A Layout Technique of Three Dimensions for Unequal Area and Shape Departments

Hideo Taniguchi, Toshihiko Murofushi, Takashi Irohara, Kazuho Yoshimoto*

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The facility layout problem can be formulated as a combinatorial optimization problem to minimize the total cost owing to material flow. Most of the paper is focusing on such a layout problem in two-dimensions. However it would be better to treat the layout problem in three-dimension (3 D) in order to minimize the distance between equipment and the land area. For bin-packing problem, there are some papers in 3 D, but in those model flow between bin is not considered. That’s why this paper proposed a 3 D-layout technique for unequal shape and area departments. Computational experiments are suggesting that proposed algorithm will produce better solution than plain layout which is the result of previous algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3869-3875
Number of pages7
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number637
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • CAD
  • Facility Design
  • Layout Planning
  • Producing System
  • Production Planning
  • Simulated Annealing
  • Three Dimensions (3-D)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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