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Old January 21st, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am in a small 800 sqft shop and need to make the best of my space. Is their anything you would change?
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Old January 21st, 2012, 01:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So I am in a small 800 sqft shop and need to make the best of my space. Is their anything you would change?
You're going to be moving clean bulk stock past your ink table. It's best to have a "dirty side" and clean side"

folding, sorting, finishing, staging, storing etc on one side

ink mixing, screen coating, cleaning prep et on the other

try not to have your clean shirts on the dirty side and dirty elements on the clean side...it'll save A LOT of ruined shirts.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 02:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup, with icon on that. Also keeping your coated screens close to your exposure unit and in a drier hotter area away from the wetter cooler area and coating in the dry area away from dust, machine moving or doorways that can move dust. That's ideal, but work with what you have where you can and likely it will all work with a bit of tolerance.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 02:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well the reason I ask is I am trying to squeeze a 12 ft dryer in there in place of the 8ft thats in the first pic. How does this look? I know the ink would be close to the folding table on the manual printing end of the dryer but that should not present to much of a hassle. Im not sure if I could fit the dryer longways thats why I layed it out at an angle.
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Do they sell a building stretcher in your area ;-) LOL
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Personally with that little amount of space, ditch the manual asap, you are going to be fighting for room for anything in there. Where would you put say a 2,500pc run?
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Personally with that little amount of space, ditch the manual asap, you are going to be fighting for room for anything in there. Where would you put say a 2,500pc run?
I would also get rid of the manual. If you need a manual get a small table top model and build a small stand for it with wheels so you can roll it around. The auto should be where most of your printing is done,even small runs.
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And if you opt for the 2nd layout it will be an either or setup.

You won't be able to print on both so you don't increase productivity having both... so no point in the manual at that point for sure.

If you have the labor to run both presses then you need to make sure to set it up where both can be printing (efficiently) for it to make sense.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 11:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Agreeing with all the above. You will put something in place and then alter likely, buildings and flows evolve naturally out of ease and necessity you will change to suit as you go. I won't take long to outgrow the building and relocate I thnk.
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Get your wash-out out of the corner, It's nice to have room on both sides, or at least proper workspace that isn't 90degrees to it. I'd go with a 32" high screen cabinet that has a melamine top beside it for reclaiming chemical application if you're not using a dip-tank, and room to put screens down on a drip-tray on the other side. Screen coating doesn't need a dedicated spot, it can be done on the same table you use for reclaiming.

I do a full layout, to scale to within an inch in Corel Draw, because that's what I'm proficient in. W're just moving to triple the space with much better exposure at the turn off to our local sport fields. I'd post my layout, but it also includes pad printing, sign making and a good sized machining area for jigs and fabrication so I don't think it would help much.

PS: It's nice to have a light-table for block-out/ and taping the screens.
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