Nowadays, with global free market economy, which is characterized by strong competition and variability occurring in macro- and microenvironments, enterprises implement tools and methods that allow for collecting current and reliable data (qualitative and quantitative) concerning various parts of its functioning and, with adequate processing and presentation, indicate the areas for process improvement and waste reduction, leading to the improvement in the rate of return. One of the methods to ensure a more efficient manufacturing is SMED. With adequate implementation of the stages of this method, changeover time is minimized, thus reducing costs of production. This study presents an attempt to implement the SMED method in a selected area of production in the enterprise X.
Process of control and meeting standards over the whole manufacturing process allow for providing customers with products or services with expected quality, which largely determines the competitive advantage of the enterprise. Consumers more and more often emphasize the quality of goods manufactured and the criterion of the price is often not the dominant criterion when choosing a product. This situation is observed in the automotive sector, where safety of using vehicles and human health and life are in the first place. Therefore, on the one hand, it is essential to eliminate the quality defects, and, on the other hand, one should familiarize with the causes of these defects and to prevent from them in the future. This is possible and necessary in the automotive sector, which uses the international standard of ISO/TS 16949 by employing tools and methods of quality management. This study uses the Pareto chart and the Ishikawa diagram in order to identify significant inconsistencies and the related costs in the process of manufacturing of single-conductor automotive cables, special cables (NON-PVC) and battery cables.