Rigging and Staging News

tateUnusual Christmas decorations at Tate Britain
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UK - Given the time of year, chances are, if you told your friends you saw two 8m slugs flying above the skies of Chelsea, they'd think you'd had a few too many drinks at the office Christmas party. But this is exactly what happened earlier this month as Unusual Rigging was brought on board by Tate Britain to help install their seasonal decorations.
Sam Carter, Unusual's rigging project manager, says: "Every year, Tate Britain commissions an independent artist to come up with a scheme for its Winter decorations. This year it was the turn of artist Monster Chetwynd, whose gastropod inspired artwork also includes swathes of blue and white LED slug trails across the facade of the building."
The Turner Prize nominated artist took inspiration from Sir David Attenborough's 2005 nature series Life in the Undergrowth. The piece also reflects "her interest in alternative energy sources and the idea that we may one day use bio-luminescence to light city streets".
Sam continued: " We first met with the team at Tate Britain back in October, where we were shown a concept video of two slugs mating (and wondered what on earth we were getting ourselves into). From that, we produced a series of drawings and designs and a solution for how to install the slugs at the museum's entrance. We were also involved in making a giant lighting net to go over the front of the building."
Using a crane to fly the slugs into position, Sam and the team positioned the festive molluscs (one 8m x 1.5m and the other 7m x 2m) on a plinth and at the entrance and fastened them secu

sh-children-in-n-eed-2018-3S+H helps Children in Need telethon shine
Monday, 17 December 2018

UK - S+H Technical, specialists for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths, supplied around 350sq.m of its LED Animation cloth and 450sq.m of standard RGB starcloth drape for the BBC’s 2018 Children in Need telethon, broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Two.
Featuring a star-studded line-up, the event raised over £50m for the 2018 appeal in what was the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities for disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK.
The telethon production design was created by Alex Craig - working on his 10th Children in Need - and this new look for 2018 featured some threads from the previous design to keep a strand of continuity, together with some spectacular new elements including lots of LED and a large upstage LED wall, 14m wide by 5m high, which split in the middle and opened for performer entrances and exits.
“The look was modern, clean and now,” explains Alex, adding that his brief from executive producer Leanne Witcoop was to ensure the space looked integrated and a contrast from last year where there were three distinctive different performance areas on the one set.
The stage was all on one level, punctuated with curves and spheres which defined its general shape, complete with the spectacular long multi-layered curved LED screen set piece upstage, finished in gold shimmer disc material and outlined with LED strips.
This was flanked by two smaller semi-circle curved screens, also edged with several lines of LED - like a giant geometric spirograph design - and clad in chrome s

 
 
ETCP candidates given more practice time
Friday, 14 December 2018

USA - The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has announced changes to its examination rules.
From 15 December, candidates who purchase the ETCP practice examinations will have 90 days to complete the web-based exams, increasing from the previous one of 30 days.
There is no application process with the practice exams and any interested candidates will be able to take the exams remotely.
Candidates may grade the answers as they go or keep the practice exam available to study for the full 90 days. Those who have already purchased one of the practice exams are locked into the current window of 30 days.
“The practice exams were one of the greatest tools I used for preparing for the rigging exam. They helped me understand test layout and what I needed to spend more time on. I would suggest everyone takes one, if not all, the relevant practice exams, prior to testing on the actual exam,” says Gabriel Gula, ETCP rigger - Arena.
(Jim Evans)

