Whether your company is looking to incorporate new processing equipment, expand facilities, improve flow within your existing facility, or re-locate, IMEC can help you realize the maximum benefit from your efforts. Proper Facilities Layout utilizing and incorporating the latest Lean Manufacturing strategies and techniques will optimally locate equipment, materials, people, and infrastructure to minimize movement, handling and travel distance of the material and labor while increasing overall productivity.
IMEC BLOCK DIAGRAM LAYOUT APPROACH
For many projects, the first step of a layout project will be a block diagram proposal to determine if the plan will be feasible. To support this, IMEC uses the Simplified Systematic Layout Planning process. IMEC engineers will document blocks of space and square footage needed for each. Tools such as product family process analysis and relationship diagrams will be prepared to plot and visualize relationships. Several block diagram options will be created, then analyzed and scored to determine the best block diagram layout.If desired, IMEC can then help with detailed facilities layout planning.
IMEC DETAILED LAYOUT APPROACH
Step 1 – Develop and/or verify a baseline drawing IMEC and a team of your employees will develop and/or verify a baseline drawing of your existing facility, to include, if applicable:
primary utilities (electrical, pneumatic, vacuum, coolant, data, etc.), lighting.
(copiers, printers, etc.)
- Product/process flow
- Data transfer
- Inventory levels and management
IMEC and your team of key employees will work to improve the process flow and efficiency based upon underlying principles of lean manufacturing and process flow efficiency. The team will develop facilities layout options, showing the current operation best arranged within the facility, and offer recommendations to accommodate future growth.
- Rapid Prototyping
- Safety Programs and Training
- Six Sigma
- Supplier Research & Scouting
I cannot say enough about the team at IMEC and how they have truly expanded our future at Lindy. We would not be in the renewed shape we are in without their knowledge, direction, and networking.
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