Portable Workstation

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This invention is a wheeled, portable, collapsible workstation with integral seating, work surface, load securing and transportation capacity.

This unique invention utilizes a stable tripod frame structure, an ergonomically adjustable and designed seating assembly, and an ergonomically adjustable and designed work surface assembly in a hand portable device. The invention is designed to accommodate approximately the workstation dimensional requirements of 95% of the world’s adult population (smallest 2.5% to largest 97.5%). With commonly used construction materials, and fabrication techniques similar to bicycle manufacturing; the invention provides a simple and economic portable workstation solution for the millions of engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel, and the like employed in such professions.

Traditionally, technicians, engineers, surveyors, maintenance, and emergency personnel and the like employed in industrial, commercial or institutional settings are required to perform field work outside a typical office environment. Field work may be indoors or outdoors, upon a factory floor or mezzanine, aboard a seagoing vessel, aircraft or land vehicle. Field work generally involves equipment and or facilities construction, start-up, commissioning, field trials, maintenance, calibration, certification etc. Such field work can range from a few minutes duration to days or even years dependent upon the project work scope. Many field work sites do not have permanent workstations, tables, desks, chairs, and or hand trucks. Generally it is not practical to locate permanent workstations that will be used infrequently as the workstations occupy expensive real estate and typically collect useless items rendering the workstations unavailable when needed. Oftentimes makeshift workstations are assembled from inverted buckets, wire spools, boxes, crates, pallets, steps, machinery ledges, etc. Rarely are these makeshift workstations the correct seating or working height and as such are generally uncomfortable. Fatigue commonly occurs when using such makeshift workstations resulting in reduced productivity and workmanship. Additionally, makeshift workstations are often unstable and or incapable of adequately supporting personnel or equipment. Personnel injury and or equipment damage can and does occur due to workstation tipping and or structural failure.

Frequently, heavy toolboxes, briefcases, portable computers, instruments, etc. are hand carried to the field work site. Injuries such as muscle strains, back pain, etc. are commonly related to lifting or hand carrying equipment.

The workstation work surface provides a storage location and attachment means for equipment, luggage, toolboxes, instrumentation, computing devices, and the like. The user attaches equipment to the work surface. Using the integral handle and wheels, the user pulls/ pushes the workstation and equipment to a work site. The user removes the equipment from the work surface, and unfolds the workstation, adjusting the seat and work surface as desired. The user replaces the equipment on the work surface. The user now has an ergonomically adjusted workstation allowing for greater productivity and less fatigue. Additionally, equipment damage due to falls from unstable or makeshift work surfaces is minimized. Various equipment devices such as photographic equipment may be substituted for the work surface. Additionally, the work surface converts to an artist’s easel. Two or more workstations may be combined forming a larger table work surface.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Robert Mabon
  • Type of entry:
    individual
  • Profession:
    Business Owner/Manager
  • Number of times previously entering contest:
    1
  • Robert is inspired by:
    Solving problems people don't know they have.
  • Software used for this entry:
    Geomagic Design
  • Patent status:
    patented