What means ideal plant layout?

ideal layout as red thread which leads through factory layout planning

In philosophy and technology, ideal stands for a model of perfection. The eponym is the idea (lat. idea), the thought of the perfect. At the same time, the ideal hoovers in the space of the unattainable, and it is therefore often classified by pragmatists as an ambitious goal, which gradually erodes in practice. The theory … Read more

Rough layout vs. fine layout

illustration of different perspectives on rough and fine layout in layout planning

Rough layout and fine layout are terms often heard in factory layout planning. Usually, they are also used intuitively. Almost everyone has an idea of what they mean. The rough stands for rather imprecise or conceptual, while the fine is rather associated with sophistication, accuracy, and high detailing. And this is where the intuitive basic … Read more

Contemporary IT for the War for Talents

Digital native on job hunt in times of skills shortage

The “War for Talents” has accompanied industry for many years. Small and medium-sized companies, in particular, are now struggling to recruit talent. The Corona pandemic only eased the situation briefly. The problem remains. For more than half of all companies, a shortage of skilled workers is an urgent problem. Corona has revealed the weak points … Read more

What is a block layout useful for in factory planning?

illustration of the importance of block-layout in factory design using swiss-pocket knife

The block layout is the linchpin in layout planning for production sites. This is all the more true when it comes to improving the factory structure. This is because the rough representation of the functional areas of a factory in blocks provides essential information on the optimal arrangement of the operating resources already in the … Read more

What is the advantage of 3D factory layout planning

3D visualization layout in presentation with attention listeners

Modern factory planning is no longer imaginable without three-dimensional layout planning. But why? Is it just a trend or does it make sense? In this blog, we want to shed light on two questions in this regard: What are the advantages of 3D planning? How does 3D planning help to make companies even more successful? … Read more

What is the relation between Easter eggs and pallet shelves?

Easter eggs in the pallet shelf - what a surprise

We’d like to lighten up Easter 2021 with a not-so-serious blog title during these special times. The digital factory makes it possible. There, virtual Easter nests were discovered in pallet shelfs after the holidays. Reason and opportunity for us to present a very simple construction kit for virtual pallet shelves. Of course we show the … Read more

Designing virtual factory halls in system construction

3D-Visualisierung in der Werkhallenplanung

You know this situation? The production area is running out of space; an extension has already been under discussion. Now the order situation is very good and the management asked you to elaborate a concept as quickly as possible. Preliminary considerations make already clear that the new factory hall is to be performed in system … Read more

Should you create a digital factory layout in 3D?

Production manager faces decision whether 2D or 3D factory layout

What is the benefit of having our whole factory layout in 3D? No-one will ask that question in such simple terms. But there are indeed many simple questions which float around in the mind; especially if you are responsible for the assessment of investments in digital factory planning. But is the question perhaps already obsolete? … Read more

Material flow analysis in two dimensions

Worker moves loaded hand pallet truck in storage area of a factory - question asked about frequency of this travel distance

When it comes to material flow analyses, many people immediately think of Sankey charts or factory layouts with material flow arrows. Such kinds of representations give a good overview as to where and in which intensity the material flows. However, often the question arises where it is most effectively to start optimizing the material flows. … Read more