We introduce you to our mobile assembly workbenches. This latest workbench design from Kanya UK originated from a requirement by our own team. With our factory reorganisation taking place earlier in the year to accommodate the new printing clean room, we recognised a need for our workshop operatives’ workbenches to be mobile. This would then allow flexibility to move the benches around to accommodate larger assemblies for Kanya and more consoles for Thinking Space.

And so the mobile assembly workbenches were born!

Design

These workbenches combine a mix of the Kanya aluminium profiles with the TSS Core Assembly System for the framework, and Evolution media wall components for the front profiles and feet. The large laminated worktop is overhung to create the maximum flat workspace possible. Two large drawers are provided under the worktop, for operatives to store their essential tools.

Personalisation

Cladding panels are fixed at either end of the leg assemblies, which now give rise to the option to print on, thanks to our new digital printing process. So, a logo, surface print or even personalisation of the workbench with the employees name, photo or their favourite pet, can be added in future!

Electric height adjustment

Not only are the workbenches mobile thanks to locking casters, they are electrically height adjustable too. Fitted with a control paddle, the desk controls are activated by gently tilting to move the desk up or down.  Pre-set positions can be added, so that height adjustment is automated, as well as sit/stand reminders throughout the working day.

For greater personalisation, the Linak App can be downloaded from the App store, from which you can control the desk height. Just connect your device to the desk from your mobile or tablet by bluetooth, and you can adjust the height in real-time, set up your memory positions, or view your sit/stand goals.

Battery operation

Due to the need for the assembly workbenches to be mobile, a high performance 2.15 Ah battery pack is fitted, which is compatible with the Linak electrical actuator. With a warning audible alarm and LED indicator bar, it will remind you when it is time to recharge. It recharges simply by plugging in a mains cable to the control box or removing and recharging with an external power supply. When fully recharged, these provide around 225 cycles of movement before needing to be recharged. Our workshop operatives have found that a single charge can last several weeks, depending on use and weight of items being lifted.

Parts trolley

As part of the workbench set up, a mobile parts trolley was also manufactured for the team. Delivering shared tools and parts to the workbench areas when needed, it has ensured an effective, efficient working area for our operatives.

Find out more about our Mobile Assembly Workbench solution and request a quotation here.


Last week, Kanya UK experienced summertime with the Swiss, when we visited the Kanya HQ for a commercial review.

Having freshly landed on Swiss soil, Paul and Suzanne were greeted and treated to traditional Swiss fayre al fresco by our hosts Andre and Patrik from Kanya. With a warm and balmy evening panning out, we mooched around the lake. We took in scenes of leisure and relaxation, soaking up the atmosphere and taking in vantage points along the route (photo above).

Our hotel was previously home to the Bleiche textile industry. The cotton weaving mill dates back to 1853, with the chimney and many of the original features of the factory in preservation since its’ closure in 1988.

Awakening to a bright and sunny Swiss morning, we set off early to the Kanya headquarters in Ruti, where a warm welcome and strong coffee awaited us.

With a packed presentation day, we learnt of new developments within the company, with Marketing Manager Kunsang taking us through her latest project; they are launching a new website  soon! We were taken on a tour of the factory, spread over a number of floors. This gave us the opportunity to experience the efficient organisation of the workspace and the array of builds being constructed. We were able to review the demonstration area, which included examples of the KanyaSafe sliding door system and the ErgoPlace ergonomic workbench with several configurations set up.

After a delicious lunch and a Swiss language lesson, we headed back to the factory to round off our review.

With the weather hitting the upper twenties even in the late afternoon, there was only one thing to do in such a climate. A cold glass of beer beckoned around Lake Zurich, after taking in the sights of the historic town of Rupperswil, before heading our way back through vineyard-covered terraces by train to the airport.

 


Kanya UK can proudly announce that they can now print onto panel materials with your logo, image or chosen finish as part of an investment into a new production line for parent company Thinking Space Systems.

The story so far…

Back in December last year, Thinking Space Systems were awarded government funding to contribute towards a new flatbed digital printer, lacquering machine and clean room to house the new production facility.

But why?

Thinking Space Systems, who manufacture bespoke technical furniture, use aluminium composite panels in the construction of their builds. After recognising a reliance on a third party outside of the UK to supply finishes for the composite panels, which was continually being reduced, Thinking Space sought funding from the Solent Enterprise Partnership. After being awarded the funding, the work began to implement the new production line.

