Archive for January, 2010

Custom Consoles M Desk-Technical furniture chosen for Madeley Academy

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Altered Images, one of Britain’s leading resellers of technology for the television production and corporate communications sectors, has chosen Custom Consoles’ to design and supply a large video and audio control room at Madeley Academy in Telford, Shropshire. Based on the M-Desk Technical series, the desk consists of a 6 metre wide inline structure with an integral 3 metre wide side-facing work position at each end.

“The M Desk-Technical range provided the right mix of design flexibility to match our design parameters plus the freedom to incorporate customised elements specific to this installation,” comments Altered Image Company Director Stuart Turner. “The desk is configured for use by up to five operators handling (from left) sound control, production monitoring, lighting control, vision mixing and editing. A triple-bay desktop equipment pod is located at the left and right corners, each pod providing room for twelve 19 inch rack-mounting equipment modules. The left pod doubles as a raised platform for a 32 inch video monitor screen and the right pod supports three PC monitors mounted on Ergotron adjustable arms. Two additional PC monitors are mounted directly to the desktop. Two 13 U equipment bay are located from floor to desk level in the left and right corners respectively and an additional technical equipment housing is provided at the far right. The sound mixer and lighting controllers are free-standing on the desktop, following normal practice, and the vision mixing panel is recessed into the desk in front of the right-hand equipment pod.”

The desk is finished in cherry veneer with a hardwearing blue Marmoleum worksurface. Installation was completed within four weeks of order.

Custom Consoles’ M Desk-Technical furniture is configured from a number of standard modules leaving only the worktops and any client-specific units to be constructed to meet individual requirements. Heavy-duty three-layer cable management with access panels runs along the entire desk width. The M Desk-Technical range is available in a choice of veneers and work-surfaces. Each desk unit is supported by extruded aluminium legs with integral floor-to-desk cable management. Available options include storage pedestals, computer housings, desktop equipment bays and flat-panel monitor mounts.

Altered Images was established in 1997 as a London-based reseller of video production and post production equipment. The company has expanded its team to 22 personnel based in London, Manchester, Nuneaton and Shepperton. It provides workflow systems, tapeless production and editing and delivery solutions. The company also offers a wide range of services including broadcast-quality equipment hire, consultancy, design and installation, with full maintenance support.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is a UK-based independent manufacturer of broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The company operates from a 1,200 square metre production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. Custom Consoles has built its name in the development and manufacture of bespoke furniture for a client base that includes governmental and corporate organisations in Britain, mainland Europe and Asia. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Newsmedia contacts:

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

Custom Consoles M Desk-Technical series chosen for Iranian natural-gas extraction station

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Custom Consoles, a leading producer high-quality furniture for the process-control, security and broadcast sectors, has completed a major order for Yokogawa Electric Corporation. One of the world’s largest specialists in measurement and process control technology, Yokogawa has taken delivery of two large curved consoles plus an engineering control desk, an operator’s desk, a manager’s desk and a supervisor’s desk. All are currently enroute for use at a natural-gas-extraction project in Iran.

“The furniture for this project is based on our M Desk-Technical series which allows bespoke control room desking to be configured from a range of standard modules with user-specific worktops,” comments Gary Fuller, Sales Manager at Custom Consoles. “The two largest desks are mirror-image L-shape designs measuring nearly 7.5 by 3 metres. Each is slightly curved on its longest side and incorporates four silver-finished metal legs. The two desks will be deployed to form a semi-enclosed U-shaped working area accommodating up to eight system control staff. Each desk incorporates two floor-to-worktop-height computer bays plus four slanted-top desktop equipment pods and seven Ergotron semi-flexible monitor support arms.”

A straight L-shaped design, the engineering control desk provides seating space for two operators on its long side (4.1 metres) and one operator on its short span (2.76 metres). It is supported by a three-drawer storage bay at each extremity plus three computer housings with space for two PCs each. A desktop-level storage pod for reference files is located at the corner of the structure. Five monitor support arms are located at the rear of the long span plus an additional support arm on the desk’s short span.

The operator’s desk is a 3.2 metre wide design with two side-by-side work-positions separated by a central storage cabinet which will incorporate two PCs. A silver-finished metal leg provides stability at each end of the structure. Two PC-monitor support arms are mounted at the rear of the desk in front of each operator.

The manager’s desk is a 2.4 by 2 metre T-shaped design supported by a three-drawer storage bay on one side of the short span plus a housing on the other side for two computers. The longer span is supported at its far end by a metal pillar and provides worktop space for two-person or three-person discussions. Two PC support arms are attached at the rear of the desk, one above each support bay.

The supervisor’s desk, 2 metres wide and 90 cm deep, is similar in design to the manager’s desk but without the discussion-desk extension.

All six desks are finished in dark grey laminate with black worktops.

Custom Consoles M Desk-Technical furniture is configured from standard modules. Heavy-duty three-layer cable management with access panels runs along the entire desk width. The M Desk-Technical range is available in a choice of veneers. Worktops can be finished to individual customer specification from a variety of choices. Each desk unit is supported by extruded aluminium legs with integral floor-to-desk cable ducting. Available options include storage pedestals, computer housings, desktop equipment bays and flat-panel monitor mounts.

Yokogawa’s global network of 19 manufacturing facilities and 85 companies spans 40 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 8,000 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 a UK-based independent manufacturer of broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The company operates from a 1,200 square metre production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. Custom Consoles has built its name in the development and manufacture of bespoke furniture for a client base that includes governmental and corporate organisations in Britain, mainland Europe and Asia. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Newsmedia contacts:

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

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