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Accommodating a Large Workstation in a Small Space.

A global life sciences company had a unique task requirement but could not find an off-the-shelf workstation that fit the bill. The customer knew a purpose-built workstation would be required.

The task was to inspect disposable, sterile medical bags used in biomedical production. The bags came in a variety of different sizes had to be inspected in a clean room environment.

The Customer Came to Workplace with Five Challenges

The life sciences customer outlined the requirements for the new workstation:

  1. The clean room used for inspection was quite small with limited working space.
  2. The bags to be inspected varied in size. Most could be inspected on a 30”x 60” tabletop. But there were larger products that required a worksurface almost twice as big.
  3. Workers performing inspections were of various heights and reaches. Proper ergonomics was essential.
  4. The inspection table needed to be easy to move out of the way when not in use.
  5. Instruments used in the inspection process required an AC power source at the workstation, which required a twelve-foot power cord.

Six Workstation Design Requirements.

Workplace met in person with company managers, who described their needs. The collaboration between the customer and Workplace engineers identified six design requirements for the purpose-built workstation:

  1. The table design would have a 30″x 60″ surface area for the main worksurface. Two flip-up extensions would almost double the work area.
  2. The workstation would be height adjustable to accommodate different inspectors of various heights and reaches.
  3. For worker safety to avoid pinching, there would be a 1” gap between the main tabletop and its extensions.
  4. All table surfaces would use Type 316 corrosion-resistant stainless steel.
  5. The table had to be easy to move out of the way.
  6. The design needed to provide provisions to store the 12-foot power cord when the workstation was not in use.

What does “Purpose Built
Workstation” mean?

“Purpose-built” does not mean “custom-designed
and then custom-built from the ground up.”

A purpose-built workstation includes a level of engineering
using a base platform and a unique combination of
accessories to adapt it to a specific use.

A purpose-built workstation is still completely recognizable
as the standard product on which it is based.

Workplace engineers used this information and proposed a “flip-up” design consisting of a main worksurface and two hinged extensions mounted on the long sides of the table. The customer approved the design and ordered the workstation.

The Purpose Built Workstation Solution

Based on the Direct Drive™ Adjustable Height platform, Workplace manufactured and delivered a “flip-up tabletop” workstation that addressed all of the customer’s requirements.  

Five Conclusions About Purpose Built Workstations

  1. Purpose-built workstations keep employee health and safety as a top priority.
  2. Workplace purpose-built workstations offer an engineered design integrated into a standard platform with a unique combination of accessories to meet specific task requirements.
  3. A successful purpose-built workstation depends on close collaboration between the customer and Workplace engineers.
  4. Purpose-built workstations offer greater value and faster delivery than in-house or custom-built designs.
  5. Workplace engineers and design specialists are ready to discuss your unique purpose-built requirements.

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