 
alistair-kilbeeSplitbeam adds to ProLyft stock
Thursday, 13 December 2018

South Africa - Gearhouse Splitbeam, the South African theatre equipment rental company, has invested in 53 new ProLyft Aetos motors and three Aetos 24 way remote controllers to keep up with demand of upcoming theatre productions. The company was established by Alistair Kilbee and Ofer Lapid in 2010, who realised the challenges of long-term rentals and who wanted to provide the best professional gear at the best possible prices to their clients.
“We have sent the 53 new Aetos motors, along with 47 of our existing stock - a total of 100 Aetos motors - to the Philippines where they will begin a world tour,” explains Alistair Kilbee, managing director. “I will be joining the production in Manila in January 2019 as technical director, but will not be touring with the show, only flying in for load in / load outs as required.”
In addition, Splitbeam has invested in Eilon load cells. “The Eilon load cells are crucial in monitoring your load weights while lifting to ensure an even distribution of weight between motors. The great thing about the wireless Eilon system that we purchased is that the cells can be monitored continuously in real time via an iPad. This particular production has a complex rigging system, so the load cells will help to ensure the safety of the performers and longevity of our Aetos Motors.”
Splitbeam has been involved in a number of international touring productions such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Evita and The Sound of Music.
“It is not always easy competing with the equipment requirem

 
 
arthurbealewindowdisplaydecember2018cTriple E engineers underwater Christmas display
Thursday, 13 December 2018

UK - The festive season is well underway and Triple E has gone underwater to provide a magical window display in the centre of the West End.
You wouldn’t usually associate Shaftesbury Avenue with a yacht-chandler, but Arthur Beale has been situated here for over 400 years. Traditionally known for manufacturing ropes for ships, climbers and explorers the company often takes advantage of their central London location to supply the local West End theatres with specialist rigging.
Under the leadership of Alasdair Flint, a theatrical chandler who also has a passion for sailing, the company has revived itself in recent years to provide rigging and ropes to the theatre sector alongside their more traditional sailing business. And each Christmas the company draws on this theatrical side and puts on a window display to rival any other shop in Bloomsbury or the West End!
Triple E has worked in collaboration with Alasdair Flint to provide a magical underwater themed display based around 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. As a leading provider of drape and scenery tracking to the theatre sector, Triple E has frequently been known to provide tracks to support other well-known West End retail emporiums such as Harrods and Selfridges with their ‘wow factor’ window displays.
Triple E was charged with specifying and building a chain track system to allow the aquatic life in the window display to be in continual motion. Chain Track is Triple E’s proprietary tracking system and was perfect for the very precise and continuous movement of scenic element

 
nicolinoiannottiretoucheSolotech appoints vice president, finance
Friday, 7 December 2018

Canada - Solotech has announced the appointment of Nicolino Iannotti as vice-president, finance, effective 7 January, 2019.
Iannotti holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Concordia University, and the CPA, CMA and CA professional designations. He has 20 years of experience in accounting, external reporting, audit, and financial planning & analysis in large-scale companies such as Gildan and Deloitte.
“As a leader in financial management in the United States and Canada, Mr. Iannotti will be a great asset to support Solotech’s growth on a global scale”, said Nicolas Lavoie, chief financial officer.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
enigmaguritexhibition-standSetsquare acquires Enigma and GTMS
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

UK - Temporary and permanent installations specialist Setsquare Staging has invested in print and interior design company Enigma Visual Solutions and event and print production company, GTMS.
Enigma and GTMS will both continue to operate from their Marlow and Waterlooville bases respectively but the companies will combine their services.
John O’Gorman, creative director and founder of Setsquare, comments: “We are extremely excited to embark on this new venture. Both Enigma and GTMS are specialists within the print, build and staging industries, delivering creative solutions to clients on an international level. We will combine our services to produce industry leading solutions. We will be building branded environments second to none.”
Reno Macri, founder of Enigma Visual Solutions, adds: “I founded Enigma in my parents’ spare bedroom as a sign company and since then Enigma has grown year on year from graphics to modular and custom exhibition stands; to interior design and installations.
“Over the last 10 years, Setsquare has been an invaluable partner, helping us expand into new and exciting sectors. To secure the future of Enigma and its continuous growth, the opportunity to be part of Setsquare has not come at a better time for us and our clients. With the amazing resources now on offer, we can satisfy our clients with the added expertise of Setsquare and GTMS.”
Dominik Short, managing director of GTMS adds: “This is an exciting time for GTMS, in 2002 we transformed the business into an award-winning event production

 
castleford-1Rope Assemblies builds bridge for beer festival
Tuesday, 4 December 2018