Our offering

Now we can print onto aluminium composite panels, foamex and polycarbonate, so ideal for a whole host of projects. So whether it is for a workstation or enclosure or even display graphics for exhibition stands, we can print using your supplied artwork, even at large format.

In addition, we now have 24 surface finishes in the form of textures and patterns to offer as standard. These include gradients, graphic shapes and even natural finishes to compliment your project or corporate branding. As an extra service, we’ll even colour match your corporate identity for you.

Check out our Thinking Space Systems website for the range of finishes available, and try out our console configuration tool too.

Keep checking back on our news page here for some great case study examples as our new services unfold.

Get in touch…

If you have a project you’d like to discuss with us or would like to know more about our printing services, please get in touch.


Our Kanya production team are firmly in their new position following our factory reorganisation.

Due to the installation of a brand new production line for parent company Thinking Space Systems Ltd, the factory has seen lots of changes in recent weeks. A new clean room has been installed to house new printing equipment. This will form the basis of the new production line, coming soon. Thinking Space production colleagues have been relocated, with brand new height adjustable workbenches and parts trolleys, all created from a combination of the Kanya aluminium build system and Evolution media wall system.

The Kanya production team too have brand new workbenches, which are custom designed to suit assembly and packing of aluminium profiles to fulfill our customers’ orders. Their parts store has been rebranded with new display boards too.

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And Kanya UK are also responsible for the new clean room for the printing production line. The enclosure has two large sliding doors, which operate smoothly…as demonstrated in our video.

 

We’re looking forward to seeing the clean room completed with specially designed printed panels installed around the exterior.

Elsewhere in the factory, we’ve been mocking up our exhibition stand, made from Kanya aluminium profiles, ready for the Southern Manufacturing Show Stand B215 from the 5th to the 7th February.

We look forward to seeing you there!


The new Ergoplace workbench solution offered by Kanya has been demonstrated at a number of exhibitions during the last year by Kanya UK, with an overview brochure accompanying it.

Now we are delighted to announce the publication of the brand new complete workstation brochure – Ergoplace.  An excellent resource allowing you to create your ergonomic workbench, this brochure takes you from an initial ergonomic assessment of your workstation through to defining a customised solution using our modular systems, then accessorising it to meet your particular needs.

When considering an economic workspace, its’ height is a main consideration. The Ergoplace offers height adjustment for sit/stand working. The work surface is available in different materials with tools and equipment being located within easy reach.

Finally, lighting your workspace is paramount, so we have a range of lighting options for task lighting as well as overhead lighting.

Adding to the efficiency of your production line, the ErgoLifter (page 26) is the perfect accompaniment. Move your boxes or containers from floor to work station automatically with the ErgoLifter, which has sensors for height detection and can lift loads up to 200kg.

The brochure provides examples of a typical workstation for an assembly line, test and measuring workbench and packaging workstation, with a whole host of accessories to site tools and equipment conveniently.

A handy checklist is included, to build your workstation requirements with, before contacting us for a quotation from our ever-helpful sales specialists.

For more information, download a copy of the new Ergoplace Complete brochure, or get in touch for a printed copy.


The Kanya aluminium profile system is perfect for creating enclosures for CMM, measuring and optical testing equipment. Our enclosures ensure that precision equipment is protected from dirt, dust and damage within a busy factory environment.

Custom design service

We offer a free comprehensive design service using AutoCad Inventor, so customised enclosures are not a problem. A full site survey is offered as part of the consultation service and 2D/3D renders are created for your approval at proposal stage. This enables you to visualise your enclosure and ensure that your equipment will be accommodated as well as accessed within the factory. Designs can be fitted closely around your equipment, ensuring your enclosure takes up the minimum of space.

Materials and Features

Enclosures are constructed using Kanya aluminium profiles which are assembled with our exclusive connectors, making up the Kanya PVS connection system. Cladding panels using 4mm clear or opal polycarbonate can be fitted, or alternatively coloured panels to suit your branding, health and safety or particular needs. These panels can also be removed for access to your equipment. Accessories and features such as handles, casters, hinges, lighting, positive air pressure, power supplies and locks can be added.

Assembly and Inspection

We assemble enclosure projects within our factory first, and clients are welcome to visit us to inspect their enclosures. This ensures that you the client get exactly what you want and there are no nasty surprises when the enclosure arrives on site. We can deliver and install the enclosure for you too, thanks to our experienced installation team.

