4Include information describing future needs for each Element Sum- mary and create new Elements as
required for new products and capacities –
Always drill down as deeply as possible
given your knowledge at the time.
Remember to update the Summaries
as new facts becomes available. The
information in the Summaries is extremely useful in judging the efficiency
of alternative layouts using the tools
presented in Chapter 3.
5Estimate space for future processes and capacity – Now the tough part. The task of projecting space requirements for industrial operations is
highly subjective, a mix of science and
educated guess. On each current and
future Summary add information that
describes the modifications required
to create the future state of that Element. Will new machinery or work centers be added? Will more storage space
be required for in-process materials?
If so, roughly how much new space
will be required? Insert the estimated
addition/deletion in a column on the
Space Planning spreadsheet for each
The most accurate method for determining space needs is to develop a
rough layout of the modified Element.
Account for everything – machinery,
benches, storage, tooling, conveyors,
and infrastructure such as compressors, etc.
6Review the final Summaries and Space Planning estimates with the project team – Test your assumptions
and space estimates for each element with the
entire project team. Adjust as required.
Milestone: You are now ready to
develop alternative block layouts. In
Chapter 3 you will learn about three
tools that compare the efficiency of
Credit: Every student, teacher, and
engineer who has read the late Richard
Muther’s Systematic Layout Planning will
recognize his fingerprints in this series.
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