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Fulfillment

Packing, shipping, receiving and return activities can be performed faster and safer utilizing a properly designed workstation.

Reaching, bending and twisting associated with fulfillment tasks can be reduced by creating a workstation that fits the needs of the specific operator. The following are some things to consider when selecting the right components for your workstation. For more tips, go to Plan Your Workstation.

TYPICAL FULFILLMENT WORKSTATION

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BUILD YOUR OWN FULFILLMENT WORKSTATION IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!
STEP 1: Select Workstation Base Frame

Some important considerations for choosing the correct workstation frame for a fulfillment application:

  • The size of the frame is dependent on the size of the work surface. Decide how much surface is necessary to perform the fulfillment tasks – and how much space is available in the work area where the station will be placed. Apply the ergonomic reach zones to assigning zones to each item or function. The space should large enough to perform the fulfillment tasks but compact to limit reaching and stretching.
  • Determine the maximum capacity required including shelving, equipment, products – and whether and the weight is distributed evenly. Excessive weight in one area of a workstation could require a higher capacity frame.
  • Consider whether there will be multiple users of the workstation – or if the operator will transition between sitting and standing. A good rule-of-thumb to determine whether manual or electric height adjustability is appropriate, is if the height needs to be adjusted more than four times per year, electric adjustability is suggested.
STEP 2: Select Feet or Caster Type

Some important considerations for choosing the feet or casters for a fulfillment application:

  • Determine how often the workstation will be moved within the work area. Leveler feet are used for mostly stationary units. Casters are recommended for stations that will be occasionally or frequently moved or repositioned. For safety BOSTONtec offers workstations with at least two locking casters; all four locking casters are available for additional security.
  • Evaluate the distribution of the load the station will support and any force that could affect the stability of the unit. Lag plates are an option that attached to standard leveler feet allowing the workstation to be bolted to the floor.
STEP 3: Select Work Surface Type

Some important considerations for choosing correct work surface for a fulfillment application:

  • Decide how much surface is necessary to perform the fulfillment tasks – and how much space is available in the work area where the station will be placed. Apply the ergonomic reach zones to assigning zones to each item or function. The space should large enough to perform the fulfillment tasks but compact to limit reaching and stretching.
  • Consider whether the user will perform most functions from a sitting or standing position. A rolled front edge is more ergonomic for operators who rest their forearms on the front edge of the work surface when performing a task.
  • Know the substances that will come in contact with the work surface. Laminate work surfaces are durable and economical for most fulfillment applications. Stainless steel and phenolic resin surfaces are chemical resistant.
STEP 4: Select Accessories

Once the basic components of the fulfillment workstation are selected, accessories are added to place items based on frequency and sequence of use, safety and other factors to reduce operator stress and increase productivity. (See Plan Your Workstation for more information)

  • Review the ergonomic reach zones and identify what tools and components correspond with each zone. Utilizing uprights with shelves, bin rails, and label holders allows the operator to place items where appropriate while keeping the work surface clear for tasks.
  • Evaluate the computer equipment that will be used at the workstation. Large CPU units should be stored out of the way under the work surface. Monitor arms and keyboard trays allow the operator to place equipment at the appropriate height for proper posture and reduced eyestrain.
  • Consider whether tools requiring power such as electric staplers will be utilized. Placing a power strip close to the work surface makes access for tools and computer equipment simple and easy. This avoids bending or stretching to reach outlets.
  • Contact BOSTONtec for more fulfillment workstations suggestions!
STEP 5: Customize!

We understand some fulfillment applications have specific needs that require special solutions so we make customization easy and affordable. With productivity and operator safety in mind, our design and engineering team can help create options and accessories to meet those needs - like under work surface pull outs for printer and label machines. Contact BOSTONtec today for a free consultation.

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