Archive for February, 2008

Custom Consoles at IFSEC 2008 (Preview)

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Custom Consoles will be exhibiting examples of its established and highly successful range of security and process control furniture on Stand 20132 in Hall 19 at IFSEC2008, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, May 12-15.

M Desk Technical security furniture
Custom Consoles’ M Desk Technical is a structured system enabling bespoke security furniture to be configured from a range of standard modules. These include 13 U high 19 inch equipment pedestals and free-standing 19 inch desktop pods. Ideally suited to PC-based security and process control rooms, M Desk Technical can be configured to match specific site and client requirements. Ergonomically-efficient working environments can be constructed quickly and cost-efficiently for control rooms of any size. Features include a 900 mm deep work surface, heavy-cable management and flat-screen mounting. Removable access panels can be located at front or rear. Three-layer horizontal cable management can be routed through the entire width of the desk with access via an intermediate leg or pedestal. Three-compartment trunking can be fitted as an alternative option. M Desk Technical is available in a wide range of finishes with a choice of Marmoleum work-surface colours. Legs are Custom Consoles’ proven aluminium extrusions with integral cable management. Designed around BS EN ISO9241-5 ergonomic requirements, M Desk Technical is available within typical lead times of 14 to 21 working days from design approval.

Module-R select-and-combine range of desk components
Custom Consoles’ Module-R enables clients to select and combine a range of desk sections, bringing the benefits of fast delivery and easy assembly. 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 desks are available in single, dual and triple-bay sections with a choice of 3 U, 6 U or 8 U chassis capacity. Cabinet construction is in MDF with maple veneer or grey-sprayed finished and hard-wearing Marmoleum worksurfaces. Cable management is integrated into all desk sections.

Media Wall
Custom Consoles’ innovative Media Wall allows large or small arrays of flat-panel monitors and ancillary equipment to be installed quickly and securely. Media Wall incorporates height-adjustable horizontal beams 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 flat-panel displays using pivoting VESA and plasma-mount fittings.

Ergotron monitor arms
Custom Consoles will display the latest additions to the Ergotron range of flat-panel display mounts, including wall and desk mount arms. Combining high stability with easy adjustability, Ergotron mounts are available to suit a wide range of monitor types and sizes.

Staff attending IFSEC 2008:
Neil Reed, Managing Director
Gary Fuller, Sales Manager

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of control-room furniture for security and process-control applications. This includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus 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, Middle East and 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

Custom Consoles control desk chosen by Scottish Power

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Custom Consoles has completed a large technical supervision desk for the control room at Scottish Power’s Cruachan hydroelectric generating plant in the Highlands.

Installed inside a man-made cavern 1 km below ground, the desk is a large delta-shaped design accommodating a master control pod and eleven LCD computer monitor screens. The control room is used to regulate the operation of Cruachan Power Station, an ultra-modern pumped-storage facility deep within Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe in the Scottish highlands. Water stored in a reservoir high on the mountain is channelled down at high pressure through two 5-metre diameter pipes into four generators to generate electricity during periods of high demand. At night, when demand for power is at its lowest, electricity from the National Grid is then fed back into the generators which double as pumps to cycle the water back up to the high-level reservoir.

Based on Custom Consoles’ Module-R product range, the Scottish Power control desk is 4,500 mm in width and finished in variegated granite grey. It is constructed from three integrated desk units (left, centre and right) supported by six forward-angled extruded aluminium legs. The worksurface is hard-wearing Marmoleum finished in variegated granite grey. The contract also included six two-door cabinets for storing the personal effects of shift staff plus 11 Ergotron LX arms which allow the LCD monitor screens to be adjusted easily to suit the viewing requirements of individual operators.

“Custom Consoles’ Module-R was the obvious choice for this application,” comments Cruachan Power Station engineer Martyn Cunningham. “It provided a design-base from which we could specify what amounts to a fully customised IT-based control console without the long lead time usually incurred with bespoke technical furniture. The desk is attractively styled and built to the high structural and ergonomic standards we required for round-the-clock operation. It also meets with the requirements of the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations.”

Custom Consoles was chosen and contracted by Remtech Computer Security which specialises in providing physical protection of media and hardware against harzards such as flooding, fire and theft. Based in Epsom, Surrey, Remtech UK is supported by Remtech Nordic and Remtech Netherlands to provide product and service throughout Scandinavia and Northern Europe. It also has dealerships based in Russia, Latvia and Slovenia. Remtech has completed many projects in these areas, ranging from 10 square metre communications rooms to 3,000 square metre data centres.

“We are very pleased to have been chosen for such a significant contract in the energy sector,” adds Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “Cruachan Power Station is an excellent example of the way in which electricity from generators operating in standby mode at night can be harnessed to offset peak-period demand.”

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 metal 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 Marmoleum or Linoleum worksurfaces. Cable management ducts are integrated into all desk sections.

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

Custom Consoles desks chosen for broadcaster’s Welsh radio studios

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Custom Consoles has completed the design and installation of four bespoke radio studio desks for Broadcasting House, Llandaff, the Cardiff headquarters of BBC Wales. Two of the desks are horse-shoe-shaped giving their respective operators a three-way surround workspace. Overall length and width of each desk is 2,400 x 2,720 mm with one right-angled and one curved corner. Both desks incorporate equipment storage bays below the main worksurface.

The contract also included two 2,000 x 1,600 mm L-shaped desks for use in radio bulletin studios. These are designed to allow seating space for a presenter/interviewer plus three or four guests.

All four desks are 720 mm high and finished in ash veneer. They have integral cable ducting and high-durability Rhinofloor cushioned vinyl worksurfaces.

"These are the latest in a long line of bespoke desks we have produced over the years for broadcast industry applications," comments Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. "Many broadcasters have highly specialised furniture requirements which cannot always be met from standard modular desk components. In this case, the desks are very unusual indeed but demonstrate very careful planning by the BBC to maximise the efficiency of the staff who will be using them."

Broadcasting House in Llandaff has been the hub of BBC Wales operations since autumn 1966 and has a wide range of Custom Consoles desks including modular-designed Media Desks.

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