If you were asked to design a layout for a company that wanted space for manufacturing, distribution and retail what layout or layouts would you use?  I think I would use a combination of:...

If you were asked to design a layout for a company that wanted space for manufacturing, distribution and retail what layout or layouts would you use?  I think I would use a combination of:

*office layout

*process-oriented layout

*warehouse layout

and regardless if the layouts you choose, how would you draw them for a proposal?

Thanks

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gsenviro | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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For a company interested in space for manufacturing, distribution and retail a combination of layouts (office, manufacturing or process, warehouse, distribution) would be required, as pointed out.

The layouts can be drawn using software. ConceptDraw is one such software.

http://www.conceptdraw.com/examples/plant-layout

There is some great help available online for how to design the layouts of facilities at this link: http://www.strategosinc.com/facilities_planning.htm

The particular layout for each of the involved operation (storage, manufacturing, etc.) will depend on the manufacturing process, product properties, distribution cycle, production capability, etc. For ex., for small products, the warehouse can have a layout consisting of very narrow aisle pallet storage and vertical carousels. Similarly, depending on the length of storage required, the warehouse can be of cross-dock layout (for ultra-short-term storage) to slotted layout for long-term storage. 

Hope this helps. Do check the second link for strategies on lean manufacturing facilities.

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