UK - Rope Assemblies has worked with Castleford Heritage Trust to create a safe footbridge at Castleford's Queen's Mill - part of a major restoration project to restore the historic building which is used as a venue for local events.
One such event, the Castleford Beer Festival took place last month - a community event drawing in the crowds with musical art, food and of course beer. James Knowles, project manager at Castleford Heritage Trust reports: "The venue was all ready for the festival which was set to attract over 1000 visitors. However, we had an issue with the function room - it only has one emergency escape and so we had to install a bridge so that, should visitors be required to leave the building in an emergency, they could do so safely. Without the bridge, we would not have been able to use the room."
Thanks to a recommendation from a rigging company working on the project, James got in touch with Linda Martin at Rope Assemblies who, along with Joanne in the sales team, advised on the right product for the job and sent out some samples. She explains: "For a job like this we recommended 5mm stainless steel assemblies, with M10 Swage Studs on either side. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it is hard wearing and a better solution than galvanised items as it stands up to the elements much better. James was delighted with the samples and so placed an order for over 107 metres."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bbmbarowskiag001lydiagoos-1Milos towers debut at German Unity Day
Friday, 30 November 2018

Germany - Despite strong gusts of wind in cold and rainy weather conditions, around 600,000 people celebrated German Unity Day in Berlin that featured several event stages and the worldwide debut of two Milos Steel PA towers.
The motto for the celebration was Only with you and consisted of numerous events that took place at historically significant sites in the city. A highlight of the three-day celebration was the Citizens' Festival at the Brandenburg Gate, which included a concert and fireworks display. With artists such as Nena, Namika and The BossHoss, freedom, tolerance and cultural diversity were celebrated.
The company responsible for putting together the stage areas was Germany’s Black Box Music.
An advantage that Black Box Music brings to the table is their own fleet of vehicles, workshops, case building, and other services like tailoring and painting. They also offer three rehearsal halls with expanded backstage areas for convenient test runs of performances and timely improvements to live presentations. The rehearsal halls can also be used as event venues for up to 600 attendees. Artists and guests are provided with food by the company's catering division.
Support in the form of Milos Steel PA towers was provided to Black Box Music by Nuremberg’s Barowski AG. In the Spring of 2018, professional event and media technology service provider Barowski AG understood the need for ultra-high strength support structures for Germany’s biggest events and invested in Milos Steel PA towers. "Equipping the largest festival of the ye

 
streb-parisUnusual acrobatics at Musée d'Orsay
Tuesday, 27 November 2018

France - Six performers from Streb Extreme Action performed a real aerial feat at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris this Autumn, with a little help from Unusual Rigging.
The event, which took place on 13-14 October, was part of a festive family weekend hosted by Theatre du Châtelet and the Musée d'Orsay, exploring Picasso's passion for the circus which is expressed in the blue and pink period of his work.
Unusual's Robin Elias has worked with Elizabeth Streb on several of her other projects over the years including performances on the London Eye and on the front of Bergdorf Goodman's New York department store as it revealed its Christmas holiday window display. He explained. "This was a fantastic project to be involved with. Our task was to help the phenomenal acrobats perform safely in the nave of the Orsay on the faces of two towers...all the while making sure that the fabric of this beautiful museum wasn't damaged or altered in the process."
He added: "This was the first time the museum had ever had an event like this taking place within its walls and, quite naturally they were not used to the level of intrusion by people like us in the run up to the event. We're rather expert at working in museums and listed buildings and we have ways of working which mean that neither the venue or the amazing art within are damaged or at risk in any way. The staff at the Musée d'Orsay needed lots of reassurance that we knew what we were doing."
Unusual's Paul Taylor worked closely with New York based Elizabeth Streb who provided a brief in the form of drawi

