Facility Design and Engineering
- Overall Layout Development
Overall Layout Development
An accurate overall shop layout is an important tool for any manager to have at their fingertips. Design Systems, Inc. can update, manage and maintain your overall shop layouts - from detailed field checks of existing conditions, to updating specific areas based on in house projects. From detailed layouts for overall planning or simplified layouts for demonstrations or anything in between, Design Systems, Inc. has the experience, the software, and the capability to provide you with exactly what you need.
Overall layouts can assist with:
- Maintenance Schedules
- Area Identifications
- Cleaning Schedules
- White Space Tracking
- Evacuation Routes
- Process Flowcharts
Process Flowcharts are a quick reference for all your process information. It is a single drawing that provides you with information on the key process parameters.
Information provided by these flowcharts include:
- Process Flow
- Process Times
- Conveyor Speeds
- Production Centers
- Conveyor Numbers
- Zone Counts
- Minimum / Maximum / Float Counts
- Aperature Positions
- Process Descriptions
- Deck / Booth Sizes
- Station Numbers
- Process Zones
- Production Status
- Strip Bank Sizes
- Oven Temperatures
- Prop Tool Install Locations
- Manpower Layouts
Managing a large group of production personnel can be difficult and time consuming. Making sure that break areas and restroom facilities are located in the most effective location and sized properly can be challenging without all the proper tools. Design Systems, Inc. can provide you with updated manpower layouts for your shop or facility.
Manpower layouts can provide key information such as:
- Manpower counts
- Manpower classifications (production, non-production, indirect, etc.)
- Team area breakdown
- Team leader locations
- In-plant office locations
- Locker facilities
- Manpower traffic flow
- Workstation information (scroll drawings)
- Break area and restroom facility locations
- Skilled trades areas
- Scope Of Work Drawing
Scope Of Work Drawing
Planning a large facility changeover while still performing your required maintenance activities? Let Design Systems, Inc. develop detailed Scope of Work drawings that can help you better plan and organize the activities.
Scope of Work drawings may be used to coordinate activities with the union trades, show the different phases of installation, highlight areas of potential interference with planned plant maintenance work, indicate the different contractors that may be working and which areas they are working in. This is all vital information needed to best coordinate shutdown activities and ensure a safe and smooth downtime.
- System Design And Layout
System Design And Layout
Design Systems, Inc.'s experienced team of engineers will take your project from concept to commission. We will provide processing support to assist in the development of production facility layouts throughout the design process including:
- Complete process system design layouts
- Layout / system optimization
- Conceptual / feasibility layouts
- Material handling areas (marshaling, storage and truck docks)
- Station process tools and equipment
- Station line display methodology
- Building Utility Evaluation
Building Utility Evaluation
Whether you are upgrading your exiting facility or planning an addition, Design Systems, Inc. can evaluate your utility systems to ensure that they are capable and optimized to provide the most energy efficient and cost effective solution.
- Truck Dock And Platform
Truck Dock And Platform
Space usage and material flow are key factors in plant layouts. Design Systems, Inc. has the experience and know-how to properly engineer and design storage areas, truck docks, platforms, etc. to provide you with the most efficient and cost effective layouts to support your daily operations and long term goals.
- Safety Layouts
Safety is of utmost importance to any company, especially within manufacturing facilities. Design Systems, Inc. will work with your Safety Manager or the local OSHA representative to develop all your safety layouts. Egress layouts, lock-out placards, safety device layouts, assembly zone drawings, etc. can all be developed to satisfy your safety requirements.
- Ergonomic Driven Layouts
Ergonomic Driven Layouts
When most people think of injuries in the work place, falling objects, slip and falls, or issues with heavy machinery come to mind. For manufacturing and assembly workers, however, the most common source of injury is work related, repetitive motion which causes cumulative trauma (Cumulative Trauma Disorder or CTD). The effects of these repetitive motions increase when tasks are performed at unnatural or awkward postures with forceful exertions involved.
Design Systems, Inc. understands these factors and works to eliminate them for the workstation set up and the overall system design by incorporating some specific tools:
- Optimization of work station layout
- Anti-fatigue mats / wood platforms
- Lift assists
- Adjustable work platforms
- Electric assist tools
- Adjustable carriers
- Sound And Lighting Level Evaluations
Sound And Lighting Level Evaluations
Inadequate lighting or areas of high sound levels can be dangerous and can impact employee productivity and moral. Design Systems, Inc. can perform a complete sound level and lighting level study of your shop, facility, plant, etc. and provide a detailed report indicating field readings by location, identify areas of concern, provide recommended upgrades to resolve issues and provide a cost estimate to complete the indicated changes.
- World Class Manufacturing
World Class Manufacturing
In this current global and competitive age, it is of vital importance for an organization to have a manufacturing process which is efficient, lean, flexible and cost effective. World Class Manufacturing (WCM) is a collection of concepts and standards for production and manufacturing practices for organizations to follow to achieve these goals.
WCM is a process driven approach where various techniques and philosophy are used to guide your organization down the road to becoming more competitive and profitable.
Some of the techniques implemented are as follows:
- Streamlined flow
- Make to order
- Total Preventive Maintenance (TPM)
- Zero Defects
- Just In Time (JIT)
- Higher employee involvement
- Cross Functional Teams
- Multi-skilled employees
- Visual Signaling