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Facilities Design

4th Edition

By Sunderesh S. Heragu

CRC Press

596 pages | 431 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2016-05-24
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Now in Its Fourth Edition: Your Guide to Successful Facility Design

Overcome design and planning problems using the fourth edition of Facilities Design. Dedicated to the proper design, layout, and location of facilities, this definitive guide outlines the main design and operational problems that occur in manufacturing and service systems, explains the significance of facility design and planning problems, and describes how mathematical models can be used to help analyze and solve them. Combining theory with practice, this revised work presents state-of-the-art topics in materials handling, warehousing, and logistics along with real-world examples that emphasize the importance of modeling and analysis when determining a solution to complex facility design problems.

What’s New in the Fourth Edition:

The latest version introduces new material that includes handling equipment and systems, and presents relevant case studies in each and every chapter. It also provides access to Layout-iQ software, data files for many of the numerical examples that are contained throughout the book, and PowerPoint files for various chapters.

Additionally, the author:

  • Describes tools commonly used for presenting layout designs
  • Presents traditional models for facility layout including the popular systematic layout planning (SLP) model in detail
  • Provides a layout project involving the SLP model
  • Covers group technology and cellular manufacturing at the elementary level
  • Includes a project and case study on machine grouping and layout
  • Considers next-generation factory layouts
  • Discusses analytical queuing and queuing network models, and more

Facilities Design, Fourth Edition explains the ins and outs of facility planning and design. A reference for both student and professional, the book addresses facilities design and layout problems in manufacturing systems and covers layout, logistics, supply chain, warehousing, and materials handling.

Please visit the author’s website for ancillary materials: http://sundere.okstate.edu/downloadable-software-programs-and-data-files.


"… provides a rigorous, and yet succinct coverage of the modelling, analysis, and design of facilities. The book uses simple to understand language and provides illustrative case studies… The provision of software tools for layout, location, materials handling, warehousing, and other problems also make the book highly useful in helping students understand the practical aspects of implementing concepts covered in the book."

—Herbert Mapfaira, University of Botswana, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Table of Contents

Introduction to Facility Design

Case Study


Facility Layout

Types of Layout Problems

Engineering Design Problem Approach


Review Questions and Exercises

Product and Equipment Analysis


Product Analysis

Equipment Selection

Personnel Requirement Analysis

Space Requirement and Availability


Review Questions and Exercises

Process and Material Flow Analysis

Motivating Case Study


Data Requirement for Layout Decisions

Tools for Presenting Layout Designs

Guidelines for Data Development and Generation

Case Study: Application of Methodology at a Manufacturing Company


Review Questions and Exercises

Traditional Approaches to Facility Layout


Systematic Layout Planning

Special Considerations in Office Layout

Office Planning Project for a Mortgage Company

Code Compliance, OSHA, ADA Regulations, and Other Considerations in Facility Design


Review Questions and Exercises

Basic Algorithms and Software for the Layout Problem

Algorithms for the Layout Problem

Construction Algorithms

Improvement Algorithms

Hybrid Algorithms

Layout Software

Case Study Using Layout-iQ

Re-Layout and Multiple-Floor Layout


Review Questions and Exercises

Group Technology and Facilities Layout


Clustering Approach

Implementation of GT Principles

Design and Planning Issues in Cellular Manufacturing Systems

Project on Machine Grouping and Layout

Machine Grouping and Layout Case Study


Review Questions and Exercises

Material Handling

Material-Handling System in Action


Multimedia-Based Educational Software Module for Learning the 10 Principles

Material-Handling Principles

Types of MHDs

AGV Systems

Models for Material-Handling System Design

Operational Aspects of Material-Handling System


Review Questions and Exercises

Storage and Warehousing

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems in Action


Warehouse Functions

Material-Handling and Storage Systems Used in Warehouses

Autonomous Vehicle Storage and Retrieval Systems

Warehouse Design

Warehouse Operations

Automatic Identification

Multimedia CD for Designing a DC


Review Questions and Exercises

Logistics and Location Models

Motivating Case Study


Logistics, Location, and Supply Chain

Important Factors in Location Decisions

Techniques for Discrete Space Location Problems

Hybrid Analysis

Techniques for Continuous Space Location Problems

Facility Location Case Study


Review Questions and Exercises

Modeling of Design Problems in Facility Logistics



Generic Modeling Tools

Models for the Single-Row Layout Problem

Models for the Multirow Layout Problem with Departments of Equal Area

Model for the Multirow Layout Problem with Departments of Unequal Area

Discussion of Models

Review Questions and Exercises

Advanced Algorithms for the Layout Problem


Optimal Algorithms

Heuristic Algorithms

Multicriteria Layout Problems

Optimal Approach to Solving CMS Design Problems

Next-Generation Factory Layouts

Traveling Salesman Problem Algorithm


Review Questions and Exercises

Advanced Location and Routing Models

Motivating Case Study


Location Models

Allocation Model

Location–Allocation Models


Review Questions and Exercises

Introduction to Queuing, Queuing Network, and Simulation Modeling


Basic Queuing Models

Other Variations of the Basic Queuing Models for Which Analytical Solution Is Available

Queuing Networks

Use of Simulation in Facilities Layout and Material Handling


Review Questions and Exercises


About the Author

Sunderesh S. Heragu is a Regents Professor and head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Previously, he was a professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He was on the faculty of Industrial and Systems Engineering (previously called the Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems) department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1991 to 2004. He has also taught at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. He completed his BE in mechanical engineering at Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan, India; MBA at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and PhD in industrial engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Purchasing & Buying
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Facility Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering