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Our Productivity and Industrial Engineering Books, click cover for contents. The Industrial Engineering book includes
the contents of Time and Motion Study, Layout, and Cost Reduction; but not Construction Piece Rates .


Plant Layout and Facility Design
The arrangement of people, materials and machines is at the very heart of business productivity
in an organization of any size, engaged in just about any endeavor.

What is your organization's layout concern? Is your need for one or more of these solutions?

  • Create a competitive advantage with a layout tailored for your particular building, equipment, process?
  • Consolidate operations or facilities; merge?
  • Relieve a jam-packed plant?
  • Rearrange to cut through a wasteful "spaghetti" flow?
  • Improve space utilization, or adjust layout to today's mission?
  • Adapt the operating layout to your lean practices?
  • Grow, add output, technology, new products, capacity or utilization?
  • Plan and start up an entirely new operation?
  • Relocate operations locally or to a new community?
JPR is a boutique consultancy that applies layout principles expertly and rapidly, in manufacturing and service industries. JPR's value is to select and utilize the appropriate productivity principles and tools, tailored to the client's specific objectives, timing, and budget.


In all of these challenges, a good layout is part of the answer. To improve flow and utilize space, let me suggest two axioms that constantly apply.

1. Layout is equally as useful in the office, the lab, the shop, customer service, distribution and the warehouse as on a production floor.
2. Layout projects are not all the same, because no two facilities or processes are the same. There will not be a template on the web, or a standard floor plan, that matches your situation. Since you desire a competitive advantage, you won't want a cookie-cutter solution anyway, you will want a layout tailored for your particular building, equipment, process. To create an effective layout for your circumstances, JPR can perform a project, shepherd your staff, or tailor services to supplement client resources.

E-mail Jack Greene at or call 843-422-1298, to ask about layout There is neither charge nor obligation for discussions..

Deliverables Plant layouts tend to be infrequent, designed to catch up to changes in equipment, products, volumes, and flow. Get it right, the next one may not occur for a while.

Your organization's specific goals will be unique, and JPR would apply those from the following concepts that will contribute to your specific objectives, because all layout projects are not the same.

For an effective new layout, first pull out all of the waste movement, all unnecessary material handling.

Create plans that satisfy not only current but also future space demands.

Place work stations and inventory to amplify their interactions

Arrange for simple, short and direct material flow paths.

The keyword is utilization; of space of course but also of equipment where it can serve multiple products.

When you include all the stake holders in the development process, the resulting layout will very likely be more well suited to real conditions, and you'll put it into effect more smoothly.

Create layouts to accommodate new technology, additional products or volume. Apply productivity principles to create an effective arrangement, to minimize space constraints.

It is very common to execute a relocation with a "checkers" game, a series of sequential moves.

Office layouts are a special case because they usually are quite visible, and affect both clients and executives.

What's Next? JPR can help you to use layout principles, within your organization, to achieve your particular goals. We are experienced, objective, and quick. We have the time and ability that perhaps your team doesn't have right now. We can guide, train, or perform the time study.

One size does not fit all, when it comes to layout. JPR does not offer the "buzz-word of the month", but chooses from time-tested techniques to meet client circumstances and objectives.

Take the next step; call JPR to discuss the most appropriate solutions for your unique circumstances, timetable and budget. There is no cost nor obligation for preliminary discussions. E-mail Jack Greene at or call 843-422-1298. (Right now I am in the Pacific time zone.)

Books and Articles We have authored definitive guidance for layout, the Amazon book above, our on-line Management and Productivity series, and specialized web pages. Please click the link for further reading

For the Kindle version of Plant Layout and Facility Planning

For the special purpose of a Warehouse Layout, web page Click to access
For the special purpose of a Shop Layout, web page Click to access
For the special purpose of a Merger or Consolidation layout, web page Click to access
Article, Consolidate, or Merge Facilities Click to access
Article, Layout, Factory Design, Floor Plan Click to read
Article, Relocate a Facility Click to read
Free Layout Guide Click to request

Contact Contact Jack Greene today for a rapid response, at 843-422-1298 or e-mail.