 
 
toulminChris Toulmin joins Entech Roadshow
Thursday, 22 November 2018

USA - Former PLASA director Chris Toulmin has joined Entech Roadshow in an advisory role ahead of the first Entech USA Roadshow in April.
Toulmin has over 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As a director of events at PLASA he was responsible for delivering the PLASA Show following the event’s relocation to London Olympia and also oversaw the the Association’s regional Focus shows.
Toulmin comments: “I am delighted to be working with Entech Roadshow LLC as a consultant on the inaugural US Roadshow in 2019. This tried and tested formula in the Australia/New Zealand market is a great fit for the expansive geography of the significant North American market. It’s a refreshing new model that adds in a positive way to what has gone before and brings a new level of convenience, accessibility and networking for decision makers and industry knowledge seekers alike.”
(Jim Evans)

 
sxs-events-rgbSXS Events streamlines with Current RMS
Wednesday, 21 November 2018

UK - SXS Events recently used Current RMS’ Open API to create a number of integrations to streamline workflow. The Open API is available for any of their software users to access and build with, for them to develop exciting and useful integrations that utilise their data within Current RMS.
Established in 1998, UK-based SXS Events specialises in event production and dry hire, and has grown to be a multi-million pound event production company. Using the Current RMS Open API, they created X Hire, a platform for their clients to view products directly on their website and hire them. Built to work alongside their normal website, this space allows them to pull across products and key information from Current RMS and onto a platform their new and existing clients can easily access and view.
“The website is a great tool for both the office team and clients. Instead of trying to explain equipment to clients we can send them a link to the product,” says Joe Sandford-Hughes, head of dry hire at SXS Events. “The same thing goes for clients needing copies of their invoices; we can give them an account on the site and they can get to everything they need.”
It’s not just front-of-house that the Open API has been useful for. The team at SXS has also made use of it to create a number of integrations that have been handy for internal processes, ensuring their jobs are always on time and up to the standard they need to be. This includes a dynamic ‘kiosk’ screen that staff can see, which updates throughout the course of the day to show outgoing jobs

 
 
boom-arm-2Doughty debuts Heavy Duty Boom Arm
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

UK - A new 1000mm Heavy Duty Boom Arm capable of taking the weight of a moving light has been launched by Doughty Engineering. The latest addition to the Boom Arm range is set to offer users an attractive solution without the need for a brace.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, explains: "Our Boom Arm range is already extremely popular with our customers. The regular Boom Arm works well in most scenarios and has a 25kg Safe Working Load. However, the feedback we were getting from customers is that they wanted something that would allow them to hang moving lights in environments where the overall aesthetic is important."
He continues: "Up until now, anyone wanting to hang a moving light would have to use our Braced Boom Arm which is capable of taking a 100kg weight. However this depends on a brace support which, while effective isn't necessarily the most attractive solution. We hope that the new Heavy Duty Boom Arm bridges the gap. It has a SWL of 50kg which should more than suffice in the majority of situations while still looking good in its place. We hope it's something that our customers will appreciate - and as always, we welcome feedback."
(Jim Evans)

 
opera-houseRoyal Opera House sings Unusual praises
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

UK - After two years of building works, the revamped front of house spaces at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden opened to the public this autumn. As part of the renovation, a number of exhibitions and displays now enhance the new spaces and offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Royal Opera House and the art forms it supports as well as showcasing the ROH's past and present to inspire every day audiences. Unusual Rigging were brought on board to help devise a way of installing a number of scrims over the escalator leading to the newly refurbished spaces on Level 5.
Sarah Tatham, exhibitions manager at the Royal Opera house explains: "We approached Leon Ingram, Unusual's rigging project manager, in March 2018 to discuss the best way to hang the scrims. A principally artistic endeavour, the scrims required a technically complex hang and design. Unusual Rigging fed into the concept and generally advised us on the size of the scrims, the fixing methods and the installation."
Unusual has worked with the Royal Opera House itself and two of its design studios (Skellon Studio and Studio Eger) in the past. "Unusual is so well known in the industry we were very comfortable working with them from the word go. Our design studios developed a concept and Leon came on site to provide technical advice generally on installation and more specifically on fixing methodology. We supplied detailed drawings and the Unusual team developed the fixing methods and contributed to the paperwork for change of use of the track," explains test

