Publications

Current Texts and Videos by Richard Muther & Associates

Our systematic planning methods are explained in a variety of texts, booklets, and videos. These “how to” manuals and instructional videos are available from their respective publishers. If you are leading a project team or simply want to know more about a particular subject, you will find these publications to be highly practical and organized for quick mastery of our methods.

Personal Soft Copies

As a service to our clients and the users or our methods, we make selected texts available as soft copies.  Physical copies of books currently in print are available from www.MIRPBooks.com.  Books no longer in print or early editions may be available from various sources.

NOW AVAILABLE!
Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) 4TH edition.
A working manual and project guide for the layout planner. Chapters explain and illustrate successive steps in the SLP method, widely used throughout the world and referenced in all textbooks on the subject. Includes more than 20 Working Forms and checklists to be used in various steps.  Applicable to any kind of layout or facility of any size.Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) 4th ed
By: Richard Muther and Lee Hales
4th Edition, Management & Industrial Research Publications
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-06-5400 pages; 200 illustrations and checklistsSoft cover; comb bindingDownload a soft copy for personal use

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The Simplified SLP booklet below provides a short-form explanation of SLP. The Fundamentals of Plant Floor Layout package below explains the full SLP method.

Simplified Systematic Layout Planning
By: Richard Muther and John D. Wheeler
ISBN: 0933684-09-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-09-6Management & Industrial Research Publications
Marietta, Georgia
Third Edition 1994
35 pages
Soft cover, comb bindingThe most popular book ever on the subject of layout planning. Over 200,000 copies sold. A short-form, 6-step version of the full SLP method. Includes Working Forms for each step and detailed illustrated examples of their use. Appropriate for offices up to 3,000 square feet, plant floor and lab areas up to 5,000 square feet, and warehouses up to 10,000 square feet. Written for leaders of layout planning teams, professional space planners, and for managers and small business owners who wish to make their own layouts. Also great for classroom instruction.(Included free with the SME Fundamentals of Plant Floor Layout video and training package above).Price from publisher (2014): $18
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INSTITUTO IMAM
Sao Paulo, Brazil
www.imam.com.br

Fundamentals of Plant Floor Layout
DVD and Training Package
By: Richard Muther and H. Lee Hales
Society of Manufacturing Engineers,
Dearborn, Michigan, 1998.Overview of plant layout using live footage of manufacturing facilities. Provides a step-by-step, illustration of Richard Muther’s internationally-acclaimed and widely-used method: Systematic Layout Planning (SLP). Training package includes DVD, the booklet: Simplified Systematic Layout Planning, and pencil-ruler kit for flow and relationship diagramming. Ideal for self-instruction, classroom training and orientation of layout-planning teams.Price from SME Bookstore:
$225.60 members; $292.50 non-members
Order from Society of Manufacturing Engineers Bookstore
Order code: PK05PUB11
Planning Manufacturing Cells (Textbook)

By H. Lee Hales and Bruce Andersen
ISBN: 0-87263-549-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-87263-549-4
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Dearborn, Michigan
First edition 2002
270 pages
Soft cover; spiral binding

A complete “how to” reference manual for setting up cells of all kinds. Over 100 illustrations. Over 20 Working Forms and checklists covering every aspect of cell planning and implementation. A complete guide to our popular method: Systematic Planning of Manufacturing Cells (SPMC).

Price from SME Bookstore
$65 members; $72 non-members
Included free with Fundamentals of Cell
Planning Video and Training Package (see below).
Order from Society of Manufacturing Engineers Bookstore
Order code: BK02PUB2

Included free with Fundamentals of Cell Planning Video and Training Package.

