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Plant layout re-design at Godfrey Office Equipment Pty. Ltd.: analysis of the manufacturing process, layout and material flow
2000 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Godfrey Office Equipment Pty. Ltd. (Godfrey) was founded in 1954. It is still owned and managed by the original family. Currently the company has about 25 employees working within production. Godfrey manufactures and distributes steel office furniture. During the late 1990's Godfrey decided to enhance its manufacturing capabilities by introducing new flexible programmable machinery and expanding its product range. Their mission is to be the leading manufacturer and supplier of quality steel office furniture and related accessories, which are engineered to satisfy the requirements of Australian customers. The objectives with this Master Thesis is to improve and develop current process layout in order to gain a better material flow as well as a higher productivity so that Godfrey will be able to handle the increased product variety and increased order income, both now and in the future. The aim with the plant layout re-design is to end up with a two step solution. The first step is for direct implementation as well as preparation for the second step, which is of a more futuristic approach. In the second step an investigation of a powder coating line investment is included. An analysis of today’s production and material flow was performed. It was accomplished by interviewing concerned staff at Godfrey as well as at the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Research, University of South Australia and case studies at Godfrey. The analysis together with well-known tools such as flow charts and relationship diagrams helped locating problems and advantages with the current layout. Layouts for two suggestions (A and B) and a proposed expansion with a new powder-coating line has been made and evaluated. Both suggestions are compatible with the expansion. After evaluation recommendations according to suggestion A was given. The main advantages are that all operations will be placed in the same building, transports will be reduced, batch sizes will be decreased, and lead-time will be shortened. The main recommendations to Godfrey are to: Implement a new plant layout according to suggestion A, Expand into a new building as suggested, Consider purchase of a powder coating line, Implement smaller batch sizes to reduce lead-time and increase flexibility.

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2000.
Keyword [en]
Technology, Industrial planing, Plant layout re-design, Plant layout, Plant design, Layout planning, Manufacturing, Production, systems, Work environment, Ergomomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-48576ISRN: LTU-EX--00/111--SELocal ID: 605653d1-a03b-4a08-8f30-27dfebb7320dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-48576DiVA, id: diva2:1021919
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Civil Engineering programmes 1997-2000, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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