Layout Planning

The layout of a facility whether it be a production line, warehouse, office or emergency ward it is integral part of a Lean strategy. Process flow in any type of business is the heart of a Lean enterprise. A properly designed layout arranges flow patterns and process steps in a natural occurring order to minimise cycle time, space, travel distances and cross over points by modelling a continuous flow process with internal suppliers and customers close to each other. There are multiple levels in layout planning; a macro level would see the design of a site or building and on a micro scale would optimise a work cell or department area.