Manufacturing Facilities Design and Material Handling

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Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 486 pages
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Using a hands-on approach, the fourth edition of Manufacturing Facilities Design and Material Handling connects theoretical concepts of plant layout and design to real-life experiences students will face in the field. Following select chapters, "Project in the Making" is an ongoing case study that allows students to see how their knowledge is put to use in the design of an actual manufacturing facility. The revised fourth edition contains a new look at the increased importance of energy costs, transportation, and plant location on facilities planning today. New to this edition:
  • All forms, charts, and worksheets provided in electronic format
  • Clear chapter objectives outlining each unit's learning goals
  • Increased discussion of plant location strategy
  • The 10 principles of material handling as presented by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education

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Matthew P. Stephens" is a professor and a University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Industrial Technology at Purdue University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in total productive maintenance management (TPM), facilities planning, and statistical quality control. Professor Stephens holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University of Arkansas, with specialization in operations management and statistics.

Prior to joining academe, Dr. Stephens spent nine years with several manufacturing and business enterprises, including flatbed trailer and washer and dryer manufacturers. He also has been extensively involved as a consultant with a number of major manufacturing companies.

Professor Stephens has numerous publications to his credit in the areas of productivity and quality improvements and lean production systems. He is the coauthor of "Manufacturing Facilities Design and Material Handling," 2nd ed. (Prentice Hall, 2000). He has served various professional organizations including the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American Society for Quality, of which he is a Senior Member and a Certified Quality Engineer.

Fred E. Meyers" is president of Fred Meyers and Associates, an industrial engineering management consulting company. He designs and implements production improvement and motivation systems. Mr. Meyers is a registered professional industrial engineer and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has 35 years of industrial engineering experience. He has worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co., Boeing's aerospace division, Mattelloy Co., Times Mirror Corp., Ingersoll-Rand's proto tool division, Spaulding's golf club division, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, College of Engineering, where he taught for 20 years while starting and operating his consulting business. He was director of applied research and an associate professor.

"Mr. Meyers" has worked for over 100 companies as a consultant responsible for installing incentive systems, performance control systems, plant layouts, new product startup, and cost estimating systems. He has worked in heavy equipment manufacturing, aerospace, consumer products, appliance manufacturing, lumber, plywood, paper, oil blending and packaging, furniture, tooling, fiberglass, and many other areas. The variety of his assignments has given him the ability to see the wide-ranging uses of motion and time study.

Fred E. Meyers has taught motion and time study to over 130 classes and 5,000 people, including professional engineers and managers, union stewards, and college students. He has presented seminars to the National Association of Industrial Technology, industrial plants, the U.S. Air Force and Navy, and labor unions.

"James R. Stewart" is Associate Professor of Technology at Northern Illinois University. For thepast decade, he has taught plant layout, engineering economy, manufacturing philosophy, production and inventory systems, industrial quality control, ergonomics, and work measurement and improvement. He is a Fellow in the World Academy of Productivity Science. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and is a founding member and is on the board of directors of the Society for Work Science. He is also on the board of The International MODAPTS Association. He is an active member of a number of other societies, including NAIT, ASQ, and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He has 30 years of experience in work measurement in education, government, and industry.

Dr. Stewart has served on the faculty of several universities; worked in city, county and state productivity programs; and has managed engineering programs in electronics assembly, electronics component fabrication, pulp and paper fabrication, fiberglass processing, industrial tape manufacturing, and engineering consulting. He has published many articles about unique applications of work measurement. James R. Stewart has taught motion and time study in credit and noncredit courses for over 25 years. He has been certified and taught a number of predetermined time systems, including MOST, Work Factor, MTM-1, and MODAPTS.

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