Manufacturing Plants and Operations

Services to Manufacturing Plants and Operations

For typical projects, please click on the service headings below.

Manufacturing Plant Layout

Space estimates and optimal placement of activities, machinery and equipment. Evaluation of flow patterns: straight-through, U-shaped, L-shaped, comb or spine. Evaluation of conceptual factory arrangements: by product, by process, by fixed position, in manufacturing cells and production lines. Optimal storage groupings and zoning for warehouses and distribution centers.

Materials Handling Analysis

Visualization and analysis of movement patterns. Overall system design: direct and indirect moves; simple and complex equipment; sizing of transport unit loads and containers; line-feeding methods and work cell replenishment methods. Evaluation and selection of handling systems and equipment.

Inbound Logistics Systems

Engineering of just-in-time delivery systems from external suppliers to points of use in work cells and production lines. Planning for transportation, third-party logistics, and returnable container systems.

Lean & Cellular Manufacturing

Reducing cost and flow time with manufacturing cells. Coupling of multiple cells to achieve lean and continuous flow. Improvements and procedural changes in set-up, scheduling, supervision, housekeeping, maintenance, and cost accounting. Definition and planning of cells for fabrication, machining and assembly.

Workplace Methods & Design

Detailed methods planning for workplace handling and parts presentation. Identification of ergonomic problems and corrective solutions through better workplace layout and material handling equipment.

Quality & Yield Improvements

Identifying and removing root causes of scrap and rework. Evaluation of physical and procedural improvements.