Broadweigh supports Wires Crossed
Friday, 19 June 2020
wires-crossedThehigh wire event has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation
Ireland - Load cell company Broadweigh will support the Wires Crossed tightrope event in Galway, Ireland by supplying Monkey Rigging with the necessary kit to monitor the loads. The event, which was originally scheduled for August 2020, but has now been postponed due to COVID-19, is a European wide community participation project revolving around 'funambulism' - the art of tight-wire walking using a balancing pole. During the event, 400 tightrope walkers from all over Europe will cross the Galway River for a duration of 2020 minutes.
Andrea Mamolenti, founder of Monkey Rigging, comments: “Monkey Rigging is working with Andrea Loreni - the only funambulist in Italy on the measurement of the tightrope walker setups. We are also collaborating with him for the technical design of the preparations for the Italian team for the event. The kind donation of the Broadweigh kit will give us peace of mind that the safety of the performers is taken care of from a load monitoring perspective.”
Andrea and his team at Monkey Rigging rely on Broadweigh load cells for all the work they carry out for contemporary circus and aerial performers. Sometimes they are used as part of the hanging system for the performers and in cases where continuous monitoring of the loads on the structures is needed.
Andrea explains: “We are very loyal Broadweigh customers. In situations where the structure has sufficient but limited carrying capacity, it is vital that we monitor the loads and have continuous feedback, with the data collected by cells ensuring that these limits are respected. As for the spaces, we deal with installations in theatres, on existing structures not originally intended for hanging performers, or on structures and systems specially designed and prepared for performances.”
Monkey Rigging's experience in circus and aerial performance often sees them brought on board at the initial stages of a project to offer its customers an optimal solution; combining the best artistic performance with the highest level of safety - always continually monitoring the suspended loads.
“Broadweigh kit is now aN essential tool for us to carry out our work - not merely something that is 'nice to have',” said Andrea. "We mainly use the wi-fi kit because we normally need to release a report or log to the customer: the Log100 software is concise, but also simple to use and offers various operational and management possibilities.
“We are so pleased that Broadweigh has chosen to sponsor us for the Crossed Wires event. While sadly the COVID-19 crisis will most likely have an impact on when the event will eventually take place, we are confident that when it does, and the eyes of the world are upon our performers, we can be 100% confident in their safety.”

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