Location and Site Selection & Systematic Layout Planning

2 days, 1.4 CEUs
Note: This course is only offered by our qualified training provider in Turkey.


Appropriate layout planning is essential for efficient performance. In many plants and warehouses, layout is the most important component of facility planning. Layout affects space usage, materials handling cost and is highly influential on work flow times. Layout determines the flexibility and adjustability of the facility in the reaction to changes in product portfolio and business mission.

Layout must not be executed without considering its accuracy and appropriateness, or must not be left as uncoordinated results of continuous improvement efforts. Such an approach resembles playing “single move chess”. Often, you would regret from your previous move shortly after! A good layout requires a comprehensive approach that takes into account all factors with multiple alternatives reviewed and included.

Our layout and space planning course is based on Systematic Layout Planning (SLP). Developed by Richard Muther and refined as a result of applications in a period of longer than 50 years, SLP is known as the best organized way of developing layout plans worldwide. SLP has been printed through various articles and manuals, and been translated into various languages.

Our course teaches the SLP method and the way of applying it in your projects. It is necessary for those who need to: 

  • Add new equipment or capacity.
  • Introduce new business activities or products.
  • Arrange facilities for better materials flow and processes.
  • Expand or combine facilities.
  • Apply working cells and lean manufacturing systems.
  • Apply new storage methods, processes and systems.
  • Make new arrangements for working groups and more efficient communication within the company.

Systematic Layout Planning focuses on manufacturing plant layout plans. These course is ideal for plant managers, industrial and manufacturing engineers, foremen, technicians and chief operators.

Topic Highlights

  • Selecting location
  • Selecting site
  • Identify the activities
  • Movement analysis
  • Chart and diagram the relationships
  • Establish space requirements
  • Diagram activity relationships
  • Draw space relationship layouts
  • Adjust and rearrange to integrate all modifying considerations
  • Evaluate alternative arrangements
  • Detail the selected layout

What You Will Learn

  • To prepare senior managers for their role in developing, reviewing, and approving major facilities investments.
  • To improve the planning of major rearrangements, expansions, and new facility development.
  • To improve the performance of facility.
  • To decrease the materials handling cost.
  • To provide the flexibility, harmony and quantity incrementation.
  • To save time and prevent oversights.
  • To improve the use of space.

Course Content

Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities

  • Anatomy of an industrial plant
  • Layout, material handling, communications and controls, utilities, building

Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) 

  • Objectives of plant layout
  • Typical approaches to layout planning
  • How to use Systematic Layout Planning (SLP)?
  • The phases of systematic layout planning
  • Fundamentals of layout planning
  • Systematic layout planning steps
  • The pattern repeats
  • Which procedures to use?
  • Simplified systematic layout planning

Location and Site Selection (LSS) 

  • Importance of location
  • Scope of projects
  • Four phases of site selection
  • Three basic questions
  • Organization of the project

Determining Specifications

Selecting a General Location

  • Common objectives
  • Conducting the search

Selecting a Site

  • Common objectives
  • Conducting the search

Procuring a Site

Pitfalls in Finding New Sites

Sample Case Evaluation: Location and Site Selection

Principles of Layout Planning

  • Key inputs
  • Classical types of layout plans and usual characteristics
  • Process vs. product layout
  • Product-quantity investigation
  • Lean layout and principles of lean layout planning
  • Lean layout: Mixed models vs. separate lines
  • Lean layout: Combine and eliminate with alt. methods
  • Lean layout: In-line dedication of special processes

Material Movement Analysis

  • Type of work determines the procedure to follow
  • Operation processes charting
  • Guide to flow analysis
  • “From-to” chart
  • What unit do you use to measure intensity of flow?
  • Flow intensity, effort and cost
  • Flow analysis: Equivalent movement multipliers
  • Measurement of diverse materials movement
  • From-to chart – by handling method, for diverse materials, by product line

Relationship Charting & Diagramming - Sample Case Evaluation 

  • Flow analysis and relationships
  • Calibration of two-way flow
  • Relationships other than flow
  • Combining flow and other relationships
  • Activity relationship diagramming

How to Interact Facilities With Your Business Plans? How to Determine Space Requirements? – Sample Case Evaluation 

  • Five ways to determine space requirements
  • The calculation technique
  • Space requirements – converting
  • Assessing current space utilization
  • What drives your need for additional space?
  • Projecting key input data
  • Ratio trend and projection
  • Class of space proportions and projections
  • Allocation of land use
  • Activities area and features sheet
  • What can it be done if the available space is not enough?
  • Ways to increase capacity without new construction

Preparation of Layout Plan – Sample Case Evaluation

  • Space-relationship diagram and layout
  • Location and building considerations and “fixity”
  • Layout sketching
  • Adjustment into plans
  • Adjusting the ideal to the practical
  • Facility expansion plan

Case Studies: Overall Layout Planning

Developing and Evaluating Alternative Layout Plans

  • Plant-level flow patterns and their benefits
  • Evaluation of alternatives – sample case evaluation

Detail Layout and Implementation Phases

  • The pattern repeats
  • Detail layout planning
  • Checklist lean layout
  • Strategies for long-range / strategic planning of industrial facilities
  • Implementation worksheet
  • What management wants to know before approving your plans?

Who will benefit:

  • Plant and Production Managers/Engineers
  • Warehouse, Distribution and Logistics Managers
  • Industrial and Process Engineers and Systems Analysts
  • Materials Handling Engineers and Equipment Suppliers
  • Technicians and Lead Operators
  • Supply Chain Improvement Planners
  • Architects and Facility Planners