Estimation of Handling Cost Reductions Due to Layout Changes

  • Allan S. Carrie


The minimisation of materials handling costs is one of the major aims in layout planning, yet materials handling is still a qualitative art rather than a quantitative science. This paper outlines an approach to quantification of handling costs based on the quantity-distance product and describes the facilities for calculating this measure provided by the PLANTAPT computer package for plant layout analysis. The paper then goes on to propose an approximate macro approach to estimating handling cost reductions, utilising data published by the Department of Industry which may be appropriate when detailed cost factors are not available. Two examples of the use of the measure are described.


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© Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan S. Carrie
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  1. 1.Department of Production Management and Manufacturing TechnologyUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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