The data in the attached file is for 20 parts being produced in facility. Eleven machines are required to
produce these, and the number that need to be produced each shift, on average, is given in the table. (In
fact, multiple machines performing the same function are required to produce these volumes, but you can
assume only one machine of each type is needed for the analysis.) The size of department required for
each machine is also given. The sizes have been scaled to keep the numbers reasonable and the size of
the facility, to that same scale, is a rectangle with sides 40’x50’. You do not need to consider aisles or
any other ancillary space – focus exclusively on the workstations.
There are two constraints on the design. First, workstations 3 and 5 should not be near each other because
of the chemicals they use. Also, workstations 1 and 5 should be near each other because they use 440V
3 current which is different from the rest of the machines.
Please propose a design for this facility that maximizes adjacency. As you know, you would be asked to
develop more than one in a real job but this is not your full time job so one design is enough.
To get you started, this is not a product layout. With the number of workstations, initially perform an
analysis to see if you can group workstations to reduce the size of the problem. Just use S-Link to reduce
the required calculations.
Now, it’s time to design the facility. If you found a smaller group or groups of workstations that naturally
cluster, perform CORELAP on that group or each group. If you did not find any natural groups, perform
CORELAP on all 11 workstations. When you are converting your From-To to an REL, it is best if you
have no more than 25% A and no more than 25% E.
Once you have the basic design from CORELAP, add workstation sizes and create a proposed layout
using the ideas of SLP.
1. Present the important steps in your design process in a PowerPoint presentation of not more than 10
slides (not including your cover slide) that would be suitable to brief you manager. This should identify
the methodology, big picture what it does, and the results. The final slide should be the design. (No need
to include a slide closing or questions.)
2. Provide a “calculation file” that succinctly shows your calculations. I suspect Excel and/or Word will
be best for this. The idea is to let the reader be able to quickly follow what you did and be confident you
methodology is correct


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