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6 Steps in designing a perfect packing bench

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On the surface a packing bench is a just a table. However not just any table is really suitable. A well thought out workbench shows real time savings and increases packer comfort which helps towards worker retention. Every process even within the same warehouse may require a slightly different workstation to suit that particular process. To design your perfect packing benches takes about six steps.

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1. Packing bench Tasks

Identify what tasks are performed on each bench. What space, equipment and packaging that is required. The packing bench may require to have IT equipment built in. taking this away from the worktop gains valuable packing space, so orders can efficiently be checked and packed.

During this process thought should be made to;
a) If an item arrives at the packing bench damaged, what happens to is, how is it highlighted and replaced.
b) How are labels and paperwork created and when and how are they labelled.
c) Once an item has been packed, how is transported to the despatch area for delivery.

The process that take place on the bench will effect how bespoke the bench is the size required, the number of shelves and environment to whether further localised lighting is required. Or whether automation is required to be built into the bench where packages are heavier.

2. The sequence the task takes place

After detailing the tasks carried out at the packing tables the next consideration is what order the processes are carried out, consolidation, checking, packing, labelling etc.

real savings can be made in the minimising or ease of movement during these processes. Sometimes conveyor belts can be used within these processes to minimise handling.

3. How the bench interfaces with the warehouse

The three main interfaces to bear in mind are. How the orders are delivered to the bench from picking, how the packing materials are supplied and replenished and how the package is taken away from the bench to despatch. For efficiency reasons the packer should not have to leave there bench for these interfaces.

4. Material lists

Make detail lists of all the equipment and materials you require to perform. This should include everything from cardboard to computers and packing equipment.

5. Document procedures

To standardise procedures, make sure all staff work the same way, this is often achieved by documented processes in view of the packer.

6. Design of the packing bench or station

After the first 5 steps the design of bench is ready to be designed. During this process note should be taken to what is required on the bench and where it is placed for ease of use by the packing. An element of flexibility should be built to accommodate changes in products over time. However it is not uncommon for products to be split into volume products and over sized for optimisation reasons.

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Spaceguard is a UK packing bench manufacturer. Building robust workbenches, designed to take take out of your process and to suit your specific application or product.


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