When you run a plant, an office space is essential for handling payroll, accounting, marketing, and other tasks. Although you can opt to work off site or on a desk in the middle of the plant floor, such a situation can be inconvenient and distracting.
A self-contained in-plant office is an ideal compromise-it allows you to be on site and enjoy a relatively private workspace. When choosing your in-plant office, there are several design features you should consider.
Ideally, your in-plant office should feature sound-absorbing insulated panels. To further decrease noise, you should choose the position of the office carefully; ideally, if possible, the office should be placed away from the noisiest machines in your plant.
This can help with concentration, reduce the risk of hearing damage, and allow you to talk on the phone or attend video conferences without moving to an alternate location. If you have a particularly noisy plant, you may want to opt for an office with an insulated ceiling as well. Alternatively, if your plant hums along somewhat quietly, you may want to forgo a ceiling entirely.
In addition to looking for a quiet space, you should also consider how the office’s position is likely to affect the flow of traffic through your facility. You don’t want the office to impede visibility for machines moving through the plant, and you also don’t want it to lengthen any important routes through the plant.
Finally, make sure the office doesn’t create any dead spaces in your plant. For example, if you place the office in a corner, it typically makes the most sense to place it flush with the walls rather than leave two relatively pointless hallways between the office and the building’s walls.
Adding windows to your office will cost a little extra, and if you’re on a strict budget, you may want to opt against them. However, windows also allow you to keep an eye on what’s happening on the factory floor. Additionally, they can let in light from the factory, and that can save money on electrical lighting costs in your office.
4. Outlets and Light Fixtures
If you’re popping up an office temporarily, moveable partitions and extension cords to power your computers and other office equipment can work fine. However, in cases where you want to set up a permanent office, you should look into permanent wiring solutions as well.
Running cords across the plant into the office can create tripping hazards or other risks. Because of that, you should look into plant offices that integrate outlets. When you have a professional install the office for you, they can connect these outlets to your existing wiring. In addition, you may also want overhead light fixtures integrated into your in-plant office space for convenience and safety.
5. Two Story
To maximize your available floor space, in some cases, you may want to build up rather than out. If you have ample ceiling height, it is possible to put two-story in-plant offices in your facility. Depending on your needs, these can take a range of different designs.
If you like, you may put a staircase inside the ground floor office, leading to the upstairs office. Alternatively, the ground floor office can have a separate entrance, while the upstairs office has an
external staircase leading to it. This gives all your office workers a bit of extra privacy.
Furthermore, if you opt for a two-story office, you may want to consider adding an elevated walkway or deck outside the top office. This can be a valuable way to look over the plant activity from above.
It’s important to have a facility arrangement that encourages smooth operation, and planning your office location take careful thought and consideration. If you need help designing a plan for your facility and office space, contact Queen City Material Handling Equipment. We can help you find the perfect setup for your plant.