Space between presses depends on the type of work that you will be doing. I know that sounds simple, but if you are just molding and shipping, you don’t need a lot of room for secondary operations.
If you are doing many changeovers, you want to design the space to make those changeovers as efficient as possible. Various tools may require more or less mold cooling, hose connections, sprue pickers, parts separators, driers, feeders/blenders etc.
Depending on the type work, you may want machines facing each other to reduce operator movement; although feet are for walking – walking takes time and time is money.
Given that you are starting with a clean slate, think lean manufacturing. Standardize everything that you can and reduce excess movement. If it does not add value, it adds cost.
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