Archive for May, 2012

Custom Consoles completes new edit suite desk installation for UK studios of major international satellite network

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Leighton Buzzard, England, 24 May 2012: Custom Consoles has completed the installation of four edit suite desks at the UK post-production studios of a major international satellite broadcast network All four desks match existing furniture designed and installed by Custom Consoles in two video suites, two audio post suites and two voiceover studios.

“The original furniture was designed and produced to fit the network’s operational and space requirements back in 2009, including the white finish specified by the building’s architects,” comments Custom Consoles’ Managing Director Neil Reed. “Each desk has proved ergonomically efficient and highly resilient to the wear and tear it has been subjected during three years of very active use. The four new edit suite desks are all to the same specification as the originals. Installation was done in four separate phases to ensure that at least three of the suites were always fully operational.”

“White-surfaced desks have become very popular in recent years,” adds Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “They are easy to keep clean and can make the entire working environment look very modern. The four newly installed video edit suite desks each incorporate a ventilated computer storage pedestal at the operator’s left and a 13 rack-unit equipment storage bay on the right. Three flat-panel picture monitors on Ergotron mounts are located at the rear of each desk. A fourth picture display sits on the desktop.”

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is a UK-based independent manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings.

Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. The company’s client base includes broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

Accompanying 300 DPI JPEG image shows one of the four newly-installed edit-suite desks.

Contacts for further information

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller, Sales Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants

Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983

Custom Consoles SteelBase desk commissioned for Thistle Alpha control room

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Petrofac, an international provider of integrated facilities services to the oil, gas and energy industries, has chosen a large Custom Consoles desk and auxiliary furniture for the engineering control room of the Thistle Alpha oil platform in the North Sea. It is equipped for simultaneous use by two operators and accommodates all the equipment necessary to regulate and monitor  the platform’s round-the-clock gas extraction processes.

“The requirement was to centralise all key process control and monitoring functions at a single desk,” explains Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “The desk had to accommodate two control room operators and a great deal of computerised support equipment. It is based on a U-shaped desk configured from our SteelBase product range. Designed and engineered for continuous use, it gives both operators easy access to their respective technical equipment and to the various storage compartments including two bespoke frames to accommodate large uninterrupted power supplies. The desk also had to provide good ventilation and integral cable ducting and be inherently fire resistant. It is now fully kitted out and has made a huge difference to the working conditions in the control room.”

“Two members of our staff, fully qualified for offshore work, flew out to the platform to install the desk.” adds Custom Consoles Managing Director Neil Reed. “The design produced for Thistle Alpha is in a 5.4 metre wide by 2.7 metre front-to-back horseshoe configuration and provides working space for two supervisors. The left-hand position provides access to two desktop equipment pods and five computer monitor screens with their respective keyboards. Each screen is supported by an Ergotron operator-adjustable arm mounted at the rear of the worktop. The right-hand position includes access to six monitors in a similar configuration.”

Custom Consoles’ SteelBase is a high-durability technical desking system which can be configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment  for any size of control room. All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. The desks are built of high-grade MDF on 19 inch base frames with powder-coated textured-grey vertical panels. Desktops are surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate or marmoleum.  Additional design features of the SteelBase range include hinged removable access doors, 19 inch equipment racking, sliding equipment trays, electrical cable management, power distribution and data panels and variable-speed ventilation fans.

Petrofac (www.petrofac.com) was established 31 years ago as an oilfield service company. It has since grown from 25 members of staff based at Tyler, Texas, into a global operation with more than 15,000 employees active across six business units. Its role today centres on designing and building oil and gas infrastructure.

Custom Consoles (www.customconsoles.co.uk) operates from a 1,200 square metre production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. The company’s client base includes governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

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

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants: +44 (0)1342 311 983stylusmedia@gmail.com

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, England

Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237 | Web:www.customconsoles.co.uk