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    Operations Management: Placement of Departments in newly designed facility

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    Complete Problem 14 on page 285. Explain your analysis using course related principles.

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    a) Because department 4 has the most trips (225) to it, it should be placed in position B, which is the most central with the least total travel time (260 yards). Department 3 has the next highest number of trips (60) and should be placed in the next most central place, position D (360 yards). Department 2 should be placed in position C and department 1 should be placed in position A.

    The logic is that the departments that have the most trips to each other should be placed closest to each other.
    Depts. 1 and 2 must go to dept ...

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