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Here is a guide on how to build a Flexpipe workstation in 4 simple steps.
Prior to designing your workstations or work cells, you should define your needs in terms of operations and manipulations.
If you need an assembly station, you should ask yourself, ‘’how would you input parts to the station and how would you output parts forthe next operation?’’ For example, you can use gravity flow racks integrated into the station for supplies, hardware, trolleys, or conveyor tracks for WIP.
It is important to sort out all your tools and keep only tools for daily use inside your workstation. There are many Flexpipe accessories available for hanging or placing your tools in a very clean, safe, and efficient way. Here are some parts that serve this purpose:
Make sure that all equipment, tools, supplies and parts have their dedicated place in the workstation.Create drawers, shadow boards, and foam cut-outs for them in your station.
Tip: Horizontal surfaces are for products (things which you assemble/make) vertical surfaces are for tools.
Do you need a sitting or a standing work area?
Whether it’s an assembly station, quality station, computer station, or a station for any of your other tasks, you need to ask yourself if the operator will be more effective standing or sitting. It’s a matter of comfort and ergonomics.
Refer to this great ergonomic tool to establish heights: http://www.thehumansolution.com/ergonomic-office-desk-chair-keyboard-height-calculator.html
When determining proper ergonomic height, take into considerations:
Depending on your environment, you may want to add an overhead light to your workstation. The light should be installed at least 30 inches over the work surface, and it should be installed above the central workspace.
Avoid making surfaces too large. Plan the minimum required space needed to complete tasks. Avoid adding extra unnecessary space that will complicate your 5S journey while acting as a dust magnet! Additionally, surfaces such as HDPE or UHMW plastic increases cost and weight unnecessarily.
Multiple surface types can be installed on your Flexpipe structures. We suggest at least a half-inch thick surface for a tabletop or for any working surface. You can go thinner for shelves, dividers, or any side panels.
Need more space occasionally?
The Flexpipe system allows you to use your imagination to create an additional foldable shelf or retractable shelf-like drawer. You can also build a self-standing small toolbox or working platform with casters that will be connected to your work station as needed.
Sylvain is Flexpipe’s Director of Sales and co-founded the company. It’s through his work in the engineering field that he discovered lean manufacturing principles in 2002. He set out to seek out new challenges and expand Flexpipe’s offering. According to him, Flexpipe consists of tubes, joint connectors, and creativity!