Implementing lean manufacturing through factory design by jamie w flinchbaugh abstract factory design can play an important role in the diffusion of new technologies for manufacturing historically factory design impeded the electrification of factories because there were significant interrelationships between the factory infrastructure and. Traditionally plant layout has focused on linear lines and process based departments but assembly lines have changed dramatically in recent years due to trends such as just in time delivery and parts sequencing there are nine common line layout mistakes that manufacturing engineers should avoid . The lean facility layout is an integral part of a lean manufacturing strategy meaningful re structuring requires corresponding physical changes in the layout conversely a layout re design can be the catalyst for re structuring. These phases of lean are supposed to roll through the entire plant one after another like tsunamis for most firms this is unrealistic it ignores the interactions and systemic nature of lean manufacturing this is what barry richmond calls list thinking list thinking is pervasive
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