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Custom made Workbenches and Workstations.

When it comes to providing a work station or workbench it is important to get it right

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Poorly planed or implemented work stations can have significant impacts on

  • work place health and safety
  • quality control
  • productivity
  •  profit margins

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What to look for in a well designed workstation

1. Correct Work Height
− An operator’s arms should be below shoulder level
− Precise tasks: 50mm below elbow
− Light assembly: 50 -100mm below elbow
− Heavy work: 100 – 200mm below elbow

2. Properly Adjust Work Equipment to the Task
− Adjust the workstation:
− Seat height and angle; footrest height and angle
− Adjust the work piece and parts containers:
− Work piece and parts containers in optimal positions (refer to points 3 and 4)

3. Work Piece & Parts Container Layout
− Optimise container layout to reduce wasted motion and speed up throughput
− Heavy and/or most used parts should be placed in the closest containers
− Optimal container layout is within a 400 mm radius, as measured from each shoulder

4. Working Area
− Maximum grab area: 540 mm radius, measured 160 mm to the left and right from the
centre line and front edge of the work top
− Optimum grab area: 280 mm radius, measured 160 mm to the left and right from the
centre line and front edge of the work top

5. Consider Fields of Vision
− Operators should view the work piece without turning head or eyes
− A 15° view angle requires no head or eye movement to grab parts
− A 35° view angle requires only eye movement to grab parts
− Viewing distance to a Monitor should be between 350 mm and 750 mm

6. Match Light Intensity to the Work Task
− Standard assembly tasks: 500—750 lux
− Complex tasks (e.g. electrical assembly): 1000—1500 lux
− Delicate and/or critical work: 1500—2000 lux

7. Do Not Work Above the Heart
− Keep all work below the heart to enhance blood circulation
− Reduce static holding during assembly as it increases muscle fatigue

8. Load bearing capacity

9. Durability of the work surface                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Custom made Workbenches and Workstations. - aluminium extrusion

For more detailed information please download our Work Stations and Benches Brochure

In order to make the most of available space and resources it is also important to consider if it would be beneficial to integrate one or more of the following into your Workstation 

  • Power and Data
  • Lifting units
  • Mobile parts shelves and trolleys
  • Drawers and storage compartments
  • parcel chutes
  • lighting
  • linear rails and guides
  • adjustable foot rest
  • monitor arms
  • compressed air outlets
  • Shelving systems
  • tote bins
  • integrated machinery such as co-bots or conveyors
  • safety guarding

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