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Sit/Stand Dispatch Furniture Solutions

Omni Series sit/stand consoles are appropriately named as a universal solution for many unique environments. Variations can be used in command centers, control rooms, fire and police dispatch, security and surveliiance environments.
Omni control consoles have universal use in many environments

OMNI Series Dispatch Furniture

One of our specialties is designing dispatch workstations for emergency management centers like police, fire and ambulance Dispatch consoles for fire and police have special needs.
services. The OMNI workstation fills the bill nicely. Standard slatwalls that aid adjustability to monitors while increasing usable work space is one of the keys. Another is the ability to store CPUs within the workstation without limiting leg room. These workstations usually require enough adjustability for the dispatcher to easily transition from a sitting position to standing without losing focus on the tasks being performed during a call. Below we show versatility with the number of ways that we address the sit/stand needs of 24 X 7 environments. We understand that each customer has certain ideosyncracies in the devices used and the way that he operates. Having so many options is essential to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. These cost effective options make the OMNI the most versatile workstation in our industry.

Why we offer so many options

Many years of research shows that operators begin their shifts by setting up shop for their individual needs. If the tools are wrong, the job gets extremely difficult and the environment can become untenable. Leg room is extremely important, so we have developed a workstation that doesn't have metal legs like the typical table systems. Americon manufactures custom consoles for dispatch centers and most calltaker environments. They can be ordered with many options. Since no two people are alike and budgets may vary, we offer a number of sit/stand solutions. As we go through these options, we will make comments on the pros and cons that will hopefully help you determine which one is best suited for your needs. Note that we have both mechanical and motorized sit/stand systems.

The Lever Lift

The lever lift option is the simplest and the least expensive. It is a spring-loaded lifting system that can take the user from sit to stand literally in a second or two. All you have to do is lift the conveniently located lever and position the top exactly where you want it. Lever lift adjustable worksurface is the most cost effective and easiest to use We calibrate the system's tension based on the weight of the worksurface plus the components that will be on it. Since the user is only adjusting the height of the keyboard platform, we recommend articulating monitor arms or a motorized monitor tree like the one shown to go with this system. The downside of this option is that it limits the depth of the useable space. Though minimal when you have manual control, it does create the potential for pinch points when a movable component is next to one this is stationary. It should be noted that pinch points are a reality for all split-level worksurface options whether motorized or manual. Unlike others who design the keyboard platform with a minimal depth for just keyboards, our solution is to make the depth much deeper to maximize the working area.

Split-level Motorized System

Our Split-level motorized workstations are robust and full-bodied and do not have the metal legs designed into the typical table style systems offered by others. The base is finished both front and back to eliminate the need for a panel system to hide cables. The base houses lifting motors, hardware, segregated power/data cable management and CPU storage. Motorized split-level Consoles are the most expensive Access to the base cavity is provided through finished front and rear hinge access doors. Monitor and power cables pass between the levels via cable chains that protect and hide them from view. The base is freestanding and the Sit/stand levels are controlled through a programmable memory that allows each user to define ergonomically comfortable platform height combinations. A total of three memorized scenarios are available for each user. All power and peripheral cables are secured inside the base cavity to facilitate a superior cable management system. Unlike table systems, there are no exposed cables in either the sit or stand position. Our split-level motorized consoles are available in straight, concentric arc and cockpit style configurations. The freestanding base is expandable by adding stationary modules like storage cabinets, drawer pedestals, electronic enclosures and additional lengths of stationary worksurface on either side to increase the work area. A big plus is that the console base has no legs to interfere with leg movement. It also eliminates the need for external CPU storage and cumbersome freestanding panels that limit access to the storage. The downside of this option is that it is our most expensive option since it requires four separate linear actuated motors (two for each surface) and a sophisticated controller. Again like all split-levels, it has inherent pinch points and worksurface depth is limited.

Full Worksurface Motorized Lift

The motorized worksurface option utilizes the same base as the split-level but uses a simple momentary rocker switch to go from sit Motorized full-lift worksurfaces eliminate pinchpoints but do require cable trains to stand. The advantage of this system is that it doesn’t limit the usable depth of the worksurface. We use a motorized lifting system with only two motor so the chance of system failure is reduced significantly.The system is much less vulnerable to uneven weight distribution which is a problem with all multi-motor systems. An advantage is that since the whole surface changes height, the monitors, keyboards, slatwalls, etc. all remain relational whether in the sit or stand position. Cable management is simpler and the cost of the system is significantly less than the split-level motorized system. The only downside is that there is a pinch point when it is adjacent to a stationary module.

Full Workstations Hydraulic Lift

The full lift system offers some unique features - We favor it because Motorized hydraulic full workstation lift system eliminates pinch points and manages cables efficientlythere are some indigenous benefits to a workstation that doesn't create pinch point since the end panels leave no room between adjoining stationary modules. Moving the whole console also maintains the same relationship between the operator and his tools throughout the transition from sit to stand. Stored CPUs and other integrated peripherals move up and down with the console, so the movement of cables has been virtually eliminated. A major plus is the cost which is about the same as our motorized worksurface lift.

The CPUs are stored in the main base cavity. We mount computers on racks attached to the inside of inspection doors.CPU rack mounted to an access door offers quick access without the need to crawl under the console When the door is closed, the CPU faces sideways to maximize leg space. When the door is opened, the CPU faces forward for access to the drives and cables. The console has both front & rear access doors so large numbers of CPUs can be stored without the need for extra storage cabinets.

About Pinch Points - Inherent to the split-level are dangerous pinch points where the two surfaces meet. Another pinch point is where the worksurface lands on the stationary support cabinetry. Papers, pens, wires and fingers are commonly crunched when the operator is busy focusing on day to day operation.

About working depth - The split level design limits the amount of usable worksurface. The operator works an 8-10 hour shift sitting and standing at a worksurface that is approximately 14" deep. Try spreading out a chart or opening a binder and laying it on the desk. This is counter productive to normal workflow productivity. In any other environment, this would be considered cruel and unusual punishment. Are we to believe that this is the best they could come up with?

The idea that we would trade away all of that useable space just doesn't make good ergonomic sense. Some say that the split-level approach is just a mechanism for creating a vertical market.

Other factors to considerLarge dispatch workstations require a much sturdier sit-stand system Important factors in designing a workstation:
Providing plenty of leg room, full monitor adjustability, personal storage, radios & electronics accessibility and placing keyboards directly in front of the monitors are very important features. Quick and easy transition from sit to stand allows the call taker to focus on main tasks without disruption and adjustable parabolic lighting will reduce glare on monitor screens and prevent eye strain. A good personal environment system with air above the work surface and forced air heating below may be necessary when air conditioning can't be controlled locally. Finally, a good 24 x 7 chair is an absolute must.

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