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Old 10-25-2006, 02:00 PM
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i am new to the sheet metal field, i am puuting together a shop and was looking for a basic( or complicated ) for a machine layout.how should it flow. splitter to pittsburgh to break. so i can have a shop that flows and we are not falling over each other..maybe a drawing of where it all goes.. i would appreciate everyones advice..
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Old 10-25-2006, 02:47 PM
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In the 14 years that I have been in this business, I have moved to and from 4 shops to my present one (#5). What I found about layout for proper flow is that no matter how well you plan out the space, you end up buying more and more machinery and end up putting machines wherever they will fit.

How big of a space do you have to work with?

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Welcome to our Shop Russ

As Dan explains, much depends on the size of the shop...however, there are consultants (check with snips) that most of what they do is help with traffic and flow patterns. I too have worked in shops that we had to make every inch of space count...

Hope to see stop by often! Got questions, please do ask them.
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russhvac...I do a lot of shop layout for customers. Let me know shop size, shape, how you unload trucks, and how many doors you have in the shop. I will help you layout shop, air lines, etc.
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Old 10-25-2006, 05:40 PM
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Sorry I wasn't logged in...russhvac...I do a lot of shop layout for customers. Let me know shop size, shape, how you unload trucks, and how many doors you have in the shop. I will help you layout shop, air lines, etc.
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Good work flow is essential for success in sheet metal shops..you can read this article and more in Snips Magazine.

Here is a link, you may need to register, but it's worth it. There is plaeny more there and there are too books on the subject...

http://www.snipsmag.com/CDA/Archives...00f932a8c0____

Good Luck and let us know how you did.
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thanks for everyones response, we will chek out snips and i will size up and let all know .....thanks again
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Snips used to have a small booklet about shop layout. (I believe it was free at one point). It was quite outdated as it did not incorporate a plasma cutter into the 'flow' but it was interesting nonetheless.

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You may want to draw a 1/2 or 1" scale of your floor plan and get some top view templates (aprox) and shuffle them around for traffic patten...just remember to work your way out the door...steel can be carried / lifted to any where in the shop?
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OUR SHOP IS AT THE LEAST 20FT X 24FT , OVER HEAD DOOR WITH OUT DOOR LOADING DOCK, POSSIBLE FORK LIFT, AT VERY LEAST APALLET JACK, NOWHERE NEAR READY FOR A PLASMA...WHERE CAN I GET TOP VIEW TEMPLATS, AVAILBLE? OR DRAW THEM?
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