FlowTube Workstations, Work Benches and Assembly Cells

Workstations and assembly cells are at the heart of many manufacturing operations. It is therefore critical that they are designed to be as ergonomic, flexible and efficient as possible. FlowTube is ideal for building workbenches, work stations and assembly cells as it fully supports Lean Manufacturing. We are confident in this claim as Toyota – the pioneers of TPS, a forerunner to Lean Manufacturing – are using FlowTube in their European Training School.

Ergonomics
The ergonomic design of work areas is crucial not only for compliance with health and safety regulations but also for employee comfort and efficiency. An ergonomically designed work area will reduce injuries and fatigue, while increasing productivity. Unlike off-the-shelf desks, all FlowTube structures are bespoke so workstations can be designed and built to be as ergonomic as possible for the specific task that will be carried out. Furthermore as FlowTube structures are not welded, the design can be easily modified if ergonomic improvements are identified.

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Flexibility
The FlowTube system is incredibly flexible and can be used to build everything from a simple workbench all the way up to a full assembly cell or even a production line. Workstations can be designed to accommodate a wide product mix and reconfigured if the process changes. FlowRacks can also be incorporated into a work station to hold parts bins which are compatible with Kanban systems. Continuous improvement is also simplified as the tubes and joints used to build the workstation can be rapidly changed during Kaizen events. Finally if the workstation is no longer required, it can be disassembled and the parts used to build other FlowTube structures.

Efficiency
Of the 7 Wastes, the one with the most impact on operators is Motion – any movement that is not required or greater than required. A well designed FlowTube workstation will minimise operator motion allowing them to be more productive. Work stations can also be moved closer together to minimise the transportation of products and the distance that operators have to walk. Visual management is improved because FlowTube can be colour coded for specific areas while the openness off the structures improves visibility on the shop floor. There is also a benefit for 5S initiatives, FlowTube workstations can be designed to make them easy to clean and set in order.

Given the flexible nature of FlowTube we can customise your workstations or assembly cells to your specific requirements.

Types of workstations:

  • Free standing workstation / workbench
  • Mobile / portable workstation / workbench
  • Adjustable workstation / workbench
  • Packing workstation / workbench – can include paper spool holders, under     surface spool holder, adjustable metal shelves, metal dividers, rotary arm etc
  • Single / double sided workstation / workbench – one, two, four station etc.
  • Ergonomic workstation / workbench
  • Industrial workstation / workbench  - heavy and medium duty
  • Assembly workstation / workbench
  • Flow rack workstation / workbench
  • Flow work cell
  • In-line conveyor station
  • Computer / LAN workstation / workbench
  • Office workstation / workbench
  • Home workstation / workbench
  • Corner workstation / workbench
  • Cantilever Workstation
  • Electronics workbench
  • Garage workstation / workbench
  • Workstation cupboard
  • ESD workstation / workbench
  • Modular workstation / workbench