Germany - Flightcase and loudspeaker component manufacturer Penn Elcom highlights its new Case Automation machine on stand D20 in Hall 9 at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this year, which is designed to assist case makers' operations become more efficient.

Case Automation has been designed and engineered to aid specific elements of the production process by speeding up some of the most difficult and challenging tasks associated with case making e.g. punching extrusion and others.

Penn Elcom's Case Automation system has a footprint of just one metre square and the machine costs around 10,000 Euros, depending on which sets of quick-change tools are selected from an array of available options.

Cutting 19 inch rack rails for example becomes extremely straightforward using Case Automation.

When doing this manually, the physical cutting is wasteful and long-winded as the rail has t

Germany - Philips' entertainment lighting brands Vari-Lite, Selecon and Strand, alongside product range Showline, will be unveiling a broad portfolio of exciting new creative tools for lighting designers at Prolight + Sound this month.

Following the success of the award-winning Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot comes the new VL4000 BeamWash, a luminaire that combines stunning wash capabilities with intense beam functionality and the ability to produce a powerful column of light.

Visitors will be able to see the VL4000 BeamWash in action at the dedicated Vari-Lite booth, in Hall 11, Stand D71, situated close to and operated by valued Philips distributor Lightpower.

"We're very much looking forward to showing off the brand new VL4000 BeamWash and the proven VL4000 Spot. These products are two of the highlights at the Lightpower village during this year's Prolight + Sound," says

Germany - RC4 Wireless will be displaying a range of their RC4 Series 3 devices and technologies at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. This is the first RC4 European exhibition since winning the PLASA Award for Innovation at PLASA London last October.

Since the October release of these small and portable packages powered by batteries and controlled by wireless DMX, RC4 Series 3 devices have seen touring across Europe in Disney's Violetta Live!, and used extensively in the world premiere of An American in Paris at the Théatre du Chatelet, now opening on Broadway.

RC4 Series 3 wireless dimmers directly drive halogen lamps, LEDs, servo motors, relays, solenoids, and much more. RC4 technology seamlessly and transparently integrates into scenes and cues, indistinguishable from traditional wired fixtures. RC4 Series 3 devices provide a family of powerful features avai

China - For the fifth year in succession PR Lighting were able to report a 100% positive reaction to their new product showcase at this year's GET Show 2015.

Held once again at the Poly World Trade Expo Center in Guangzhou, by Industry Association of South China Entertainment Equipment (SCEE), all the major Chinese lighting and audio manufacturers participated.

In fact, PR Lighting increased their presence by taking two large 108sq.m stands this year - one booth dedicated to professional lighting, the other strictly to entertainment lighting. Said sales director, Ernie Armas, "This not only demonstrated the strength of PR Lighting - by being able to show over 350 working units - but enabled visitors to see our products from a different perspective."

Aside from the busy footfall that dominated their stands during the four days of the show, the week effectively start

Germany - GLP will present iadditions to its popular impression range of LED moving lights at this week's Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt (on booth #11.0, B17).

For the first time in Frankfurt, the German company will showcase its new impression X4 Bar 10 and impression X4 Bar 20 fixtures. Alongside these, GLP will be showing its very latest fixture to join the range, the fully pixel mapping impression X4 L, and also previewing its new impression X1 for the first time anywhere in the world.

GLP's new impression X4 Bar 10 and impression X4 Bar 20 - two high performance battens that offer flexibility across multiple applications - use high output RGBW LED's that are packed tightly to give a full batten of light.

The one metre long X4 Bar 20 uses 20 LED's, while 10 LED's feature in the shorter 50 cm X4 Bar 10. High quality optics ensure a smooth, homogenized output across the

Germany - XLNT Advanced Technologies is launching the new CyberHoist II system at ProLight+Sound, Frankfurt in Hall 9.0, booth E88.

CyberHoist II is the second generation of the world's first intelligent, variable speed chain hoist specifically designed for heavy-duty, worldwide touring and large-scale events. The system has already proven to be an instant hit with safety conscious professionals across the world.

Designed and manufactured by entertainment motion control systems expert XLNT, CyberHoist II has - right after its release - been ordered by customers in Europe (Germany, Belgium, Finland, Georgia and The Netherlands) and Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Israel and Kazakhstan), with first performances on projects varying from Linkin Park's critically acclaimed dynamic set for the band's European tour to the recent KinKi Kids arena shows in Japan, to name but a few.

