Advanced Facilities Design


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

Understand fundamental structures and models in each area of the course. In particular, models for location, layout, material handling systems design, storage/warehousing, and cellular manufacturing systems. Understand the relationships between the fundamental models. Be able to develop a decision model for facility-level logistic system design. Identify strategies for creating and assessing flow within a facility-level logistic system. Be able to solve and analyze the inputs and outputs of the fundamental models in each area of the course using appropriate tools. Be able to identify sources of knowledge for logistics system (specifically, facility) design. Be able to inform others about how to recognize opportunities for improvement in logistics system (specifically, facility) design. Become confident in assessing usage of space and interaction design among elements within a physical environment.


Class is 8 weeks beginning 5/31 and ending 8/5 with a two-week break in the middle.
Study of the theoretical and applied aspects of manufacturing systems layout. Emphasis on contemporary manufacturing, including the layout of cellular systems, automated material handling systems, and storage systems. SU2016 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

1.Preliminaries (logistics systems, fundamental operations research models)
2. Location
3. Layout
4. Material Handling
5. Storage/Warehousing
6. Cellular Design


Graduate Standing, or IE 484, or undergraduate standing and a course in production systems. Informal: Comfort with developing and solving optimization problems. Basic probability (some queueing is helpful, but not mandatory). MS Excel skills.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

Web Address:

Web Content:

A link to current course website, syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, and quizzes.


Assigned regularly. Some assignments will focus on learner collaboration to address qualitative problems. Others will be individual assignments focused on quantitative analysis.


Each student will complete a semester project. The topic of the project will be up to each student, with instructor consent, and must follow one of these 4 tracks: 1. Survey (i.e., read, evaluate, and report on) scholarly articles (must have particular focus/theme). 2. Implement (program) one or more algorithms discussed in the class or from a scholarly article. (e.g., program a layout algorithm). 3. Study a real location or layout problem and propose an improvement using the analytical tools discussed in this course.


There are no exams in this course.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
There will be extensive use of resources available freely through Purdue Libraries.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements.

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


Tuition & Fees: