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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S E P T E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 7 7 time in increasing levels of detail. When you start doing a detailed layout, remem- ber you will have to make compromises as you design your facility to accommo- date for the unique characteristics of your specific business and building. A detailed layout should not only in- clude production equipment, but also dive deeper into smaller things like walkways, job carts, and desks. Utilizing rolling job carts, apparel carts, and screen carts can eliminate clutter areas and make your production space more organized, versatile, and safe. Safety should be at the top of the list when laying out a production facility. A large part of creating a safe facility starts in the floor layout. Creating an evacu- ation map while doing your layout is useful since it includes a lot of key safety elements that you need to account for. Among other things, a good evacuation map includes exit routes, fire extinguish- ers, pull boxes, exits, first-aid kits, SDS station, lock out tag out equipment, and bloodborne pathogen kits. Safety elements will vary based on a lot of your specific business attributes and compliance requirements. These require- ments should be thoroughly researched while generating your floor plan. Production floor layouts are complex equations with multiple solutions that can be rewarding for everyone involved. At the end of the process, you and your team will have a clearer picture of the business and its direction than ever be- fore, and you will be ready for the next level. GP NATHAN BELZ is the COO of Impress Designs. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in the decoration industry with a focus on strategic planning and process development. Automatic screen print presses and dryers are some of the hardest things to relocate on your production floor. Put a lot of consideration into how you move forward with their placement. (Image courtesy GPX/Regan Dickinson) PITTSBURGH, PA September 24-25 (Classes start September 23) Attend a class to learn new skills, inspire ideas, and propel your business to the next level! Learn from these industry experts at the expo: pms 285 Black white To view the full class schedule, visit: TRAINING IN THE HALL TRAINING STOP

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