Manufacturer Musings: Chris Exelby, TSL Products

Chris Exelby, TSL Products
Neal Romanek
September 7th 2016 at 12:02PM : By Neal Romanek

TSL Products

Chris Exelby, MD of TSL Products, believes the IT industry is way ahead of the broadcast industry in terms of it's energy efficiency.  


Name: Chris Exelby

Job title: Managing director

Company: TSL Products

Number of IBCs you’ve attended? 10

What do think will be the big technology trends at this year’s IBC?

Products that simplify workflow and reduce cost, using whatever technology will deliver the result as we enter the ‘it’s good enough’ age.

What’s will your company be highlighting at IBC?

The shift to IP fits perfectly our customers need to become more effective and efficient in the creation of content. So we are pleased to be able to launch our IP ready products in our market leading Audio Monitoring, Control Systems and Power Management product ranges.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the TV industry right now?

The revenues of all broadcasters, public or private, are being challenged by budget cuts or changing advertising revenues. So our common challenge is to ‘do more with less’. The days of the nice profitable revenues that accompanied the introduction of new technology are long gone – the focus now is help our customers reduce costs and increase efficiency and usability.

Given that the RAI is two meters below sea level, what is your business doing to address climate change?

We do our bit, of course, at our factory in Marlow in terms of switching the lights off, and recycling. However, any savings we make are dwarfed by those that could be achieved as industry if we powered down equipment that was not being used, for instance, for out of hours working.

This is not to say that we have to put on/off switches on the front panels, but we could all ensure that our broadcast products can be safely powered off remotely using network PDU’s of the type manufactured by TSL and when they are powered up they assume the last known working state.

Significant energy savings can be made, but it’s incredible how many times such products are designed in then removed due to budget constraints or equipment incompatibility. The IT industry is streets ahead of us in this respect.

What are your top tips for trade show survival?

1. Go to bed early 2. Don’t drink too much!

Your favourite place(s) in Amsterdam to unwind and why?

The late bar in the Novotel represents a brilliant opportunity to socialise with our w.w. sales team. Naturally 1. and 2. above are impossible to achieve!