Developing a GT Layout
Shifting from process layout to a GT cellular layout entails three staps:
1. Grouping parts into families that follow a comrn,?n sequence of operations, which requires developing and maintaining a computerized parts classification and coding system. This is often a major expense with such systems although many companies have developed short-cut procedures for identifying parts-families.
2. Identifying dominant flow patterns of parts-families as a basis for location or relocation of processes?
3. Physically grouping machines and processes into cells? Often some parts cannot be
associated with a family and specialized machinery cannot be placed in anyone cell
because of its general use. These unattached parts and machinery are placed in a