological synergies not only streamline the changeover process but also provide real-time data and analytics, facilitating continuous improvement and predictive maintenance strategies.

By focusing on SMED and its integration with the latest technological advancements, NPE 2024 serves as a catalyst for industry professionals to explore new ways to enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve product quality. This emphasis on SMED underscores its enduring relevance and adaptability, proving that foundational manufacturing strategies, when combined with innovation, remain key drivers of industry advancement.

Burger and Brown (Smartflow) and EAS Change Systems are two innovative companies at the forefront of advancing Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) methodologies, a process aimed at reducing and optimizing setup times in manufacturing environments.


Smartflow, known for its specialization in fluid management solutions, significantly contributes to SMED by offering products that streamline cooling processes and Fast-Tie ejector coupling systems, thereby minimizing downtime and enhancing productivity.

EAS Change Systems, focuses on providing comprehensive quick mold change (QMC) and quick die change (QDC) systems, integrating technologies that facilitate rapid, safe, and efficient mold and die changes. Both companies are pivotal in driving the adoption of SMED principles across various industries, optimizing production workflows, and reducing operational costs.


Their presence at NPE 2024, the premier trade show for plastics professionals, underscores the critical role Smartflow (Burger and Brown booth W3071) and EAS Mold and Die Change Systems (booth W3621) play in advancing manufacturing efficiency. By showcasing their latest technologies and solutions, they aim to demonstrate how their innovations can significantly impact the plastics industry, offering attendees insights into optimizing production lines, enhancing safety, and achieving more sustainable manufacturing practices.

The event provides an excellent platform for these companies to connect with industry leaders, share expertise, and explore new advancements, reinforcing their positions as key contributors to the evolution of manufacturing methodologies.

Get a free pass to NPE2024 in Orlando, FL and make sure to stop by the Smartflow and EAS booths!

The Turner Group team looks forward to seeing you there

Use this link to sign up for the show for free: Join us for NPE2024: The Plastics Show!

Training & Events:

Smartflow Scientific Cooling Class | Apr 10 & 11 | Register by Mar 20

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