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Four ESTA standards approved
Monday, 19 November 2018

USA - ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards - three new or revised and one for reaffirmation without changes.
These are:
ANSI ES1.19-2018: Safety Requirements for Special Event Structures, is a new standard written as part of comprehensive event safety suite, with this section helping to identify design, fabrication, operation and use, inspection and maintenance requirements for the portable structures included in its scope. This is the first of several more to come, in a comprehensive set of event safety standards, co-branded and developed in conjunction with the Event Safety Alliance.
ANSI E1.29-2009 (R2018): Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil, is a reaffirmation of ANSI E1.29-2009. The standard exists to help product testing laboratories evaluate the safety of fog machines.
ANSI E1.42-2018: Entertainment Technology - Design, Installation, and Use of Orchestra Pit Lifts, is a revision of ANSI E1.42-2016. The revisions are improvements to incorporate what has been learned since the 2016 edition was published.
ANSI E1.56-2018: Entertainment Technology - Rigging Support Points, is a new standard offering guidance for the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of permanent and temporary rigging points and rigging lugs and their connection to existing building and venue structures. The goal is to eliminate questionable or unrated rigging poin

 
kinesys-ostre-gasvaerk-teater-gas021043308Kinesys in Control at Østre Gasværk Teater
Friday, 16 November 2018

Denmark - Copenhagen’s magnificent Østre Gasværk Teater in the city’s Østerbro district is housed in a former gas holder once part of the old Eastern Gasworks complex, built in 1878 and designed by Martin Nyrop, also the architect of Copenhagen City Hall.
The venue has functioned as a performance space since the 1970s, however in the last year an extensive technical refit and major rigging upgrade has involved the installation of a completely new free-standing steel grid internal structure, together with a Kinesys automation system – featuring the latest Kinesys Apex chain hoists and DigiHoist control.
The theatre started off presenting alternative dance works and hosting concerts and fashion shows as well as gripping dramas. Over the years the production requirements have become steadily more complex and ambitious.
In 2016, the Østre Gasværk Theatre merged with another major cultural institution, the Republique Theatre, and Emmet Feigenberg was appointed artistic director, moving everything into a new era.
With this came - finally - the realisation that the old flying facilities were no longer realistically serviceable to stage modern productions, so with the writing on the wall, outgoing artistic director Pia Jette Hansen, the board of the building’s management company and previous production manager Frank Beck started a campaign to secure funding to make some radical changes, explained Østre Gasværk’s head of lighting Brian Njie and head of stage Jacob Frederiksen.
As a listed building and a much-loved landmark of Co

 
 
prolyte-wProlyte hosts distributor awards
Thursday, 15 November 2018

Europe - Prolyte Group presented its distributor awards at its bi-annual networking event for distributors.
The Partner Immersion Event was held at Prolyte’s International Training Centre in Emsdetten, Germany to bring together distributors from all over the world.
To thank partners for “the trust, support and contribution to the Prolyte brand”, Prolyte Group presented the following awards to their distributors:
Platinum Award ProlyteStructures: AED Distribution; Platinum Award StageDex: AED Distribution; Platinum Award StageDex: Bellalite; Platinum Award ProlyteStructures: Cast C.Adolph & RST Distribution; Platinum Award ProLyft: DWR Distribution; Platinum Award ProLyft: Huss Licht & Ton; Platinum Award StageDex: Stage Electrics: Project of the Year Award: DP Music; Project of the Year Award: EES - Entertainment Equipment Supplies; Consistent Development Award: Electro Waves; Best Newcomer Award: Huss Licht & Ton.
Regional Development Award: Stage Electrics; Prolyte Campus Award: Controllux; Prolyte Campus Award: Prolight; Strategic Growth Award: AC Lighting; Brand Ambassador Award - Special Contribution: Bart de Smet; Brand Ambassador Award - Special Contribution: Jan Siemons: Brand Ambassador Award - Special Contribution: Robert Winters.
“Investing in our partners for a long-standing relationship is a priority,” says Lambert Bouwmeester, Prolyte’s chief executive officer. Prolyte Group also presented the Distributor Awards which recognise Prolyte Group’s outstanding distribution partners based on sales perfo

