• Nor Asmaa Alyaa Norazlan Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • Adi Saptari Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • Effendi Mohamad Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • Lukman Sukarma Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • Mohd Rizal Salleh Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • Saifudin Hafiz Yahaya Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka


Reorganizing a layout entails a major adjustment to current layout and thorough planning is essential before a new layout implementation. This study is to reorganize current layout at dispatching area of a manufacturing industry which produces apparel products. Current arrangement at the dispatching area has brought to a poor efficiency rate of 48.74% that consumed 30.77 minutes to complete one dispatching job with distance travel of 162.83 meters. Witness simulation study is used in this project methodology and Facility Planning Process approach is applied in the experimental design to generate alternative layout. Result of the alternative layout has reduced the current time to 32.79% and only consumes 20.68 minutes to complete one dispatching job with shorter distance travel of 109.44 meters.


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Author Biography

Effendi Mohamad, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
Effendi Mohamad is a senior lecturer in Faculty of Mfg Eng. in UTeM since 2005. Prior to his involvement as an academician, he was attached to NEC Semiconductors, Perodua and ST Microelectronics in various engineering capacities such as industrial engineer and process engineer. He received his BEng Mfg Eng from Univ Malaya and Master’s degree in Mfg Mgt from Coventry Univ UK. He completed his Doctoral course in Intelligent Structures and Mechanics Systems Eng. in Univ of Tokushima, Japan


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How to Cite
Norazlan, N. A. A., Saptari, A., Mohamad, E., Sukarma, L., Salleh, M. R., & Yahaya, S. H. (2016). SIMULATION STUDY IN REORGANIZING DISPATCHING LAYOUT TO MINIMIZE DISPATCHING TIME. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (JAMT), 10(2), 17-28. Retrieved from

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