Doughty looks forward to a busy month
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
tank-trap-trolley-1The Three Position Tank Trap will feature on this year's stands
UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will be the main attraction on the Doughty stand at both PLASA and IBC this year. Visitors to stand B50 at PLASA and stand 12.A58 at IBC can see this piece of kit - which is designed for use across the broadcast, theatre and live events industries - and takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.
The stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adaptor, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the best part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stands. This clever piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the centre as per a standard tank trap, at the edge and in the corner.
In addition, the Tank Trap Trolley is another new piece of kit making an appearance in both London and Amsterdam. Designed by Doughty as a result of feedback from its customers, this compact trolley can transport and store ten Three Position Tank Traps. Receivers slot in between the Tank Traps and are captivated by a retaining plate.
The Space Saver Omega will also be on display. This piece of kit sees one of Doughty's Omega clamps permanently fitted to a luminaire with a hinge that locks into place. In the closed position, the luminaire can be put in its flight case neatly and easily without having to dismantle all the pieces, thus eliminating the chance that pieces are lost or mislaid when moving from one location to another.
Dan Phillips adds: "When we design a product, we’re always asking the question: ‘how will this make the life of our customers easier?’ Not only is it a more ergonomic solution, but it also speeds things up for the lighting technician who might find himself having to move lights into difference locations on a rig, or for the touring lighting professional for whom time is always of the essence."
Julian Chiverton, sales director at Doughty, comments: “PLASA and IBC are two very different shows that attract customers from different fields which is why it is vital we have a strong presence at both - they're shows that allow us to get right to the heart of the industries we serve which is vitally important to us. The feedback we get is what allows our R&D department to really refine our products to ensure we return year on year with kit that our customers - new and old - can’t wait to get their hands on.”
(Jim Evans)

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