Rigging and Staging News

incordInCord’s Theatrical Safety Netting benefits BTS
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

USA - InCord made their second donation to Behind the Scenes on 16 March during the recent USITT Stage Expo reflecting a percentage of profits from sales of their Theatrical Safety Netting Systems.
The Behind the Scenes is a charity that provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
Joe Menhart, InCord’s theatrical sales manager, presented the cheque. He comments: “All of us at InCord take pleasure in supporting such a worthy charity as Behind the Scenes. Both InCord and Behind the Scenes are dedicated to the well-being and safety of personnel. I can’t imagine a better pairing and this contribution gives much greater meaning to our Theatrical Safety nets.”
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, accepted the cheque along with other BTS Board members. He adds: “We are delighted InCord has chosen to continue supporting the charity through our Pledge-a-Product program. The fact that it is a product designed to increase safety in our industry is a particularly wonderful fit with our mission.”
(Jim Evans)

kinesys-prolight-2018-apex-controller-websafePL+S 2018: Kinesys puts focus on Apex system
Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Germany - UK based automation specialist and manufacturer Kinesys will feature an action-packed booth D15 in hall 3.0 at the Prolight+Sound 2018 expo in Frankfurt.
The latest Kinesys Apex chain hoist system will be a big focus, and it will also be running an eye-catching motion controlled ‘art-tech’ centrepiece on the stand. Other popular Kinesys products like Elevation 1+, LibraCELL, DigiHoist and the Dimension Pendant controller will be highlighted.
Apex incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive knowledge and practical experience of working with variable speed chain hoist technology to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers which are designed to maximise creativity for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
Central to the Apex system is a versatile hoist controller and two chain hoists, all specified and built to Kinesys’ exact specifications.
Apex was launched in 2017 and many key companies have already made the investment. Recently a system was used to great effect on the Melodifestivalen in Sweden, a six-week tour which selected their 2018 Eurovision entry.
The Apex range includes both 500kg and 1250kg hoists with maximum speeds of 30m/min and 12m/min respectively. All the hoists have integral loadcells, silent dual monitored brakes, absolute and incremental encoders and meet the requirements of prEN17206, EN61508-SIL3 and DIN56950.
The entire range of Apex products will be available to view on the stand and in operation on the booth which

 
 
sixty82-founders-feb-18-names-in-press-release-footer-smlPL+S 2018: Sixty82 to make debut appearance
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Germany - New trussing and staging company Sixty82 will make its first appearance at Prolight+Sound, presenting its trussing and staging solutions.
The company, which launched in March, was founded by Fokko Smeding and Marc Hendriks from The Netherlands, Adrian Brooks and Lee Brooks from the UK, and Xavier Drouet, Jérôme Bréhard and Alain-René Lantelme from France.
Smeding comments: “With some of the trussing world’s most experienced and trusted individuals behind our product line, we are extremely excited to be launching Sixty82 at this year’s Prolight+Sound. We have focused on the introduction of new technology that will become an industry standard within a short amount of time, and in providing our customers with confidence and security.”
(Jim Evans)

 
nwrsRigging symposium exceeds expectations
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

USA - The inaugural New Word Rigging Symposium, held 13-14 March in Fort Lauderdale, brought professionals from around the world together for two days of presentations, Q&As and networking. While most attendees were from the US, there were also visitors from Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, and China. Joining riggers were engineers, health and safety professionals, venue managers, educators and manufacturers.
The panels covered topics such as cruise ships, automation, engineering, risk assessment, standards, and ground support rigs. Highlights included Scott Fisher’s keynote address describing his early days in the industry and how the Navigator System was developed and Tony Galuppi’s impassioned plea for “safety first” who described conducting a risk assessment for hanging Criss Angel over a lake in Florida teeming with alligators.
The Hot Button Issues session included some lively debate focused on gear, about how to get employers to say “yes” to safety, and particularly pointed remarks from women about wanting to be treated as fellow professionals.
When attendees were asked during the closing session if there should be another Symposium, there was a near universal raising of hands. Eddie Raymond, Bill Sapsis, ESTA and USITT are already discussing next year’s event, 19-20 March in Louisville, KY.
The event sponsors were: Platinum – Stage Rigging; Gold – ETC and J.R. Clancy; Silver – Kish Rigging; Bronze – H & H Specialties, The Light Source, Motion Labs and Sapsis Rigging, and AV – PSAV.
(Jim

