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TXM Lean Minute – The “I to U” of Lean Plant Layout

There are lots of different ways you can layout your plant. Lean Plant Layouts can include I, L, O, S and U shapes. In this TXM Lean Minute, Anthony Clyne discusses how an S-shaped Lean Plant Layout works effectively for long products, such as Sykes rowing boats.

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There are many shapes of work flow layouts and one of the most common is the S shape work flow.

Hi, I’m Anthony Clyne.

Welcome to this TXM Lean minute.

The challenge is to create a layout that connects work teams, makes the flow visible, allows uneven work to balance, and connects quality processes.

At TXM we help clients such as Sykes Racing layout the work flow using a “S” shaped work flow.

“S” shapes enable long processes to fit neatly and effectively into rectangular shaped buildings.  The corners often need innovation. The straight sections need flow.  With a 20 metre long product keeping the process moving forward, and not reversing back on itself, needs to be engineered.

Layouts achieve a step change in efficiency.  If you need a boost, challenge your team to create a new shape of layout.

I’m Anthony Clyne.

Thank you for watching this TXM Lean Minute.