Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4140 - Material Handling and Facilities Design

This Course Is No Longer Offered As Of Summer 2010

Catalog Description:

Comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in the design of an industrial production system. Problems in plant location, product analysis, process design, equipment selection, materials handling, and plant layout. Includes an intensive semester project to plan and design a manufacturing facility.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 2050, 3100, and 3160. Corequisite: IME 4160.

Credits: 4 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Work methods design and flow charts (IME 2050).
  2. Income statements, depreciation, taxes, time value of money, cash flow analysis, and rate of return (IME 3100).
  3. Methodology for preparing a good technical report (IME 3160).
  4. Forecasting and scheduling procedures (IME 4160).
  5. A working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, and VISIO software.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the semester, the student should:

  1. Become very familiar in the use of all the tools and techniques needed to plan, analyze, and design new or modify existing manufacturing and service facilities (k).
  2. Be able to use current methodology to evaluate and design material handling and storage systems (c).
  3. Be able to use quantitative procedures for locating single and multiple facilities (e).
  4. Be able to conduct a financial analysis for a newly designed/modified facility for economic justification (e).
  5. Be able to prepare a written project report for a newly designed/modified facility (g).

Letters in parentheses at the end of each objective refer to the ABET 2000 Engineering

Performance Criteria:

Objective 1

Know how to correctly apply the various tools and techniques used in the designing of manufacturing and service facilities [I, II, III, 1, 2, 3, 5].

Objective 2

Become familiar with the various types of material handling and storage equipment and be able to evaluate and design material handling systems [II, III, 3, 5].

Objective 3

Determine the location of single and multiple facilities using mathematical analysis techniques [III].

Objective 4

Be able to conduct a detailed financial justification for newly designed/modified facilities [II, 4].

Objective 5

Be able to prepare a detailed project report [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Numbers in brackets refer to the method of evaluation as listed in the previous section (Roman numerals refer to examination numbers and Arabic numerals refer to laboratory report numbers.


Meyers, Fred E., and Stephens, Matthew P., Manufacturing Facilities Design and Material Handling, (Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2005,
Third Edition).

Bafna, K.M., IME 4140 Lab Manual, Fall 2008 (distributed in class).

Course Coordinator:

Kailash Bafna, Ph.D.
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
E-212 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3355

Revision Date: Fall 2008


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