Designed for junior- and senior-level courses in Plant and Facilities Planning and Manufacturing Systems and Procedures, this
textbook is also suitable for graduate-level and two-year college courses. The book takes a practical, hands-on, project-oriented
approach to exploring the techniques and procedures for developing an efficient facility layout. It also introduces state-of-the-art
tools including computer simulation. Access to Layout-iQ workspace planning software is included for purchasers of the book.
Theoretical concepts are clearly explained and then rapidly applied to a practical setting through a detailed case study at
the end of the volume. The book systematically leads students through the collection, analysis, and development of information
to produce a quality functional plant layout for a lean manufacturing environment. All aspects of facility design, from receiving
to shipping, are covered. In the fifth edition of this successful book, previously published by Prentice Hall, numerous updates
and corrections have been made. Also, rather than including brief "case-in-point" examples at the end of each chapter, a single,
detailed case study is provided that better exposes students to the multiple considerations that need to be taken into account
when improving efficiency in a real manufacturing facility. The textbook has enjoyed substantial international adoptions and
has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.