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How does the service (setup and changeover) procedures used for racing cars differ from that of regular auto servicing? Is there anything that can be learned from the difference? What does this query have to do with SMED?

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The main difference between the service procedure between racing cars and regular auto servicing is speed is of the essence for race cars and the servicing is only done to one and the same car. Whereas, for regular servicing, servicing is done to many different cars and can be scheduled. The limitation is the space to store cars (overnight), the bays and the mechanics to service them, the patience of customers to wait for their cars (can they use a loaner car in the meantime?), etc..

Because the race car servicers do not schedule and are highly trained to service that one racing car, they can turn around the servicing very quickly. Every possible required spare part and equipment for that car is at hand ready to use. The servicers are trained to turn that car around as soon as possible. There are many servicers who act as a team and take care of their specific area of responsibility.

The opposite is true for regular car servicing. Any car can arrive with any number of problems, some of which could have been years in the making. Since it is impossible to have every spare part for every make and model, they must order the part from the part supplier. Do they have it in stock? If not, ...

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SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies)

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