Visualising the space makes it easier to work out what will fit, where the paths need to lead to and, importantly, making the most of the nooks and crannies.
Remember to use height to your advantage, and add flexibility into your design for future requirements – e.g. increase in people, process volume, inbound deliveries.
Draw the space and mark out:
- entrances and exits, including docking areas
- where equipment will sit
- Process related areas such as heated, chilled, humid or packing
- where the movement paths will be
- Storage areas
- Office and toilet areas (minimise this area!)
Use past production data for the warehouse – incoming volumes, types of deliveries (and types of dock), inventory levels required (and therefore storage space) and frequency of deliveries. The amount of storage needed is usually the driving factor in the size of facility.