Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2006 Vol.1, No.1/2

 

 

Title: Dynamic From-Between Chart: a new tool for solving dynamic facility layout problems

 

Author: Krishna K. Krishnan, S. Hossein Cheraghi, Chandan N. Nayak

 

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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0035, USA.
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0035, USA.
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0035, USA

 

Abstract: A manufacturing facility operates in a dynamic environment where the production rates and product mix are continuously changing. Hence, it is often necessary to analyse and redesign the layout. Existing methods for redesign use multiple, static, and tabular from-to charts. A new tool, 'Dynamic From Between Chart' (DFBC), for the analysis of redesign of layouts has been developed. This tool models the production rate changes using a continuous function. The development process of the new tool, the formulation of the cost function and its application to solving the dynamic layout problems for multiple time periods is presented.

 

Keywords: dynamic facility layout problems; dynamic from-between chart; DFBC; manufacturing facilities; layout design; layout redesign; production rate changes.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2006.009056

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2006 Vol.1, No.1/2, pp.182 - 200

 

Available online: 21 Feb 2006

 

 

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