Assessing the Impact of Facility Layout Design over the Process Productivity and Costs

Saenz, Jose (2009) Assessing the Impact of Facility Layout Design over the Process Productivity and Costs. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Growing variability of markets has helped facility layout design emerge as an improvement tool for companies to facilitate their internal operations and cope with the increasing uncertainty. This is the case of many industries, especially commodities industries.

This particular study focuses on the impact of facility layout design over the process productivity and costs. The research was based on a single case study the company Urupanel. This company is located in Uruguay and their main product is plywood. The company was chosen mainly for the possibility to access their information and visit their facility.

The study analysed the existent literature regarding this topic and provided a discussion of the different arguments that are proposed by authors. Then the analysis of the company facility layout design is approached. Furthermore, improvements regarding the design of their facility layout design are proposed.

This paper concludes that the impact of facility layout design is greater on cost reduction rather than on process productivity. In addition, the facility layout factor with the greatest contribution to these impacts is the material handling factor.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 10:22
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 10:36
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/23231

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