Posts Tagged ‘Niscon’

JR Clancy finishes Saudi job in half time

Friday, March 11th, 2011

When the newly constructed Saudi-Arabian Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University becomes the worlds largest women’s university in 2012, the women in the drama department will operate rigging systems by JR Clancy.

The enormous theater complex houses three theatres: a 2500-seat performance hall, a 700-seat drama theatre and a so called ‘black box’ lecture theatre.

Schuler Shook, the architect that designed these diverse theatres, selected JR Clancy as the unique supplier for the rigging. The firm will supply a package of under stage and over stage rigging.

The theatres will use Titan hoists, the largest standard automated hoist manufactured by Clancy. Titan was chosen for its zero fleet angle design and its ability to move large loads at production speed.

Acoustic tip-and-fly ceilings the theatres use Clancy orchestra lifts for simple conversion of the spaces from theatrical to orchestral productions. All of the hoists and lifts are controlled using Niscon’s Raynok motion control system to quickly convert the theatres from one show type to the next.

Rigorous Saudi Arabian fire safety codes required custom steel framed fire safety curtain systems. Curtains were made of Zetex Plus 1210ZP fabric with a one-hour rating for fire protection.

Challenges also arose from the six month timeline for completion, from design to installation, according to Charlie Shatzkin, international sales manager for Clancy.

Shatzkin said, “We were able to meet the challenge, in part because our ISO 9001 infrastructure provides a highly efficient design and manufacturing system. We can ramp up quickly and efficiently to meet high demand.”

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Hoist UK at “The City of Dreams” in Macau

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Hoist UK have supplied the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group with standard and custom manufactured products for the world’s newest most spectacular extravaganza “The House of Dancing Water” at The City of Dreams, Macau.

More than $250million was invested in the production of this show, which is performed in a purpose built 270 degree “in the round” theatre surrounding the world’s largest commercial pool, which is over 48.7 metres in diameter and 8 metres deep holding more than 3.7 million gallons of water and larger than five Olympic sized swimming pools.

For this production, Hoist UK provided a motor and control system package with thirty eight Stagemaker electric chain hoists each fitted with a secondary brakes and encoders. The hoists were controlled by a “Raynok” motion control system from Niscon Inc, using their fixed speed programmable CH800 controllers linked together with a main / backup computer housed in one of the CH800 flight cases.

Hoist UK also provided two motorised performer platforms on different grid levels of the theatre to allow the performers to be tracked out into the void above the main stage / pool, so they can be connected to winches and access scenic elements, such as the Human Chandelier, so they can be lowered in on cue.

The design of the tracking system was particularly out of the ordinary as the platforms had to be certified for man riding and each of the platforms measured 5.7 metres by 4.3 metres and had to track out at a height of 36 metres above the pool with up to twenty performers on board. The platforms each ran in 30 metres of longitudinal tracking beam manufactured from a lightweight aluminium alloy with longitudinal motion provided by two variable speed electric trolley units for a smooth and quiet operation.

As well as the programmable hoist system and performer tracking platforms Hoist UK designed and manufactured three curved aluminium trusses, each one more than 40 metres in linear length and just under 60 metres in diameter. The three trusses were powder coated black, dead hung from the grid and fitted with motorised curtain track systems to obscure the quadrant of the theatre containing the rear stage areas.

Hoist UK announces the global launch of the Concerto hoist

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Hoist UK is pleased to announce the formal international launch of the Concerto series of Variable Speed Concert Hoists from Niscon Inc.

The Concerto has been designed and engineered using a Stagemaker® hoist body and with the support and assistance of R&M Materials Handling of Springfield, Ohio, and Verlinde SA, France.

The Concerto is conceivably the most concise and safety conscious variable speed chain hoist on the market, meeting and exceeding some of the worlds strictest legislation for chain hoists both in Europe and the Americas.

In addition to the usual heightened design factor of safety and double brakes required in this type of hoist there are two sets of safety limits each with independent functionality and different activation methods (one rotary and the other direct struck) to prevent accidental over-travel of the hoist.  The rotary switch is monitored for rotation using an encoder which also functions as the backup to the main encoder.

A third encoder is attached to the load wheel to ensure the chain has travelled to its exact position.  The values from each encoder are constantly compared against the others for errors with encoder data stored and saved even when the power is turned off to the hoist.

Niscon Inc.’s president, Joseph Jeremy says, “This hoist is simply the best I have seen on the market.  In comparison to other chain products, the Stagemaker® body was the only choice that could deliver the performance we were looking for along with consistency and accuracy throughout the manufacturing process. Our goal was to develop a variable speed chain hoist that was safe, practical and would complement the Raynok line of motion control solutions.  In order to achieve this we added additional features to enhance safety and performance of the overall product, including a rotary limit switch, load cell and not one, but three encoders.”

