The Advantages of Made-to-Order

Control Room Consoles

When talking of mission-critical environments, command centers and control rooms, the choice between made-to-order and pre-configured control consoles is a critical one.

While pre-configured consoles have their place, there are distinct advantages to opting for made-to-order control room consoles. These tailor-made solutions are designed to meet the specific needs of an organization, providing a level of adaptability and fine-tuning that can significantly enhance productivity and operator focus.

This article explores the benefits of made-to-order consoles over their pre-configured counterparts, focusing on adaptability, durability, and the ability to fine-tune console features to match the specific requirements of your operation and operators alike.

Adaptability to Specific Requirements

One of the most significant advantages of made-to-order control room consoles is their adaptability to specific requirements. Every organization has unique needs, and a one-size-fits-all approach rarely suffices in the complex world of command centers. Custom consoles can be tailored to the precise dimensions of the control room, ensuring optimal use of space and a seamless fit with existing equipment and infrastructure.

Moreover, made-to-order consoles can be designed to accommodate the specific workflows and operational processes of an organization. This can include features such as custom single or dual worksurface shapes and layouts, integrated cable management systems, adjustable monitor arms, ergonomic seating solutions and more.

A proper requirement-gathering process must take place to ensure the needs of all stakeholders involved in the control room are taken into account, and considered when designing a custom console solution for your organization, developing layouts, features, and finishes all considering the control room design principles laid out in ISO 11064 to properly produce made-to-order control room consoles that systemically enhance efficiency and streamline workflows.

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Made-to-order vs Pre-configured consoles

On the left you have one of our state-of-the-art control room consoles, and on the right you can see a set of pre-configured office furniture, both solutions were designed with different goals in mind. Desks like the one on the right are versatile pieces of furniture that can cater to the needs of a wide range of users, such as those in traditional office settings, home offices, and cubicles.

However, it’s important to note that the requirements of a control room can differ significantly from those of a typical office environment. This is especially true given that control rooms are used intensively around the clock.

Moreover, the specific needs of various industries that rely on control room operations, such as Oil and Gas refineries or Electric Utilities, are quite distinct. These industries have strategically designed operations and procedures that cater to their specific infrastructure management and monitoring processes.

Made-to-order console, designed from the ground up for a company in the energy sector, With a multiple monitor array, 4 workstations and a central push-button control panel.
Made-to-order consoles
  1. Engineered for mission-critical environments.
  2. Designed for 24 – 7 use 365 days of the year.
  3. Made with robust materials to withstand its intended purpose.
  4. Designed following critical ergonomic principles to foster focus and avoid musculoskeletal strains on intensive operations.
  5. Packed with features to ensure your operation never stops, push-button controls, sit-stand functionalities, multiple monitor arrangements, and more.
  6. Enhanced to optimize productivity and boost collaboration through multiple configurable monitors
  7. Equipment and cable management are neatly stored underneath the console for security and a clean and modern look.
Image of standard office desks Designed by Freepik
  1. Targeted at standard office environments, home offices and cubicles.
  2. Designed for 8 hours of sustained use, 5 days of the week.
  3. Designed with a broad audience in mind therefore ergonomics, build materials and features are compromised to cater to such a wide range of needs.
  4. Made to standard measurements which you’ll need to trickle with to make them fit in your desired room.
  5. Limited connectivity or protection for the stored equipment

Fine-Tuned Console Features

Another key advantage of made-to-order control room consoles is the ability to fine-tune features to maximize productivity and operator focus. Standard consoles often come with fixed configurations and limited customization options. In contrast, made-to-order consoles can be designed with a focus on ergonomics, ensuring that operators can work comfortably for extended periods without fatigue or strain.

Additionally, made-to-order consoles can incorporate advanced features such as integrated lighting systems, adjustable monitor heights, and made-in power outlets. These features can be fine-tuned to meet the specific needs of the organization, enhancing operator focus and reducing distractions.

Moreover, tailored consoles can be designed to accommodate future upgrades and expansions. This can include features such as modular components, which can be easily added or removed as needed. By future-proofing the console, organizations can ensure that their investment continues to deliver value over time.

