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An overview of important evaluation criteria for selecting standard office desks versus industrial control room furniture.
Budget is key for any control room project. However, it is also important to recognize the significant differences between industrial console furniture and office grade furniture, where the latter may at first appear to be a budget-friendly alternative. A comparison of several important factors is provided below.
Industrial: Designed for heavy continuous use 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Office: Typically constructed for light use, e.g., 8-hour weekdays
Industrial: Rugged, all-steel construction
Office: Wood, particle board, extruded aluminum, plastic
Industrial: ImageVisions's AgileVIEW 48 inch wide desk (no monitor tiers) weighs 245 lbs.
Office: A typical 48 inch wide office desk weighs 50-100 lbs.
Industrial: Powder coat paint finish; tough protection from chips
Office: Laminated particle board; chips and scratches easily
Industrial: Cabinets and turrets constructed to reduce heat
Office: Wood and particle board traps heat; reduces electronics' lifespan
Industrial: Typically, specialized ventilation options are available
Office: Lack of ventilation may require addition of noisy equipment fans
Industrial: Cabinets and turrets themselves can serve as equipment enclosures
Office: Metal enclosures usually need to be added for mounting controls
Industrial: Equipment subpanels and EIA racks can be added easily
Office: These are usually not an option
Industrial: Modular construction for easy expansion or modification
Office: Generally not easily reconfigured or modified for special requirements
Industrial: Offers built in cable management and electrical noise reduction
Office: Exposed cables are both unsightly and can be a safety hazard
Industrial: Consoles may be shipped fully assembled
Office: Extensive assembly required, often complex or hindered by missing pieces
Industrial: Fast and easy move-in and set-up
Office: On-site assembly adds costly start up time
ImageVision, Inc. offers only heavy-duty industrial control room furniture. We do not sell light-duty computer consoles or other office grade furniture. A significant portion of our business is from repeat customers requesting additional units to add to our modular consoles. These requests may also originate from other control rooms in the same facility, or from sister plants who have seen or heard about the exceptional appearance, durability, functionality, and value of our products.
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