 
 
rigging-trainingRigging course success in South Africa
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

South Africa - Twenty riggers in South Africa kicked off the year with the 2018 Prolyte Rigging Course in conjunction with DWR Distribution, Prolyte and Rhino Rigs. Rinus Bakker from Rhino Rigs hosted the course from 29 January to 2 February 2018, and on the sixth day, DWR’s Robert Izzett and Keith Pugin presented practical training.
“It was a good one,” says Rinus. “The delegates responded well and had good questions - they were spot on. The course ran according to schedule which was a great indication of their understanding.”
The training covered important aspects of safety, maintenance, lifting materials and force calculations.
Rinus’ next stop will be in Rotterdam where he will assist a circus and their performers to better understand rigging particularly with concepts like dynamic motion. His schedule so far includes training in Dubai, Holland, Belgium and Mexico planned for the second half of the year.
“I love the industry,” said Rinus. “I love rigging and sharing my knowledge. When I’m 85 I hope to still do this!”
(Jim Evans)

 
kinesys-melodifestivalen-2018-mel171451078RWS Invests in Kinesys for Melodifestivalen
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sweden - Rigging Works Sweden (RWS), one of the country’s largest independent rigging and automation specialists, has recently invested in the latest Kinesys Apex technology, having purchased eight new vari-speed Apex hoists to an already extensive Kinesys inventory.
The company is run by John McDonough, universally known as JonnyMac. All eight of the new motors were supplied to the country’s high profile 2018 Melodifestivalen tour, together with four of RWS’s existing Liftket motors running with Kinesys Elevation 1+ drives, a Kinesys Mentor 4 controller - offering SIL3 safety over Ethernet - at the hub of the system and one of RWS’s flexible Kinesys Vector control platforms.
This gruelling six-week event, known for its high production values, visited six cities to select the Swedish song and entrant for the annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).
Sweden is one of the most successful competing Eurovision nations with a total of six victories, the most recent in 2015.
Melodifestivalen 2018’s production was managed by Tobias Åberg and Cecilia Zollitsch. A stunning set based around impressive structural and LED elements was designed by Victor Bratström bringing a sculptural feel to the stage. A vibrant lighting scheme was created by Fredrik Jönsson, and the event, broadcast live each week on Swedish national television, was directed by Robin Hofwander and Fredrik Bäcklund.
The eight Kinesys Apex motors – operated by Petter Rimfors – were used to provide a series of flown props for different competitors - an

 
 
cpl-ahdb-img4605CPL glams it up for AHDB annual event
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

UK - The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) commissioned West Midlands-based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) to design and deliver all the technical elements for their 2018 annual staff conference and awards, inclduing sound, lighting, video, staging and rigging.
The high-profile event for 400 delegates was staged in Warwick Hall at the NAEC, Stanleigh and comprised a seated conference presentation that was transformed into a glamorous setting for the evening’s dinner and awards.
The client wanted to use the width-ways orientation of the venue for sightlines, so CPL’s project manager Lee Gruszeckyj proposed a widescreen video blend as a striking visual starting point to align with the geometry of the space.
The 30ft wide by 10ft high upstage projection screen was flanked by gauze panels designed to take lighting nicely and elongate the space. These were flown on the same truss as the screen, and the look was neatly finished with a black backdrop right at the back. In front of that was the stage which measured 15m wide by 3m deep. There was a TV style studio set at one end with a sofa and soft seating for discussion sessions.
The screen was fed by two of CPL’s Panasonic 10K laser projectors flown on a front truss utilizing custom frames from sister company Rigtec which specialises in the design and fabrication of innovative rigging solutions.
The screen blending and projector alignment was achieved using Panasonic’s Auto Screen software, and at the hub of the video control was a Barco S3 for switching and screen

 
total-structures-a-eurotruss-companyEurotruss acquires Total Structures
Thursday, 8 March 2018

