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Effective factory layout; floor layout design; plant layout design; designing a floor plan; facilities, process, factory lay out; building layout 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.

Layout principles will assist an organization's strategy to:

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.

Concentrate on a function; a maintenance shop,
a pick area, a warehouse, an office.

Relocate operations locally or to a new community.

In all of these challenges, a good layout is part of the answer. And JPR is pretty good at layout, large and small. JPR is a consultant for whichever term you choose;

factory layout; floor layout design; plant layout design; designing a floor plan; facilities, process, factory lay out; building layout design

are all about improving flow and utilizing space. Layout principles apply just as well in office, lab, maintenance shop, DC or warehouse as on a production floor.

Layout Projects Are Not All The Same

Layout is not just about fitting workstations into a building floor plan, 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.

What Next?

For a faster, more effective layout project, including the inevitable relocation, call JPR for hands-on assistance. JPR is experienced, objective, and quick. We have the time and ability that perhaps your team doesn't have right now.

When you need a hand, let's talk.

Call Jack Greene at 843-422-1298

or, e-mail us

JPR can assist to create layouts to meet your physical circumstances, objectives, timetable, budget.There is no cost nor obligation for preliminary discussion. Layout projects can be lengthy and complex, but often are smaller and quite straightforward. JPR welcomes your inquiry about either variety.

Jack Greene has headed Industrial Engineering for ITT Latin America and RayBan Sunglasses, and worldwide IE for Abbott Labs. Now as president of JPR, Jack can work with your organization, from strategic guidance at the executive level to practical, hands-on application of factory design and plant layout techniques.

We have put it in writing

If you choose to perform the design, layout, planning yourself, buy our Amazon book, on paper or Kindle. It will contribute to your knowledge and professionalism.

JPR also offers a free layout guide, five articles and nineteen pages, Perhaps this summary will be enough for your project. Please click on the link to receive the free articles by email. Provide some background in your request, and I can offer a more tailored reply.

Click on the book cover for the print version.

For the Kindle Store version,

Key layout concepts

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.

JPR applies these concepts as it assists with layout projects. We have done this before, and our experience is a valuable asset. We'll apply the concepts that will contribute the most 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, unnecessary material handling. Material flow, or routing through the process, will then dictate the sequence of equipment as it does with any successful layout, as you:
    Create plans that satisfy not only current but also future space demands.
    Place work stations and inventory to amplify their interactions
    Arrange for short and direct material flow paths.

  • Simplify organization of material from receiving through shipping. Don't forget safety, and access for equipment operation and upkeep.

  • The keyword is utilization; of space of course but also of equipment where it can serve multiple products; of storage through low inventories; of work through intelligent process flow and proximity of functions.

  • A lean layout will tend to have a straight-line flow, little in-process inventory, more special purpose machines and ready access to all ancillary materials for quick changeover and flexible operations. Some people ask about a "lean" layout, when they don't have a "lean" process. My advice is to achieve a lean operation first, and then lay it out. You won't be successful if you don't have a lean operation, but try to attain it just through layout.

  • When you include all the stake holders in the development process, the new 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. But there has to be an empty space on your checkerboard to start with. First move into the empty space, then move something else into the just-vacated space, and so on. Phased projects are common, as are sequential moves.

  • Corporate strategy may suggest a move from point A to point B. When this happens, take advantage of the move to create a point B layout with advantageous operating practices, tailoring your process to the facility dimensions.

  • Office layouts are a special case because they usually are quite visible, and affect both clients and executives. Timing to cut business interference is usually critical and employees can really contribute with planning and execution.

  • Layouts for a particular function, perhaps maintenance or storage or office, require less time but utilize the same basic layout principles as a larger project.

  • If there is a need for building modifications to accommodate a layout, that may control the timeline. Permits, approvals, and the modifications themselves tend to take more time than anticipated.

  • Should you use consultant services, or design a layout in house?

    The answer depends on your own resources. And it is not just a question of their technical ability. Do they have time available to devote to the project?

    And, your reaction time may be short and, as with most complex issues experience is valuable and a wrong answer is costly.

    JPR is experienced, and our priority is to perform the project.

    JPR services include hands-on layout, or we can lead or participate in a project, or train your resources so that you will have an in-house capability. We also provide for the inevitable result of a new layout, the move itself. Our checklists and plans will ease the subsequent move to a successful, non-intrusive result.

    Please call to discuss what fits for your organization at 843-422-1298.