Customisation to suit the individual

Modular workbenches come in all shapes and sizes to cater to a company’s specific requirements. Manufacturers’ Monthly explains.

Whether a workbench is needed for an existing facility or it is planned in from the design phase of a new one, there are ways to customise it to suit each unique space and need.

BAC Systems creates modular workbenches that have a purpose in every nook and cranny. The company’s Australian marketing manager, Bob Griffin, said BAC recognises that each company works with products of different shapes and sizes. While a mechanic may have tools in the hundreds, others may have larger equipment that needs to be stored for ease of access.

“You give mechanics cabinets that are deeper so the tools they don’t use often are at the back, and the ones they use every day are at the front.

“If you need somewhere to store every single tool, we have a huge possibility of integrated modular workbenches to meet everyone’s needs,” said Griffin.

“If you are looking at a lean manufacturing scenario, you only want to have a location for what you need to have there,” he said.

Not only does the right workbench make it easy to find items, which saves time, but it also declutters a space – making it a safer environment. Often in a manufacturing scenario where sharpe objects, electronics and heavy items are used daily, it can be beneficial to store them safely and securely.

“Having everything where you need it is sufficient and saves space. There’s no confusion or guessing where things are, there’s no mess and it’s safer. It works a lot better when you have a definable location,” said Griffin.

“The idea behind our modular systems is that we can create that bench that suits the space. We can structure it the way you want it,” he said.

BAC does site visits to ensure it can offer the right solution to customers. They’ll survey a company’s space and survey your inventory. Then, they will put all that data together and combine that into a solution.

“We can set it up for exactly how you want to work,” said Griffin.

There are a variety of options including fixed or mobile benches and a range of materials to create a suitable benchtop. The benchtops come in stainless steel, galvanised, wood timber, chemically resistant

laminate, vinyl and various other materials. Griffin said drawers and shelves can be added to suit individual needs.

“They are very strong, they come with adjustable partitions in the drawers. We’ve had them shock tested, because we put them in naval ships and into mines. They passed really well and they are quite resilient,” he said.

“All the time we are coming up with new ways of reconfiguring the benches.”

Griffin explained that while many industries wanted benchtop fit-outs to suit a newly built facility, many manufacturers liked to wait and see where and how a workbench will fit in. BAC is able to cater to both companies wanting workbenches before a facility is up and running, as well as fitting one in an existing building.

“Often, once a facility is up and running, they identify what their needs are,” Griffin said.

“We deal with everyone from someone’s garage up into the massive defence complexes with 5000 employees.”

BAC will find out what a company is after and by understanding their needs, BAC is able to provide the most suitable solution.