USA - Global supplier of truss, staging and rigging equipment Eurotruss has acquired US structural systems manufacturer Total Structures, becoming the sole owner of the Ventura-based company.
The deal is hoped to allow Total Structures “to offer a greater product range and use the knowledge, expertise and scale in continuing to be a leading brand and partner in the US market”. The US company’s new management will be led by former Tomcat employees Scott Johnson as CEO and Bill Berrier as CFO.
Martin Kuyper, founder of Eurotruss, comments: “This acquisition strengthens our product portfolio and supply chain, being the first truss brand providing nationwide coverage from our two factories in Ventura, CA and Knoxville, TN.
“We will honour, respect and continue the products, values and business of Total Structures while integrating the Eurotruss brand and its products under the Total Structures flag in the US market.”
Scott Johnson adds: “We plan on continuing to build on the legacy of Ian Coles and Peter Johns, previous owners of Total Structures. I am excited and honoured to lead Total Structures with our amazing team in both Ventura and Knoxville, to be the number one brand and to be the best solutions partner for our customers. We will grow the business while not compromising the unique values and support which are the pillar of Total Structures.”
Total Structures was founded in 1992 and has approximately 30 employees. Over the last 25 years, the company has developed many new innovative products as the Omni Connector,

 
 
oman-convention-iftar-june-2017-243Oman convention centre installs ProLyft hoists
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Oman - The Muscat-based Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has taken delivery of ProLyft Aetos hoists.
With over 22,000sq.m of column-free space, the venue offers a wide array of meeting and exhibition spaces with the very latest in communications and audio-visual technology to meet the demands of the most discerning global event organisers.
To meet their customers’ demands, the venue operator, AEG Ogden, was looking for a flexible solution for the venue’s rigging facilities. Adhering to the highest quality standards and service excellence, they were looking for high-end rigging solutions, supported by the best service and knowledge.
Meeting OCEC’s brief, Prolyte Group was selected to present a proposal. Based on the quality of the proposal and the technical support they experienced during this phase, they were happy to give the green light.
All the separate venues within the OCEC are supplied through the venue operators’ office. Based on the incoming rigging plans for the upcoming projects, they assign the required equipment for the shows and exhibitions. This means the equipment needs to be as flexible as possible and suited for all types of applications.
Prolyte supplied a large batch of Aetos hoists with a lifting capacity of 1000kg and a lifting height of 20m. All hoists are equipped with limit switches, incremental encoders, double brakes and load cells. These extended specifications were all specifically required by the OCEC, since they wanted this installation to be not only flexible, but also to offer full safe

 
fisherscottsESTA Technical Lifetime Achievement Award for Fisher
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

USA - Scott Fisher will receive the ESTA Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing of the New World Rigging Symposium on 14 March in Fort Lauderdale’s Hilton Marina Hotel (Grand Salon).
Established in 2017 by the ESTA Board of Directors and Technical Standards Council, the award recognises individuals with ‘significant and sustained’ technical contributions to the entertainment industry over at least 25 years. Last year’s recipient was Robert Goddard of Goddard Design.
Fisher began his career in automation in the late 1980s in Las Vegas with Siegfried and Roy, the first of the mega shows at the first of the Las Vegas mega resorts, The Mirage. From this vantage point at the crest of the wave of huge Las Vegas productions and attractions of the 1990s and 2000s, he got to see what stage automation could be and just how far it had to go to get there.
Fisher has worked in a wide variety of venues and jobs, from rock’n’roll and Broadway touring shows to performer flying to special effects to rigging automation to large scale attraction design and construction, building a knowledge base along the way for what worked and what didn’t. In 1997, he founded Fisher Technical Services (FTSI) with the goal of making a truly integrated automation system specifically for live entertainment shows and attractions of all types.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
the-killers-2low-resBroadWeigh monitors The Killers world tour
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