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Germany - Luminex Network Intelligence, a Belgium-based developer of pro AV and lighting control data distribution equipment, will introduce its latest developments at Prolight+Sound 2015 this week (Hall 11, E0 Stand B41B).

Ethernet-DMX8/Truss MkII is an eight- port truss mounted converter that brings all the well known features of a Luminex converter in a rugged and versatile form factor. Fitted with eight fully isolated DMX ports, and two Ethernet ports, the unit is "the perfect solution to convert a high number of DMX channel, and to take benefit of the powerful Luminex Ethernet-DMX engine".

The team will also demo the beta of the upcoming 4.2.0 firmware for the Ethernet-DMX range. This beta includes the following new functionalities:

The GigaCore RPSU is a redundant power supply unit for the GigaCore 14R and 16Xt switches. Fitted in a 19" enclosure, the un

Germany - UK LED lighting manufacturer i-Pix takes to Prolight+Sound this year, on Stand B23 Hall 11, to launch the latest version of its inventive Db1, a new hybrid video and lighting projector that harnesses i-Pix' proprietary Light Valve Video Projector (LVVP -- Technology.)

LVVP unites two distinct elements of visual technology: The power of a soft edged wash light, driven by both DMX (intensity and strobe) and video (HD 1080p or SDI) inputs.

Chris Ewington, inventor of this and other technologies like the PixelLine LED batten and BB series' LED wash fixtures, comments, "Db1 is a truly immersive experience that is full of creative potential. So if you are bored with the same old ideas being recycled ... then the Db1 is for you."

The Db1 light valve projects a light forward from the screen in a defined, soft-edged beam. It is not a wide-angled beam or a video pr

Germany - The new LAm114xA active stage monitor joins the LAm family (LAm115 and LAm112). It incorporates advanced coaxial 14" speaker, custom made by B&C and a high performance DPA amplifier module, capable of generating 1650Wrms of high-definition power for a very high acoustic pressure.

This stage monitor combines the 12" associated voice reproduction clarity with the bass extension typically reproduced by the 15" speakers. The high frequency reproduction is assured by a 2" exit, 3" voice coil, HF neodymium driver for further improved resolution on the critical voice frequency range.

The small footprint and light weight combined with the absolutely linear and extended response at very high pressure levels, makes the LAm114xA the perfect solution for small to large venue applications.

The heart of the new LAm114xA, is a powerful, light weight, high

Germany - Wireless Solution Sweden AB will be showing its growing line of G4S products during Prolight+Sound this week (Hall 11, Stand D80).

On display will be the W-DMX UglyBox MK2. This is a compact new wireless signal tester, which is a valuable tool for users of wireless products, providing proof of a solid signal and peacece of mind in the absence of visible cable.

The UglyBox MK2 is housed in an attractive compact body, resembling a gaming control with a 4.3" Touch LCD Screen, about the size of an iPhone. It supports 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz and is a transceiver solution, which means that it can be used as both transmitter and receiver. It has a complete DMX tester that provides all data in live format directly on the screen. It also has a built in DMX Controller as well as an RGB Fixture to simulate LED fixtures on the LCD Screen for quick testing. In history mode

Germany - ASC is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the coming months ASC will be using trade fairs, its own workshops, and personal meetings to commemorate this occasion with its partners in business. The first such opportunity will be at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this week at the ASC booth in Hall 9.0 C28.

In the 1980s, Amptown's initiators Peter Matthes and Ulrich Müller - thanks to their passion for music and in particular for technology - became known as sound system experts in the booming musical business. For the first time in theatre history people built venues tailored to specific shows featuring permanently installed sound systems

In 1990, the year of German reunification, the Hamburg-based company began to focus on merging expertise in the professional music business with its knowledge of the right products and of the installation and servicing of complex sou

Germany - Acoustic and audio specialist Event Acoustics is set to launch its new and improved version of MeTrao, a unique intelligent network measurement system for temporary and permanent installations, at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound 2015.

Event Acoustics, part of the Ampco Flashlight Group, can be found in Hall 8 on stand H04, where visitors can get up close and personal with the pioneering new features of MeTrao 2.0.

The MeTrao 2.0 provides audio professionals and event organizers with a quick and easy way to measure and observe the increasingly strict sound level regulations prevalent today.

