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Modular pack bench opens options for operatives

12 March 2024

SOUTHGATE GLOBAL has launched the modular pack bench for those frustrated with current off-the-shelf offerings or bespoke options that are too expensive.

By combining four baseline bench designs with 20 different parts that can be fitted in position before delivery, Southgate’s modular pack bench arrives fully assembled and ready to be integrated into workflow immediately.

Head of innovation and new product development Phil O’Driscoll (pictured below), says: “We are seeing an increasing number of customers who are looking for an alternative to bespoke pack bench solutions, as they either don’t have the resources or don’t have the volume levels required to order bespoke. The process of ordering bespoke can also be extremely time-consuming when you take into consideration the design process, internal signoff, purchase and delivery of parts, build, and supply – it’s a lot of work and cost.

“On the other hand, customers find off-the-shelf solutions have a lot of restrictions, as they don’t meet their specific needs, lack quality and durability, and have to configure them by installing parts post-delivery of the bench. Listening to such frustrations, we designed our own solution, specifically made to meet in the middle.”

The pack bench solution is built using 40x40mm heavy-duty steel frame, fully welded joints and a powder-coated finish to protect against corrosion. Manufactured in the UK, the equipment is designed with carefully selected materials and crafted for longevity in the toughest warehouse environments.  

It’s estimated that 54 per cent of companies pick, pack, and ship orders in under an hour from receipt from the customers and are setting new industry standards. As the intricacies of running an efficient and cost effective fulfilment operation grow exponentially, Southgate expects warehouse equipment such as modular pack benches to play an even more crucial role in operations. 

O’Driscoll adds: “The pack bench plays such a key focal point for packing efficiency and worker ergonomics in warehouses. As the need for companies to maintain and improve quality, accuracy and productivity throughout their operations increases, the focus on such equipment to perform at maximum efficiency will be vital. While automation has made great advances and is playing an increasing role in warehouse operations, many tasks remain that require the skill of human operators or that are more cost effective when done by hand. Having the right equipment for those human operatives, such as a modular pack bench, is key.”

For more information, visit www.southgateglobal.com