Description of the completed project
The company offers top-of-the-range painting services, including “motorhomes” (motorhomes), buses and trucks. Its factories are growing. The project consists of redeveloping the bottlenecks to increase the overall capacity of the plant. The goal is to increase daily production by 33%.
Since our consultants are now Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certified, the D-M-A-I-C methodology (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) will be used in this project. This philosophy puts forward fault prevention, rather than detection. This increases customer satisfaction and results. How? By reducing variation, waste and cycle time as well as promoting work and flow standardization, which creates a competitive advantage.
Once the project and its boundaries are clearly defined, data collection is needed to assess the current situation. One of the tools used is the Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) which is presented below and could certainly be useful for your business.
The SLP method
By properly organizing the space, it is possible for your business to increase productivity, save money and, perhaps even, push back a costly real estate investment you once thought inevitable.
Indeed, the “Systematic Layout Planning” (SLP) method is a method of designing or redesigning implantations developed by Richard Muther in the early 1960s. Based on a systematic and quantitative approach, rather than an instinctive one, the method allows to review or improve the implantation that supports your manufacturing methods or the delivery of your services.
The main benefits you can get from applying this method are:
- Reduced travel costs;
- a decrease in cycle time;
- decreased congestion and interference;
- Better use of space;
- Increased security and motivation of staff.
Its impact is immediate and major on your productivity and your profitability. The method proposes four overlapping phases which make it possible to ensure that no element has been forgotten and that the implantation will be adequate.
Here is a brief overview of each phase:
In this phase, we are interested in where the implantation will take place. Whether it is a new site or the redevelopment of an existing site, it is strongly recommended that a method specialist be involved in the assessment of the potential site.
The general layout
At this stage, we study the main flows, the general dimensions and the general configuration of each block. Also, we will start with this step when the location is imposed from the start. It is during this phase that all relationships are identified and coded according to the importance of their interactions.
A – ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY = 16
E – VERY IMPORTANT = 8
I – IMPORTANT = 4
O – NOT VERY IMPORTANT = 1
U – NOT IMPORTANT = 0
X – UNDESIRABLE = -80
The output of this phase will be a set of drawings, plans, computer files or a model that details the details of each block. It describes the location of machinery, equipment, workstations, raw materials, work in progress and finished products. It is also at this stage that we specify the services (compressed air, electricity, water, unloading bay, etc.) that will be needed.
During this final phase, installation instructions and schedule will be developed. We will also look at the permits, approvals and authorizations needed to carry out the work. The quality of the work accomplished during this stage will minimize production interruptions in the case of a redevelopment and the respect of deadlines in the case of a new design.