The most common approach for developing a process layout is to arrange departments consisting of similar or identical processes in a way that optimize their relative placement. In many installations optimal placement often translate into placing departments with large amounts of interdepartmental traffic adjacent to one another. The primary goal in designing a layout for a manufacturing or distribution facility to minimize material handling costs. In a service organization. the main object e is to minimize customer and worker travel time through the process .
Factory FLOW integrates material handling data and a layout drawing to compute material handling distances, costs, and equipment utilization .
. The Factory FLOW software made it possible to comrplete this project in a short amount of time, and the facilities planners at this company now have a tool for further evaluation of facility layouts and material handling systems