Standard computer furnishings
meet most people's needs. When your needs are not
being met, it's time to call in Network Evaluation.
Network Evaluation's Computer
Furnishings can address many needs. Examples are:
- Silencing/Noise mitigation
- Full or partial enclosures
can reduce or eliminate noise. In extreme cases (See photos below)
the sound absorbing materials can restrict airflow so that forced
ventilation is also necessary.
- Ergonomic and Accessibility
- Place equipment where
people can use it effectively, in a position where the risk of
injury is reduced
- Equipment Organization,
Support & Safety - Equipment
should be arranged so that everything is accessible, and mounted
in a safe manner
- Equipment Cooling and Air
Filtration - Heat can
damage electronic equipment and shorten its life. Dust buildup
accellerates this process. By enclosing equipment in a controlled
environment, dust can be kept out, and cooling fans used to ensure
that the equipment will be kept at a safe temperature.
- Professional Integrated
Appearance - Many times,
equipment areas are visible within commercial offices, and detract
from the professional appearance desired.
Silencing Cabinet - The cabinet below was designed for
an engineering firm which has a need for high capacity servers,
but is an open office environment where the noise level is distracting.
The solution was to completely enclose the equipment in a sound-proofed,
ventilated cabinet. The exterior is pre-finished melamine over
particle board to provide a clean, neat appearance.
Low-Cost Computer Center/Office - The home office pictured below was
designed to replace several free-standing bookshelves, and two
free-standing computer desks. The additional constraint was a
limited budget. To meet this need, the desktops are made from
kitchen countertops and pre-fab melamine finished bookshelves
all purchased from a home-improvement store, and then trimmed
to fit the environment. The only custom portion was the wall
mounted support brackets seen below left. Although invisible,
the bookshelves on the right have two key safety features: plywood
shear panels bolted through across the entire top surface to
keep them stable in the event of an earthquake. The shelving
units are also screwed in place from below the desktops.
Accessible Printer &
Network Equipment Stand -
This cabinet was designed to fit into an existing home office
where everything needs to be accessible for an elderly seated
user. The key item was that the all-in-one printer had a rear
door for clearing paper jams. This drove the need to have the
printer's rear door available without having to move the printer.
The network equipment (DSL Modem, Firewall, etc.) is in the lower
left drawer, and industrial cable track was used to keep all
wiring in place without tangling, while allowing the drawer to
open and close easily. The cable track can be opened (un-snapped)
on its inside radius to allow adding or removing cabling as needed.
Color coordinated plastic grommets allow for wiring paths while
keeping a neat appearance, and the left side has a shelf which
can be raised for additional table space. Since this project
was designed to serve the specific needs of the user, it required
an initial consultation to determine the user's needs, then a
full-scale model was made with cardboard, and presented to the
user to verify that it met his needs. Once approved, the product
was then built and finished.