Factory planning

Since our founding in 1988, we have been successfully planning factories. In addition to the many years of experience and expertise of our former and current shareholders, Professor Hans-Peter Wiendahl and Professor Peter Nyhuis, the latest research findings, such as energy efficiency, have a great influence on our work.

We offer interdisciplinary factory planning services in cooperation with Professor Hans-Jürgen Reichardt and his architecture firm RMA - Reichardt Maas Assoziierte. The use of the proven synergistic factory planning process ensures fast and high-quality results because the disciplines of architecture, logistics, and building services work together efficiently.

You can find more detailed information on our approach in the Handbook Factory Planning and Design. Besides, we make our know-how available in our two-day factory planning seminar.

An example of our success

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The Bahlsen factory in Barsinghausen restructured with our support won a "Factory of the Year" award in the category "Outstanding Location Development" in 2011 from magazine Produktion and the consulting firm AT Kearney.

Service modules

The service modules listed below represent self-contained work content in our factory planning area of expertise. We have sophisticated and proven methods and tools for efficient processing.

Together with you, we develop goals and structural fields for your factory (e.g. versatility) and turn these into concrete requirements (e.g. modular layout).

As part of the factory analysis, planning-relevant information is collected about the actual state (e.g. equipment, material flows, restrictions) as well as forecast data (e.g. concerning the production program).

In this phase, we define and dimension suitable structural units and their relationships and develop the ideal and actual layout variants for your factory together with you and other planners.

In this phase, the developed layout alternatives are evaluated together with you, based on the requirements from the definition of goals, and a preferred alternative is selected.

The detailed layout planning involves the integration of incorporated equipment including all necessary functional areas in the preferred variant, i.e. their arrangement on the work system level.

In an interdisciplinary team, for example, together with architects and building engineers, we determine the estimated investment needs for the proposed (re-)construction projects.

Service packages

The service packages listed below include typical services in the factory planning area of expertise. We would be happy to compile customized service packages according to your requirements. Please click on the link to learn more about each service package.

Review of existing plans

You have an existing factory layout and would like it to be evaluated by an expert? You suspect your production has logistical potential and do not know whether restructuring could significantly increase the profitability of your company? You have made a plan and would like to have it looked over with a fresh pair of eyes? Then we would be happy to support you in reviewing your existing plan or layout.


Brownfield planning

Your factory capacity is threatening to burst at the seams, and established structures result in low transparency and are limiting your options? Supplied paths and long and intersecting material flows extend the run time of your production orders, worsen working safety and cause frustration for your employees? Then we would be happy to support you in reorganizing and planning your factory.


Greenfield planning

Your factory capacity is bursting at the seams? Does the elimination of individual weakness not lead a satisfactory overall solution, even over a long period of time? Would you like to change your production program in the medium- to long-term? Planning a new factory location because working efficiently has become impossible at your current location? Then we would be happy to support you in planning your factory on a greenfield site.

What our customers say

‚‚Engineers at the IPH proceed very systematically in factory design. With their help, we were able to realize a directed flow of materials and a versatile space module concept and have even won an award for the ‚Factory of the Year‘.‘‘

Dr. Uwe Bretschneider, Head of Engineering & Technology at Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG


Our commitment to quality

  • Systematic project organization and project implementation, proven planning methods
  • Consideration of current research findings and best practice solutions
  • Comprehensive documentation of results and planning services
  • Directly applicable results: smooth transferability into your own implementation phase

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