For those of you who work in professional shops, a few questions:
1. How many / what kind of machines do you have?
2. How is the layout. Are similar machines grouped together, or does each person have his own work area?
3. Is the majority of tooling shared between machines or does each machine have their own.
I ask because i dont think the tool room i work in is laid out very well. It is inconvenient to walk around the machines back to the benches. There is some, but not enough, storage space next to the machines for tools. And the shared tools are not centrally located.
The shop im in has 5 bridgeports, one tm-1 CNC, 6 lathes and 3 grinders. I understand segregating the grinders (dust & such). 3 of the mills are lined up, next to each other, two are on the other side of the room. As for the lathes, they are in 2 rows of 3, head to tail, and front to front, with an isle between them. Maybe ill post some pics later if i have a chance, it would be much easier to explain.
But i digress, what have you guys found to be a successful layout?
tool room in my shop is granite table in the middle and two bridgeports on the north side and a tool room lathe on the other end, then two surface grinders on the right side.