A multi-factor plant layout methodology

Catherine Mary Harmonosky, Gregory K. Tothero

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This paper presents a formulation for the plant layout problem, incorporating more than two input factors that may be either qualitative or quantitative in nature. A heuristic is presented which combines a construction and improvement procedure to quickly develop a good layout from the formulation. The output layout from the heuristic may be used directly as the final layout or it may be used as a good starting layout for any other computerized layout improvement procedure. The heuristic is illustrated with a practical example of a large plant with 36 departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1773-1789
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Strategy and Management


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