The design of your plant-room can have a large impact on your practice. Seemingly small decisions at the design stage can have a large impact in the future, from how well and long your equipment will last, to how much noise people in and near your practice will hear from the plant. A good awareness of the different options available in making these decision and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each, will help you make informed and considered decisions.
To help with this process, Cattani has recently launched a new plant-room website at www.plantroom.com.au outlining the most common of such choices and options.
The site presents a range of information, divided into the following main topics:
- Location: Identify potential locations for a plant-room in and around your practice and assess which will work best.
- Noise: How to reduce noise levels and how to stop noise escaping from the area.
- Temperature: Controlling the temperature of your Plant-Room to get maximum longevity and reliability from your equipment.
- Security: Considerations around security of your plant-room to ensure your equipment stays where it should.
- Access: How to design a plant-room that will allow technicians to maintain, correctly diagnose and repair your equipment.
As well as information on the above topics, the site also has technical information on other plant-room issues. There is a section dedicated to pipeline design, which lists maximum runs of suction line and how things such as branches and rises through slabs should be done.
Cattani believes the site is very much in its early stages and plan to continually develop the content, with the aim of making it an indispensible tool for anyone planning a new practice, or making upgrades to an existing one.
For more information, see www.plantroom.com.au.