 
pearcehire-team-with-prolyte-arc-roof-systemcpaulhadfieldPearce Hire invests in Prolyte Arc Roof system
Wednesday, 14 November 2018

UK - Full technical production services provider Pearce Hire has added a Prolyte Arc Roof staging system, supplied by Stage Electrics, to its hire stock.
The Prolyte Arc Roof System is a fixed construction, based on three inward-curving trusses which are mounted to side masts. Since its delivery, the system has been used for a festival and an urban running event and has also been specified for several Christmas Light switch-ons and outdoor winter festivals.
Jim Brown, general manager at Pearce Hire, comments: “We’ve got a significant amount of Prolyte kit already - trusses, towers, rigging towers and accessories. So we were already familiar with the quality of Prolyte products and ease of handling. We were particularly attracted to the Arc Roof system because of its well-considered assembly process which is critical to the challenging set-up times our client projects often involve.”
Brown adds: “It is perfect for a broad range of installations, and with the diversity of our clients and their production requirements for a stage roof of this nature, an investment in this type of structure makes a lot of sense. In fact, I would go as far as saying it was an easy decision to make. It is ideal for live production, product launches, awards ceremonies and more besides.”
James Cookson of Stage Electrics says: “Our relationship with Pearce Hire goes back at least 10 years and we were delighted to be working with them again to fulfil their requirements, and to provide an after-sales service which included training for the Pearce Hire team

 
 
prolyte-rigging-2019-Prolyte training in Johannesburg in January
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution's annual Prolyte rigging course will be hosted at DWR's HQ in Johannesburg from 28 January to 2 February 2019.
Presented by Rinus Bakker of Rhino Rigs, the course will cover a range of topics from safety, maintenance, lifting materials and force calculations to load tables. The last day of the course is a practical session.
Those interested should be competent in mathematics, says DWR. Delegates who pass the course will receive certification and 48 SACIA CPD points.
The cost is R9 750 including VAT and includes lunch and refreshments. Bookings can be made online.
(Jim Evans)

 
seesound-wNew EXE Technology distributor for Spain
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Spain - EXE Technology has announced SeeSound as its exclusive distributor in Spain, effective 5 November.
The EXE Technology brand identifies a range of fixed and variable speed electric chain hoists, motorised trolleys and relevant tracking systems, loads cell interfaces and hoist controllers for the entertainment and exhibition industries. Their products have been engineered to safely manoeuvre stage equipment, scenery, video walls and other related structures, before, during and after performances.
Established in 2004, and led by Nacho Alberdi, SeeSound boasts an experienced commercial department, avant-garde project and engineering department, and a solid administration and logistics department.
Specializing in “integral solutions”, SeeSound participates in the development and supply of a diverse range of projects for theatres, hotels, sport pavilions, shopping centers, auditoriums, restaurants and offices.
“We are very pleased to be the new distributor for EXE Technology products in Spain. Customers will benefit from our extensive offer of top quality professional solutions and we will work hard to position the EXE Technology brand where it should be in the Spanish market,” concludes Alberdi.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
survey-wPLASA posts ‘most comprehensive’ industry research
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

