Print ISSN: 1681-6900

Online ISSN: 2412-0758

Keywords : Production line

Designing of Computer Aided Visual System for Workstations Layout Planning Based on Efficiency Criteria

Zainab A.Ibrahim

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2009, Volume 27, Issue 3, Pages 573-583

Layout planning in industrial plants means planning the location of all machines,
utilities, workers, workstations, and department...Etc.five basic types of layout, fixed-position,
cellar, process, product &hybrid. This research study Product layout problem through study
problem of arranging number of machines, workers, workstations on a production line in way
achieves uniform materials flow, this problem is known as single row facility layout, this
problem is very difficult to be solved in fact. The aim of the research is to designs and builds
computer aided visual planning system to study product layout problem, helps the management
in layout planning process and in decision making about the workstations arrangement based on
efficiency criteria. The suggested planning system was built by Auto lisp language and display
the system outputs on computer screen in two ways visual diagram (workstation timeworkstation
number), calculated outputs (actual cycle time, workstations number, efficiency
actual daily production rate) .the suggested system was applied on lawn mower production line
gets from reference to show the sequence of system working, inputs & visual outputs, so the
system will study all possible workstations layout. Current workstations arrangement consists of
series four workstations& line Efficiency=81.82%, the efficiency can improve &increases to
90% by re-arranges the workstations& distributes the total work in five serial workstations.