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Georgia Tech Professional Education

Warehouse/distribution Center Layout

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Oct 22—24
3 days
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
USD 2500
USD 833 per day

Description

A well-planned warehouse layout will help you reduce operating costs by improving warehouse processes and inventory control. In this course, you will learn to apply field-proven techniques, which focus on layout planning, methods selection, space optimization, and material handling to make your layout the most efficient it can be. Extensive use of cases studies that are adapted from real situations and projects is incorporated in the course. Additionally, you are encouraged to bring challenges from your workplace for consideration and analysis.

What You Will Learn

  • Systematic Layout Planning (SLP)
  • Profiling and inventory analysis
  • Handling and storing equipment
  • Flow of materials analysis
  • Estimating space requirements
  • Material handling methods

How You Will Benefit

  • Improve throughput with systematic layout planning.
  • Reduce handling costs in storage and order picking.
  • Group materials for efficient handling and storage.
  • Plan for expansions and new facilities.
  • Improve the performance of warehouse and distribution facilities.
  • Increase layout planning productivity and effectiveness.
  • Offer practical approaches to storage, order picking, packing, material movement and physical control.
  • Streamline material flow in warehouses/distribution centers.

Content

INTRODUCTION

  • Typical approaches to layout planning
  • Three fundamentals of layout planning

LAYOUT PLANNING CASE EXERCISE

  • A six-step simplified planning procedure
  • Relationship charts and diagrams
  • Hands-on case exercise in warehouse layout

SYSTEMATIC LAYOUT PLANNING (SLP)

  • The four phases of every layout project
  • Systematic planning procedures
  • Gathering and projecting key input data

PROFILING AND INVENTORY ANALYSIS

  • Activity and order profiles
  • Inventory profiles
  • Zoning and picking methods
  • Matching your methods to inventory levels and flows
  • Storage capacity calculations

HANDLING AND STORAGE EQUIPMENT

  • Unit load handling and storage
  • Case and item picking and storage
  • Simple and complex equipment

METHODS SELECTION CLASS EXERCISES

CLASSICAL LAYOUTS AND FLOW PATTERNS

  • Commodity, activity, and other storage zones
  • Basic flow patterns and their benefits
  • Charting your operations
  • Defining your activity areas

FLOW OF MATERIAL ANALYSIS

  • Ways to measure and visualize material flow
  • The quantified flow diagram
  • Guided application in flow analysis
  • Combining flow and other-than-flow relationships

ESTIMATING SPACE REQUIREMENTS

  • Five ways to establish space requirements
  • Short-range and longer-range space projections
  • Case exercises in estimating space requirements
  • Balancing space required to space available

FACILITY PLANNING ISSUES

  • Adjusting for physical features of the facility
  • The impact of utilities, lighting, HVAC, and other specialized requirements
  • Rack and aisle orientations

WAREHOUSE LAYOUT AND MATERIALS HANDLING CASE EXERCISE

  • Team exercise to improve an existing layout
  • Rearrange to reduce material handling effort
  • Layout considerations other than material flow

EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE PLANS

  • Costs and intangibles
  • How to select the best overall layout

DETAILED LAYOUTS

  • Rack storage areas
  • Shelving arrangements and slotting
  • Dock areas
  • Application of SLP to equipment layout

DISTRIBUTION CENTER PLANNING CASE PROBLEM

  • Application of techniques from days 1 and 2 to a distribution center expansion
  • Organizing the project
  • Developing a preliminary arrangement
  • Integrating storage and handling methods
  • Improving the preliminary plan
  • Responding to changing and unforeseen requirements

ORGANIZING YOUR LAYOUT PROJECT

  • Recap of phases, steps, and planning documents
  • Working forms and templates for your next project

Who should attend

This course is designed for industrial engineers and systems analysts, warehouse supervisors and team leaders, warehouse/distribution center managers, logistics and supply chain planners, planning teams for new or expanded facilities, and leaders of supply chain and lean initiatives.

Experts

Experience H. Lee Hales is President of Richard Muther & Associates, which is internationally recognized for its contributions to material handling analysis. The author of several books on industrial facilities and automation, Mr. Hales is a former distribution manager and consultant to such...
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