Modular Control Rooms: Getting Started

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All About Modular Control Rooms

So, you need to take some dangerous test materials offsite. No big deal. Transportation goes fine, everything gets set up…but you realize you don’t have a control room for the machinery you brought.

It’s not long before the machines fail and the test materials become tainted. Years of research and labor go down the drain.

Ok, so it won’t be that bad. But having a portable control room allows you much more flexibility when it comes to running factory processes. So what can you do?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to give you this guide to everything you could ever want to know about modular control rooms!

But enough talk! Let’s dive right into it portable control rooms.

What Is a Modular Control Room?

A modular control room is a room designed to let you operate factory machinery and other systems, as well as regulate and supervise employees working on the floor below. Unlike other control rooms, however, a modular control room can get deconstructed and reconstructed with relative ease, allowing you to have a control room you can take on-the-go.

This happens through shipping the room in separate pre-made pieces to the desired location. From there, the pieces are assembled on-site. When you’re done with the room, workers will come in and break the room back down into those pieces to repeat the process elsewhere.

These parts come in a variety of sizes to allow you to fit them into almost any space. This lends to the customization options that modular control rooms provide since different industries will want offices that fit their needs. This customization carries over to the design, which you can paint or add signs to so it blends seamlessly with the rest of your company’s aesthetic.

These offices can work as more than control rooms too. You can use them as booths for parking attendants or toll workers, or give pop-up events a sturdy security booth to work out of. Gas stations will even use these booths as bases of operation for their attendants.

How the Rooms Assemble

But how exactly does the construction process work? Well, it varies for every company, but what you can expect is that the construction will start with pre-made walls going inside a frame of steel tubes, which get welded together to keep everything in place.

After that, a crane will lower the roof onto the building, where workers will weld the roof to the structure. The roof can handle significant weight (per your exact specifications) and will take little to no damage from the weather (if outdoors).

Following that, the floor gets constructed with insulation placed between the interior and exterior levels of the floor. Insulation also gets placed throughout the building to help maintain temperature control. This insulation is designed to resist fire and provide an environment inhospitable for mildew to grow.

Finally, the workers apply paint to the structure and hook up the electrical system for the room (to cover everything from outlets to EXIT signs). Each building is made to order as well, so you don’t have to worry about getting broken-down parts used on 5 other buildings before yours.

Modular control room interior view

Advantages of Modular Control Rooms

Understanding the advantages of modular control rooms and control buildings can be a game-changer when it comes to planning and implementing operational spaces. The benefits are manifold and can significantly impact the efficiency and adaptability of your operations. Here’s a closer look at the key advantages of control rooms:

  • Unparalleled Flexibility: Modular control rooms can be customized to fit the unique requirements of your operation. Whether you need additional space for equipment or specialized layouts, the modular design allows for easy adjustments.
  • Scalability: As your operations grow, your control rooms can grow with you. Additional modules can be seamlessly integrated into the existing structure, making it simple to expand without the need for a complete overhaul.
  • Rapid Deployment: The pre-fabricated nature of modular control rooms means they can be assembled on-site much faster than traditional construction methods would allow. This enables you to get your operations up and running in a shorter amount of time.
  • Pre-Fabricated Design: Modules are built in a controlled environment, ensuring high-quality construction and adherence to all relevant regulations and standards. This pre-fabrication also means that on-site assembly is quicker and less susceptible to weather-related delays.
  • Operational Readiness: With quicker assembly times and the ability to adapt to your operational needs, electrical control rooms ensure you are operationally ready in line with your project timelines.

All Those Fancy Features

So what gets packed into a modular control room? Well, an emphasis on safety for starters. A U.N study showed that dangerous working conditions kill one worker around the world every 30 seconds, and modular control rooms work to counter that with walls built to resist the harsh conditions of factory work. This gets accomplished through building the walls with steel coated in a finish, which provides it resistance to corrosion and chalking.