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Planning Manufacturing Cells (Workbook)
By Richard Muther & AssociatesISBN: 0-87263-550-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-87263-550-0
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Dearborn, Michigan
First Edition 2002
120 pages
Soft cover; spiral boundCompanion to the textbook by Hales & Andersen. Dozens of case exercises and discussion problems. Ideal for classroom and industrial training or to practice Systematic Planning of Manufacturing Cells (SPMC).Price from SME Bookstore
$22.50 members; $25 non-members
Included free with Fundamentals of Cell
Planning Video and Training Package (see below).
Order from Society of Manufacturing Engineers Bookstore
Order code: BK02PUB3
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Fundamentals of Manufacturing Cell Planning
DVD and Training Package
By: H. Lee Hales, Bruce Andersen, and William E. Fillmore
Society of Manufacturing Engineers,
Dearborn, Michigan, 2002.Overview of manufacturing cells using live footage of installed cells. Provides a step-by-step, illustration of successful cell planning using Systematic Planning of Manufacturing Cells (SPMC). Training package includes: DVD, text, workbook, Simplified SPMC booklet on planning small cells, and pencil-ruler kit for process charting and cell flow diagramming. Ideal for self-instruction, classroom training, and orientation of cell-planning teams.Price from SME Bookstore
$715 members; $799 non-members
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Order code: PK03PUB5
Simplified Systematic Planning of Manufacturing Cells
By: Muther, Fillmore, and Rome
ISBN: 0-933684-134
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-13-3Management & Industrial Research Publications
Marietta, Georgia
First Edition 1996
38 pages
Soft cover, comb bindingA highly-condensed, 6-step version of the full SPMC method. Includes Working Forms for each step and detailed illustrated examples of their use. Appropriate for planning small, simple cells. Written for leaders and members of cell-planning teams. Also useful for classroom instruction.(Included free with the SME Fundamentals of Manufacturing Cell Planning video and training package above).Price from publisher (2014): $18
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Simplified Systematic Handling Analysis
By: Muther, Jungthirapanich, and Haney
ISBN: 0933684-11-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-11-9Management & Industrial Research Publications
Marietta, Georgia
Third Edition 1994
39 pages
Soft cover, comb bindingA short-form, 6-step version of Systematic Handling Analysis (SHA). Includes Working Forms for each step and detailed illustrated examples of their use. Written for leaders of improvement planning teams, material handling engineers, equipment dealers’ personnel, and for classroom instruction.Price from publisher (2014): $18
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Simplified Systematic Network Planning
By: Chandra S. Natarajan and H. Lee Hales
ISBN: 0-933684-21-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-21-8Management & Industrial Research Publications
Marietta, Georgia
2014
48 pages
Soft cover, comb bindingA highly-condensed, 6-step version of Systematic Network Planning (SNP) for network problems of limited scale and scope. Includes Working Forms for each step and detailed illustrated examples of their use. Presumes the use of network modeling software. Written for planners of logistical networks, teams involved in a network planning project, team leaders. facilitators and teachers. Includes brief explanations of network planning, modeling and common terminology.Download a soft copy for personal use.Price from publisher (2016): $28
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INSTITUTO IMAM
Sao Paulo, Brazil
www.imam.com.br
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Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities (SPIF)
By: Richard Muther and Lee HalesOver 600 illustrated pages. This two-volume work is a complete guide to consolidating, expanding, renovating, or planning new industrial plants. Volume II is loaded with checklists, decision-aids, and 20 Working Forms for every aspect of industrial facilities planning. An indispensable reference for anyone involved in planning industrial facilities.Volume I – What to Do
(An overview of industrial facilities planning).
ISBN: 0933684-20-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-20-1
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Price from publisher (2016): $45
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(A guide to major projects).
ISBN: 0933684-02-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-02-7
Download a soft copy for personal use
Price from publisher (2016): $85
Order printed copies from www.MIRPBooks.comTwo-volume set:
ISBN: 0933684-00-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-00-3
Price from publisher (2016): $120
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Recent Handbook Chapters by Richard Muther & Associates

Manufacturing Engineering Handbook, 2nd Edition
Edited By: Hwaiyu Geng,
McGraw-Hill, New York, 2016.ISBN: 978-0-07-1183977-8Work Cell Design, Chapter 40, pp. 40-1 – 40-14.
H. Lee HalesA short, concise guide to cell planning. Following the six steps of Simplified SPMC, this chapter explains how to plan a manufacturing cell. It discusses the information and analyses required at each step and the outputs achieved. Several types of cells are discussed. Includes a checklist covering all major aspects of cell planning and operation, including physical arrangement, operating procedures, organization, and training.
Maynard’s Industrial Engineering Handbook, 5th Edition
Edited By: Kjell B. Zandin,
McGraw-Hill, New York, 2001.ISBN: 0-07-041102-6Planning Manufacturing Cells, pp. 8.81 – 8.104.
H. Lee Hales, Bruce J. Andersen, and William E. FillmoreA short, concise guide to cell planning. Following the six steps of Simplified SPMC, this chapter explains how to plan a manufacturing cell. It discusses the information and analyses required at each step and the outputs achieved. Several types of cells are discussed. Includes a checklist covering all major aspects of cell planning and operation, including physical arrangement, operating procedures, organization, and training.Industrial Engineering Support for Materials Management, pp. 10.3 – 10.30.
H. Lee Hales and Bruce J. AndersenA “must read” for those working in logistics and distribution. This chapter describes the tasks of the industrial engineer in transportation planning, materials handling analysis, and storage planning. Two-page reference chart lists more than 40 specific support functions performed by industrial engineers.

