Methods for designing a facility layout typically assume that the aisles for interdepartmental travel will be parallel to the exterior walls of the facility. However, by putting aisles at an angle to the exterior walls, more direct routes between departments can be created, reducing travel distance. This paper describes a method to create a facility layout that does not have orthogonal aisles and testing of the resulting layouts shows that travel distance is reduced.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2016
Masel, Dale T. and Marinchek, Dean, "Non-traditional Aisle Design for a Manufacturing Facility Layout" (2016). 14th IMHRC Proceedings (Karlsruhe, Germany – 2016). 18.