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Process Layout
Welcome to Process Layout

Process LayoutProcess Layout is planning and integrating the paths of the component parts of a product to obtain the most effective and economical interrelationshop between human workers, equipment, and the movement of materials from receiving, through fabrication and assembly, to the dispatch of the finished product.

Process (Plant) layout may refer to an existing installation, a two-dimensional or three-dimensional plan, or the work involved in designing the most effective interrelationship between operating equipment and personnel, materials movement, storage facilities, service functions, and auxiliary equipment. Frequently, plant layout is thought of as dealing only with the careful and detailed planning of production equipment arrangement. However, this is really only one phase of a very extensive series of interrelated activity areas making up a typical industrial plant layout.

TMSS Online will configure manufacturing facilities for cost effective and efficient material flow. In order to evaluate potential layouts we use the criterion of minimisation of material handling cost. Since the material handling cost is a function of the frequency and distance of material moves, minimising the material moves and frequencies results in lower material handling costs. The advantages of using reduced material movement are.

  • Reductions in aisle space requirements;
  • Lower work-in-progress (WIP) levels;
  • Lower throughput time;
  • Less product damage;
  • Lower probability of obsolence;
  • Reduced requirements for storage space;
  • Simplified material control and scheduling; and
  • Less congestion in the system.

Facility Layout and Cells
This professionally-developed presentation is designed as a 40-60 minute overview of the topic. Many customers use the presentation as part of a group learning event, individual training at a computer, or as foundation slides for a more detailed or customized training presentation.

The presentation is delivered in native Microsoft PowerPoint format for easy customization. All slides may be changed to accommodate your desired use. The only restriction is that the presentation cannot be resold without permission of Superfactory.
  • Number of slides: 43
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Types of Layouts
  • Layout Strategies
  • Cells
  • Types of Cells
  • Implementing Office Cells

Mapping Office Workflows

Mapping Office Workflows helps office workers create and study visual representations of processes that they work in. There are many mapping techniques and each can unveil a different aspect of the workflow. By "seeing" the process from different angles, solutions to nagging problems or convoluted workflows can be easier to see and fix.

About This Course - This course teaches people who work in an office environment how to map the processes they work in, step-by-step using techniques including Brown-Paper Flows, Workflow Diagrams, Flowcharts and Value Stream Maps.

Course Objectives
The objectives of the Mapping Office Workflows course are for the learner to:
1. Define the bounds of a workflow.
2. Use a variety of process (workflow) mapping techniques.
3. Identity hand-offs, disconnects, incomplete communication and rework loops as non-value-adding components (or waste.)
4. Plan improvements to workflows.
5. Consider a move from batch processing to continuous (or one-piece) flow.

Intended Audience - All employees who will be involved in office productivity and quality improvement efforts.

Time to Complete - Approximately 2 hours

Why Does My Company Need This Training Program? - If your company is working to improve quality and productivity, this course will help introduce everyone in your office how to use basic workflow techniques to map out the processes they work in to help uncover problems in the process.

Lean Process Layouts (Micro-Mapping)

Explore sources and formats for collecting and analyzing data to develop process flow patterns and physical layout options leading to lean practices. Time: 2.4 hours

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