When it comes to control room consoles, it’s clear that one size doesn’t fit all. When designing or picking a console for your control room, you have to prioritize the operator’s needs since they will be spending a lot of time using them. Other factors you must consider include the team structure, communication flow, work styles, and the technology used. All these factors create an environment unique to every command center. The consoles you select must strike the perfect balance between all these factors. If you are interested in getting control room consoles, here are a few core features to look out for.
- Ergonomic and adjustable
Given the long hours operators clock in at their desks, you want to ensure they are comfortable. This way, they can remain focused and engaged while working. You want to pick a command center console that caters to the operator’s needs, for instance, getting height adjustable consoles that have the sit/stand feature. This way, employees can break the monotony of seating all day and stretch their legs. The ergonomic adjustments and movements promote employee health, reduces discomfort and strain caused by sitting for prolonged periods.
- Adjustable monitor layout
Every console comes with its own monitor configuration; for instance, curved configurations accommodate more screens regardless of their size and orientation. Choose the configuration that is adjustable rather than fixed. This way, you can accommodate all of your employees. Alternatively, you can also go for a fixed configuration or an adjustable one with a fixed focal point. Whichever layout you pick should eliminate distractions, prevent neck and eye strain, and meet your needs. That said it should also have a line of sight to the monitor wall.
- Centralized controls
Control rooms contain a lot of equipment. You want a console that offers your operators centralized control since their efficiency is directly linked to their workspace. For instance, you can add dimmers for task and ambient lighting, plug and play USB ports, convenient power and data ports, and controls for the surface and height adjustments. By centralizing all the controls, you can increase operator comfort and productivity since everything is within reach. This saves precious time that might mean life end death in some cases, such as in an EMS command center where losing time walking or trying to get something you need matters.
Along with these features, you also want to ensure the console promotes office safety by eliminating tripping hazards, so select be with cable management options. Additionally, it should also have wide walk areas, storage to reduce tabletop clutter so these items aren’t blocking console or equipment controls.
Control room consoles are the heart of every command center. They help those working in control rooms to be efficient as they pour over data and make crucial decisions. Unfortunately, despite being extremely vital, control room furniture is often overlooked. However, now that you know the core features of a console, you can pick one that factors in the operator’s needs allowing them to function optimally.