Archive for March, 2007

Custom Consoles control desks chosen for Oman gas plant

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Custom Consoles announces the delivery of two large control desks to Yokogawa Middle East for installation at a major gas plant in Oman. Both desks were custom-designed to Yokogawa’s specification and incorporate solid oak buffering to protect front, side and rear edges. The desk tops are hard-wearing light grey Marmoleum work-surfaces. Access ducts for electrical and data cables are located at regular intervals towards the rear.

Largest of the two desks is a 10 metre curved console bay (shown above) with horizontally-sliding tambour doors, also light grey, providing easy access to storage bays at each side. Six silver-spray-painted steel supporting pillars provide vertical and lateral stability across the entire structure.

The second desk is a straight engineering control console in matching style and colour, 6 metres in width, with six steel supports and 12 cable access ducts. It is designed to accommodate up to five seating points and incorporates a vertical draft-exclusion panel.

“We were awarded the contract on the basis of Yokogawa’s previous experience of our ability to produce control furniture combining high structural strength with attractive styling and finish,” comments Custom Consoles’ Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “Low combustability is of paramount importance in power-control environments and for this reason the two desks are constructed from fire-resistant plywood.”

Yokogawa ( is a Tokyo-based global network of 18 manufacturing facilities, 81 companies, and more than 650 sales and engineering offices spanning 30 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,000 patents and registrations, including the world’s first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of control room and office furniture. This includes motorised, manually- adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles has built its name in the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture to a client base that includes major broadcasters in Britain, mainland Europe and the Far East. The high quality and ergonomic efficiency of Custom Consoles furniture are recognised by other industries such as security, air traffic control, process control, corporate training and network monitoring. Based in Bedfordshire, England, Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Media contacts:
Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Ltd, +44 (0)1525 379 909

David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants, +44 (0)1342 311 983

Custom Consoles furniture chosen for Skai

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

* See Custom Consoles on booth SU9011 (TV-Logic), South Hall, Upper Level, NAB 2007, Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada, April 16-19 *

Custom Consoles broadcast desks, monitor walls and supporting furniture have been chosen as part of a system supplied to Greek television network Skai. The order was placed by Sony Professional Services Europe as part of a major systems-integration project and includes six custom-design desks plus two Custom Consoles monitor stacks. Located in Athens, Skai specialises in high-quality news reality and drama. It transmits on terrestrial analogue UHF and is also receivable thoughout Europe via Hellasat 2 satellite.

Largest of the six Custom Consoles desks are a 5 metre-wide unit installed in Skai’s news gallery plus an identical desk located in the continuity suite. Both incorporate a horizontal rear shelf to accommodate IT-based equipment behind the upward-sloping main operating surface. The other four desks are respectively allocated to the senior editor, the master control room and two ingest stations. All are constructed of grey-finished MDF with hard-wearing yellow Marmoleum work surfaces.

“Custom Consoles’ portfolio of attractively-styled broadcast furniture was a major consideration in the placement of this order,” comments Neil Pilling, General Manager of Sony Professional Services Europe. “Given that this was the first major order we have placed with Custom Consoles, we were pleased by their ability to deliver to promise.”

The project included the use of LCD flat panels both for console and monitor stack monitoring. The monitor stacks are located in Skai’s continuity suite and news gallery. An additional equipment rack and ceiling-suspended overhead pod were supplied to house audio equipment in the news gallery.

Custom Consoles’ Media Wall monitor stack is designed to accommodate large or small arrays of flat-panel monitors and ancillary equipment. Height-adjustable horizontal beams are incorporated, suspended between 2,000 mm high silver-anodised aluminium supports. The beams are available in 1,500, 2,000 and 2,500 mm widths and are structured to allow easy attachment of large and small panels using pivoting VESA and plasma-mount fittings. A horizontal cable duct behind each monitor mounting beam routes to a vertical cable duct, enabling easy and expandable housing of power and video wiring. Equipment pods with 19 inch racking behind removable vented panels can be accommodated at floor level.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Ltd, +44 (0)1525 379 909