Siting departments for process layout - manufacturing, Operation Management

Siting Departments for Process Layout - Manufacturing

One of the most significant features of the siting of departments in a process layout is its surprising complexity. Even if we ignore the different possible shapes in which individual departments could be configured, there are n-factorial (n!) ways of arranging 'n' departments. For example, if there are 5 departments there are 120 possible arrangements (5! = 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 120); if there are 6 departments there are 720 arrangements; if there are 20 departments, then there are 2,432,902,008,176,640,000 possibilities (if you try to say this number you may struggle; it certainly ends with 'nine hundred and two trillion, eight billion, one hundred and seventy six million, six hundred and forty thousand').

895_Siting Departments for Process Layout – Manufacturing.png

If alternative shapes of department are brought into consideration, then, to all intents and purposes, there is an infinite number of feasible layouts. In the face of this combinatorial complexity, how then are we to proceed? In the manufacture of products, a popular measure of layout effectiveness is its effect on material movement costs. If minimising these costs is a major criterion, a cut-and-try method of layout design is available, based on analysis of loads and their movement costs. We will illustrate the method using a simple example. The departments listed in this figure are to be laid out in a building of dimensions 50m × 30m. The grid in part (a) of the figure indicates the area required by each department, and the estimated number of load-movements per day between departments. For example, it is estimated that there will be 60 daily movements between the milling and grinding departments. The grid in part (b) of the figure indicates the estimated costs per metre of load-movement between departments.

For simplicity, it has been assumed that these costs are independent of direction ie the cost of movement from, say, milling to grinding is the same as from grinding to milling. The entries in the grid of part (c) are calculated as the product of the corresponding cells of (a) and (b), and represent the anticipated daily costs per metre travelled. For example, for every metre separating assembly and shipping it will cost £75 per day (ie 30 load-movements per day × £2.50 per load-metre travelled). The next step is to draw a schematic representation (see figure) of the departments, Schematic relationship diagram linked by arcs accentuated in accordance with the cost per metre per day. This initial arrangement may be chosen arbitrarily. This graphical representation facilitates the visualisation of alternative configurations that might reduce the total costs of movement.

The figure below on the left shows an amended diagram resulting from such scrutiny. It now remains to fit this arrangement to the space available, whilst observing the individual area requirements of the departments. The figure on the right shows one of many layouts which could have been drawn, all conforming to the relationships of the first figure. Before going on to complete the detailed design of this layout, other issues would be considered, including such things as the positions of roof- supporting pillars and other obstructions, provision of passageways, access for fork-lift trucks, etc. For example, although the layout of the right hand figure above may be suitable if the access road (or railway depot) is adjacent to a long side of the building, if it is adjacent to the short side, the layout may have to be amended, as shown in these two figures.

Posted Date: 3/16/2013 3:03:16 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Siting departments for process layout - manufacturing, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Siting departments for process layout - manufacturing, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Siting departments for process layout - manufacturing Discussions

Write discussion on Siting departments for process layout - manufacturing
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Q. Define the investigation of the purchasing department. Investigation of a purchasing department: It is the responsibilities of a purchasing department. a. Receiving material

You are the internal relations manager for Elan, an Irish biotech firm, when it is acquired by Johnson and Johnson. How will you help the top management team overcome resistance to

Should be intent or motive behind Lewiston's conduct be considered when deciding sexual harassment activities? Explain

The Following table contains data about the inventory for five items at Jones Corporation and the rate of sales for each of the five items in the upcoming year Item# Beginning U

The value chain priorities can be quite different for firms taking different business strategies. Create examples of value chains for three firms: one using cost leadership, anothe

Identify and deliberate 5 end users of health data. Be sure to discuss what type of data they might be interested in knowing.

What are the four basic phases of the innovative process? What is the importance of the design phase to the overall process?

Importance of performance measurement  1. Research reveals that many institutional investors are basing their decisions, in part, on a review of company's non financial perfor

Write a 200- to 350- word short-answer response to the following: • Identify and describe three limitations of the relational model and recommend strategies to overcome these li

In your own organisation find an example where break-even analysis is/could be applied.