Earlier Texts and Handbooks of Historical Interest

The early works below remain useful and relevant in their presentation of basic issues, choices, and information required. (We suggest www.bookfinder.com).
Systematic Handling Analysis (SHA)
By: Richard Muther and Knut Haganäs,
Management and Industrial research Publications, Kansas City, Missouri, 1969.
Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 73-90920
ISBN: 0-933684-03-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-933684-03-4
Out of Print. Revision in progress. Available in single hand-made copies. Contact www.MIRPBooks.comDownload a soft copy for personal useA working manual for the material handling engineer. Chapters explain and illustrate successive steps in the SHA method. Includes 16 Working Forms to be used in various steps. A companion method to SLP.The Simplified SHA booklet above provides a short-form explanation of SHA.Find SHA used
Practical Plant Layout
By: Richard Muther
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1955.
ISBN: 0-933684-03-7
Out of Print.The first text ever devoted to industrial layout planning. Establishes all the important principles and decisions to be made. Pre-dates the development of the SLP method, but describes and illustrates the steps required to develop a layout plan.Find Practical Plant Layout used
Production Line Technique
By: Richard Muther
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1944.
ISBN: 1114273023
Out of Print.Over 320 pages on every aspect of line production. A great historical read for those interested in the origins of continuous flow manufacturing, one-piece flow, line balancing, line-feeding, just-in-time parts delivery, point-of-use storage, preventive maintenance, manufacturing cells.Download a soft copy for personal useFind Production Line Technique used
Computer-Aided Facilities Planning
By: H. Lee Hales
Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1984.
ISBN: 0-8247-7240-7First-ever text on software for facilities planning and design. Predates widespread use of Microsoft Excel and Access and the popularity of AutoCAD. Specifics on hardware and software packages are out of date. Good description and comparison of early algorithms for automatic layout generation. Of possible historical interest to those developing computer applications for facilities planning.Find Computer-Aided Facilities Planning used
Industrial Engineering Handbook, 3rd Edition
Edited By: H.B. Maynard,
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1971.ISBN: 07-041084-4Of historical interest as one of the last editions by Maynard himself. First edition to include significant sections on computer applications and operations research (before American professionals became preoccupied with quantitative and software-based techniques!) Chapters by the leading industrial engineers of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The 8-page chapter on Work Simplification by Allan Mogensen is a priceless time capsule on the origins of continuous improvement. – before Western professionals had to relearn it in Japanese terms! Contains two chapters by Richard Muther.Plant Layout, pp 11-26 to 11-62,
Richard MutherA concise summary of the Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) method.Production Line Techniques, pp 11-90 to 11-114,
Richard MutherA concise summary of key points and principles involved in continuous flow manufacturing.Find IE Handbook 3rd Edition used
Management Handbook for Plant Engineers
Edited By: Bernard T. Lewis,
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1977.
ISBN: 0-07-037530-5Contains three chapters by Richard Muther and Lee HalesDetermination of Requirements, pp 2-3 to 2-20,
Richard MutherA concise guide to establishing the capacity and space required for a given level of production.Evaluation of Existing Space Organization, pp 2-21 to 2-32,
Richard MutherHow to survey the utilization and condition of existing industrial space.Site Selection, pp 2-53 to 2-62,
Lee HalesA concise guide to industrial site location and selection. Includes lists of basic considerations when locating and selecting sites.Find Management Handbook for Plant Engineers used
Facilities and Plant Engineering Handbook
Edited By: Bernard T. Lewis and J. P. Marron,
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1973.
ISBN: 07-037560-7
Contains a long chapter by Richard Muther.Planning for New Facilities and Modifications to Existing Facilities, pp 3-17 to 3-50,
Richard MutherA concise guide to industrial facilities planning. Lists the major decisions to be made and steps to be followed during the planning process.Find Facilities and Plant Engineering Handbook used

Early Textbook Translations

 In the decades when our systematic planning methods were first published, English was not common as a second language among the world’s engineers and planners.  In order to learn and apply our methods, those in Europe, Latin America and Asia needed translations into their local languages.  Today, these books are out of print.  They were typically made for the first editions of our texts and are not likely to be re-published, given the now widespread use of English.  However, these translations still have utility since the latest versions of our planning methods are fundamentally the same and compatible with their original versions.

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