USA - Paradigm Rigging has worked with Christie Lites to monitor the loads with BroadWeigh wireless load cells on The Killers Wonderful Wonderful world tour.
Michael Sorowka, CEO, Paradigm Rigging, explains: "In September we were brought to New Jersey where The Killers were doing technical rehearsals and programming of the show before their UK leg. There we had 56 cells in play to weight the full show before it hit its first arenas.
“From initial versions, cells were originally going to be specified for some of the larger video walls and two mother grids to help with determining load distribution, but through a few minor design revisions, elements of that changed which in turn changed the needs of the load cells for the run."
The set gives a strong Las Vegas feel consisting of large flown marquee arrows lined in neon, pointing downward to the stage as well as a miniature water tower showcasing each city's name. "There are approximately 120 rigging points in the show which includes PA, stage left / stage right cable bridge, multiple lighting trusses, lighting pods, an inverted automated triangle video wall directly above the band and full upstage surround of video walls," comments Michael.
For the US / Canada run which concluded on 6 February, 12 BroadWeigh cells monitored a 10,000lb upstage video pyramid which was lined with 24(x) GLP X4 bar lights. This was lifted by seven inverted one-ton motors under a spine truss being held by five 2000kg motors above.
Michael adds: "One of the key concerns and reasons for implementing the

 
sixty82-founders-feb-18-names-in-press-release-footer-smlSixty82 celebrates company launch
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Europe - Sixty82, a new trussing and staging engineering company, launched operation on 1 March.
The company brings together prominent professionals from the Netherland’s Prolyte Group and France’s Axente, along with Adrian and Lee Brooks from the UK. The company is planning to introduce a track-and-trace technology that guarantees every individual component is traceable, safe and properly engineered.
Fokko Smeding, Prolyte Group founder and CEO of Sixty82, says: “With some of the trussing world’s most experienced and trusted individuals behind our product line, we are extremely excited to launch Sixty82.
“Our passion has always been to supply the industry with safe, well-manufactured products, and back that up with our trademark - superlative, knowledgeable customer service. We have focused on the introduction of new technology that will become an industry standard within a short amount of time, and in providing our customers with confidence and security.”
Serving alongside CEO Smeding will be Marc Hendriks, former techical director at Prolyte, who will fulfil the techical director role at the new company. He joined Prolyte in the early 1990s where he was responsible for many technical ‘world firsts’. He is a prominent figure in a number of industry working groups and is dedicated to the development and innovation of safe aluminium structures.
Also involved in the new company will be Adrian Brooks who founded AstraLite, widely credited as the world’s first aluminium modular trussing system, in 1981. He has been a se

 
 
robert-izzett-and-jacob-mogale-from-the-install-crew-2018The Install Crew partners with DWR
Monday, 5 March 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution has partnered with South African technician Jacob ‘Jakes’ Mogale to form a new installation company, The Install Crew.
While the new company will run independently from DWR, it will operate from the DWR offices.
Mogale, who formerly owned DimBright, comments: “For me, this is the ultimate partnership. We share the same values, we care about quality workmanship and we have also worked on projects together for the past ten years which means we have built a relationship. This is an exciting venture for both my team and me.”
Robert Izzett of DWR says: “This will be an installation company with no products involved. It means that The Install Crew will offer skilled labour and good workmanship, backed-up with outstanding service.”
Mogale adds: “The aim is to be of service to any theatre or company in the country who needs help with installations. For more complicated systems, we will be able to tap into the knowledge and skill of the DWR team.”
(Jim Evans)

