Workstation Design means the design of work spaces and production lines targeting productivity, ergonomics, and quality output.

There are five underlying principles:

1. The health of operators is the highest priority. This is why we need to lay the foundation for doing tiring work efficiently, such as repetitive tasks.

2. Work efficiency means keeping the amount of effort per output to a minimum. Operators benefit from good working conditions which then lead to higher motivation. Ultimately, this also has a big impact on the operation’s performance.

3. Of course, we want the best quality. We need conditions for the best quality, which means that thanks to a well-organized workstation, processing errors can be prevented while achieving maximum output.

4. To achieve good people’s efficiency, it is key to balance the line so all operators have about the same workload. Make sure every operators’ process has about the same processing time.  

5. Flexibility in running a line with varying numbers of operators can be important. E.g.,

  • if you need to adapt to varying demands, or
  • if you cannot always run the line with the same number of operators, or
  • if you need to care about restrictions, how many operators to have in one line. Like with restrictions related to COVID 19.

Workstation Design includes topics like flow, ergonomic handling, quality, environmental conditions, Poka Yoke, health, efficiency, productivity, and 5S.

Learn more about this topic in our Workstation Design Online Course.