Setting up workbenches for a professional electronics workshop is a task that requires care and expertise. Your employees will be working with delicate equipment, so workstations that are arranged to promote best practices while keeping all necessary tools and parts close at hand are an absolute must. Since the health and well-being of your workers are important as well, ergonomics will also play a key role in your selection of workbench and your choices for setting them up. Keep these four important factors in mind when selecting benches for your electronics workshop.
Be Aware of Lighting Requirements
Work with small, delicate parts requires that proper lighting be available at all times. In many cases, your overhead workshop lighting will not be sufficient, so additional lighting must be available on the workbench. While a lamp can always be placed on the workbench, in most cases workbenches can be purchased with overhead shelving that lighting can be attached to. Combined with flexible, telescopic lighting, this can provide your workers with enough light for any project.
Consider Built-in Power Outlets
Wire clutter can be a major issue when working with electronics and soldering equipment, as tools must often be plugged into a power source. Although power strips are an option, running wires alongside and underneath the bench can result in wire clutter that is both unsightly and potentially hazardous. Workbenches with built-in power outlets allow you to run only a single power cord from the bench to a power source while providing your workers with outlets exactly where they need them.
When looking at workbenches with built-in outlets, be sure to determine if the workbench has surge protection and that its maximum power output is sufficient for your needs.
When selecting a workbench for electronics work, the surface you choose is probably one of the most important decisions you can make. Workbenches with electrostatic discharge (ESD) coated surfaces will be best to prevent accidentally static damage to sensitive electronic components. If aesthetics is an issue, many ESD workbenches are available with wood edging in colors that give the entire workbench surface a wood appearance. Although ESD surfaces are the best, most durable choice for electronics workbenches, ESD mats can always be added later should an ESD surfaced bench not be an option.
Keep Size Requirements in Mind
Most electronics work requires that equipment such as soldering irons, oscilloscopes, and power supplies be kept within close reach. More advanced work may require logic analyzers and additional equipment, as well as storage for parts and small tools. Small workbenches that are roughly 30x20" in size are available, but these will generally be too small for most electronics work. Consider sizing up to a workbench that is at least 48" in length to ensure that your workers have sufficient room for all of their supplies.
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