In this paper, we present a formulation of the plant layout problem where the objective is to minimize work-in-process. We show that the choice of layout has a direct impact on work-in-process accumulation, manufacturing lead time, achievable throughput rates, and required material handling capacity. More importantly, we show that layouts generated using a queueing-based model can be very different from those obtained using conventional layout procedures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings - 1998 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 1998|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 1998|
|Event||15th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 1998 - Leuven, Belgium|
Duration: May 16 1998 → May 20 1998
|Name||Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation|
|Other||15th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 1998|
|Period||5/16/98 → 5/20/98|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Acknowledgement: This research is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. DMII-9309631 , the U.S. Department of Transportation under grant No. USDOTIDTRS93-G-0017, and the University of Minnesota Graduate School.