Glossary of terms. . .

If you’re relatively new to the topic of ergonomics or to Adapt, you may come across some unfamiliar terms. To help with this, we’ve included a handy glossary of terms below:


In relation to ergonomics and Adapt products, this is the term used to describe soundproofing or modifying sound.

Cable management

The way cables and wires are managed and stored in a safe, tidy and convenient way, reducing the risk of accidents and improving the aesthetics of the work environment.


The study of how equipment and furniture can be arranged in order that people can do work or other activities more efficiently and comfortably.

Gap assessment

A comparison of actual performance with potential or desired performance which reveals areas that can be improved.

Human assessment

The application of psychological and physiological principles to the engineering and design of products, processes, and systems. The goal of human factors is to reduce human error, increase productivity, and enhance safety and comfort with a specific focus on the interaction between the human and the thing of interest.


Stands for Integrated Levitation System, the name we use for our freestanding sit-stand desks.


Stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED lights reduce energy costs. They have a lifespan and electrical efficiency which are several times greater than incandescent lamps, and are significantly more efficient than most fluorescent lamps . Adapt’s Wave Lights are LED lights.

Organisational tools

The products that help us organise our desk space effectively, reducing clutter and promoting productivity. Adapt’s organisational tools include the Pelican Drawer and SpaceBeam, on which organisational tools can be mounted effectively.


Another name given to desk partitioning. Panels create a barrier against visual and noise distractions. Adapt’s panels are available in any colour and material to perfectly compliment your office design.

Panel systems

The combined solution of a sit-stand desk with acoustic panels and integrated cable management.

Performance Centre

The name we give to our Adapt showrooms (the place where the magic happens)!


Computer software is used to create a 3D image to represent to the customer what the final solution will look like in their own environment.


A pioneering proximity sensing technology that addresses the potential hazard of automated work surfaces interfering and trapping hands and fingers. SafeSense technology can be integrated into all of Adapt’s sit-stand panel desks. Unlike other technology on the market, SafeSense detects and prevents a collision BEFORE it occurs, making it the safer choice.


Sometimes also referred to as standing desks or height adjustable desks, sit-stand desks can be adjusted in height to allow the user to move freely from a sitting to standing position throughout the day, supporting their health and well-being.

Adapt has a wide range of ergonomic products, solutions and services to meet the needs of your business. Please contact us on 01327 855833 (Milton Keynes), 0207 481 2201 (London) to discuss your requirements. You may alternatively make an enquiry through the form below and a member of the team will be in touch.

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