Industrial Workbenches: Smart Ship or Custom Standard Configurations?

What are the differences between our Smart Ship and standard custom workbench configurations? In a future article we’ll talk about our full range of custom technical furniture manufacturing capabilities. Among our standard industrial workbench offerings, we break this down into two categories: Smart Ship workbenches and our fully customized standard workbench offerings, including our most popular, the Benchmarx series of workbenches.


industrial stainless steel with toolboxes and upper cabinets
Industrial Steel Workbench with Storage


Heavy Duty Industrial Workbenches Ship Out in 5 Days

If you have a very short time-frame in which to take delivery of your industrial workbenches and other technical furniture, you will want to check out our Smart Ship program. Industrial workbenches and laboratory benches in the Smart Ship category ship out to you in 5 business days or less from the time you confirm your order. We offer 5 Standard Benches in 5 days or 10 standard benches in 10 days. Available in 60 inch or 72 inch lengths, our Smart Ship workbenches can be ordered in our 3 most popular powder coat colors, and you can choose between black phenolic resin, plastic laminate or ESD* top surfaces. (*ESD in case you are not familiar with the term stands for Electrostatic Discharge; those working with sensitive electronic equipment require special grounded surfaces that prevent build up of static electricity or electrostatic induction.)

Among other Smart Ship customizations, you can request a built-in upper shelf with a shelf light and an integral power strip as well as powder-coated steel drawers underneath the work surface. And, just because we can deliver these to you quickly, don’t assume we take any shortcuts on quality and durability. We use the same 1.5 inch fully welded, powder-coated steel frames as in all our furniture, which means all our Smart Ship industrial workbenches can support evenly distributed weight loads of up to 1,000 pounds. In summary, our Formaspace Smart Ship workbench line is an ideal solution for those who want the durability and quality of our ‘made in the USA’ technical furniture products — including the best warranty in the industry — but must take delivery in a short time-frame.


Our Most Popular Standard Industrial Workbench Offering


Need more choices or have a highly specific need? Then look beyond our Smart Ship options at the fully-customizable line of industrial workbenches known as Benchmarx. This is our most popular industrial workbench, as it provides the most flexibility of design and storage space due to its two unistruts. These allow for additional accessories to be placed above the work surface, and are a great alternative to traditional casework since they are easy to move (no demo required). The Benchmarx is especially suited for both electronics bench work and chemical laboratory use, but we will get more into that later in this article.

Industrial Workbench Benchmarx with Upper and Full Depth Lower Shelves
Benchmarx with Upper & Lower Shelves

While it’s considered a “standard” product, there are numerous options available to customize the Benchmarx workbench (and like all of our benches, it’s always made to order). Among the many standard options, you can select the most suitable work surface material for your needs, including plastic laminate and ESD laminate (the two primary options in our Smart Ship offering) as well as chemical-resistant laminate, epoxy, phenolic resin, maple, steel or other custom surfaces of your choosing. We can even use multiple work surfaces on the same bench, either by creating a split surface or an inset (frequently used for glass inserts).

You can also select an upgrade from our standard 1.5 inch steel frames to even beefier 2 inch frames for increased weight loads, or switch from 16 gauge to 11 gauge steel. We also offer 14 standard colors as well as the option of matching any color you want for the powder-coated frame. Finally, you are not restricted to set dimensions, so if you need a larger (or smaller) size than what is considered ‘standard’ by the industry, we can easily accommodate you. This extends to split-level height work benches as well as height adjustable work surfaces.


Different Industrial Workbench Applications

The next level of standard options offered depends on your application. For example, if you need to use a workbench for manufacture or repair of electronic components, you will be interested in our ESD package, as well as ESD seating and selection of ESD mats. Depending upon your need, we can even provide ESD powder coat on the bench frame and supports. We also offer large under shelf lights and built-in desk magnifiers, LCD monitor arm supports as well as wire management guides to create a productive environment for working with electronic components.


If you are in the market for kitting out a laboratory, particularly a wet lab, you will want to check out the custom options in our Benchmarx wet labs series. They offer the same durability and load capacity as our industrial benches, with the special materials and accessories needed for lab safety and efficiency. This series offers a full set of options for productive work in a laboratory setting, including epoxy resin sinks and back-splashes, as well as integrated eyewash stations and gas valves for operating burners. Other important accessories which can be added include glassware drying racks, fume hoods, specialized storage cabinets, and a wide variety of shelves and utility drawer combinations to facilitate storage of fragile glassware and other sensitive experimental equipment.


Plexon Test Lab Benches
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Industrial Workbenches Built to Meet Your Needs

Formaspace serves over 80% of Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous universities, small businesses, military and government institutions. We know that giving our customers choice when it comes to selection of industrial workbenches and laboratory casework is one of our key advantages. Because we manufacture and sell all of our technical furniture from our factory in Austin,Texas, we can provide our customers with popular workbench configurations that ship quickly. We also offer fully custom configurations which we build just for you — based on your specifications, or built according to your Revit-compliant engineering drawings.

In an upcoming article, we will continue the discussion of which industrial workbenches are right for you as we review Formaspace’s capabilities as a manufacturer to create fully custom modular furniture or casework cabinetry built according to your specific requirements. In the meantime, if you are in the market for industrial workbenches or other technical furniture, why not contact one of our consultants? You’ll be speaking with someone located at our factory in Austin, Texas. When you contact one of our technical furniture consultants, they will work with you to help determine which of our many furniture offerings will be the best solution for you.


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