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Keep Things Ergonomic and Economic With A Modular Building Kit

Ergonomics — the science is making sure that everything you work with on a daily basis is both accessible and comfortable to use — isn’t a goal to be reached. It’s a process that we engage in with the goal of improving productivity and reducing injuries that come from repetitive stress. The big challenge of ergonomics is that even small changes in the height, weight, or other physical attributes of a worker can cause significant differences in what constitutes an ergonomically correct environment for that worker.

Building an ergonomic work station can’t be a one-size-fits-all project — but at the same time, no company is going to pay for a completely unique workstation for each of its employees. The best answer is the use of a modular building kit that will allow the same basic materials to be infinitely adjusted for each worker’s needs — even if those needs change over time.

A modular workstation building kit from Peerless Engineering offers you some significant advantages:

  • The highest possible load-bearing capacity, allowing you to set up the widest possible variety of equipment — even the heaviest items — on the workstation.
  • Most workstations can be assembled by a single individual, saving time and money.
  • Almost 200 different profile variations — the widest range on the market.
  • As turnover occurs, the same workstation can be adjusted to the precise ergonomic needs of the subsequent worker assigned to it. No need for new anything; just adjust and keep working.
  • The workbench can offer 100% electrostatic discharge protection — much more effective than just a mat.

What’s more, these systems aren’t static. Every new quarter brings new user requests, and with those requests, new options and ideas for our modular workstation. Look for new add-ons, increased customizability, and further refinements that will make the basic structure even stronger and more durable over the coming years.

Don’t confine yourself — or your workers — to one-size-fits-all wooden or steel workstations that don’t fit the workers that are using them. Invest just a little bit up front in our aluminum modular workstations, and watch the bottom line love it as those same workstations last for generation after generation of workers, fitting each one perfectly.

Static Can Deal Shocking Damage — Get Electrostatic Discharge Protection

Electrostatic discharge protection (ESD) is no laughing matter. We generally think of static shock as that tiny spark you feel when you scoot across the floor and then grab the metal doorknob — but humans are actually ridiculously insensitive to electricity. Compare us to the platypus, which is so sensitive to electric fields that it can sense it’s prey by the minute electrical fields its’ muscles generate when they tense up — or to modern semiconductors, which can be completely destroyed by voltages so low that even the platypus couldn’t feel them.

To give a specific example, moving a plastic bench across your workstation can generate up to 20,000 volts of static — but many electrical components can be destroyed by a discharge of as little as 400 volts.

Static electricity is called ‘static’ because it’s built up in a form that can’t move anywhere — there’s no path for it to move along. The moment that ‘static’ electricity has a path to travel along, it’s not static anymore: it moves, and that’s why you feel the zap when you touch a metal object.

Obviously, then, protecting your electronics from the tiny electrostatic discharges that happen every time you touch something metallic is a key element of many commercial and industrial workplaces. So how do you keep your electronics safe? There are a couple of ways.

First, you can keep the static charge from building up on your workers in the first place. A simple conductive bracelet, wired to a grounded piece of metal, will give any electrical charges that could have built up a swift exit. But this solution can make a worker feel ‘chained to their desk’, and can cause secondary problems like tripping others.

Second, you can keep the static charge from having an escape route through the electronics you’re working on. By using an ESD-proof work mat that lines your workstation surface, you can handle electronics confidently knowing that there’s no circuit being formed — the mat keeps your electronics from having anywhere to conduct the static too. Combined with an ergonomic work bench that keeps your worker from having to reach or strain (which decreases the possibility of a trip or spill and of accidentally touching exposed metal and forming a damaging circuit for that built-up static), an ESD prevention mat can save you thousands of dollars in damaged electronics in the long run.