Design a Flowchart for a Process

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Design a Flowchart for a process
Billy W. Graham Jr.
August 9, 2010
Wayne Moore

Design a Flowchart for a process
The process I selected for analysis and flowchart design is the daily operation of the laundry plant I supervise at work. From the time I took over as supervisor my goal has been to change the manner in which we utilize our washing machines in an attempt to keep our operation continuous without the start-stop bottleneck plagued runs of my predecessor. What I am attempting is the creation of a buffer by using washing machine#3 to take up the slack of the other four machines and keep linen moving in a consistent manner. This entails calculating run times and the type of linen being washed. So far the results have been poor because of the difficulty teaching machine operators the importance of calculating run times and load balancing with all five machines in mind. As a laundry inputs are dirty linen and outputs are clean linen that has been dried, pressed, folded and sorted for storage. Our operation is a multiple-stage process that utilizes a product layout facility with a continuous operation on most days. Laundry Plant Machine Information

Washing machine#1
Capacity: 560lbs
Cycle time: 56 minutes
Washing machine#2
Capacity: 275lbs
Cycle time: 48 minutes
Washing machine#3
Capacity: 240lbs
Cycle time: 55minutes
Washing machine#4
Capacity: 55lbs
Cycle time: 41 minutes
Washing machine#5
Capacity: 35lbs
Cycle time: 35 minutes
Capacity: 45lbs
Cycle time: variable
Capacity: variable
Speed: variable
Daily wash poundage at full capacity: 5.5 tons
Average daily wash poundage on monthly basis: 3.25 tons
Factors Affecting Process Design
The following factors have an effect on the process design:
1. After laundry is washed will it be dried or pressed?
2. If pressed is it stored right after pressing?
3. When dried it is first folded and then stored


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