Designed from real life experience gained managing the sound levels of various large-scale Dutch and Belgian festivals such as North Sea Jazz and Laundry Days, Event Acoustics developed the system's latest useful features based on challenges that arose at such events.

"What is un

UK - Following the positive feedback from last year's show, PLASA 2015 is set to move forwards with the introduction of a number of new propositions, as well as the return of a popular feature from previous years.

Part of the new programme is PLASA's sector specific seminar offering, which will see an increase from two to five theatres. Additionally, existing demo spaces are being built on; key networking spaces, such as the show bar and zones in the sector hubs, are being reintroduced; and the show will open late on its second day.

"PLASA 2015 has a progressive new approach, as we focus on five major sectors of the live entertainment technology world: Lighting, Audio, Stage, AV and Live Broadcast," explains Christopher Toulmin, director of events division at PLASA. "Each sector is individually supported by manufacturer led content, as well as PLASA's own indust

UK - Bookings have opened for The Theatres Trust's annual Conference, taking place this year on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at Milton Court Theatre in London, part of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

What value do theatres bring to regeneration, commercial development and mixed use schemes?

Conference 15: Valuing Theatres considers ways in which we can work with the property sector to achieve shared cultural, social and economic returns and create new partnerships with developers to build and protect the theatres of the future.

How do we engage with developers who are playing an increasingly important role as theatre builders and capital investors?

Valuing Theatres is chaired by Jim Beirne MBE, chief executive of Live Theatre who is leading Live Works, a new £10m capital scheme in Newcastle to purchase and develop Quayside frontage and land and buildings adjacent to t

USA - In six weeks, the highly regarded PLASA Focus events series will open at the Kansas City Convention Centre, 20-21 May. Once again, over two days, PLASA Focus will offer hands-on, up close views of products and services from over 35 leading manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and industry leaders and offer over 15 top seminars, including hands-on training, all completely free to attend.

Says PLASA Events show manager Laura Hoepker, "As a trade organization by the industry and for the industry, PLASA looks forward to another successful Focus show in Kansas City and providing another targeted business and networking opportunity to both PLASA members and to regional buyers. Between the show floor and educational seminars, we are providing access to the best in the industry to everyone who attends."

New additions to the top-notch seminar line up, include:

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South Africa - Wild & Marr will be hosting a Shure product seminar at the APSO Training Facility in Isando, Johannesburg in May. Various sessions will take place over four days between 5-8 May 2015 and be conducted by staff from the Shure MEA office in Dubai.

"We are excited to host this event that will cater for various vertical markets for System Integrators, Retail and the Professional Audio markets," says Andrew Sorrill who is sales and marketing manager for Shure distributors Wild & Marr.

"Shure continuously strives for perfection in our product offering to the market. We would like to introduce some new products and highlight how versatile they are with system integration," adds Chicco Hiranandani, senior manager at Shure MEA. "The team and I are looking forward to being in South Africa."

The first workshop will focus on systems integratio

UK - With entries for the 2015 Event Technology Awards now open, organisers have announced an opportunity for innovative businesses to impress the industry with the launch of a new People's Choice Award.

The Favourite Event Technology Supplier award, for companies that have developed an innovative technological solution which can be used to deliver, monitor, analyse or improve events, will face a public vote before gold, silver and bronze winners are revealed. Potential applicants need to demonstrate how their solution benefits the sector and why the industry should vote for them.

"Whilst the judging panel represents a broad cross-section of the industry, and impressing them is no mean feat, we thought it was equally as important to give a voice to the industry, and enable those that use these technologies on a daily basis to show their support," explains organiser A

China - Continuing from the success of last October's show, Prolight + Sound Shanghai will return to the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 14-17 October 2015. In 2014, the fair provided a business platform for 500 exhibitors and 24,017 visitors from 88 countries and regions.

Fiona Chiew, deputy general manager for Messe Frankfurt Shanghai Co, comments: "We conducted an industry survey last December and the result reviews that the participants expect and recognise the show as an effective means to reach international markets such as Brazil, Germany, India, Korea, Russia and USA, as well as the distributors in China. To strengthen the connection between suppliers and buyers from these markets, we will work closely with key international and local associations to bring together top buyers from these regions."

One of the co-organisers of Prolight+Sound Shang

Germany - ETC is celebrating another successful Prolight&Sound show, in which they had their biggest stand space ever, spread across two areas.

