ARTICLE CRITIQUE The influence of work-cells and facility layout on the manufacturing efficiency, Journal of Facilities Management. 1.
This purpose of this paper is to critique the article ‘The influence of work-cells and facility layout on the manufacturing efficiency’ written by SeyedMahmoud Aghazadeh, Saeedreza Hafeznezami, Lotfollah Najjar and Ziaul Huq. This paper will first summaries the article. Secondly, it will briefly critique the article. Thirdly is the conclusion of the entire article critique. Overall the article was well written, clear and relevant.
Summary of the article
It was made clear in the abstract that this article analyses the use of product-oriented layout and a work-cell strategy in order to maximise efficiency. The purpose of the study was made clear in the introduction whereby authors start plainly that with labour costs low in foreign manufacturing, domestic manufacturers must turn to the design of the layout in the facility in order to increase efficiency. Data was collected via a model that using 26 weeks of data between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010 during layout transformations at the case study company based in upstate New York. The findings from this study indicate that there is a strong correlation between the variables improved at both the cell-structures and the product-structures of the facility and the overall efficiency of the manufacturing facility itself. The authors had concluded that redesign of the work-cells and other sections of the facility such as storage can lead to an increase in efficiency.
The authors had succeeded to discover the case study company’s large process-layout problems. Conversely, after reading the abstract and the findings, I would be expecting that the authors will formulate comparison with other manufacturers’ layout before come to a decision on choosing a model in order to overcome the process-layout problems. I...
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