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IE58200 - Advanced Facilities Design

Summer 2014

Days/Time: MTWThF / 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
Understand fundamental 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. Identify the key elements of a decision model in facility design. Identify strategies for creating and assessing flow within a facility. 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 create an appropriate decision model for a design problem within each area. Be able to critique available approaches that exist in popular and theoretical literature related to facility design. Identify the interaction between the arrangement of resources in a facility and the material flow - both structurally and operationally. Connect concepts to everyday scenarios.

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.

Topics Covered:
1. Background Material (historical perspective, flow)
2. Location
3. Layout
4. Material Handling
5. Storage/Warehousing
6. Cellular Design

Graduate Standing, 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:
Further details related to the project will be posted on the course website.

Assigned bi-weekly, primarily focused on solving quantitative problems.

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. 4. Student proposed project (must be focused in, or related to, one of the areas of the course).

Two exams.

*Tentative-check the Office of the Registrar Textbooks for the official list*
Required--Tompkins, J.A., J.A. White, Y.A. Bozer, and J.M.A. Tanchoco (2010). Facilities Planning, 4th ed. Wiley, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-470-44404-7.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: view

Tuition & Fees: view

Other Requirements:
There will be additional discussion 'quizzes' on a weekly basis.

Patrick A. Brunese
765 494-9611
Purdue University
School of Industrial Engineering
315 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023
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