Facility layout planning. An extended literature review

Pablo Pérez-Gosende, Josefa Mula, Manuel Díaz-Madroñero

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Facility layout planning (FLP) involves a set of design problems related to the arrangement of the elements that shape industrial production systems in a physical space. The fact that they are considered one of the most important design decisions as part of business operation strategies, and their proven repercussion on production systems’ operation costs, efficiency and productivity, mean that this theme has been widely addressed in science. In this context, the present article offers a scientific literature review about FLP from the operations management perspective. The 232 reviewed articles were classified as a large taxonomy based on type of problem, approach and planning stage and characteristics of production facilities by configuring the material handling system and methods to generate and assess layout alternatives. We stress that the generation of layout alternatives was done mainly using mathematical optimisation models, specifically discrete quadratic programming models for similar sized departments, or continuous linear and non-linear mixed integer programming models for different sized departments. Other approaches followed to generate layout alternatives were expert’s knowledge and specialised software packages. Generally speaking, the most frequent solution algorithms were metaheuristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3777-3816
Number of pages40
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research leading to these results received funding from the European Union H2020 Program under grant agreement No 958205 ‘Industrial Data Services for Quality Control in Smart Manufacturing (i4Q)’and from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities under grant agreement RTI2018-101344-B-I00 ‘Optimisation of zero-defectsproduction technologies enabling supply chains 4.0 (CADS4.0)’

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Facility design
  • facility layout
  • facility planning
  • materials handling
  • modelling


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