These walls also deaden high levels of sound coming from outside to prevent ear damage. This is handy for mining or steel-working companies, where loud sounds are part of the gig.

Heaters and AC units go inside the room to maintain temperature control. The walls help out too by insulating the room from cold, making them perfect fits for businesses that operate in colder climates. Additional special finishes (like vinyl) can also go over the walls to keep the paint and integrity of the walls sharp over time.

The Features Continue

It’s also important to note that these rooms offer a degree of privacy through the use of tinted windows. These windows also help to cut down on the amount of sunlight that gets through to the room. As a result, the heat won’t grow as fast and you lower the exposure of anyone in the room to harmful UV rays.

Another feature these control rooms have comes in their adaptability to modern technology. You can install Ethernet ports to allow easy Internet access to your modular office, for example. Electrical wiring and phone lines also come with these modular offices.

Internet access to modular office

And if all that’s not enough, many booth manufacturers can install additional features upon your request. Bathrooms inside the office, exterior counters, and microphone attachments are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Seamless Integration of Electrical Control Rooms

The seamless integration of technology is essential for any modern operation, particularly when it comes to electrical control rooms. These specially engineered spaces are more than just rooms filled with equipment; they are the nerve centers of your operations. Let’s delve into the specifics:

  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Our electrical control rooms are designed to house the latest in control systems and monitoring equipment. This ensures that you are not just keeping pace with industry advancements, but possibly even leading the way.
  • Optimized Operations: From day one, the integrated technology aims to optimize your workflows, enhance monitoring, and improve decision-making processes. This is crucial for any industry that relies on real-time data and split-second decision-making.
  • Standards Compliance: Engineered with compliance in mind, these control rooms meet and often exceed operational standards for a wide range of industries. This can make adhering to regulatory guidelines significantly less complicated.
  • Interoperability: One of the key advantages is the capability for various systems and components to work together cohesively. This interoperability allows for more streamlined operations and potentially lowers the cost of future upgrades.
  • Scalable Solutions: As technology evolves, your control room can easily adapt. This is because the integrated systems are often modular themselves, allowing for easy upgrades without the need to revamp the entire setup.

By focusing on seamless integration and adaptability, our electrical control rooms offer a future-proof solution that will not only meet but regularly exceed the ever-changing demands and standards of multiple industries.

Control Room Equipment: Cutting-Edge Technology

In a rapidly evolving industrial landscape, achieving high levels of precision and efficiency is paramount. As a specialized booth manufacturer, we take it a step further by setting up the booth complete with all necessary systems and support. This allows you to seamlessly incorporate cutting-edge technology and equipment into your control room. Through our advanced systems for monitoring, control, and data analysis, we provide a turnkey solution that ensures your control rooms not only meet but exceed expectations for precision and efficiency in mission-critical operations.

Why Not Use a Normal Control Room?

But all these features can go into an average control room too. What makes the modular variant so special?

Let’s start with the portability. Due to their easy assembly and disassembly, modular control rooms can move from location to location without too much strain on the company wallet. This fits perfectly for companies that operate out of multiple sites and need to share resources between them.

Wheeled stages or platforms can go under certain rooms to allow them to travel via a vehicle as well.

Modular control rooms are also cheaper than their counterparts. This is due to their quick building process, which allows them to go up with minimal downtime.

Since the buildings have pre-assembled parts, construction can often happen inside your workplace without needing to stop any of your work inside. That way, you’re not losing money on profits you could have gained by working that day.

Modular control rooms also cut down on wasted materials and labor, since you don’t need tons of steel or concrete to build one (or as many people).

And the Perks Go On

On top of that, modular rooms qualify for depreciation under Section 179 since they count as equipment. As a result, you can get a write-off on your corporate tax payments equal to some degree of the initial cost for building the office. In time, the office will have effectively paid for itself.

With that said, make sure to keep an eye on how much you’re paying. Once a company’s expenditure on equipment hits the $3, 630,000 mark, you no longer qualify for any benefits. There is also a specific timeline in which the equipment must get used for you to be eligible as well.

