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G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M 2 0 2 2 J U N E G R A P H I C S P R O 7 7 needed to expand. at is another impor- tant number to factor in — your projec- tions on your next prot are a must! In the same room where we screen print, we also handle folding and boxing orders and shipping and receiving, so we can re- congure any space we gain back here to handle a larger volume of orders in and out. Since we are moving at least two of our sewing machines out of our embroidery room, my wife and I had to sit back and think about what would make more sense to ll the open space with. More equip- ment or more storage space for orders? We have one six-head, one two-head, and two single-heads, and we would still have two sewing machines left in the room. So, we realized putting more storage racks out there would help keep the floor space open and safer for moving around. Sim- ply keeping a workspace open and cleaner can make it much less stressful to work in when the larger orders come in. WORKING WITH A NEW SPACE e next major space we had to gure out was a new building. Since it is a brand-new space, you would think it would be cut and dry to gure out, but not so much. How much space do you need and for what? We already knew we were moving at least our vinyl graphics equipment and our subli- mation equipment to the new building. e rst thing my wife and I did was mea- sure both spaces and the designer's oce to know exactly what square footage we were working with and how much more we could use to handle more growth, etc. After we gathered all the measurements, we had a meeting with our team members who work in there daily. ey expressed that simply having some more preproduc- tion space to nish working in and more space for supplies would be helpful. So, my wife and I worked with a local architect on plans. We came up with a 36' wide X 62' long building. is would give us around 2,200 more square feet to work in. We designed the main oce space to hold the designer and all the vinyl print- ers, laminators, and sublimation printer in a controlled heated/cooled environment with controlled humidity and less area for dust. So, picture a double desk for two de- signers when you walk into the oce and along the same wall, all the printers, and on the opposite wall, the laminators. is allows the designer to keep a close eye on the printing. Another thought we had for

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