Why You Need To Think About Your Control Room

Control rooms are technology-driven environments where activities are monitored and problems solved quickly and correctly.  To work in these environments, operators require control centers with adequate space for the operators and with furniture designed in form and size.  The equipment and storage requirements for your games console workstations are the backbone of the design.

Designing a control room for consoles and video wall displays is the focus of the designer if that is an architect, consultant or furniture-video manufacturer.  The distance preparation piece of this job is critical to its success.  However, mission aims are known before proceeding ahead and funding allocated.  Embarking that the proprietor can’t afford wastes money time and wreaks havoc.

Factors for management room space preparation.

When Xybix is designing a management and command center, a variety of factors should be considered including, but not limited to the following:

The physical plant doors window and Possible obstacles affecting the control room furniture design and layout

Design of management room furniture and video wall systems

Space allocated for control room games and video screens 

The orientation of control room consoles and video wall screens with consideration to adjacent fire and space egress

Interaction with participants – It’s critical that the management room designer interacts with the customer to understand requirements and tastes.  This is something that continues through the design process with the designer making adjustments as more information is gleaned from the customer and other participants.  Participants could include general contractors, electronic equipment systems integrators and end-users.

Space planning – Before selecting the type and design of control center consoles, the designer must have a vision for the design based on the known and the expertise which the designer brings to the process.

Ergonomics – The designer must space plan and propose control room console designs using the latest ergonomic capabilities.  The operators will be operating in an environment where technology and furniture have to be durable to stand up to continuous use for decades.

Ergonomic attributes would include:

Console furniture design that attracts all tools Close to the operator in a Way That’s Comfortable and convenient

Adjustable desktop and/or keyboard surface

Flexible arms for monitors, phones and task lights

Easy accessibility to the cable control system for installation and maintenance

Personal storage which retains the floors and background clear

Substantial desktop area for studying and writing materials

Reasonable overhead and task lighting

Personal environment control at the desktop level

Versatility – Technology changes quickly, but control room console furniture and video systems are too costly to drop.  Therefore, both video and furniture wall systems must be designed in a way that can be altered, or expanded to satisfy new technology and equipment requirements.

Durability – Modern console furniture has to be durable enough to withstand the stress of 24/7 usage every year.  These products must be made of materials meant for this use.  Materials for audio and durability structure is imperative to the procedure.

The goal is an intelligent and advanced control space environment.

Proper Design Is Important

The suitable design ultimately saves the company money by bringing together information systems in a consolidated location reducing response time, and or downtime through real-time situational awareness and proactive incident reaction.  Control room design is about operators and the environment.

Control and control rooms use software information systems that have been designed for, controlling life safety problems, manufacturing quality, system flow, or any measurable system such as SCADA, DCS, RTU, Delta V, ABB, Simplex, or website utility programs; these programs are industry-specific or specific function.  It isn’t important which ones are used or how many, they are simply inputs.  These facilities are required to run.  Control rooms are inhabited by individual operators.  The number of operators needed at any given time can change depending upon the quantity and severity of”issues” that arise.  Special purpose control rooms and budgets may increase or decrease the number of attributes but there are specific factors that each control room design needs to incorporate.

Design the room to improve the operator functionality considering the number of information inputs that the operators need to interface with.  Aside from the systems that are designed to secure, monitor, and control access, the control area design should be packed full of ergonomic systems.  Operators work twelve hours shifts, performing dull tasks waiting for critical information to be brought at any moment.

Temperature and humidity ought to be controlled due to and for the massive amount of electronics as well as the people.  Operators must be comfortable yet alert.

Lighting design considers window architecture, glare, number and size of movie walls or tracks, and lots of additional factors, but most importantly human eye functionality and fatigue.  There is a science of angles that should be followed to prevent operator fatigue, optimize performance and encourage operator well-being.

Two major systems that influence the human eye and neck concerning job performance, shift longevity, biomechanics and stress injury are video walls and tracks.  To be able to help design these two systems, contemplating ergonomics, in terms of height, dimensions, and position, we will need to consider the next system.  Consoles play in the positioning of the other two and also bring home the benefits of great ergonomic design.  Their design alone is one of the most important aspects in the design of control rooms.  It isn’t clear on first consideration, that console design must address many ergonomic considerations.  Consoles – do they generate heat containing PC’s or are they designed for remote rack-mounted PC’s?  Can they raise and lower to change position from stand to sit?  Can the console accommodate a PC monitor system that is also adjustable for comfort no matter if the console has been reduced or raised?  Where and how far from a movie wall will the console be located?  And what technical chairs will be utilized at these consoles?  Consoles need to be custom-fit and built to integrate seamlessly with the systems that are designed to work in a complete professional design.

In conclusion, control and command center designers must offer a comprehensive solution concerning aesthetics, aesthetics, comfortability, flexibility, and performance.  This also includes cooling for electronic equipment, cable management that is efficient, and ergonomics.  The designer should never lose sight of the fact that modern control facilities are designed for people working long hours under pressure to significant operations to neglect.

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