Many automation projects are created and implemented without attention to control room lighting. Has anyone done any studies to find out what the best way to operate is? What's going to keep down eye strain but keep the operators awake?
Way back when a control room consisted of row upon row of ink-and-pen chart recorders and dials on panels in the walls. An experienced operator just needed to stand in the middle of the room and spin through 360 degrees to get a feel for what was happening (they did...
We have been working on a Web 2.0 Social Media enabled way for the process automation community to discuss, teach and learn about usability issues in process automation for some time. It is called the Process Automation Usability Project, and you can find it here.