Archive for October, 2007

Custom Consoles Media Wall installed at BBC World Service

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

BBC World Service has joined the growing number of broadcasters using Custom Consoles’ Media Wall monitor support system. The installation is of unusual configuration as the Media Wall was required to span a window between the control room in which it was installed and an adjacent radio studio, maintaining line-of-sight view. Loudspeakers, clocks, cue lighting and video monitors are attached to the Media Wall, the video monitors being positioned at high viewing level across the window.

“The studio in which this Media Wall was installed is used very intensively,” comments Custom Consoles’ Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “We were awarded the contract on the basis that we could assemble the unit over a weekend when the studio schedule was relatively light. The entire mechanical installation was completed in a single day.”

Custom Consoles’ Media Wall is designed to accommodate large or small arrays of flat-panel monitors and ancillary equipment. It incorporates height-adjustable horizontal beams suspended between 2 metre high silver-anodised aluminium supports. Beams are available in 1,500, 2,000 and 2,500 mm widths and allow easy attachment of large and small panels using pivoting VESA and plasma-mount fittings. A horizontal cable duct beneath each monitor mounting beam routes to a vertical coil, 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.

Based at Bush House between London’s Aldwych and The Strand, BBC World Service (www. www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice) transmits in 33 languages to many parts of the world. In May of this year, the BBC reported that the World Service’s average weekly audience had reached 183 million people, beating the previous record of 163 million listeners set 2006.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) 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: +44 (0)1525 379 909

St Regis Paper orders second Custom Consoles Module-R control desk

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Custom Consoles has completed the delivery of a large process control desk and video monitor wall for St Regis Paper Company Ltd. The desk was installed at St Regis’ Kemsley Mill plant in Sittingbourne, Kent. Kemsley Mill is the largest production plant in the St Regis group and one of the largest paper recycling mills in Europe.

Measuring 7.5 metres in width, the three-seat control desk is a curved design incorporating a three-drawer storage pedestal at each end. It is finished in oak with a blue Marmoleum worksurface. The central working area is supported by four extruded aluminium legs with integral cable-management ducts. Adjustable Ergotron monitor stands, also supplied by Custom Consoles, are integrated along the rear of the desk. These provide individual and quad-mount support for 19 inch LCD screens used to supervise the paper recycling process.

An oak-finished floor-to-ceiling monitor surround houses cabling to two 40 inch widescreen-format display panels employed to monitor machine-control status. This structure is 3.6 metres wide and 100 mm from front to back. The order also included a 2 x 2 metre L-shaped bespoke storage cabinet

"We invested last year in an 8 metre-wide U-shaped Custom Consoles Module-R desk for our Wansbrough Mill plant in Somerset," comments Adrian Clark, Divisional Process Control Engineer at St Regis Paper. "We have been very pleased with its appearance and robustness, hence our decision to place this second order with Custom Consoles. They interpreted our brief quickly and efficiently."

The Custom Consoles Module-R product range allows robust, efficient and attractive control-room desks to be produced to individual requirements from a range of high-quality pods, base sections, worktops, rear tops, end-panel modules and legs. Desk pods are available as single-bay sections with a choice of 3U, 6U or 8U chassis capacity. Cabinet construction is in high-quality oak-veneered MDF. Cable management ducts are integrated into all desk sections.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) 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.

Accompanying image shows the Custom Consoles process control desk and video monitor wall recently installed at St Regis Paper’s Kemsley Mill plant.

Custom Consoles furniture chosen for Qatar Television

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Custom Consoles has completed a major order for studio furniture to be installed at Qatar Television (Q-TV). The contract was placed by INC Broadcast, a leading systems integrator based in Kuwait. Four Module-R desks, two Media Walls and 14 monitor arms are included.

Completed at Custom Consoles’ headquarters in Leighton Buzzard, England, the furniture was shipped to INC Broadcast before being populated with technical equipment. Each of the Module-R desks is finished in maple with hard-wearing Marmoleum worksurfaces and satin-finished extruded-aluminium legs. The desk legs incorporate cable ducts rising from floor level and connecting with full-width lateral ducting.

Largest of the four Module-R units is a 4.5 metre wide production control desk configured for lighting manager, producer, graphics operator and teleprompter. A Thomson Grass Valley Kayak vision switcher is recessed to worksurface level in front of the producer. The production control desk incorporates four equipment bays plus three 19 inch LCD monitors mounted on Ergotron adjustable arms. The production desk is located in front of a 4.4 metre wide dual Custom Consoles Media Wall supporting no less than 32 19 inch LCD preview screens, two 26 inch picture monitors, 34 under-monitor-displays and a master clock. The screens are arranged in three horizontal rows above two four-door storage cabinets finished in matching maple.

Each of the other three Module-R desks is a 1.5 metre width single-seat three-bay unit configured for camera control, audio control and VTR control respectively. The camera control desk incorporates three equipment bays and faces a 2.2 metre wide single-unit Media Wall with eight 19 inch preview monitors, four 26 inch picture monitors, 12 UMDs and master clock plus four storage cupboards. VTR control is managed from a similar desk equipped with three equipment bays, four 19 inch LCD monitors on Ergotron arms, plus a 1.5 metre high two-drawer storage cabinet.

The fourth Module-R desk supports a Soundcraft audio mixing console and three 19 inch LCD video monitors with a a metre high single-bay equipment pod at forward right and angled two-door 1.5 metre high storage cabinet at immediate right.

“Custom Consoles’ Module-R met our desk, storage and display-screen requirements to the millimeter,” comments Aref Aotaibi, technical manager at INC Broadcast. “We found the company on the web and liked what we saw. Custom Consoles’ furniture is very attractively designed and robustly made. The Module-R equipment bays are easily accessible for initial installation as well as subsequent maintenance. We were impressed by the thought that had gone into cable ducting and by the speed of completion and delivery.”

Based in Kuwait City, INCĀ  was founded in 1995 and stands at the forefront of turnkey and broadcasting solutions. The company’s international branch in Qatar is responsible for marketing as well as providing support and management for projects in Qatar.

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, +44 (0)1525 379 909

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