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Custom Consoles Completes Second Control Desk Installation for CERN

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800_CERN_HMT_control_roomImage shows two of the three new Custom Consoles Steelbase-Lite desks and auxiliary furniture in the CERN Heavy Magnet Testing control room.


Geneva, Switzerland, March 22, 2017: Custom Consoles announces the completion of second technical control desk project at the headquarters of CERN on the Franco-Swiss border. This includes the design and installation of three desks from the Custom Consoles SteelBase-Lite series. All are located in a control room assigned to heavy magnet testing together with a large meeting table seating up to 12 people.

“Technical control furniture from Custom Consoles’ SteelBase and Steelbase-Lite product ranges was chosen in 2016 for the LHCb control room and cryogenics control room,” says David Hay, technical coordinator at CERN’s Engineering Department. “SteelBase and SteelBase Lite were selected for the LHCb main control room. In partnership with Custom Consoles we chose Steelbase Lite for this latest project which relates to the HMT control room. The desks have all proved hardwearing and aesthetically attractive. Our operators particularly appreciate the ergonomic excellence of SteelBase-Lite and the well designed cable management features.”

“We were naturally very pleased to have been selected for this second project by such a high-profile client,” adds Custom Consoles’ Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “The furniture was prefabricated at our UK headquarters before being delivered to site and installed by Custom Consoles technicians.”

Widest of the three control desks is an 8.5 metre structure designed for simultaneous use by up to five operators. The two smaller desks are 3.5 metres in width, each configured for two operators. All three desks have a front-to-back depth of just over 1 metre and Marmoleum-finished worktops. Each of the nine operator positions is equipped with three computer monitor display mounting beams which can be individually adjusted in lateral and vertical angle. The control desks are positioned in a U configuration facing three walls of the rectangular room with the planning desk positioned near the centre. Two storage cabinets have also been provided, each 1 metre wide by 400 mm front-to-back, finished with matching bird-laminated top surfaces and anthracite-grey laminated doors.

Custom Consoles SteelBase-Lite is a range of high-durability technical desks which can be configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of control room. The desks are built of high-grade MDF on steel base frames with powder-coated textured-grey vertical panels.

SteelBase-Lite desks can be specified for single or multi operator environments. Worktops can be rectangular or curved, including angled or curved corners and optional curved-front-profile side panels. All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. The SteelBase range has been fully tested for conformance with ISO and EN ergonomic standards.

Steelbase-Lite is a compact and cost-efficient variant which can be delivered in flat-pack form for easy assembly by the customer or by on-site installers. Each unit incorporates a PC storage base with two hinged removable access doors at front and rear. All doors have ventilation ports running almost the full height.”

Each SteelBase-Lite desk unit is equipped with cable management ducts plus easy cable access from the computer housing via a brush strip running the full width of the worktop. Adjacent to this is a video display support frame with two VESA monitor mounts which attach to height-adjustable horizontal aluminium-frame beams. Robust steel arms and profiled legs integrated with the main desk unit give SteelBase-Lite very high strength and rigidity.



CERN (, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Its physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. This process provides clues about how the particles interact as well as insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies. The particles are then made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.


Custom Consoles

Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2017, 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 facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.
Contacts for further information

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