This capstone design project sponsored by Schneider Electric was to create a centralized warehouse layout based on provided part usages, forklift practices, ergonomics, and warehouse procedures. Previously, storage areas were separated based on assembly lines, resulting in long times to pick parts for orders. The objective was to optimize current part placement in a centralized storage area and develop a tool to determine where to place new parts after the layout was set. Through task analyses, employee interviews, and time studies, customer needs and product specifications were determined. A root cause analysis was done to determine the main causes to be addressed in the concept generation phase. Tools including VBA, FLAP, and ergonomic standards were considered in concept generation. Moving forward, each concept will go through several iterations of testing and refining before the most beneficial solution will be chosen and implemented at the plant.
Dezervos, L.; Rivera, S.; Schnee, Z.; Walter, S.; Whitworth, O.; and Koikkara, R., "Redesign of Schneider electric rack layout into a centralized warehouse layout" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 18.