Real Lean Transformation

Incorporating Lean Principles into Lab Design

The design, layout and placement of Laboratories have a significant impact on lab processes, behaviors and communications. A ‘good’ design will proactively support lean processes including flow, visual management, standard work and excellence in workplace organization whereas a ‘bad’ design may create waste and make flow more difficult. This applies to both “green field” construction projects and renovation of existing laboratory spaces.

When developing and reviewing the design for a lab space BSM operates to the principles that the space should:

• Support Levelling, Flow & Standard Work

• Support effective use of people’s time

• Minimize ‘transport’ and ‘motion’ wastes

• Minimize space & equipment requirements • Maximize future configurability

• Support effective inventory management

• Foster lean behaviors & communication

• Support excellence in workplace organization and cleanliness (6S)


BSM has experience working with different laboratory types including analytical chemistry, synthesis, biochemistry, microbiology and cell culture; and different industry sectors covering Pharmaceuticals (API, sterile products, solid dose, drug substance), Chemicals / Materials, Agri-science, Food & Beverage, Medical Device and Clinical / Diagnostic testing. For further information please read this case study co-authored with Novartis Vaccines

and the more detailed whitepaper on the same topic