Continued from July 2011 CTI Newsletter
CTI Modifies Delta Airlines First Class Seats for Cigar Box Studios
Cigar Box Studios came to CTI in June 2011 to get some assistance adapting a new Delta Airlines first class airline passenger seat to allow control of the seat’s reclining functions by a Medialon show controller for use in a large glass walled display. This project was on a fast track so CTI only had a week to design and implement the seat modifications and control interface.
CTI spoke to Mike Girman, Cigar Box Studios Executive-in-Charge, about the project.
CTI: Who participated in this project ?
Mike Girman: The main participants were myself, Rob MacGarvie – Cigar Box Studios Project Manager, and Barry Grossman - Scharff Weisberg, Inc.
CTI: What were the general parameters and design needs for the project (what did you need to do)
Delta considered the new seat to be the focal point of the display. The seat is designed to fully recline into a flat sleeping position. The concept called for the seat to cycle from upright to fully reclined every couple of minutes. The process was to be fully automated and controlled by a Medialon Showmaster Pro® embedded show controller (provided by Scharff Weisberg). We needed a custom interface with associated cables, connectors, etc. built to connect the seat to the Medialon.
CTI: Were there specific design, budget, time, or physical constraints that you had to work within?
MG: This was the fastest of fast track projects. We had basically two weeks to complete the detailed design, receive the materials, fabricate, test and install. Additionally, Delta is our client’s largest client. It had to be perfect.
CTI: Why did you decide on CTI?
MG: Deciding to contract with CTI was easy … confidence and trust. I’ve known Gary and Larry my entire career.
CTI: Did you do any preliminary testing?
MG: We did an acceptance test of the seat running under Medialon control at CTI. We videotaped the testing and forwarded a copy to our client. Immediately after the test, we had the seat and hardware shipped up to the Cigar Box Studio’s facility in Newburgh for trial fitup and a final test in the display prior to installation at JFK.
CTI: How did you set up the equipment? Was there anything special, unique, or difficult about the installation?
MG: Installation at JFK was extremely complicated because of TSA rules and regulations that must be complied with in the minutest detail. We were working in a sterile area inside of security.
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Custom electronic enclosure by CTI
Finished installation at New York's JFK Airport
The Delta Business ELITE seat as delivered to CTI
Seat modification detail with CTI microsurgery