Chapter 1 - Introduction

2 minutes

Video Overview

This tutorial explains the broad principles that underpin good plant layout. These principles were developed in manufacturing, but they have been applied to businesses in all sectors, be that warehousing, retail and the office.

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Chapter 2 - The importance of good plant layout

8 minutes

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In this chapter we will examine why you should think about plant layout and why it is important. Workplaces just develop around us. As we add processes, make space for storing raw materials, or create buffers against unexpected demand, introduce new processing stages, equipment we put them in a convenient place but this may not be the most efficient.

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Chapter 3 - Plant layout: different options

3 minutes

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Chapter 3 will look at the different sorts of layout and their benefits. There are four basic layout types:Product - or straight line, Process - or functional, Cellular - or group, Static layout or you can have a combination of all of them.

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Chapter 4 - Product layout

5 minutes

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We will examine a product layout in more detail. We will discuss where it is best used and what is needed to make the process work well.

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Chapter 5 - Process stages

7 minutes

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In the previous chapter we looked at organising process stages. Here we will examine how to co-ordinate them to meet production targets.

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Chapter 6 - Product lines

3 minutes

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We will review the different ways you can configure your product line to best suit your operations. In the chapter we will explore the different ways long-thin and short-fat product lines are used.

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Chapter 7 - Process and cellular layout

7 minutes

Video Overview

In this chapter we look at process and cellular layouts. These are not as common as product layouts, but they do have distinct advantages for certain types of manufacturing.

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Chapter 8 - Route planning

3 minutes

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There are many variables when you are designing a plant layout and it is difficult to keep track of them all. Here we will talk about using route planning and string diagrams to gather information and use it effectively.

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Chapter 9 - Mapping tools

4 minutes

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In this chapter we will discuss various types of process mapping and how they can inform your layout design decisions. There are many mapping tools that will help you visualise how materials pass through your premises. The fact they are visual really focuses attention.

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Chapter 10 - Service businesses

3 minutes

Video Overview

We have discussed various layouts so far but the same lessons can be applied to service businesses. In this we will outline how it applies.

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Plant Layout

Organising processes in your business is critical to satisfying demand and turning profits. This tutorial explains the broad principles that underpin good plant layout.

Watching this tutorial will provide you with quality advice that will help you to plan a new layout and choose the best process.

45 minutes
10 videos