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Draw your current plant layout
A must for any rationalization project is a detailed scale
drawing of your existing operation in AutoCad or similar
CAD software. The file must include all process machinery;
fixed conveyors; raw and in-process materials storage; support
equipment such as air compressors, dust collectors, and utilities; functions like offices and rest rooms; and aisles. In addition the file should accurately locate walls, doors, floor pits,
changes in floor elevation, and all other building features
that may impact a new layout.
To use the full power of your CAD software, you should
assign each component type to a separate drawing layer.
In addition creating a layer that defines the boundaries of
departments and functions will facilitate calculating space
allocation and generating high-level block layouts. Using such
layouts you can visualize and appraise alternative process arrangements using the tools presented in Chapter 3.
Describe your process & support elements
Creating a plant layout consists of three general steps:
1Defining the process elements that must be included in the final design.
2Allocating and configuring space for the required ele- ments into a high-level block layout.
3Detailing the arrangement and positioning of all ele- ments.
For our purposes an element is a group of assets that
combine to complete or support a production step like panel
sawing or finishing. A process element can be a single machine/
work center or a multi-machine department. Activities like
maintenance are support elements.
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