ESD Structures

Aug. 27, 2008
Creform Corporation demonstrates the versatility, ergonomics, flexibility and adaptive application potential of its Creform System with two new ESD rated

Creform® Corporation demonstrates the versatility, ergonomics, flexibility and adaptive application potential of its Creform® System with two new ESD rated material handling and logistics structures. The structures are designed to safeguard static sensitive electronics during assembly and transport. The new concepts include a mobile workstation and, as a complement to the station, an ergonomic flow rack that stores and presents parts and components to technicians at the workstation. Both units are constructed using Creform’s ESD static dissipative components consisting of conductive plastic coated steel pipe, nickel plated metal joints along with conductive hardware accessories, a metallic work surface and ESD casters to customize the rack and work area to fit application requirements.

The workstation unit includes an overhead structure suitable for mounting work lights, or for suspending hand tools and operator assists, helping to keep work areas organized. A shelf is also integrated into this upper structure, keeping supplies close at hand while providing storage and display of documentation, work instructions and routing directives.

Creform equipped the workstation with an ergonomic and self-contained hydraulic-assisted positioning system that permits users to easily raise or lower the upper section of the workstation, including the work surface, upper shelf and lighting. With just the turning of a hand crank this adjustable feature allows associates to set work heights to a comfortable level while maintaining relative positioning of components and tools to the work surface.
Further customization, depending upon job needs could include the addition of clip-on bins affording added part storage, the integration of additional shelves or compartments, or Creform’s specific-designed holders to store and protect tools, plus adding clip-on label holders to help identify components, to direct assembly sequence or provide other critical information.

The flow rack structure is also assembled using conductive plastic coated steel pipe with nickel plated joints. Although this rack can perform in stand alone situations, Creform designers developed this unit to flow parts into the back of the workstation. The inclined lane and shelf levels protrude through the rear frame of the workstation and extend over the top of the work surface, positioning parts and components for easy retrieval. Guide bars are included to assure the rack and workstation align properly as required for smooth operation.

The simple design utilizes Creform ESD slide pipe that has a molded plastic flat surface with a low coefficient of friction for allowing parts and totes to easily slide along the sloped surface. Depending upon the application, skatewheel style conveyor sections, full width rollers, or even solid surfaces could be used for flow.

The flow rack, like the workstation, rests on maneuverable, ESD casters for easy movement. Thus, the rack can be removed from the workstation for restocking or, if more than one rack is available, swapped for a fully stocked rack unit. Additional flow racks make changing products, models or styles quick and easy.

Creform offers different colored ESD plastic coated pipe to create structures unique to departments or applications. Stainless steel pipe/joints are also suitable for anti-static applications. Creform offers more than 600 components and hardware accessories for its systems, many of which are suitable for ESD structures that allow users to match application needs.

Besides the ESD structures, Creform standard components can also be used for simple part presentation stands; push carts and trailers; roller conveyors; hinged shelf carts; tilting racks; work tables and workstations along with portable tool cribs and storage units. Creform offers simple drive units, power supplies and guidance systems to implement economical and easy-to-install Automated Guided Vehicle systems. Creform Corporation offers design and assembly services for its structures and applications…and partners with customers in developing, implementing, maintaining and expanding progressive lean manufacturing missions.

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