Plant Layout - 5 Essential Tips

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Sep 20, 2024 /
Course Code: 0904-WEB24

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The layout of a production facility determines a company’s profitability and competitiveness. The plant layout also directly influences current operations and impacts quality, time and cost.

Often, plant layout decisions are made without knowing all of the relevant information and possible issues. In terms of delivery, a non-optimum layout increases time waste due to the distances employees or materials need to travel. In regards to production capacity, an inadequate plant layout could create bottlenecks or reduce the pace of work under the production standards, and the company may end up with delivery delays.

This webinar presents the plant layout process and five essential tips to make it a success.


  • Benefits from an Efficient Layout:
    • Examples of benefits
    • Symptoms of inadequate layout
    • Productivity
  • Understanding Production Issues:
    • The three main issues: flow, process and capacity
    • Other concerns: variability and rigidity

Five Essential Tips

1. Make a corporate project with your plant layout:

  • Consider the human aspects
  • Appoint a person in charge of the project
  • Make your employees participate

2. Identify your main sources of waste:

  • The MUDAS
  • The variability and the rigidity
  • Understand your plant very well for optimal layout

3. Use the right methods of analysis and the right tools:

  • The plant features analysis
  • The proximity matrix
  • The 2D diagram
  • The spaghetti diagram

4. Integrate high-performance practices into your new layout:

  • Visual management
  • Equipment regrouping in cells
  • Order and storage

5. Micro-tips for an efficient plant layout:

  • Enlarge within
  • Racking tips
  • Layout aisle tips
  • Layout space tips

There will be a PowerPoint presentation to support the webinar; participants will receive the PowerPoint presentation in PDF format.

Schedule :
The webinar starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 1:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time); a short question period of 5 to 10 minutes at the end of the presentation is allowed.
Participants need to be online at least a few minutes before 12:30 pm.

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

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PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


Yves Martin, MBA

Spécialiste en gestion des opérations et du « LEAN Manufacturing », monsieur Martin soutient les entreprises dans l'amélioration de leur productivité et de leur compétitivité.

En 2001, il fonde la firme Expert-conseil PME. Depuis, il a servi 81 entreprises et a réalisé plus de 150 mandats. Monsieur Martin fut accrédité comme chargé de projet dans le cadre de la Mesure d'Appui à la Productivité (MAP) du MDEIE en 2008. De plus, monsieur Martin a développé des outils informatiques spécialisés (amélioration continue, Kanban et 5S) vous permettant d’atteindre rapidement et à moindres coûts vos objectifs d'affaires.

Yves Martin est diplômé en 1983 en génie de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal et obtient un MBA de l'Université McGill en 1993. Avant d'être consultant, monsieur Martin a été tour à tour responsable de qualité, directeur de production et du personnel, et directeur d'usine.

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Fee & Credits

$75 + taxes

  • 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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