Feb 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IE 3470 - Facilities Design

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course covers facility layout planning methods, as well as the inter-relationships between physical layouts (of facilities, departments, or work cells), process flows, and material handling systems. Students learn techniques for generating and evaluating facility layout solutions, creating final layouts using 2D CAD software, and are introduced to analysis methods and decision factors for selecting a facility location. (prereq: IE 336 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Generate and evaluate solutions to facilities layout problems using both analytical and qualitative techniques 
  • Generate and evaluate detailed layouts for manufacturing cells 
  • Utilize the simplified systematic layout planning or systematic planning of manufacturing cells techniques on a real-world facility design project 
  • Present 2-dimensional detailed layouts using CAD software 
  • Understand both analytical and qualitative solution approaches to facilities location problems, as well as significant criteria to be considered 
  • Present facility design project information orally and verbally in class presentations and a formal technical report

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of manufacturing systems concepts, including bottlenecks, utilization, lead time, cycle time, throughput, work in process, setup time, batches, and transfer batches

Course Topics
  • Overview of facilities design and introduction to course project
  • Simplified systematic layout planning
  • Manufacturing cells and systematic planning of cells
  • Equipment and flow analysis 
  • Cell layout planning and detailed cell plans
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Personnel requirements and infrastructure systems
  • Warehouse layouts
  • Facility location models and site selection
  • Use of 2-dimensional CAD software for facility layouts Project work and class presentations

Laboratory Topics
  • A weekly 2-hour lab is used primarily for learning CAD software and working on the course project, which is typically development of a facility layout for an industry client. The project lab time is used for client visits, team meetings, and preparation of the project deliverables

Dr. Aaron Armstrong

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