AN INTEGRATED METHODOLOGY FOR LAYOUT DESIGN AND WORK ORGANISATION IN A FURNITURE MANUFACTURING PLANT


Sutcu A., Tanritanir E., Durmusoglu B., Koruca H. I.

SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, vol.22, no.1, pp.183-197, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-197

Abstract

This study aims to provide an integrated methodology for re-designing the layout and departmental organisation in a job shop environment. While several studies have discussed the specific re-design or re-organisation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through simulation or mathematical models performing improvements, an integrated approach is rare. An integrated simulation-based methodology has been developed for simultaneously re-designing the layout and the departmental organisation of an SME manufacturing facility. A wooden chair manufacturing facility has been used as a case study. It is found that the developed methodology might be useful for other SME manufacturing firms, especially in the furniture industry.