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Could your facilities man use a dual monitor system?

Wayne Hahn, Facilities & Safety Coordinator @ Ergotron
WayneI, being a competitive person, always have wanted to be first. History has borne out my success in achieving this. Championship teams, Dilly Bar Tuesdays, you name it.

Being the last is not something I really aspire to.  It really is kind of being first, only opposite.  Think about it.  So when I was told I am last one at Ergotron headquarters without a dual monitor, I was a little stunned.

I install all these workstations. How did I miss my own? 

Now listen, please don’t tell my CEO Joel.  I know what a tremendous advocate he is of the dual monitor and for good reason.  I have heard the numbers regarding increased productivity and I have talked to all of you who have two monitors.  Everyone without exception has told me they would not go back to just a single monitor. 

I also know of course of the tremendous array of products we have to mount a dual monitor system.  I know Ergotron would have a system that would be just what I need for my limited amount of work space at my desk.  Anyone who has ventured into the abyss that I call my office knows the need I have for more organized space.

But hey, I don’t have time to be doing all that organizing and straightening in my office.  I’m trying to keep the plant running and make sure everyone has the equipment they need to be organized and efficient. I’m a maintenance man!
Still, when I think about it, I am first in a way. 

I’m making all this productivity possible for the team at Ergotron. By setting up their workstations, I make it easier for them to bring the products to market that will help ensure all of you have access to ergonomically correct workstations. These days everyone is tasked, even me, to do more with less. Dual monitors might just be one way to do that.

So maybe even a maintenance man could use an ergonomic dual monitor system? 

Hmm. My new found efficiency and organization might even convince my manager that I had turned over a new leaf; that I was the employee they had always thought I could be!

This could be good. I better issue a track it order to myself.

Ergotron to the rescue?

It’s not often that we get to actually hear those words.

But this week, musician Adrian B. Sakashita, in his post, Studio Ergonomics, put us to the test as he faced the challenge of positioning his LCD monitors in his studio design.

He says, “Thankfully, Ergotron came to the rescue with a semi-custom solution that enables me to float my dual monitors right above my mixer!” He lays it all out pretty clearly for anyone looking to create a custom set up.

“But what’s the point of investing in high-resolution monitors if you can’t position them, and hence view them, optimally?” Adrian asks.

Good question.

Multi-Monitor Know How

“Multimonitor setups aren’t for everyone,” says Serdar Yegulalp, Information Week, in the January 31st article, “Trick Out Your PC with Mulitple Monitors.”

But “anyone who deals with things that don’t comfortably confine themselves to one display at a time” will benefit from the experience.

Multitaskers, programmers and more are explored in the article, as well as types of hardware needed, multi-monitor software and other software possibilities.

“Just having two displays is only the start of using them efficiently,” the blogger reports quite rightly. Learning how to use multi-monitors to meet your workflow is a personal task.

Do you agree with the author, who concludes, “One thing’s for certain, though: Once you start using two displays, you’re going to have a hard time going back to only one”?

What has your experience been with multi-monitors?