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Choosing Control Room Furniture
About everything in the control room contributes to the comfort, efficiency and overall output
given by employees. It could be the chairs, desks, lighting or ease of reach for frequently used
devices. Hence the furniture designed for a certain control room should be well thought out,
putting into consideration the main functionalities a particular control center is to perform.
Keep in mind that furniture should be comfortable- not too comfortable and easy to use,
allowing easy movement for users with very little or no health hazards. So below are a few
factors to consider when looking for furniture suppliers for custom-made consoles for your
control room.

Appropriate working environment

It is absolutely necessary that the operator’s working environment meets the ergonomic
industry requirements. This means the chair must be comfortable and adjustable in terms of
height, headrest and armrest as per user preferences in relation to the desk, keyboard etc. It
should not be rigid but allowing easy motion according to user requirements. Other pieces of
furniture and equipment around the operator’s work station such as keyboard trays, monitors,
microphones etc., must be adjustable to allow efficient output by operators. If input is to be
given via monitors, they should be close enough for operators to feed in the required
information.

Safe Environment

The working environment should be safe, avoiding as many injuries as possible. Repeated or
prolonged injuries may lead to absenteeism, health hazard or even disability of workers, only
due to inappropriate furniture design. Some solutions to keep the control rooms hazard-free
are to avoid sharp corners on desks, give enough working room for every operator. Moreover, if
there are pieces of equipment that the operator uses frequently, they should be easily reached
without straining oneself. If there are any cumbersome pieces of equipment such CPUs, they
must be kept out of the way. There should also be a built in area to keep all machine cords and
wiring to avoid tripping over them.

Technology Integration

In recent technologies it is easy to integrate different pieces of equipment so that operators can
easily access what they need to perform well. An example can be that an operate should be
able to get all information being shown on a large monitor onto their personal monitors for a
closer inspection. Some pieces of equipment such as microphones should be easily engaged
and disengaged from a workstation so that an operator can move while speaking. Information
should be easily shared between equipment in the control room and if security measures are
needed on certain information they will be put into place. A number of control room furniture
suppliers have also figured out a way to integrate or embed some equipment into the furniture
so that they don’t take much of the workspace. Things such as CPUs, electrical cords are not
necessary to the operator’s hands on operations so are embedded within the furniture.

Conclusion

A lot of factors must be considered to ensure a safe and effective working environment for
operators in the control room. Hence, when scouting for control room console design
companies which offer the best and affordable solutions for your required designs, keep these
tips in mind.


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