process outlined in this series has
ensured that the final layout was based
on well-founded knowledge rather
than pure conjecture. Only through
this discipline can you create a layout
design that provides a competitive
weapon for your company.
As an added benefit, the attention
given your existing layout will open
your eyes to other plant floor weak-
nesses beyond the arrangement of your
equipment. With rare exception, all
sorts of improvement opportunities
abound. That’s the next chapter of
*For more depth and detail on the
entire layout process refer to textbooks
like Manufacturing Plant Layout by
Edward J. Phillips. ;
Credit: Every student, teacher, and
engineer who has read the late Richard
Muther’s Systematic Layout Planning will
recognize his fingerprints on this series.
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Over 48 years Art Raymond worked with manufacturers of
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to solve management and technical problems and to grow their
businesses. As the capstone to his career he served Hooker
Furniture Corporation as Senior Vice President, Operations
retiring in 2013. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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See reference to Activity Relationship
Chart templates in Chapter 3: