Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4040 - Plant Layout and Material Handling

Catalog Description:

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in the design of an industrial production system. It will cover the problems in plant location, product analysis, process design, equipment selection, materials handling, and plant layout. NOT FOR ENGINEERING CREDIT.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 3050, IME 3260, and Senior standing.

Credits: 4 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Work methods design and flow charts (IME 3050).
  2. Forecasting and scheduling procedures (IME 3260).

Long Term Behaviors:

In the future, students completing this course can:

  1. Coordinate the design of a complex new facility of any kind.
  2. Find solutions to problems resulting from the movement of materials, people, and information in manufacturing and service-related facilities.
  3. Improve the efficiency of manufacturing or service systems.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Conduct a financial analysis to justify a newly designed/modified facility a*  

A2: Demonstrates the use of one or more tools (CAD, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CAE) in presentation, analysis, research of a design

Work with a team to design a new facility e*  

E5: Through group projects, learn valuable skills beyond learning course content

Be able to communicate information through a variety of techniques g*  

G2: Conveys technical information effectively in graphical form (posters, PPT, histograms, FEA outputs)

Plan, analyze, and design to improve manufacturing and service facilities f    
Learn and apply techniques to evaluate and design material handling and storage systems c    

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Stephens, Matthew P. and Meyers, Fred E., Manufacturing Facilities Design and Material Handling, (Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2010, Fourth Edition).

Bafna, K.M., IME 4040 Lab Manual, Spring 2010.

Course Coordinator:

Kailash Bafna
Western Michigan University
E-212 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3355

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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