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    Quote Originally Posted by gregormarwick View Post
    We currently have a layout similar to 1, with lathes in line end to end. Seemed like a reasonable idea at the time for crane access and operator visibility etc.

    It's a really bad setup. Can't run long bars up the spindle because the next machine is in the way, awkward to drive in/out with the chip bin, limited room to remove the conveyor because it slides out the end of the lathe etc.

    Angled would be my preference now for lathes.
    I was wondering about efficiency of diagonal layout as well, pros and cons .

    Maybe a useful compromise for OP also ?

    Wondering under what situations one would not use a diagonal layout ?

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    I think diagonal would be good for smaller parts, but our operators hate loading large parts on a horizontal lathe with an overhead crane that is not square to the machine.

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    First off I would like to thank every one of you. I didn't think I would even get a response. Once you flow map # 2 it definitely looks cleaner on paper. I feel issuing material at set up, storing it behind the machine and having it pre-cut is less movement. All of our bars are pre-cut to 48" from the supplier. The largest bar we will ever run is 3" OD. We are a high volume of 95% aluminum shop. My vision is to have one operator run 2-4 machines at a time. We have about an 80%+ yield on 90% of our parts.

    Again, thank you

    Below are some quickly thrown together flow charts:

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    For high volume and multi manning, the best layout I have used is the attached.
    It takes a bit more space, but it also allows one operator to keep an eye on the other machines while the other operator disappears (toilet, smoke, phone, wander around - delete as applicable )
    It also makes everything visible - nowhere to hide...
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