Factory planning

Are you considering reorganizing your factory to make it fit for the future? Do you want transparency instead of complex structures that have become established over the years? Has your material flow become very complex over time? Do your production processes involve long distances and high complexity? Or do you want to expand your factory and take the opportunity to restructure your plants at the same time? Do you want to build a new factory and need expert knowledge from a partner with a wealth of planning experience? Are you thinking about integrating another site into your production network or transferring parts of your operations to a new location? Is cost pressure becoming an issue in your production but you are unsure how to cut costs effectively?

Our systematic procedures have been developed for clients wishing to reorganize their factory, plan a new one, or restructure an existing, complex plant. This starts with an analysis of your operations to identify ineffectiveness and improvement potentials. We then offer support throughout the entire factory planning procedure from conception through to implementation in the finished factory. By collaborating with your process experts and our method experts in an integrated project team, we develop individual solutions tailored to your needs.

Our procedure is based on the phase model presented in the new VDI Guideline 5200 “Factory planning”, which was written under the guidance of Fraunhofer IPA. We can assist you in the following ways:


Factory construction and conversion

Do you want to expand a factory or open a new plant? Fraunhofer IPA supports your factory planning projects, including the use of simulations.


Adaptable factory development

Do you want to optimize the flexibility of existing structures or become more adaptable in the future? Fraunhofer IPA implements a modular approach to design flexibly extendable factories.


Factory layout development

Do you want to optimize your plant structure or plan an expansion? Fraunhofer IPA analyzes factory layouts and prepares you for future changes.


Factory evaluation and site comparison

Do you want to assess a location or a factory’s performance? Fraunhofer IPA knows the right assessment criteria and identifies the benchmarks companies need.


Floor space optimization

Do you want to expand your factory or increase your productivity per square meter? Fraunhofer IPA optimizes factory areas and logistics corridors with the aid of tried and trusted planning principles.


Planning validation

Do you need to solve problems with your factory planning or validate your own factory concept? With its longstanding experience, Fraunhofer IPA also handles ongoing factory planning projects, lending assistance and identifying improvement potentials.