 
triple-e-websafeTriple E supplies Tab & Twin Hooks
Thursday, 22 February 2018

UK - Track specialist Triple E has stepped into the breech born of Hall Stage’s demise by supplying Tab Hooks & Twin Hooks to the theatre industry, acquiring the original tooling and improving the hooks’ strength and durability in the process.
Triple E brand Tab Hooks & Twin Hooks are compatible with its own runners, existing Hall Stage systems and many other track ranges.
The company is currently considering other innovative solutions to fill the void left by Hall Stage.
Triple E managing director, David Edelstein, comments: “Customers asked us to take these products on. They’re now British-made, it’s a proven design that lasts and with rebranded tooling we have given the hooks a greater degree of elasticity to withstand inevitable knocks and rough handling.”
Launched in 1984, Triple E supplies the entertainment industry with standard and bespoke track systems including UniTrack, UniBeam, ChainBeam, ChainTrack, Erail, UniCyc and 2Way, each providing for a different requirement in the marketplace.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
joelJ&C Joel receives presidential approval in Turkey
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Turkey - J&C Joel, in conjunction with their regional distributor Eramita, received the Turkish President’s seal of approval when they were commissioned to fit the stage engineering solutions at TCCB National Congress and Cultural Centre.
The Congress and Cultural Centre is one of the largest multi-purpose halls in Turkey and is located within the grounds of the Presidential Palace Complex in Ankara. The venue will be home to several types of performances ranging from concerts, operas, theatres, musicals to congresses or big meetings.
J&C Joel’s engineers took on one of the company’s biggest ever installations despite being caught in the middle of an attempted military coup in the country’s capital city. The installation in the 2,042-seat theatre took around seven months to complete with a team comprising a site project manager, four UK fitters and three local labourers.
J&C Joel’s project engineers carried out a full installation of the private theatre’s stage engineering solutions and drapery. This included a 45-axes powered flying system to provide over-stage suspensions for lighting, scenery and stage drapery, and a complete lift system consisting of a front of house lift and two orchestra lifts driven by Serapid Link-Lift systems.
The company also manufactured and installed main FOH curtains from custom-dyed Vegas Velvet Velour. Forestage Loudspeaker Hoists were also installed for the suspension of speaker clusters and the company also supplied a full Wenger ‘Diva’ Concert Shell system and all the loose Wenger

 
vantec20a43hiD.A.S. expands Vantec powered system range
Friday, 16 February 2018

Spain - D.A.S. Audio has announced the launch of two new products, the Vantec-20A and the Vantec-118A, which join the Vantec Series line-up of portable systems.
The Vantec-20A is an active curved source line array that incorporates an arsenal of hi-tech solutions designed to provide the versatility today's sound hire professionals need.
Whether stacked on the powered Vantec-118A companion subwoofer, flown in a compact array, or used alone on a speaker stand, the Vantec-20A can be used effectively in a sizable number of applications that include corporate A/V, mid-size sound reinforcement, and permanent installation.
Designed for use in arrays of up to five units, the Vantec-20A is designed for applications that don't require the power and long-throw characteristics of large line arrays. The D.A.S. Click-LockTM rigging hardware enables the system to be securely stacked on, or flown from, the Vantec-118A. Individual units can be mounted on tripods with precise aiming possible, thanks to the variable angle pole mount that allows for up to 13.5º of up or down tilt.
The Vantec-20A employs the DAScontrol interface, which offers “a quick and hassle-free setup of the systems in arrays and easy alignment with the Vantec-18A and Vantec-118A active bass systems without the need of external processing”. Presets for array size and HF compensation for throw distances can be selected by way of DAScontrol and the LCD screen on the back of the cabinet.
The Vantec-118A is an active front-loaded bass system that has been designed specifically for use

 
 
detroit-4CyberHoist IITM joins Fall Out Boy US tour
Friday, 16 February 2018

USA - The XLNT CyberHoist IITM system by CyberMotion recently finished the US leg of Fall Out Boy’s Mania tour. Sixteen CyberHoist II Intelligent, variable-speed chain hoists and one MotionCue 3D console, plus two hoists spare and one console spare were rented to Fall Out Boy management for the 2017 autumn tour.
The hoists were used to float a B and C stage above the crowd with artists on top of them. The B-Stage consisted of a double layer, where the top was raised to reveal a secondary B-Stage with drum set and drummer on top. This bottom, or secondary B-Stage, would then grab onto the video skirt surrounding the B-Stage to lift the whole thing above the crowd.
The C-Stage was used as a three-sided iMag screen throughout the show and it landed during the show to create the C-Stage for the lead singer and bassist. This stage then raised over the crowd so the upper level of the arena bowls could have a closer interaction with the artists. The gear was supplied out of the CyberMotion North American office located in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
Fall Out Boy production manager Chad Olech says: “The CyberHoist II system is definitely the right equipment for the job. It has allowed us a great deal of flexibility for a variety of venues and lends an overall very sleek and sexy look to the set. It’s also a huge plus to deal with a company with really fast, attentive, no-drama service. We always got quick turnaround on quotes and questions.”
PJ Visser, who runs the North American office for CyberMotion, adds: “We deal with sales and renta

 
was-it-a-dreamUnusual and Artichoke bring London Lumiere to life
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

