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August 30, 2016

Ergonomics Pays : A Series On Lowering Costs in the Workplace : Implications for Work Bench Design

Go with the flow

If the management team at a company decides, for example, that it makes good business sense to shift from made to order production to a mass production line, this often requires major changes.

First, the work bench system needs to have all the necessary components and, secondly, it needs to be reconfigurable. It is important that the work bench accessories used during made to order production can be redeployed. Moreover, the reconfigured bench solution should meet the same high ergonomic standards.

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Logistics within the facility

Besides conventional interlinking devices such as roller conveyors, a work bench system may also incorporate adjustable transport trolleys. However, in order for these trolleys to be efficient, they must be built on a modular basis so that users can reconfigure them in a few easy steps, thereby ensuring the trolleys always have the optimal design, necessary fittings, and ideal size for the relevant purpose. These requirements also guarantee ergonomic considerations are applied at all times throughout the handling process.

Modular caster rails and the integration of workstations and transfer gates are crucial in cutting-edge work bench interlinking. The work bench system should also be compatible with ESD-safe accessories, so that products sensitive to electrostatic discharges can be safely handled. The ability to connect any component quickly and easily means that users can make spontaneous modifications to almost any working environment.

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