Original Research

Computerized Jobshop Layout Planning

K. Zoller, K. Adendorff
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 3, No 1 | a3731 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v3i1.3731 | © 2022 K. Zoller, K. Adendorff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2022 | Published: 28 February 1972

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K. Zoller, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
K. Adendorff, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The multitude of feasible arrangements of work centres in a jobshop can be viewed as a finite statistical population. The model presented here uses computer simulation to generate and evaluate samples from this population, with the objective of obtaining some observations from the vicinity of the over-all optimum. The practical importance of layout planning follows from two conditions, viz. the omnipresence of jobshops in industrialized countries 'such as S.A., and the high portion of manufacturing costs which may in these instances be ascribed to materials handling, i.e. directly to the quality of the plant layout. Accordingly, this model was designed to satisfy a very real practical need.


Jobshop; computer simulation; layout planning


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