AV Overhaul at Consol Energy Center Part 1
Jan 13, 2011 11:28 AM
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The excitement of the big game in a sports venue is bumped up several notches by a huge scoreboard video screen and flashing ribbon displays. Pittsburgh’s new
Consol Energy Center got the latest in Mitsubishi LED video with Vision Soft Control and David Corathers from Mitsubishi Diamond Vision is here to give us the low down on the project. Coming up next on the SVC podcast.
David it’s great having you here on the SVC podcast from Mitsubishi Diamond Vision. Tell me a little bit about what Mitsubishi Diamond Vision does.
Well Mitsubishi Diamond Vision is a manufacturer and installer also of large scale video screens for sporting stadiums and Times Square, Las Vegas to commercial markets as well. [Timestamp: 1:08]
And I have seen pictures of many of those and they are spectacular. One of the more notable ones lately has been that colossal Diamond Vision screen in the Cowboy’s stadium. So what do you do as engineering manager for Diamond Vision?
Well as the engineering manager I’m responsible for the project design group as well as the products that we manufacture in the states. We manufacture both in Japan and in the states. Primarily the products that we’re manufacturing through here are ribbon board technologies as well as some video board type products. The projects in the states are designed here as well as working with our design groups and product development groups in Japan so we have a dual manufacturing and dual engineering process where we can better meet our market needs of the United States—so with our design groups here and with that interface back to Japan. [Timestamp: 2.07]
And the project here is the Console Energy Center in Pittsburgh with a huge center-hung scoreboard video display, ribbon displays, monitors everywhere. So how did Mitsubishi Diamond Vision get into the project there?
Of course Mitsubishi Diamond Vision is one of the largest suppliers and we’ve been around for 30 years so we did the Las Angeles Dodgers back in the 1980’s which was the first large scale video screen and we were recognized as one of the number one suppliers in HD, high resolution video boards so when Consol and the Penguins and Pittsburgh was looking for a supplier we were one of the number one’s on their list. It also helps that this is our hometown—so that also helped but most opportunities that customers are looking for, the large scale HD screens, would come to us and ask for us to bid on that project. We did and of course we won it as well. [Timestamp: 3:09]
The center scoreboard here can be customized for the various home teams that share the Consol Energy Center. Was there anything that turned out to be a significant challenge on this installation?
Well, the project was pretty much straight forward. I think some of the challenges we had were towards the end. There were several different things added. It’s certainly a very large center-hung, it’s using our 6 mm black package for the HD, and it has very good contrast. They were good designs. They’re challenging from that standpoint but pretty much straight forward. The other products that came in later when they wanted advertising for boards or out in the concourse areas and in some of the entrance areas and we…there were many options discussed-as videos on the walls and different types of patterns and what was decided is we pitched what we call our “video pucks” and they were basically looked like very large pucks, hockey pucks, with video around the outside edge and they’re architecturally designed to look like a puck. There’s three of them, different sizes, coming up the entrance making it almost look like the puck’s coming at you and there are three of them anywhere from 19ft. to around a little over 12ft. in diameter. And they’re hanging from these entrance ways and there’s very large steps to come up and the challenges were to be able to interface with their architecture to be able to lower these things so that they’ve got a self-climbing hoist built into each one to get them down so that they can be serviced and also in a stairwell area where there’s no real flat surface to bring it down to. [Timestamp: 5:13]
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