Solved Problem

A defense contractor is evaluating its machine shop's current layout. Figure K.4 shows the current layout, and the table shows the closeness matrix for the facility measured as the number of trips per day between department pairs. Safety and health regulations require Departments E and F to remain at their current locations.

A 2 by 3 block layout of Row 1, E, B, F, and Row 2, A, C, D. E and F are shaded yellow and remaining letters shaded green.

Figure K.4 Current Layout

Trips Between Departments

Department

A

B

C

D

E

F

A

8

3

9

5

B

3

C

8

9

D

3

E

3

F

  1. Use trial and error to find a better layout.

  2. How much better is the proposed layout than the current layout in terms of the wd score?

Solution

  1. In addition ...

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