Sign & Digital Graphics

November '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2017 • 47 Folders Once a job has finished the output stage the folder is moved into produc- tion. The desktop folder rack tracks the job's status with labeled slots: Proofs, Waiting for Approval, (Ready for) Output, Outside Orders, CNC/Routing jobs, and it holds our empty folders. By moving the folder to a separate rack in the production area the paper- work stays with the graphics. On the wall in the production department we have a rack labeled Production and a rack labeled Installs. If the job is still being laminated, contour cut, trimmed or otherwise prepped the folder is in the Production rack. Once it's ready for installation the folder is moved to the Installs rack while we wait for the day of installation. On the wall we have a dry erase board that we jot down the folder num- ber, customer name and a brief descrip- tion. While we do move the job from Output to Production in our Toodledo program, the wall rack helps us track jobs at a glance, prioritize production and jot a note if needed. At the bottom of the dry erase chart we also keep a one-week calendar to jot down the vehicle installs scheduled for the current week. This information is also in Google Calendar, which we access for future install scheduling. Jotting it on the calendar in production makes it easy to plan for the jobs coming in that week and is an easy checks & balance as we prepare for that week's installs. Lamination When we're ready to laminate the printed rolls we group our lamination by laminate type to minimizing chang- ing out laminate rolls. Our drying racks are hung right behind our laminator and our laminate rolls are stored upright next to the laminator. Organization keeps us efficient. Production When we output the wrap artwork we try to group the panels that will need to be contour cut. When the panels are ran through the laminator, we set aside the panels that will simply be cut down on the table. The panels that will need to be contour cut are rolled and stood up verti- cally in another section near the cutter. One person loads these on the cutter and outputs the cut files while another person keeps production flowing on the rest of the panels by cutting them down and labeling the panels. We tape the rolled panels and label which side of the vehicle they go on and if they're the 1st, 2nd or 3rd panel, or the top or bottom panel, etc. It's important that we're able to clearly track all of our jobs from the front counter, through production and installation.

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