Process Layout
Book chapter, 2015

This article describes one of the three basic options for laying out facilities to produce goods or deliver services. In a process layout similar production processes are grouped together in the same department or area. Advantages include specialized supervision and flexibility because the priority of batches can be changed. Disadvantages of process layouts including high work-in-progress levels, frequent setups, extensive material movement, and long throughput times.

batch operations

work-in-progress

process layout

specialized supervision

flexibility

Author

David Bennett

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, Volume 10, Operations Management, 3rd Edition

Subject Categories

Other Engineering and Technologies

Business Administration

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1002/9781118785317.weom100059

ISBN

978-1-119-97251-8

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Latest update

12/13/2018