It wasn’t long ago that a space heater under the desk and a fan on the desktop was the only solution to moving stagnant air in an overcrowded room. The popular alternative for dispatch and call centers was manufactured by Johnson Controls; it was expensive and didn’t always meet the user’s needs. It was cumbersome with a lot of duct work that restricted the operator’s leg room. Continue reading
Why buy specialized furniture for control rooms? Won’t office furniture do the job just as well?
Simply stated, furniture designed for command and control rooms offers the most operator convenience, comfort, efficiency, takes up the least amount of floor space, is designed for specialized equipment, and is made to hold up to intensive, round the clock use for many years.
Whether you refer to it as control room furniture, technical furniture, operator consoles, desks or workstations, it the same thing; just designed and outfitted differently for the application. Continue reading
It’s no surprise that esthetics play an important role in the technical furniture business. We are continually developing what we believe to be appealing furniture designs that are also practical. It’s particularly important in the control room furniture business that “form follows function”, as they say. I’ve taken the time to evaluate as many European console furniture products as possible and it’s clear that US manufacturers do things differently. It seems that most European control room furniture products are typically prefabricated like office systems furniture and sold in steel modules that bolt together. Continue reading
I’m often asked for ideas for making a conference room dual-purpose for both day to day conferencing and emergency management. Typically, it’s the conference room that’s considered first because the function of a conference room is similar to that of an emergency operations center; it’s a familiar place for gathering the staff and an audiovisual system may already be in place. However, the furniture and audiovisual systems may not be adequate to serve both functions. That’s why our Communicator Conference Tables and Visionmaster LCD video walls are so popular. Continue reading
Americon’s latest product release is the OMNI Library Workstation with integrated book storage. This innovative dual purpose workstation makes binders easy to reach and by combining both book case and workstation it saves floor space and costs less than if workstation and bookcase are purchased individually. Continue reading
It’s no surprise that control room operators prefer console furniture that has adjustable monitor arms. I’ve touched on the importance of monitor arms for control room furniture in prior postings; however given my recent conversations with prospective customers, I think it would be helpful to discuss the benefits in more detail. Continue reading
It’s important that people make adjustments to their sitting positions frequently during working hours in order to stay healthy. It’s unlikely that professionals who work in command and control rooms think much about this because to many of them it’s probably more about comfort and accessibility to desktop equipment rather than how long they’re sitting in front of their screens. Except for dispatch operators, I don’t think time sitting is given much thought. Most traditional control room console furniture isn’t height adjustable because operators don’t spend that much time at the keyboard and can stand and walk around whenever they want. Continue reading
If you read my postings on ergonomics and specifically those written about sit-to-stand workstations in control rooms and dispatch centers, you might remember that I not only recommend them, I use a workstation with an adjustable desktop myself and couldn’t imagine working without it. In fact, I rarely sit anymore and feel great at the end of the work day. Continue reading
This product release announces our customized desktop turrets designed for industrial control rooms and security operation centers. Continue reading
I speak to readers every day who are interested in our products and services, and the one thing that continues to stand out is their confusion as to exactly who we are and what we do. It was an unexpected question. I thought the answer was obvious from my web site, but evidently not so. This says that I have to do a better job of telling our story. Continue reading
This product release includes our new keyboard, mouse, storage tray that works with any Americon console furniture product where keyboard height is important and drawer space is either limited or unavailable. Continue reading