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Industrial workbenches and industrial workstations

Industrial workbenches and industrial workstations

In busy, hectic production environments, industrial workbenches and industrial workstations are often essential tools for ensuring the efficiency, health and well-being of personnel. A sturdy, ergonomic workbench or workstation can be hugely beneficial for preventing injuries, while keeping workspaces organised and motivation levels high.

In this article, Matara explores the importance of ergonomics in workplace safety, why industrial workbenches and workstations are important, the various types of workstation solutions that we supply, and tips on how to set up and maintain your workspace.

The importance of ergonomics in workplace safety

According to the Collins English Dictionary, ergonomics is “the study of how equipment and furniture can be arranged in order that people can do work or other activities more efficiently and comfortably.” In industrial settings, this is especially important since many factory floor environments naturally involve heavy-duty work that requires the prolonged use of tools and various other pieces of equipment. 

As such, ergonomic industrial workbenches and workstations provide an organised workspace with adjustable height settings to reduce muscular stress and improve posture. This can help to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal and other physical injuries, as well as boost productivity. By increasing the comfort and efficiency levels of your workforce, you can ensure that your employees can stay focused on their work.

What are industrial workbenches and workstations, and why are they important?

Industrial workbenches and workstations are essential pieces of equipment for any commercial or industrial environment. They provide a work surface that is durable, easy to use, and built for heavy-duty tasks. Industrial workbenches are designed to be ergonomically-friendly, with adjustable heights that help reduce fatigue, while industrial workstations offer a more organised approach to managing your workspace.

The key benefit of using industrial workbenches and workstations is that they are designed to handle the demands of a busy operational work environment. They are designed to be sturdy and reliable, so you don’t have to worry about your workspace becoming cluttered and unorganised. Industrial workbenches and workstations are also built to last and come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit your specific needs.

Different types of workstation solutions and what to consider when selecting one

At Matara, we offer a range of workstation solutions to suit your needs. In the range, you will find everything from modular industrial workstations and workbenches to folding workbenches, modular industrial trolleys, and various practical safety measures, like machine guarding and COVID-19 sneeze guards. All of these are machined and built in-house using our range of PG40 40×40 and 40×80 aluminium extrusion profiles.

When selecting a workstation solution, thoughtful ergonomic features go a long way. For instance, all of our table-tops and trolleys are at least 900mm high to enable easy waist-height lifting. Furthermore, our workbenches feature end cover caps on all sides to minimise sharp edges, while our trolleys boast a closed-face profile option for clean lines and a smooth finish – ideal for hygienic food packaging environments.

How to set up an ergonomic workspace with an industrial workbench or workstation

The first step when setting up an ergonomic workspace is to assess the tasks and activities that will be performed in the workspace. This might sound obvious, but taking the time to think through the specific duties that are likely to be carried out day in and day out in your workspace will help you to determine the type and size of industrial workbench or workstation that best suits your particular needs. 

Once you have selected an industrial workbench or workstation that fits the bill, you will then need to adjust its height (wherever possible) to ensure it fits the body type of whoever will be using it. You should also ensure that the workspace is well-lit and organised to reduce fatigue and increase productivity. Plus, be sure to encourage your staff to take regular breaks and move around to reduce the risk of fatigue or injury.

Tips on how to maintain your industrial workbench or workstation for long-term use

Just as with any equipment, it is essential to take good care of your workbench or workstation to preserve its longevity and effectiveness. Here are some tips to help you maintain your workstation for the long run:

  • Aim to keep the surfaces of your workbench or workstation clean and organised at all times. 
  • Ensure that all tools and equipment are stored tidily, with no loose items left on the work surface. 
  • Inspect your workbench or workstation regularly to ensure all parts are functioning properly.
  • Make sure that you use the industrial workbench or workstation in the way it was intended.
  • In the event that you notice any damage or problems, seek professional help immediately.

Ergonomic workstation solutions from Matara

Matara’s modular aluminium profile workstation solutions include a range of industrial workbenches and workstations designed to meet the demands of any workspace. All of our solutions are machined and built in-house, using our stocked range of PG40 40×40 and 40×80 aluminium extrusion profiles. In addition, each product line has a variety of handy options to choose from, so you can fully customise your design. 

Furthermore, to ensure that we can provide the highest possible quality product available, each individual product has been ergonomically designed by our in-house team of design engineers. With our wide range of products, you can find the optimal solution to make your industrial workspace as efficient and productive as possible. Whatever type of workstation you need, Matara is sure to have the perfect option for you.

For more information about our complete range of workstation solutions, please visit our store or contact us today on +44 (0)1684 850 000 or email sales@matarauk.co.uk. One of our helpful team will be happy to help.

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