Sovella/Treston - How Modular Workbenches Boost Manufacturing Flexibility

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It’s anticipated that over the next decade manufacturing plants are going to have to become much more flexible to meet the challenges of a shift from an era of mass production to mass customization.(1) Electronic products are updated with such frequency that modern manufacturers need to be able to produce smaller batches of a greater variety. This means that workbenches need to be as flexible as possible to allow a wider range of tasks to be performed; therefore, they need to be customizable.


Modular workbenches are more customizable


Modular workbenches are designed to be easily adjusted to suit the requirements of any particular task. They incorporate a variety of modules, such as plastic bins, shelving and tool racks, to enable workers to easily reach components and perform their jobs comfortably.(2) Modular furniture also maximise the use of space, with bins and shelving stored above and below a desktop, crucial in any manufacturing environment where space is limited. Modular designs are ergonomic Modular design also encompasses workbench ergonomics because it enables the worker to be able to perform at maximum efficiency whilst placing the least strain and discomfort on their bodies. Consequently, modular workbenches can lower the risk of injury, maximize productivity and increase profits.


The flexibility of a modular workbench also means that they can also be used in a variety of different work flow situations: they can be placed in lines for conveyer style production process or grouped together into cells for easier communication.(3) The flexibility that modular workbenches...

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