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Computer Workstations are desks, benches, or racks that are specifically used to hold a computer. They are commonly found in office spaces, residential buildings, as well as in industrial applications.

 

Types of Computer Workstations

  • Industrial workstations are configured for use with a computer in an industrial setting. These workstations may be mobile and encase the computer for protection against dust, fumes, and heat in the industrial environment. Industrial computer stations are built of sturdy and reliable materials, designed to be durable and easy to maneuver.

  • Home/office computer workstations are configured for use with a computer in an office of home application. Design, appearance, and function are important when selecting this type of workstation. The workstation should match the decor of the room or office. Home/office workstations also should be functional and ergonomic so the user is comfortable and efficient.

Computer Workstation Specifications

  • Length- The workstation needs to fit safely into the required environment as well as provide sufficient room for electrical equipment.
  • Width- The workstation needs to fit safely into the required environment as well as provide sufficient room for electrical equipment.

  • Load capacity- The workstation must be able to maintain the load of the electrical equipment and additional storage as necessary.

Computer Workstation Surface

The surface of the computer workstation is what holds the electrical equipment and provides a surface for the user to do work. There are many options available for the surface. Home/office uses typically require a hardwood or wood laminated surface to match the aesthetics of the surrounding environment. Industrial computer workstations are made of sturdier materials such as painted steel, stainless steel, or a plastic/melamine laminated surface which provide strength and durability during use.

 

Computer Workstation Features

 

Adjustable Height 

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Height of the work surface can be raised and lowered.

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Back and End Stops

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A boarder around the back and side edges. 

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Back Rack 

A rack at the back of the station for hanging supplies and/or tools. 

Back Shelf / Riser 

 

A shelf at the back of the station for storage and/or placement of tools and supplies. 

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Corner / Curved Station 

The station is designed for placement in a corner or to form a corner for the work surface. 

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Electrical Outlet(s) / Strip(s) 

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Ergonomic Design

 

Fitting the job to the worker and not the worker to the job. Ergonomics is the science of adapting workstations, tools, equipment and job practices to be compatible with the individual worker and thus reduce the risk of injury due to risk factors. 

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ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative) 

The station will not hold an electrical charge. 
 

Foot Rest 

The bench has a ledge below the work surface for laying or resting one's feet. 

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Keyboard Tray 

The station has a tray for holding a computer keyboard. 

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Light(s) 

The station has lights for illuminating the work surface. 

Modular Design 

Benches designed to mate with other units and have common accessories to customize the final configuration. 

Portable 

The bench or station has built-in casters or wheels, and can be easily moved. 

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Roll Storage / Dispenser 

The station has hardware for storage and retrieval of products packaged on a roll. 

Sanitary 

Station assembly has been designated by manufacturer as being suitable for sanitary applications. 

Storage Bin(s) 

Station assembly has shelving and bins for the purpose of storing goods. 

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Storage Cabinet(s) 

Station assembly has cabinets for the purpose of storing goods.  Cabinets are typically compartments with swinging doors.  Stations can have multiple cabinet assemblies. 

Storage Drawer(s) 

The assembly has drawers for storage. 

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Stringer 

Stringers are plates between the legs to add stability. 

Tack Board(s) 

The assembly has a tack board to allow the user to hang documentation or personal effects. 

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Tilting Work surface 

The work surface tilts to accommodate the application.

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