Designing layout of a new lab

BlakeHarting

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Do you guys know anyone that does this kind of consulting?

What are some main points to think about?

I was wondering about this-
Would it be good to have designers sitting visibly in front of grinders/builders/finishers? That way people can have a better hand in what the design looks like when they get it? But don't know if that would be too much oversight and don't want people to not like their spot.

I think it would at least be good to have the designers and finishers close together
 
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I would get some graph paper and layout what you think you might like to have. You can get a local designer to work from that to get where you want to be. Add a lot of extra electrical and make a lot of dedicate circuits for equipment
 
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I think all labs are different...some more busy with removables versus fixed or digital. I know after 5 years we did our layout we would like to change quite a few things. You might want to focus on two things. A open floor plan(movable benches) and making each area the most efficient (less walking steps). For instance, the ceramists hate having to get up and go across the lab to sandblast or steam something...wasted time. That's how I would start off. I know whip mix use to run a program, can't remember what it was called that focused on this. Also, I think it's called Lysta lab benches, they surely have a design guru to help in this as well. Keep us posted.
 
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I like to keep dust generators...sand blasting, model trimming, far away from the porcelain room.

Wish I had a powerful central vac plumbed into floor vents so I just had to lightly sweep.
 
BlakeHarting

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A open floor plan(movable benches)
Movable benches? o_O

That would be pretty cool. Like completely movable on wheels, and people can just work wherever they want? What happened to make you think about that?
 
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Movable benches? o_O

That would be pretty cool. Like completely movable on wheels, and people can just work wherever they want? What happened to make you think about that?
We are moving towards more digital in our fixed department, and our removable department is growing...therefore the layout of the lab seems to always be in need of transitioning to more a 'lean manufacturing' trend. To make each employee the most productive, they really shouldn't have to move very far to do this or that...each step away from your work area adds up real quick to loss productivity. Movable benches, is what I wish we had currently.
 
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Just remember what type of flooring you'll need when you are looking for a crown. :) All the labs I've been in have had specky flooring, not fun finding an implant screw! In all seriousness, map out your workflow. That's a good start. Lean manufacturing is a very easy concept that you can find a lot about online. Good luck!

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I have carpet because I've shattered crowns on tile/concrete floors. I'm getting ready to replace it and will probably go with carpet again. It helps keep the place comfortable and helps deaden the noise.
 
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