Our state-of-the-art console solutions are designed to meet the exact needs of your operational workflow, providing a blank canvas for your operational leaders to customize every feature of their workstation. They have complete control over their console’s height, monitor count, size, shape, storage options, buttons, control switches, alarms, and creature comforts like kick space heaters and HVAC systems. Moreover, we offer a wide range of additional features that can be tailored to your specific needs, ensuring an enhanced monitoring and controlling experience for your operators and optimized utilization of your resources, both assets, and personnel.

The result is a solution that is truly optimized for the operators in your control center. With the freedom to personalize finishing materials, colors and features to your operation’s specific requirements.

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Kickspace Heater
Multiple Monitor Arrays
Tresco Personal Environment Unit
Sit-Stand Functionality
Customizable hard panel enclosures
Overhead lighting/integrated directional speakers
Multifunctional Backwall
Curved Worksurface
Rubber nosing
Under-counter LED ambient lighting
Overhead lighting/integrated directional speakers
Interior Bay Lighting
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Cable Management
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Task Lighting
Task lighting
A/C Supplied Air Box
Personal Environment Unit with feature hotspots

Pros and Cons of made-to-Order Consoles


  1. Optimized for Operators: made-to-order consoles are tailored to the specific needs of the operators in the control center, ensuring that they have the tools and features they need to perform their tasks efficiently.
  2. Sales Process: Sales representatives are free to learn your requirements and propose a solution that will best suit your control room; there is no backlog of manufactured products that a salesperson would need to push you into.
  3. Customization: made-to-order consoles offer a lot more freedom to customize and personalize the consoles with features, sizes, finish materials and colors of your choice.


  1. Weight: Consoles are made from robust sturdy materials to ensure they can sustain the test of time and constant use, this means they tend to be heavy and are designed to stay within their intended place in the control room.
  2. Infrastructure Requirements: made-to-order configurations require custom designs, highly skilled personnel, manufacturing programs, software, and sophisticated production equipment capable to adapt to every client’s requirements, all available at Tresco.
  3. Requirements gathering process: It’s a critical step in control room operations, due to their complex nature. It is essential that all relevant stakeholders, including sales representatives, engineers, designers, and project managers, have extensive experience in understanding the operational needs. They must be able to design a feature list that accurately optimizes workflow and maximizes the return on investment of the consoles to be built. At Tresco, we are proud to have a team of experienced, competitive, and approachable professionals who can help drive your project forward.

Pros and Cons of Pre-Configured Consoles


  1. Simpler Manufacturing: Pre-configured consoles are not designed to cater to the specific requirements of a custom control room environment. As a result, they may have simpler production and assembly lines, with less sophisticated equipment and software requirements.
  2. Less Skilled Designers: Less skilled designers are required to program the manufacturing equipment, which may reduce manufacturing costs.
  3. Packaging and Shipping: Having consistently sized and shaped end products allows the manufacturer to optimize the packaging and shipping for the product, reducing the shipping and packaging cost per unit.


  1. Less Optimized Solution: You will likely receive a less optimized solution for the operator/equipment that the consoles are supposed to be designed to support. In the end, your process has to adapt to the included features and designs of these consoles when in reality it should be the other way around.
  2. Quality Reduction: Competition with other vendors with a similar business model keeps constant pressure on pre-configured console manufacturers to continuously reduce their manufacturing costs to stay competitive, which may lead to a reduction in product quality over time.
  3. Sales Influence: Sales representatives will be trying to influence you into taking specific console configurations and features based on their company’s manufacturing quotas.
  4. Customization: Less ability to customize/personalize consoles with features, sizes, shapes, finish materials and colors of your choice.

In conclusion, made-to-order control room consoles offer a range of benefits over pre-configured consoles. Their adaptability to specific requirements and fine-tuning of features can significantly enhance productivity and operator focus. By aligning the console with the organization’s operational needs, made-to-order control room consoles can improve efficiency, streamline workflows, and future-proof the command center.




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