UK - A dazzling array of lighting exhibits and artworks brought London to life in January when Lumiere London took to the capital to bring the biggest ever festival of light to the city's streets. Running from the 18-21 January, it showcased London's spectacular and iconic architecture and streets with more than 50 works created by international and local artists. Once again, event organiser Artichoke has worked alongside Unusual – both the services and rigging division – to make the event possible.
Unusual’s Jim Dugan explained: "Lumiere is always an amazing project for us – Unusual has worked with Artichoke on this for some years now –Unusual Services handles the technical production element of Lumiere (this encompasses all technical aspects of an event from power to building permissions and road closures). Unusual Rigging provide the rigging expertise. When we set out this year, one of our main aims was to try and reduce the impact on London's transport system.
Lumiere London 2018 had an expanded footprint, extending north to south, from Kings Cross, through Fitzrovia, Mayfair and London's West End, to Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo. With this in mind, we started very early on with requesting road closures and agreeing plans with Transport for London."
The second biggest challenge of the event was the ability to handle and monitor crowd numbers. During 2016, Unusual had identified various pinch points in the event and so this year brought on board a crowd management specialist to work

 
 
juan-bautistaFENIX Stage hires sales manager for Africa
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Spain - FENIX Stage has announced a new staff member joining its export department. Juan Bautista joins after a long international career in the industry.
“I have always tried to contribute with effort and passion everywhere I have been working at, as purchasing analyst, legal advisor or trade advisor in many industries in different countries,” says Bautista. “Now I have the chance to work on the other side, on the sales department, and FENIX Stage offers me the opportunity and the confidence to begin this new challenge thanks both to its great professional team and its formidable range of products, with continuous innovation and improvement processes. The complete trust in our products is a key point for me.”
“For FENIX Stage, Juan’s incorporation is an important bet for new and unexplored markets, within the ambitious, but realistic, expansion strategy during the coming years”, says Alex Bryan, export manager at FENIX Stage. “In addition, he will be a valuable support to develop and consolidate some of the existing markets, enriching the relationships with our customers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
exe-and-neg-earth-lightsEXE-Rise hoists support Neg Earth Lights
Monday, 12 February 2018

UK - The trust that Neg Earth Lights has put into EXE Technology products was demonstrated last year when they purchased over 200 new EXE-RISE units within a six-month period.
Recent purchases included 250kg, 500kg, 1000kg and 2000kg units, all featuring the new 8:1 safety factor standard and FEM class 2m rating, along with some specific Neg Earth Lights customisation.
“The current EXE-RISE hoist (8:1 range) has seen some fantastic improvements,” says Neg Earth. “For example, the way in which the wiring has been arranged internally, and also the upgrade of the limit switch assembly, especially in the 500kg hoist. Mechanical improvements have seen the chain size increase, leading to a higher safety factor. Another great part of the EXE-RISE is the external nylon guide used, with a carefully designed chain opening to avoid damage to internal components if the chain sees any twists.
“The chasses have carefully machined gaskets that allow for a high IP rating, and so far, this has proven to work well in the toughest of outdoor tours. As stadium tours get larger, and as hoists exposure to the elements increases, this serves to be an important factor to the life of the hoist.”
“EXE-RISE hoists are proving to be very reliable and durable on tough tours. It took a little time at first to change people’s opinions about them, but now many renowned riggers are asking specifically for EXE-RISE. This is really great feedback, since we usually don’t hear many comments on hoists, as we normally get on lighting or other aspects of this indust

