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Workbench design

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Well designed, robust workbenches improve your productivity and working environment.

Terminology

Whether you call it a workbench, workstation, worktable or any other combination. It is essentially the same. The only difference maybe should be the function carried out, will depend on the layout and design of the bench. A bench which is designed for the function will produce savings in process times, improve ergonomics and generally be a nicer place to work.

Flat packed or fully assembled.

Whether its a bolt less design or requires fixings. Flat packed work bench are often cheaper on the surface. However they do require you to assemble them yourselves. This isn’t always as easy as you may think. Also flat packed workbenches will have variable stability, durability and load ratings. However they do have there place. Mainly when space is restricted.

When specifying the requirements for your workbenches there are a number of factors to consider including;

What task is the workbench going to be used for

It is vital to consider what you intend to use the workbench for. The more varied the tasks you have in mind, generally the more robust the construction should be. Along with the more thought on. How the processes are going to be carried out. Examples, How far does the worker have to move? Is there enough light to carry out any inspection process? Does the PC really have to take up the work surface? Does the workbench fit with our corporate schemes?

As the business requirements change, so may the requirement on the workbench. Bespoke workbenches can often be reconfigure or re purposed easier than standard tables.

What kind of weights are going to be on the bench

The heavier the weight – the heavy the construction should be. Where possible a welded frame bench, with a robust work surface is the best course. The bench load rating ideally, when the bench is fully loaded the bench should still be solid.

Plan the process

With space and time are always at a premium. The ideal workbench would be robust enough to do the job, with just the tools and equipment required to carry out the process. Within an the smallest realistic envelope. Large workbenches for small process generally produce waste. In both time and space.
Alternatively the process may have a multi station requirement. So often there is a need to have roller systems built within the workbench.

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Should you require any help on input, As a UK manufacturer of both standard, bespoke and custom built workbenches and automation equipment. Please contact our sales team Phone: 01482 363445 or email: sales@spaceguard.co.uk.

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