BITO has launched the ERGO modular storage system. An innovative, self-assembly storage system, ERGO is available in kits formed from robust, epoxy-coated steel tubes of the same diameter to provide a versatile storage system that will suit a range of diverse applications.
With a total of just 12 standard components, ERGO allows users not only to set up live storage units, material supply shelving and general purpose racks rapidly and at a competitive price, but also to reconfigure the shelving easily when required.
Existing modular tube systems can be overly complicated when it comes to assembly or reconfiguration or lack the versatility necessary to be suitable for a wider range of applications. Because ERGOs tubes have the same diameter of 28.6 mm only one size of nickel plated and varnished connector is required.
The tubes are available with a wall thickness of either 1 or 2 mm, depending on the application and are available in two standard colours. For the electronics industry, BITO also provides an ESD version. The kits require very few tools to assemble: simply cut the tubes to length, mount the connectors and tighten the bolts.
Accessories such as adapters, roller tracks, castors and levelling feet allow a customised rack design and easy reconfiguration to suit the requirements of production and assembly zones or for a variety of other logistics and supply chain applications. For example, adding the roller tracks turns ERGO into a simple dynamic storage system; adding castors allows the storage system to be moved as and whenever required.
BITOs ERGO is ideal for manufacturers operating Kaizan, lean manufacturing or Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) as the shelving can provide a simple yet effective solution to help reduce travel routes at assembly workstations and provides easier access to supply stocks. There are many other logistics applications that can also benefit from ERGO.
The design of ERGO was based on a study on the improvement of assembly workstations, made several years ago by the Fraunhofer Institute of production technology and automation at Stuttgart. This showed that optimum ergonomic conditions, minimum reach distances and the ideal positioning of supplies and devices allows productivity gains of up to 15 per cent at little expense. The study came to the conclusion that the ideal solution would be a modular tube system consisting of as few components as possible, which would allow companies to build their individual storage, transport rack, assembly workstation or auxiliary unit adapted to their specific application.
Edward Hutchison, Managing Director of BITO Storage Systems says: ERGOs simplicity delivers these advantages in particular versatility both in use and reconfiguration as well as ergonomic storage and transport of components to avoid damage.