An interactive PC computer program based on craft and IIE plant layout software for use in facilities design
The purpose of this thesis is to continue with the development of the CRAFT based IBM PC Plant Layout/IIE Microsoftware as developed by Dr. Gary Whitehouse and his associates at the University of Central Florida. The software was loaned to Ohio University in 1986 by the Institute of Industrial Engineers and under Associate Professor E. Ralph Sims Jr. PE, CMC, the continual development and modifications to the original software by graduate students at Ohio University has attempted to overcome several deficiencies inherent in the original software as well as enhancing the capabilities of the original software. The focus of the thesis is to describe the design and development of the continuing effort in developing a commercially usable desk-top plant layout package for use by facility designers. One of the main objectives is the development of a user interactive design approach that was taken by this thesis. The software is now capable of permitting the facility designer to experiment with different layouts through manual changes made to the physical plant parameters that were entered into the software. The effects are displayed in both a graphic output of the new layout and corresponding CRAFT calculated move costs. The facility designer has a choice of keeping the new experimental layout or returning to the original CRAFT generated layout for further experimentation. New features and capabilities have also been added to the software as well as a redesign in the program architecture to aid in the program's operation. The resulting software, now called "OUPLANT", is extremely flexible and versatile in that experienced facility designers realize that a CRAFT generated layout is not always practical or usable and that some compromise must be reached. One of the main capabilities of OUPLANT is that it will allow the facility designer to manually change/vary each or all of the physical plant parameters to fit the required specifications of each facility designing task and see its effect on the CRAFT move cost. This allows the facility designers to determine which plant parameter compromises are acceptable with regard to the move cost.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:interactive computer program craft and iie plant layout software facilities design
Date of Publication:01/01/1990