Another bonus of the modular control room is that the room itself is largely maintenance-free. The steel piping structure we mentioned earlier keeps the room together while the finishes protect the room from damage. Rather than having to deconstruct the room every month or so, you can focus your energy on keeping the equipment you bring into the room at full health.

Contrast this with the average control room, which can require frequent painting and re-modeling. Plus, innovations in construction like increased wind resistance have made the modular rooms as sturdy as their “rooted” brethren, putting them on more even footing.

Control Buildings are the Tailored Solutions for Every Industry

In the realm of industrial operations, control buildings are pivotal, serving as the central nervous system for monitoring and managing critical processes. Recognizing the unique demands of different sectors, from manufacturing to energy, our approach is to provide custom control building solutions tailored to meet the diverse needs of these industries. Our modular control rooms are designed to accommodate the specific equipment, workflows, and space requirements pertinent to each client’s operational demands.

Adaptability is at the core of our modular designs, ensuring that whether the need is for a compact electrical control room or a comprehensive industrial control center, the end result is a harmonized space that encapsulates all the functionality required for optimal control and supervision. We understand that every industry has its set of standards, and our control buildings are built to conform to those—be it for rigorous cleanliness standards in pharmaceuticals or robustness in mining operations.

Industrial Control Room Solutions by Guardian Booth

Understanding that different industries have unique operational needs, we provide tailored control building solutions. Whether you operate in manufacturing, utilities, or public safety, our control buildings can be customized to meet the stringent requirements of diverse industries. These solutions incorporate sector-specific technology and infrastructure to provide a seamless and efficient work environment.

What to Look for In a Modular Room Manufacturer

When shopping around for a modular control room, there are a few features you should make sure come included in your deal. One of these involves ensuring that your hired company has some form of warranty agreement.

After all, while modular offices are resistant to wear and tear, they’re not invincible. Securing a warranty on all labor and materials helps to keep your wallet from getting gouged if any accidents happen down the line.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is the exact specifications of protection the room will provide. Not all rooms are built to handle the same environments and can lack the decibel or heat resistance needed to protect humans inside. Learning these specifications from the start and communicating them to your modular room “provider” will avoid these issues.

Finally, make sure the company you’re signing on with gives you access to the architectural drawings. Seeing these designs lends transparency to the company and helps you know you’re dealing with professionals.

The Cost of Control Room Efficiency

Investing in a high-quality control room is not just a capital expenditure; it’s an investment into the long-term efficiency and productivity of an operation. The initial cost of the control room is often offset by the substantial long-term cost savings that come from improved operational efficiencies, reduced downtime, and enhanced safety measures. With state-of-the-art control room equipment and ergonomic designs, operators are able to work more effectively, which leads to better monitoring, faster decision-making, and improved coordination during routine and emergency situations.

Furthermore, energy-efficient designs and smart technologies within modern control rooms can significantly reduce operational costs. By investing in a well-planned control room, businesses are placing themselves at the forefront of industry best practices, which can lead to not only cost savings but also an enhanced reputation for quality and reliability.

So Get Started Today

Congratulations! Now that you have this definitive guide to everything about modular control rooms, you’re ready to get out there and upgrade your company’s factory with a modular control room of your very own today!

But what if you need help getting one set up (or want to look more into the pricing structure of modular control rooms)? If that’s the case, be sure to reach out to us either via our website or over the phone and let us know how we can help!

Contact Us for Your Modular Control Room Needs

If you’re contemplating a new modular control room, reach out to discuss how we can facilitate your project. Our team at Guardian Booth is dedicated to helping you achieve operational excellence by delivering bespoke control room solutions that are not only functional but also cost-effective. We’ll work with you to understand your specific needs, from electrical control rooms to expansive industrial control rooms, and guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today, and let’s make your control room the cornerstone of a more efficient, productive, and safe operation.

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