Book overview

Dedicated to the proper design, layout, and location of facilities, this definitive textbook outlines the main design and operational problems that occur in manufacturing and service systems, explains the significance of facility design and planning problems, and describes how mathematical models can be used to help analyze and solve them. Combining theory with practice, this revised textbook presents state-of-the-art topics in materials handling, warehousing, and logistics along with real-world examples that emphasize the importance of modeling and analysis when determining a solution to complex facility design problems.

Facilities Design, Fifth Edition includes a balanced coverage of modeling as well as applications of layout, materials handling, and warehousing. It presents automated materials handling along with queuing, queuing networks, and basic simulation modeling. The new edition introduces new material that includes topics such as supply chain designing and management, aggregate planning, and transportation, logistic, and distribution.

About Me

I am a Regents Professor, the Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Previously I was Head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University, the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics in the Industrial Engineering department at the University of Louisville, where I was also Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute(LoDI). I was also Professor of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems (now Industrial and Systems Engineering) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I have taught at State University of New York, Plattsburgh and have held visiting appointments at State University of New York, Buffalo; Technical University of Eindhoven and University of Twente, in the Netherlands; and IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY., Facebook, LinkedIn

Instructor resources

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For 10 Principles of Materials Handling and Design & Analysis of Integrated Material Handling Systems, send an email to sunderesh.heragu@okstate.edu.

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