No worker wants to do any tedious or labor-intensive job on an unstable or insufficient work surface. The wrong work surface could slow down productivity and even cause harm to the worker.
Professionals who work in laboratories, work shops and other industrial or manufacturing environments know important it is to a work surface that is comfortable, safe, and designed specifically for the task at hand.
The right workstation is an invaluable asset.
They are constructed of durable materials ranging from steel, aluminum, wood, and industrial grade plastic. Any work bench worth having will offer some storage, shelves or the ability to expand to create a versatile and efficient work area.
Having the Right Tool for the Job
Having materials close at hand is always an important thing to look for in a workbench. When the work flow is kept organized and close, it allows the worker to be more productive, while preventing muscle pain and fatigue.
Quality work benches have features like bins, shelves, cabinets, drawers, and other accessories to allow easy access to parts or tools. Some also have the added benefit of having adjustable legs, this allows workers or jobs of different heights to elevate or lower to a comfortable work position, and this can help muscle and back strain. These are ideal for jobs that require sitting or standing for extended periods of time
Workbenches come in a variety of sizes and should be selected based on the type of work they are being used for.
In a Laboratory, Kitchen, or Food Prep Area
Stainless Steel Work benches and work tables are a perfect choice
For applications in laboratories or food service areas, easy-to-clean Stainless Steel work benches provide added durability and cleanliness. The stainless steel tops with heavy gauge channel supports provide unbeatable stability. Some stainless steel benches also feature a back splash for spill or splash containment. The adjustable lower shelves provide plenty of space for storage and the adjustable legs accommodate the heights of multiple users.
On the Assembly Line or Packing Area
If you are in a work environment that handles large packing or heavy-duty assembly operations, extra Long work benches and work tables are ideal. Extra long benches can help reduce congestion on work surfaces for jobs that are performed in teams. Height adjustable legs provide a comfortable work position based on the task or user. For an even bigger work surface you can combine work tables. Some assembly and packing workbenches have built in accessories to make production easier such as shelving, bin rails, paper spool holders, lighting, and power strips. They are quipped with all the amenities needed to boost your packing efficiency.
Mobile Workstation and Mobile Security Cabinets.
Easily transport your work bench where you need it. Mobile work stations make ideal portable work surfaces for maximum flexibility of work area (repairs, maintenance or assembly). A good option is a mobile repair cart; these carts are a mobile workstation with drawers and heavy-duty casters. Mobile work benches are designed for various applications in any location. Mobile tool carts are also another great option; durable utility carts with racks for tool / small parts bins
Many of the work benches are ideal in the warehouse
Heavy-duty, steel frame work benches are perfect for warehouses, shipping areas, or any place where a heavy-duty workstation is needed!
If height or bending is an issue then you may want to consider a bench top tilters or efficiency master tilt table. Tilt Tables have the ability to tilt pallets, crates, boxes or baskets 45 degrees to facilitate easy container loading or unloading. Tables have all welded steel construction for years of durability. Unique design minimizes pinch points to meet OSHA requirements. Many lift tables are used as work surfaces, in addition to lifting a load
Making Your Workbench “Yours”.
Customization or fabrication of your work bench is a great way to ensure that important materials are always close at hand. Deciding on a specific work bench material can help guarantee that tasks with specific provisions, such as those involving chemicals, food, electronic equipment, or apparel are done on a suitable work surface. Some are more customizable then others.
Can’t Surpass Configurable Packaging Workstations for Versatility We’ve found that with several different Work bench configurations to choose from, some companies can customize a workbench to meet the needs of just about any work environment.
• These benches accommodate Plastic tops with a high-pressure laminate that is great for daily, multi-purpose use.
• They can also be used with ESD bench tops for protection against static electricity when working with sensitive computer items.
• For unbeatable chemical resistance in work environments such as laboratories, choose the Phenolic resin top.
• The durable Stainless Steel tops have a 1-1/2″ thick particle board core with phenolic backer wrapped with 16-gauge, type 304 stainless steel for strength.
• Add a Stackable Drawer or Cabinet for additional storage space.
• Add an Upright Kit for shelf space and easy accessory attachment. Or add the Light Kit for greater visibility in poorly lit environments.
It all adds up to a more efficient workbench.
There are thousands of types of benches to choose from in different variations and materials, so that can lead to a hard decision when it comes to making a good purchase. It is best to consult a professional; such as Ted Thorsen Material Handling they have 60 years experience in material handling and guide you so you make the right purchase decision. A work station can be very worthwhile investment if you get the right one for the job at hand.