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Design of a fulfillment pack area for a pet supply company experiencing steady growth

by Siefert, Janet R.

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With the pet industry expanding to over $38 billion dollars in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), it is of no surprise that companies within the industry are experiencing growing pains. This study concentrates on the design of an additional pack area for a pet supply company that is experiencing steady growth. The basic principles of ergonomics, capacity analysislprofiling, work measurement and facilities designllayout were applied to the data collected fiom this company to produce an area that could meet their needs for the next five years at a 12.5% growth rate. This paper explains the data collection methods and the ergonomic and capacity considerations for the design. The final result was a layout and workstation recommendation that could meet their capacity needs, hold all the supplies needed for the area, improve process cycle times and improve the overall condition of the pack environment for the worker.
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:pet food industry human engineering design industrial

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