Using a hands-on approach, the fourth edition of Manufacturing Facilities Design and Material Handling connects theoretical concepts of plant layout and design to real-life experiences students will face in the field. Following select chapters, "Project in the Making" is an ongoing case study that allows students to see how their knowledge is put to use in the design of an actual manufacturing facility. The revised fourth edition contains a new look at the increased importance of energy costs, transportation, and plant location on facilities planning today. New to this edition:
- All forms, charts, and worksheets provided in electronic format
- Clear chapter objectives outlining each unit's learning goals
- Increased discussion of plant location strategy
- The 10 principles of material handling as presented by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education
For Junior/Senior level courses in Plant and Facilities Planning and Manufacturing Systems and Procedures. This textbook is also suitable for graduate level and two-year college courses. This textbook takes a practical, hands-on, project-oriented approach to exploring the techniques and procedures for developing an efficient facility layout. The text also introduces state-of-the-art tools, including computer simulation. The textbook covers theoretical concepts in a very easy to understand approach and applies these concepts to practical settings, including real-world examples and case studies that help students comprehend key concepts. A how-to, systematic, and methodical approach leads students through the collection, analysis and development of information to produce a quality functional plant layout for a lean manufacturing environment. All aspects of facility design -- from receiving to shipping and the steps in-between -- are covered, including office space and other employee needs, including cafeteria, restrooms, and parking, among other topics.
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