Archive for September, 2007

Custom Consoles control desk chosen by Lafarge Cement

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Lafarge Cement UK, a division of the world’s leading cement and building  materials producer, has chosen Custom Consoles to supply an  engineering control desk, video monitor wall and storage furniture.

Installed at the company’s plant in Hope, Derbyshire, the desk  is a 6 metre wide wing-shaped design based on Custom Consoles’  Module-R range. Finished in maple, it accommodates PC-based  equipment used to control and supervise the cement manufacturing  process. Appropriately for the application, the work surface is  hard-wearing cement-grey Marmoleum.

Thirteen 19 inch LCD computer screens are mounted along the rear edge  of the desk in groups of seven and four, all of which can be viewed  easily by process operators sitting near the curved centre of  the desk. Each screen is mounted on an Ergotron adjustable monitor  arm.

The longer of the two desk wings faces a 4 metre wide by 2 metre high  bespoke monitor screen wall housing two Mitsubishi 67 inch DLP  rear-projectors plus an additional six 20 inch LCD monitors.  The monitor screen wall has the same maple finish as the desk plus a  light-grey-sprayed anti-reflection surface around the screens. It is  set forward of the front wall, allowing easy rear access to the projectors.

A matching 5.5 metre wide bespoke storage unit comprising a variety of  cupboards and drawer units occupies the rear wall of the control room.  Four curved tambour-door units provide storage space for frequently  accessed manuals and printed files. Custom Consoles also supplied  power distribution units and electronic clocks for the desk and the  monitor screen wall.

“The new installation is very well constructed and enables staff to  work extremely efficiently,” comments LaFarge Cement Control Systems  Engineer Brian Addley. “Custom Consoles translated our brief into a  control room environment that is a real pleasure to work in and which  should provide many years of service.”

“It is reassuring to work with a company that takes ergonomic design  and staff well-being really seriously,” adds Custom Consoles Sales  Manager Gary Fuller. “Our Module-R range enabled us to configure and  install the desk from modules of standard design. We were able to  deliver the benefits of a fully bespoke suite at a very accessible  price and with fast delivery time.”

Custom Consoles’ Module-R enables studio designers and system  integrators to pick-and-mix from a range of desk sections which can be  supplied quickly and assembled easily. Technical control desks can be  tailored to individual requirements from a range of high-quality desk  pods, base sections, worktops, rear tops, end-panel modules and  forward-angled silver-painted steel legs. Module-R desk pods are  available as single, dual and triple-bay sections with a choice of 3U,  6U or 8U chassis capacity. Cabinet construction is in high-quality MDF  with hard-wearing Marmoleum or Linoleum worksurfaces. Cable management  ducts are integrated into alll desk sections.

Lafarge Cement UK (www. has a history  stretching back to 1900 when 27 small, mainly Kent-based, cement  manufacturers and their subsidiaries merged to form Associated  Portland Cement Manufacturers (1900) Ltd. The famous Blue Circle brand  was first introduced in 1928. In 2001 Blue Circle Industries was taken  over by the Lafarge group to become part of the world’s leading  producer of cement and building materials. The UK cement-making  operation changed its company name to Lafarge Cement in early 2002  but retains the famous Blue Circle brand of cement which it makes and  markets nationwide.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd ( is an  independent company manufacturing a broad range of control-room  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 corporations in Britain, mainland Europe and  the Far East. Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Limited: +44 (0)1525 379 909
David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants +44 (0)1342 311 983