Archive for November, 2005

Custom Consoles reports expansive and successful 2005

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Custom Consoles, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-grade furniture for boardrooms, offices and studios, reports an expansive and successful 2005. The year began with a major extension to the company’s Leighton Buzzard headquarters: 500 square metres of ground-level space have been added to the existing 680 square metre site. This frees space in Custom Consoles’ existing precision-cutting area for parallel manufacture of motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height desks. These include M-Desk, System 2 and the Module R range, as well as supporting furniture such as the MD5003 27U noise-reduction bay. The expansion also allows increased demonstration space to be allocated for Ergotron monitor arms and workstation accessories.

Ergotron named Custom Consoles as its primary distributor to the furniture industry. The agreement covers the Ergotron portfolio of digital display mounting solutions, including wall and desk mount arms.

Two major additions to the Custom Consoles product range were announced. Gary Fuller, Sales Manager, explains: 

“It has long been our strategy to offer mix of customer-specific and standard-design furniture. This year, we bridged these two techniques by introducing a modular product range: Module-R. This enables robust, efficient and attractive technical control desks to be produced to individual requirements from a range of high-quality desk pods, base sections, worktops, rear tops, end-panel modules and steel legs. The desk pods are available as single-bay sections with a choice of 3U, 6U or 8U chassis capacity. Cabinet construction is in high-quality grey-finished MDF. Cable management ducts are integrated into all desk sections.” 

Custom Consoles also announced a major upgrade to its M-Desk series of desks. Redesigned vertical support pillars constructed of extruded aluminium replace the earlier box-steel legs. At the centre of each pillar is a perforated aluminium plate, 1.5 mm in thickness, which is available in a choice of colours. The new design delivers the twin benefits of lighter weight and more attractive styling. The aluminium pillars are being implemented on both the height- adjustable and fixed-height M-Desks.

Notable contracts received during the year included delivery of the first in Custom Console’s new range of Module-R technical furniture to TTL Video. A four-bay inline desk was chosen as part of the new TV and Radio studio complex ordered by The BBC World Service Trust and supplied to the new regional broadcaster Al-Mirbad Television based in Basra, Iraq. Four 10U bays with sloping front panels are located to the rear of the desk. These will house presentation control equipment.

Channel 4 Television ordered two large custom-designed desks for a presentation suite and nearby operations room. A seven-bay Custom Consoles desk in the presentation suite houses a Pharos 15 inch control screen, Trilogy and Drake talkbacks and a Pro-Bel presentation mixer. Eight 17 inch LCD panels are located immediately above the desk, used in conjunction with three wall-mounted 40 inch LCD picture monitors. In the operations room, a 5 metre width Custom Consoles desk houses all the technical support equipment required to control routing, ingest to disk and playout. The desk can accommodate four engineering staff.

Custom Consoles also completed the support structure and external cladding of a massive 12 x 5 metre monitor wall for the Highways Agency which is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England. Built in co-operation with audio-visual display and control solutions specialist Electrosonic, the structure houses twelve 67 inch rear-projection screens which can be switched to monitor motorway traffic flow on the motorway with exceptionally high clarity.

Contacts for further information:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles

tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles participates in Highways Agency monitor-wall contract

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Custom Consoles has completed the support structure and external cladding of a massive 12 x 5 metre monitor wall for the Highways Agency which is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England.

Built in co-operation with audio-visual display and control solutions specialist Electrosonic, the structure houses twelve 67 inch rear-projection screens which can be switched to monitor motorway traffic flow on the motorway with exceptionally high clarity. It is located at the agency’s M25 control centre near Hatfield.

Paul Brooks, Sales Manager at Electrosonic, comments:

“Custom Consoles has long experience in providing monitor-support furniture and was the logical choice for this structure. The display incorporates four by three self-supporting monitor cubes forming a single seamless screen. It is designed to allow easy expansion to 24 screens at a future date. The structure includes mains and video cable ducting and is built of MDF finished in oak veneer.”

Electrosonic is an audio-visual company with a worldwide presence, specialising in the audio-visual needs of corporate communications, command and control rooms, museums, retail display, theme parks and exhibitions. It is a systems integrator, product manufacturer and provider of AV facilities management plus contract servicing.