Creform Corporation, a manufacturer of unique products for the design and building of material handling structures and automated guided vehicles has developed an assembly workstation for an automotive parts supplier.
Due to the flexibility of the Creform system of pipe and joints, the custom configurable workstation with dimensions of 30″ L x 60″ W x 84″ H can be configured as stand-up or sit-down and set up in a straight line or a U-shape to support one-piece-flow assembly practices. This flexibility makes it easy to add or remove associates as manufacturing needs change. The station could be run with one person or two if more production is needed.
The unit features a plastic work surface across the front and above the work surface is a shelf for part storage. A horizontal pipe at the top of the structure, is intended to provide a location for a work light and/or hanging tools. Below the work surface is an additional shelf for parts or supplies. Also, angled footrests are included for support if the operator is required to sit down during the shift. Parts or supplies replenishment can be performed on the back side of the structure preventing interruptions to the assembly.
The workstation lends itself to both complex assemblies with many parts or mixed model production for simpler assemblies. It boasts heavy-duty leveling feet that adjust to the flow of the floor surface, as well as pull-out drawers in two locations that can hold tools and supplies.
It is built with “white” colored plastic-coated 28 mm steel pipe and clamped together with metal joints and is available as an assembled structure or kit with pre-cut pipes for quick on-site assembly. In this case, Creform designed and fully assembled the structure.
The modular design allows a user to add only the accessories needed and configure the station that works best today and then change it tomorrow as needs change by taking advantage of the Creform System’s flexibility.
Workstations can be custom configurable with the Creform system of pipe and joints. They are available as an assembled structure or kit with pre-cut pipes for quick on-site assembly. Further, workstations can be mobile or stationary. For even heavier duty applications they can be built using Creform’s unique 42mm pipe and are available with options such as drawers and shelves for storage, various pipe colors, casters instead of feet, tools and cup holders.
Useful accessories for such a station include overhead light, computer screen, shelves, additional flow lanes, drawers, information sheet holders, label holders, tool storage, and hooks to hang tools and supplies. All Creform workstations can be configured for ESD components when sensitive electronics need to be protected.
The Creform System is used to create an array of material handling and efficiency enhancing devices and is a proven component in continuous improvement and lean manufacturing programs. The company partners with customers in developing custom solutions to enhance these programs.