 Benefits

The benefits of a Kanya enclosure for your CMM, measuring and optical testing equipment are:-

  • Protection of your equipment from the shop floor environment
  • Visually appealing and can be branded for corporate identity
  • Free design service with customised designs from experienced draughtspeople
  • Easy installation and relocation if necessary
  • Installation service offered

Browse our enclosures gallery for inspiration and if you have an enclosure project you’d like to discuss with us, please get in touch.


Kanya are excited to announce that they will be attending the Robotics and Automation Show 2018. Held at Milton Keynes from the 10-11th October, it is the companys’ first participation at this event.

Bringing with them to stand 624 will be an example of a robotic enclosure. Infact not just an example, but a real live project produced for clients Fanuc UK earlier in the year. It is a great example of how the Kanya aluminium profile system can be used to build enclosures for your equipment. Kanya UK provides a free design service, so you will be able to visualise your enclosure immediately, ensuring your equipment fits.

Our Kanya Product Specialists will be on hand to ask questions about the enclosure, demonstrate the qualities of the Kanya profile system and show examples of the many other applications possible.

We look forward to seeing you at stand 624 from the 10-11th October.

Find out more about the event and how to register here.


Kanya UK love to receive client feedback, and particularly when there is an unusual application to talk about. So we were delighted to receive photos of designer furniture creations (above) from client Tino Seubert.

Tino Seubert is a German born product designer based in London. His love of history and contemporary art are his inspiration in addition to his passion for material research and science. Using contrasting materials, Tino has created a new furniture series for his exhibition “Giles Round: the Director” at Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. The furniture, consisting of stools and benches, marries the Kanya profile system, which has been anodised, with hand-woven wicker and rush seagrass. The result is the industrial open framework with warm, organic seating material.

And as well as great photos, great feedback was received too!

“Thanks again for your quick help with the last project. The pieces came out very well and are well received…I will definately be producing more of them”.

Just another application from Kanya UK.


This month has kicked off in style for Kanya UK, as we catch up with projects in the factory this month in July.

Taking up a large area of the factory floor for the first week of July were two test rigs (above). These are replica labcars, which have been constructed using the Kanya aluminium profile system.  The cars are to be delivered fully assembled with all the panels and heavy duty wheels so that they can be moved around easily.  The client, a leading motor company, will then be using these to test and implement electrical systems.

Meanwhile, a set of four assembly benches (below) have been manufactured for a leading supplier of plant and equipment for plant and process industries. The four workbenches are constructed using Kanya as its framework, with electric height adjustable legs, power supplies, CPU holder, overhead LED panel lighting, Novus monitor mounts and a pull-out keyboard tray.

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Above: one of four workbenches being manufactured

Finally, two pressure test rigs have been constructed in the factory, demonstrated by one our Kanya team. A full design service was provided by Kanya UK, including 3D renders. The resulting test rig is built on wheels and clad to the client’s specific requirements. Vented doors at the front and sides of each unit allow access to the PC tower inside, as well as compete electronics enclosure,with access doors. Each unit is designed for an operator to be stood, with the correct viewing angle for display monitor mounted within the unit.

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Above: one of two pressure test rigs


Kanya UK have a couple of latest announcements to make.

Firstly, we have changed our email address for all your Kanya enquiries, orders and queries, so please contact us at info@kanya-uk.co.uk.

Our sales team too have new email addresses, but don’t worry, you can still contact them on their old email addresses and they will provide their new contact details.

As well as new email addresses, we will be publishing regular newsletters, which aim to bring you the latest news from Kanya UK, as well as the latest applications for your inspiration. Here is a sample of our newsletter content…

“During May, the Kanya team were busy building enclosures. This particular enclosure (below) is a press guard with a lifting front door section which operates on a counter balance system. The project has been supplied as a kit of parts, so to test the structure, the press guard is firstly assembled by Kanya UK in the factor, before being dismantled and flat-packed, ready for dispatch”.

Watch our short video featuring the final assembly and testing of the press guard.

To receive application examples such as this, and much more straight into your inbox, please sign up to our newsletters here if you have not already done so.

We always like to see how the projects are contributing to your workplace. If you have a story you would like us to feature in our next newsletter, please get in touch with us at info@kanya-uk.co.uk