From the hospital to the factory floor, almost every industry imaginable has been improved by implementing digital technology. One of the most important (but often overlooked) considerations when implementing new computer tools or upgrading pre-existing structures is the physical dimensions of the new equipment. 

While it may not have the tech-nerd appeal of discussing processor options or motherboard configurations, the size of a monitor or all-in-one (AIO) PC is a major concern. A display’s size is influenced by its intended role, the environment it will be used in, and a host of other factors that need to be accounted for. 

The Most Important Factors For Monitor Size

No two workspaces will be the same, and even facilities within the same industry will have different priorities based on their workflow, processes, and tools. Therefore, the right monitor for one business might not fit another. When reviewing your choices for a monitor or AIO computer, consider these factors that influence what size is the right fit for you.

Size and Weight

The first and most obvious factor is whether or not a particular size of monitor or computer works in the first place. Operations in a hospital ward, factory floor, or oil rig can be very cramped, making larger sizes impractical or outright impossible to fit. 

Accompanying size is the question of weight. This isn’t much of a concern if the monitor or AIO is mounted on a permanent workstation, but it will certainly be a factor if it’s used in mobile applications. For example, medical panel PCs attached to carts are frequently used in charting and patient record access. A larger, heavier cart is harder for healthcare providers to move and is more difficult to fit through doorways. 

One way to lessen the weight issue is to use a non-powered cart paired with a battery-powered medical computer or monitor. This combination is much lighter and more affordable than a powered cart and computer combo, sparing both your budget and your providers’ backs. 

Software Compatibility

Certain software programs only work correctly on certain monitor sizes. For example, Epic’s electronic health record system works best on 24” displays with a 1920x1080p resolution. Anything smaller can run into compatibility issues, such as parts of the program getting cut off or failing to display properly. Even constantly scrolling up and down to review information can be a hassle and impact your workforce’s efficiency. When shopping for new monitors or AIO PCs, always check with your current software providers if they have recommended or required specs. 

Working Distance From the Display

A larger monitor is obviously easier to see from further away, which can be especially important if workers are regularly at a distance from it. On a factory floor, workers might be busy inspecting machinery or monitoring the assembly line. They can’t walk over to their industrial panel PC every five minutes to check on it. With a larger display, employees can continue their work in one place while looking over as needed to review the display. In turn, this leads to more efficiency and less time spent going back and forth. 

Power Consumption

A smaller monitor or AIO computer will draw less power than a larger model. This can be advantageous for any facility where power consumption is a concern or if you want to be more eco-friendly. 

Find the Right Size With Cybernet Manufacturing

The truth is, there’s no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to monitor size. The right choice for your facility will depend on whether your software tools require specific dimensions, how your employees will interact with the equipment, and the physical requirements of your workspace. The best way to find the right fit for your business or facility is by consulting with experienced professionals who know computers and monitors inside and out. 

If you’re looking for new all-in-one computers or monitors for your hospital, factory, or business, contact the team at Cybernet Manufacturing. Our experience in the healthcare and industrial sectors ensures we’re deeply familiar with the wants and needs of our customers and can help them find the medical or industrial computer that perfectly satisfies them. 

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