Design of Flexible Plant Layouts

  title={Design of Flexible Plant Layouts},
  author={Saifallah Benjaafar and Mehdi Sheikhzadeh},
In this paper, we address the problem of designing flexible plant layouts for manufacturing facilities where product demands are subject to variability. A flexible layout is one that maintains low material handling costs despite fluctuations in the product demand levels. We extend existing procedures for design of flexible layouts by (1) explicitly capturing the stochastic nature of product demands and the resulting variability in material flows between different processing departments, (2… CONTINUE READING