UK - The UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28bn in 2017/18 and its value is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.
The study - said by PLASA to be 'the most comprehensive study of the entire entertainment technology industry in many years' - is available to download from plasa.org. It delves into each market sector’s performance and also looks at the effects of macro-environment trends and employment.
According to the findings, all sectors have experienced growth, particularly AV and audio, which represent 38% and 27% of the market share respectively. AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including architectural and retail. Audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.
The suppliers surveyed showed a positive sentiment about the future of architectural & commercial, concert & touring and themed attractions; performing arts, DJ and studio sectors were also listed. The future of the industry is also positive, with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.
PLASA managing director, Peter Heath, comments: “It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape. And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live enter

 
singaporeLoud Technologies Asia stages safety seminar
Monday, 5 November 2018

Singapore - Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) took the lead in organising a rigging safety awareness seminar in their new showroom and training facility in Singapore.
The seminar was organised in conjunction with Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) and was conducted by technical manager Jasper van der Sluis.
Colin Quek, owner and managing director of LTA, comments: “Although we are the Prolyft Service Point for Singapore and dedicated dealer for Prolyte, Doughty and Protos load measuring systems, we believe it’s important to show as many aspects of safe rigging in general regardless of the brand or country of origin.
“Among other demonstrations, it was demonstrated by using load cells how loads can react on a truss which is suspended from three chain hoists and by moving the load over the truss.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
space-roof-1NeuroTech brings Space Roof to Asia
Thursday, 1 November 2018

China - NeuroTech Asia has become the first owner of the Prolyte Space Roof System in the Asia Pacific region.
The company, which provides AV and staging services in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, first contracted with Prolyte in early 2018 to purchase staging systems from its Mammoth ground support system. To meet the increased demand for staging equipment, NeuroTech recently purchased Prolyte’s Space Roof system.
The roof can be suspended from standard Prolyte CT towers and can be built up to 37 x 22 meters in size, offered a loading capacity of 30t UDL + 2x 4T PA which was easily installed, which helps meet the needs of touring artists. With reducing the stage opening (standard 31m), the loading capacity can be easily increased up to 50t. The space roof structure can also be easily adapted in size every 2.072m in width and depth. With maintaining the structural integrity of the system.
“Having a space roof system available in the Asian market will give a new mindset and new opportunities for producers and organisers of Asian events” says Ruud de Deugd, product manager at Prolyte.
The Space Roof is the only structure of its kind available in the Asian market. When NeuroTech purchased the Space Roof structure, Prolyte supplied all of the parts and components, lifting and control equipment, continuous engineering support and customer service in their language. In addition to this, a vital part of Prolyte’s services includes build-up training to ensure the safety of workers and the accuracy of the construction. For Neur

 
fiend-productions-enters-the-ring-with-sixty82Fiend Productions enters the ring with Sixty82
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

UK - Dry hire and production company Fiend Productions provided a Sixty82 trussing system for the Progress Wrestling 2018 shows at London's historic Alexandra Palace and SSE Arena Wembley.
Progress Wrestling, a British professional wrestling promotion, ran its first show in 2012 at The Garage in Islington. Since then it has grown t into major venues in the UK, including Ally Pally and the Wembley Arena.
Jess Matthews, managing director of Fiend Productions, approached A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) to invest in high load trussing for the shows at Ally Pally. After being provided with a range of options by Steven Farnsworth in UK sales at AC-ET, Matthews decided on Sixty82.
He comments: “The quality of the welds and construction of the Sixty82 truss is very noticeable, and the high load capacity allows us to be a lot more creative.”
Each section of Sixty82 truss has a built-in RFID tag equipped as standard and allows individual pieces of truss to be tracked and identified. The SixtyTag is compatible with a wide range of scanners and 3rd party software. Matthews continues: “It is very useful for our rigging inspection records. We are moving towards using RFID for full asset tracking and the fact it is integrated here is a definite benefit.”
After the shows at Ally Pally, the truss was used in the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and the SSE Arena in Wembley as part of the Progress Wrestling tour, before being added to Fiend Productions' hire stock.
Matthews concluded: “Sixty82 truss has provided a significant u

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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