Doing Things Right, From the Start, Is Key in Facility Layout Design
The way your production systems are laid out can come back to haunt you if you don’t take into consideration all the relative factors from the start. The right facility layout design will improve your operation, but it should be well-planned in advance. Once your production lines begin operating, the downtime required to make changes can be costly and could cause your company to lose customers. There are numerous operational factors that DSI’s engineering solutions team will consider in advance when we’re called upon to design the optimal layout for your company’s workflow.
What Needs to Be Looked At
The space in which your business’s activities take place will have a significant impact on the quality of the work and the rate at which it’s produced. The ideal manufacturing facility layout design integrates the needs of workers, materials and equipment in a way which results in a well-functioning and productive system.
These are a few of the factors that need to be looked at when designing a facility layout:
- Process flow: Work should move smoothly down the line with no bottle-necking or backtracking.
- Use of space: Traffic lanes should allow for employees or transport equipment to easily move about as needed and there should be adequate and accessible space for storage and staging.
- Safety: All business operations must comply with the guidelines mandated by local government and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Communication ease: The production line should be laid out so that both communications and supervisory support can take place easily.
- Employee morale: A facility design which fosters employee morale and motivation can have a positive impact on productivity.
Preview How Your Facility Will Look and Operate
At DSI we use the most up-to-date simulation, modeling and CAD software to design and illustrate how your production facility will look and operate when it’s up and running. This is an important part of design engineering and consulting; previewing your company’s layout prior to construction and implementation. Get in touch with us to see the future of your company’s operations.