 
 
dwrDWR to distribute Phase 3 Connectors
Monday, 12 February 2018

South Africa - UK based Phase 3 Connectors has officially appointed DWR Distribution as its South African agent.
Said Robert Izzett, head of sales at DWR, “While we’ve been selling Phase 3 items for a number of years, we were recently appointed the authorized distributors in SA. Phase 3 Connectors need little introduction. The products are outstanding, designed, manufactured and assembled in the UK. These products are the unsung heroes at events.”
Phase 3’s Power Connectors product range includes standard and special application, harsh environment connectors for power, signal, optical and data transmission. In addition, Phase 3 offers complete interconnect system solutions, including cabling and distribution equipment.
(Jim Evans)

 
esta-riggingRigging symposium speakers confirmed
Thursday, 8 February 2018

USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the presenters for the upcoming New World Rigging Symposium, 13-14 March in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. Full session descriptions can be found at www.esta.org/nwrs_sessions.
The programme includes: Keynote Address: Scott Fisher; Show Rigging on Cruise Ships. Big ideas. Tiny venues Bob Murphy, Paul Riley, Loren Schreiber; Ground Support Concert Rigs: Mike Garl, Jeff Reder, Jose Roche, Will Todd; ANSI Standards and ICOPER. Paperwork that’s actually useful: Tiny Good, Karl Ruling, Bill Sapsis; Damn it, Jim. I’m a chain hoist, not a winch: Rick Montgomery, Eric Rouse, Ken Tilson
OSHA, Risk Assessments and Rigging Emergency Action Plans: Steve Adelman, Tony Galuppi, Eddie Raymond; Automation and Touring. Because we can: Joe McGeough, Bob Powers, Jim Shumway; Structural Engineering. For when guessing just won’t do: Bill Gorlin, Michael Nishball, Miriam Paschetto; Training, Certification and Liability. It’s a good start: Pete Donovan, Eddie Raymond, Drew Wending.
Registration for the Symposium is open at www.usittshow.com/registration.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
brothersEhrlich Brothers’ illusions rely on Movecat
Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Europe - In 2018 the Ehrlich Brothers are once again touring large arenas in Germany, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland with their latest show Fascination. The two brothers, Andreas and Chris Ehrlich, have developed a spectacular show featuring illusions in which high-tech stage equipment plays a major role and that is packing some of Europe’s largest halls and stadiums.
On their current tour, for example, the Ehrlich Brothers are making an eight-ton, 2,000 BHP monster truck materialize on stage out of nothing as well as "teleporting" individual spectators right across the hall.
To realise a production of such complexity, the Ehrlich Brothers have been relying on chain hoist systems and controllers from Movecat. To replace the kinetic systems previously used, Ehrlich Entertainment GmbH invested in Movecat‘s VMKS chain hoists, V-Motion-E variable motion controllers and I-Motion Basic-C show controllers.
The Movecat VMK-S chain hoists, which comply with BGV C1, DIN 56950:2012- 05 and EN 61508 SIL 3, are notable for their innovative technology and ultra-flexible handling whilst meeting the highest safety standards. Henceforth, Ehrlich Brothers productions will employ seven special versions of the VMK-S-1000 model as climbing hoists capable of lifting loads of up to 1,000 kg safely through distances up to 24m.
In combination with the VMK-S chain hoists, the Ehrlich Brothers are relying on seven Movecat V-Motion- 40-E-SIL3 variable motion controllers in their ‘E’ configuration. Unlike the basic version, these are equipped with spe

 
choosing-accessoriesCurrent RMS releases Choosing Accessories
Tuesday, 6 February 2018

UK - The first of many seamless updates to Current RMS scheduled for 2018, January saw the release of Choosing Accessories, the most voted for idea on Current’s Customer Wishlist. This new update gives users even more of a chance to forward plan their stock allocation and ensure the right accessories are on a job when they need them.
When selecting products to add to a job, Current now shows the individual accessories linked to these products, plus their real-time availability, all on one screen.
“When I read the update message I was delighted! Choosing Accessories is already streamlining the quoting process, but also ensuring that prep lists in the warehouse are fully correct,” says Neil Walker, from Surrey-based events planning agency MGN Events. Neil and his team have used Current RMS for over two years to manage their business, hiring a range of decor, furniture, audio-visual equipment, lighting and staging for creative corporate and private events. The new update helps them manage their varied kit, especially at the all-important prep stage, where there’s no room for error.
“We transport our equipment in flight cases and it’s important for us to know the overall weight of everything on a job. Without Choosing Accessories, this number would sometimes be under or overestimated and we would have to go back and check that stock had the correct quantity of accessories. Now, it’s much simpler for us to update and to make sure we add on any additional items that might be needed.”
As with all major development updates, Choosing A

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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