June 6, 2017

Plant Layout - Efficiency


In 2011, when I wrote this article, there are no articles with titles of layout efficiency. Today, as I search on Google, there are good number of articles with the title layout efficiency. That means the emphasis that I put on efficiency as the important focus of industrial engineering is being recognized by many.


Efficiency Measures of a Layout


Minimum Floor space: Efficient layout engineering can minimize floor space for a specified production output.

Minimum Materials Handling: Efficient layout results in minimum amount and cost of materials handling.

More Efficient Utilization of Machinery and Labor: An efficient layout eliminates general production delays, occasioned by congested aisles, cramped storage areas, crowding of machine layout, and improper materials handling devices, all of which lead to a slowing down of the production process as a whole and in general reduction in the output of goods from a given quantity of production machinery and labor.

Maximum flexibility of production facilities consistent with low cost of production: Production facilities and layout can be designed to attain flexibility and adaptability to meet changing economic and technological conditions.


Reference: John A. Shubin and Huxley Madeheim, Plant Layout: Developing and Improving Manufacturing Plants, Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 1965.

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Plant Layout Optimization

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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency, 2002
http://www.packworld.com/article-11019

Plant Layout Analysis
http://www.slideshare.net/sarangbhutada/case-study-for-plant-layout-a-modern-analysis-presentation

The Dynamics of Plant Layouts
Management Science, January 1986. (Interesting paper)
http://watha.gendit.com/Phd/Network/Dynamic%20of%20Plant%20Layout.pdf


An Interesting Book in NITIE library
John A. Shubib, Ph.d and Huxley Madeheim, Plant Layout: Developing and Improving Manufacturing Plants, Prentice Hall, 1963. (658.23/742)


Review Notes on Plant Layout Design by Operations Managers



PPT of Salah R. Agha, Professor Industrial Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza on Facilities Planning and Materials Handling

Indicates role of IEs.



Facilities Planning

James A. Tompkins, John A. White, Yavuz A. Bozer, J. M .A. Tanchoco
John Wiley & Sons, 19-Jan-2010 - Technology & Engineering - 864 pages


When it comes to facilities planning, engineers turn to this book to explore the most current practices. The new edition continues to guide them through each step in the planning process. The updated material includes more discussions on economics, the supply chain, and ports of entry. It takes a more global perspective while incorporating new case studies to show how the information is applied in the field. Many of the chapters have been streamlined as well to focus on the most relevant topics. All of this will help engineers approach facilities planning with creativity and precision.

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=-xBIq6Qm2SQC


Originally posted in Knol number 2800

Updated: 8 June 2017,  7.12.2014, 2 August 2012, 26.11.2011


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