Capacity & Facility Planning

  • What is your current capacity? What does your capacity need to be to support your growth plans?
  • What is required to unlock your full capacity? Is this a physical challenge or a process challenge, or both?
  • What % of your available production time is absorbed with non-value added activity?
  • How much space do you need to operate efficiently? Has your current space been optimized?
  • Will planning and managing a relocation be disruptive to your business? Do you have the necessary resources available?
  • What other positive changes could dovetail a new layout implementation or facility move?
capacity and facility planning

The physical arrangement of work dictates how people and processes integrate together; whether it be an overall plant/warehouse layout or a single workstation. With infrastructure being a significant overhead cost, it is essential to maximize capacity. A key first step relative to facility planning is to understand current capacity as well as the necessary capacity to support the organization's future growth plans. Increasing capacity may come through the addition of more physical assets or it may come through the elimination of non-value added activities within processes. The capacity plan should lead the layout design. The Capacity & Facility Planning stream is intended to support organizations as they navigate their way through growth, process design, and space requirements.


Assess & Engage

This half-day workshop is focused on providing an overview of the variables involved in determining capacity, critical steps of designing an industrial layout, and the associated projects/support required in successful implementation. The content of the workshop can focus on manufacturing layouts and/or warehouse layouts.

The intent is to provide workshop participants with the knowledge of what should be considered/addressed in the layout design for a new build, consolidation, expansion, relocation, and/or integrating new equipment.

This Workshop is geared towards people preparing for a layout design project and assessing how to best approach the project.

Capacity Analysis & Layout Design Process


Train & Implement

This approach begins with analyzing capacity, demand patterns, and product mix based on data readily available from the organization; then utilizing the analysis to facilitate the design of a layout in an accelerated way.

The facilitation involves a cross-functional team of stakeholders within the organization and is an iterative process completed with a short time frame. Multiple alternatives and the pros/cons of each are assessed until the best layout is developed.

This approach is for organizations comfortable with their data readily available and an iterative brainstorming approach with their team as the basis for design. The intent is to fast track the development of an optimal layout.

Capacity, Demand, & Product Mix Assessment

Accelerated Layout Design

Physical Flow Optimization

Some organizations require an external resource to collect data, analyze the data, and prepare layout design alternatives for review/alignment. For this approach, a project is scoped with a defined schedule and budget for TimeLine10 to collect data, analyze, and design the layout altenatives.

The approach is again iterative based on multiple review sessions with key stakeholders, but a TimeLine10 resource is more involved in collecting the necessary data and designing the layout based on flow concepts, optimization techniques, and balancing organizational requirements.

The scope of these projects may also include support in planning/coordinating the implementation phase as well as acting as a “hub” between all key internal and external stakeholders.

Capacity, Physical Flow, & Space Optimization Projects