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The Micromation “MODULINEAR” range of desk are built to the same high standard as Micromation’s very well known “Diamond Desk” range, but the concept of the MODULINEAR desk is somewhat different to the Micromation Diamond Desk.

The MODULINEAR desk consists largely of two different types of desk modules, namely a “Straight” module and a “Wing” module, and the desk is able to be disassembled into its constituent parts, (all of which will fit through a standard doorway, or be conveyed in a standard lift).

Each “Straight” module can accommodate the following:-

The “Wing Module” has a 45 degree shape, and can accommodate most of the above, except that it is not quite as deep as the Straight module, and not having parallel sides, is not particularly suitable for 19” racking.

The MODULINEAR desks can be placed together in a large variety of configurations with all the edges neatly lining up, and therefore will meet most desk configuration needs.

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The principle dimensions of the Straight Module are as follows:-

Width of Module
 Total depth
Writing surface depth without instrument plane
Writing surface height above floor level 
Desk top height above floor level 

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The MODULINEAR desk has many unique features, including:-

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Double Decker Modules
In some applications, our customers may want to view a large number of screens, e.g. large CCTV control systems.  In this case a single row of monitors would extend the length of the desk to a point where the operators cannot view all the monitors without having to get up and move around - not a very ergonomic solution.  For this reason, we have developed a second monitor row above the first, which allows double the number of monitors to be viewed comfortably from the operating position.  Both monitor rows are approximately equidistant from the operator's eyes when in a seated position, allowing fine detail to be observed.

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"Non-reflective Tinted Glass"

There are two popular methods of mounting VDU screens into a control desk - one way is to fit the desk front panel to the VDU by means of a cut-out in the panel, the other way is to mount slightly tinted glass as the front panel, then install the VDU screens behind this glass.

Unfortunately no glass is truly non-reflective - even the world's finest reduced reflectivity glass reflects a small amount of incident light.  We use an 8 layer glass which in practice virtually eliminates all reflections when viewing the glass at a normal angle (at 90 degrees to the glass surface).

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Desk Construction

All Micromation Modulinear desks are usually constructed of either light Oak or Beech wood, although the customer may order the desks in any other readily obtainable wood.   The desk's flat panels are made of a contiguous wood veneer, but all edging is made from the solid wood.   This means that any damage to any of the edging can be repaired just like a solid wooden desk. As a single contiguous veneer is used throughout the desk construction, all panels accurately match each other.  The wood is treated with a hard wearing polyurethane varnish, which is thick enough to adequately protect the wood, but thin enough so that the grain can still be seen and felt.  If required, the writing surface can be constructed of a hard wearing artificial wood, for very rugged applications.

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Rectilinear Desk

Left Credenza
Right Credenza
Corner Section

One of the problems which system designers face is the lack of sufficient space for an equipment room.   Architects usually remember to include a prestigious control room, but often overlook the need for an associated equipment room.

Another problem is the access space needed to carry a fully assembled desk into the control room.   All too often, passages may be too narrow, and doorways not wide enough.

Despite being termed a "paperless" control centre, many customers still make use of paper Occurance Books and various reference manuals, which the operators need to keep in their desks.   This means that desk drawers are required.

Micromation's rectilinear desking systems cater for all the above requirements.  The desk not only serves as a control station for the operators, it also houses all the equipment required in the control centre without the need for a "central equipment cabinet".  The desk is equipped internally with standard 19" racking to house any instrumentation, communication and power supplies.

The Rectilinear Desk consists of various modules which are bolted together on site.   Each module can then be carried into the control room through normal doors and passages.    After being positioned on the control room floor, the various modules can then be bolted together like office furniture.

Drawers are standard issue on the Rectilinear Desks.

Special equipment ventilation is provided, so that the internal heat build up in the desk will not result in equipment failures or the wood of the desk drying out and cracking.

Diamond Desk

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Diamond Desk
Emergency Services using the Double Diamond Desk for Ambulance Dispatching
Another View of the Double Diamond Desk

One of our first modular type control desks was our "Diamond Desk".

This desk was usually supplied as a double desk, although single desks were also supplied.

The shape of the desks allowed the desks to be positioned parallel to one another, or at right angles to one another.

The desks have a very appealing shape, but require double door access entry to the control room.

The desks have similar access to internally mounted equipment as the desks above.

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