Facility Layout Design can be done with various methods. One of them is by using software Blocplan. Blocplan is an interactive program developed by Donaghey and Pire, which can develop the layout of single story and multistory. Blocplan offer heuristic algorithm to solve the layout problem, and can handle quantitative as well as qualitative data. Users can enter data routing products. Blocplan calculate the flow and frequency of the trip matrix. Blocplan provide an opportunity to edit the data. Blocplan can handle a maximum of eighteen facilities.
The user has three ways to provide data flow, including :
1. Can be done with qualitative relationships in the form of diagrams.
2. Data can be provided by quantitative flow in the form of a matrix.
3. The user can easily specify the type and number of parts to be processed as well as the flow of information for each section.
Blocplan then calculate the flow matrix. Although the two previous alternatives are used, The main advantage of Blocplan are adequate facilities for the user. It allows users to edit the data that has been previously entered, determine / fix the position of the facility, and manually enter them into the desired location. In addition, Blocplan also print the table layout that has been ranked, which shows the location of the value of relationships with some of the information. In addition to single-story layout, Blocplan can produce multistory layout.