Layout planning

We can improve the flow of materials and structures through optimized factory layouts.

Optimized material flow

With flexible factory layouts for efficient flows and transparent structures 

Layout planning is a central component of factory planning. The aim is the ideal spatial arrangement of production and logistics areas to ensure an optimal material flow.

The dynamic and increasingly complex factory environment means that optimally planned layout structures change into suboptimal structures over time. This, in turn, results in the need to adapt the existing factory layout to the evolving requirements. Thus, in recent years, the discipline of layout planning has increasingly developed from a one-off or cyclical to a permanent task in manufacturing companies.

In addition to the goal of sustainably reducing costs and process times through appropriate layout designs, flexibility and adaptability are becoming increasingly crucial in layout planning projects.

We can support you with the layout planning

  • Rough layout planning
  • Detailed layout planning

Following the factory planning principle “from rough to fine”, layout planning typically begins with creating a rough layout from which the basic arrangement of the individual production and logistics areas to one another emerges.

The development of rough or block layouts is a creative and interactive process in which many actors from different company areas are involved. 

Our interactive touch planning table enables us to collaborate with all those involved in layout developments efficiently. Different layout variants can be developed quickly, intuitively, and quantitatively assessed on the basis of selected KPIs such as logistics costs or the use of space. The interactive planning table combines the know-how and years of experience of the technical experts with simulation-based material flow analyses and KPIs and thus helps develop an optimal layout variant. 

Interactive block layout development with digital tools

From the block layout to the detailed layout at workstation level 

As part of the detailed or detailed layout planning, the transition from the rough layout to the detailed layout takes place at the workplace level, which is used for planning that is ready for implementation. It contains information about the exact dimensioning and positioning of all machines, systems, buffer areas, workbenches, auxiliary equipment, storage and logistics equipment, support grids, path networks, and social areas. To increase the planning quality and coordination, collaboration and communication with all project participants, ifp consulting uses the BIM method as part of the concept and detailed planning. 

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