On one of their stands, visitors were able to get an exclusive preview of the Eos console family software version 2.3, which is due for release in summer and adds a number of new options for controlling colour. Anne Valentino, ETC's Eos product manager, says, "Among the changes are multiple colour space options, which can be used for any type of mixing system and improved gel matching and new display options. Tinting tools - such as warmer and cooler - can also be used to adjust colour.

"Spectrum tools expose emitter settings for LED fixtures, and with ETC LED fixtures provide an adjustment at an emitter level that will maintain the white point. A number of colour fade path options are allowed, with a graphic to display the c

UK - Pearce Hire has confirmed their participation at the upcoming PLASA Focus trade show, taking place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 May 2015. Pearce Hire has become a regular exhibitor at the show and will once more be promoting their production services and rental business.

"We recognise the significance of this regional event and it has now become an important date in the diary for us to network with industry colleagues and clients," observes Shaun Pearce, MD Pearce Hire. It will be the third year running that the Cambridgeshire based company has taken a stand at the sell-out show.

Pearce Hire operates nationally and internationally and their expertise covers all aspects of production management, production solutions and bespoke installations, in addition to an extensive inventory of rental equipment for dry-hire.

"This is

Germany - At Prolight+Sound 2015 in Frankfurt, d&b audiotechnik introduced the newest four channel, two rack unit (2RU) amplifier: the D20. The new amplifier features proven, intuitive user interfaces and offers fast, responsive remote control and monitoring via Ethernet through the Open Control Architecture (OCA) protocol

The D20 amplifier has four independent 1600 Watt channels, each with two 16-band equalizers which feature parametric, notch, shelving and asymmetric filters and up to 10 seconds of delay. The digital signal processing (DSP) power of the D20 means that external system processors are not required, reducing the equipment in the signal chain.

The amplifier's intuitive user interface has a colour touchscreen along with a rotary encoder. It is enabled with an integrated web interface for use with a browser and can be controlled using the d&b R1 Remote control soft

Germany - DiGiCo's new compact 2U Orange Box is a simple-to-use audio format converter with multiple options, allowing you to use DiGiCo Multichannel Interface (DMI) cards to create audio paths over a variety of interfaces.

With two PSUs for redundancy and two slots to accommodate any of the ten current interfaces available (DANTE, HYDRA2, BNC, CAT5, Optocore, Aviom, ADC, AES, DAC and SoundGrid), the 'anything in, anything out' Orange Box allows conversion of almost any audio format to another.

"The Orange Box is our first technology release borne of the pro audio group we have formed with Calrec and Allen&Heath," says DiGiCo managing director, James Gordon. "But we have opened it up to other selected third party manufacturers as well, making it an incredibly useful device."

If, for example, you wish to connect a product with MADI to one with a Hydra2 con

Germany - Following the successful ISE launch of Liviau R, the new, all-in-one conference room control system from Apex, the company has unveiled the latest in the series, Liviau S. Based on the same sleek, yet robust hardware platform as Liviau R, S offers all the same audio functionality as R but with greatly enhanced video and lighting capabilities for bars, clubs, retail, houses of worship and corporate applications.

Seen for the very first time at ProLight & Sound 2015, Liviau S features a fully integrated DMX controller for powerful and sophisticated lighting control. As well as architectural lighting, up to sixteen intelligent lighting devices may be controlled. Moving heads, strobes, RGB devices, lasers, dimmers and more are all controllable via the DMX512 protocol.

In addition to the DMX controller, Liviau S also incorporates a programmable lighting mixer offering 24

China - With a lot to show and a lot to say, d&b audiotechnik (China) Ltd took care to focus their product displays at this year's PL+S Guangzhou and at InfoComm Beijing, placing the professional concert systems of J, V and Q-Series together in one area, with the more installation oriented systems from the xS and xA-Series placed discretely elsewhere.

"We chose to differentiate the systems in a clearly visual sense," said Freddie To, director, d&b China, "but with the emphasis firmly on how the many elements of the d&b product range can be integrated in any combination."

Highlights included elements from the xS-Series, the 4S, 5S, 8S and 12S loudspeakers, along with the dedicated 18S-SUB subwoofer. The 4S, 5S and 8S are light weight coaxial 2-way loudspeakers with a 100° conical dispersion, while the larger 12S is a biaxial bass reflex loudspeaker with

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