Integrated facilities design using a contour distance metric

Bryan A. Norman, Rifat Aykut Arapoglu, Alice E. Smith

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The unequal area facility design problem has been studied in the literature generally by considering block layout separate from detailed design. This paper shows a tractable method for concurrently optimizing department shape and location within the facility, and selection of the appropriate number of Input/Output (I/O) stations per department and then optimally locating them. The distance metric used is the contour distance that measures transport between I/O stations along the perimeters of departmental boundaries. This distance metric better reflects allowable material flow for many industrial applications and it directly implies the optimal aisle structure for the facility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-344
Number of pages8
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


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