Swastika Line Layout

Swastika Line Layout

Swastika Line Layout

Politically incorrect line layout. The backstory: I had to design the line layout of a distribution center, where packages are added to a circular line at one spot, and they go round the circle until they are picked off for a particular destination.

I spent quite some time on that design, and got a good solution. Ease of access, lots of space for the operators, efficient use of floor space, quite nice actually. I was just about to present this line layout proposal to management when I took a last look at it and … it turned out to be a swastika shape! With me being German! Working in a country that was heavily bombed and then occupied by the Nazis in World War II. That’s when I decided that maybe I should NOT leave a 30 meter swastika behind on the shop floor as the result of my work.

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  • Date: November 1, 2016
  • SEO Title: Swastika Line Layout
  • SEO Description: Politically incorrect line layout. The backstory: I had to design the line layout of a distribution center, where packages are added to a circular line at one spot, and they go round the circle until they are picked off for a particular destination. I spent quite some time on that design, and got a good solution. Ease of access, lots of space for the operators, efficient use of floor space, quite nice actually. I was just about to present this line layout proposal to management when I took a last look at it and ... it turned out to be a swastika shape! With me being German! Working in a country that was heavily bombed and then occupied by the Nazis in World War II. That's when I decided that maybe I should NOT leave a 30 meter swastika behind on the shop floor as the result of my work.
  • SEO Keywords: Swastika, Line Layout, politically incorrect, industrial design
  • Post or page attached: Line Layout Strategies – Part 2: I-, U-, S-, and L-Lines,
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