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Custom Consoles Module-R technical control furniture chosen for major UK power utility

Monday, April 8th, 2013

One of Britain’s largest power utilities has chosen Custom Consoles technical furniture for a new control suite at an electricity generating station in southern England. The installation formed part of a recently completed technical modernisation programme.

“The client’s objective was to centralise functions that were previously operated from multiple desks,” explains Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “Following a site visit, we produced designs for two desks based on our Module-R product range. These comprised a horse-shoe-shaped central control desk plus a rear-facing auxiliary engineering desk.

“The main control position is structured as a straight central bay with three angle bays forming a wrap-round section to the left and right. From this the client can monitor the whole plant via a central computer using seven monitor displays on Ergotron user-adjustable support arms. It is also configured to give the client immediate access to alarm buttons and telephones as well as direct contact with National Grid. Data cabling runs inside the desk legs to an equipment room on a lower floor, reducing fan noise as well as being easier for maintenance.

“A rear-facing desk behind the main control desk has also been installed and is used for supervision of auxiliary engineering functions. This consists of nine in-line bays and seven monitor arms.

“The individual elements were prefabricated at our factory before being assembled and installed at the plant. The new control facility is working well and the client’s operating staff are very pleased with it.”

Custom Consoles’ Module-R product range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured from user-selectable or factory-integrated sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Co-ordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10 rack units of chassis capacity. Module-R cabinet construction is in high-quality veneered MDF. Other features of the Module-R range include continuous brush-strip cable access to front worktops.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd ( is an ISO 9001 certified 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 UK-based 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 clients include broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

Contacts for further information

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

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

Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909, Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237,