The first public showing took place at the PLASA 2010 trade show in London, on the Hoist UK stand forming part of the central display which also showcased the Raynok motion control system. “I have been working with chain hoists and control in the entertainment industry for the last 18 years and have been involved with several motion control systems in the development stage, touring and in fixed installation applications.

The combination of Raynok motion control system and the Concerto hoist is by far the most precise, intuitive and safest system I have ever used” comments Hoist UK’s director Tony Dickson. “The Concerto is smooth, quiet and infinitely versatile and a great addition to our repertoire, it will be loved by riggers and LD’s alike” adds Hoist UK’s fellow director Paul Jordan.

An early version of the hoist can be seen in performance at Haze Nightclub at Aria in Las Vegas where Niscon Inc. installed 20 units for John Lyons Systems of Los Angeles, California.  The Haze system uses 20 hoists to manoeuvre 5 lighting trusses over the dance floor to enhance the effects of the light show for the club’s guests and patrons.

Niscon Inc.’s VP, Peter Sinkner says of the Haze installation, “John Lyons wanted smooth fluid motion on the Haze dance floor.  He wanted to give the patrons something different and really WOW them.  On his first visit to the club, John asked me to show him what the system could do.  I took control of one of the trusses with the Raynok MK2 Console joystick and rolled the truss on pitch and yaw while also flying it up and down.  When I stopped and looked at John, the smile on his face said it all.  Niscon Inc. had delivered what he was looking for and then some.”


Stage lifting firms set for PLASA

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Entertainment riggers JR Clancy and Hoist UK will showcase a new partnership at next month’s PLASA show, which takes place at London’s Earls Court from 12-15 September.

The distribution and partnership agreement is designed to offer clients a complete project solution. Hoist UK aims to integrate products from each partner’s field and equipment range through a single dealer source, thus reducing the time and money spent by organisations on managing multiple suppliers.

Tony Dickson, co-founder of Hoist UK, which is a distributor for the complete range of Verlinde industrial and entertainment lifting equipment, said: “The Best of All Worlds partnership offered by Hoist UK gives customers the opportunity to find products from industry brand leaders that are seamlessly designed, conceived, manufactured and delivered with one call.”

Hoists and lifting equipment firm Verlinde SA and motion control systems supplier Niscon Inc. complete the “Best of All Worlds” partnership.

PLASA visitors will get to see JR Clancy’s popular PowerLift automated hoist that has been installed in theatres and concert halls across Europe and America.

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HUK introduces: The only Motion Control System you will ever need !

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Entertainment lifting specialists Hoist UK Ltd have recently signed an exclusive European distribution agreement for the Raynok Motion Control System, manufactured by Niscon Inc based in Canada.

The Raynok Motion Control System is a state of the art control solution specifically engineered for the entertainment industry and boasts the ability to control all your stage machinery from one PC based control interface. The system uses a complete range of Raynok control modules to link to your existing or new stage machinery and provides safe and secure communications with the Raynok control software.

Joseph Jeremy, President of Niscon Inc comments: “We initially became aware of Hoist UK at PLASA’08. It was my first time attending and I was impressed with the presentation and professionalism that was displayed on their stand.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to meet with Tony or Paul at the show, which added to my surprise when Tony contacted us shortly after my return to Toronto. He and Paul were planning to attend LDI’09 in Las Vegas and asked if Peter and I would make some time to meet with them. We welcomed them to our booth and after a short meeting it was clear that the offerings of our respective firms would be a great match. To that end, Niscon Inc. is extremely pleased to have the Raynok Motion Control System exclusively distributed throughout Europe by Hoist UK.

The combination of Niscon Inc.’s commitment to The Art of Movement and Hoist UK’s Safety Above All will provide our customers with exceptional equipment and outstanding service.”

Tony Dickson, director of Hoist UK added “We are very excited and privileged to distribute this unique product throughout Europe. The Raynok motion control system can be configured to control an unlimited number of items from a variety of manufacturers equipment, such as chain hoists, travel drives, trolleys, winches, turntables and pilewind (yo yo) drums. The ability to do this in a safe manner with all different elements being controlled simultaneously (if required) by one person is a different proposition to the other motion control systems out there, as it is the only motion control system you will ever need due to its ability to control all your equipment and the system can grow with your equipment requirements”.

Paul Jordan, fellow director of Hoist UK comments “One of the greatest strengths of Raynok is the ability to simplify the collaborative efforts of the creative and technical teams to create fluid scenic imagery. Whether the staging of simple production calls or complex cueing, the Windows™ operating system, common mouse, keyboard and menu commands make executing tasks within Raynok simple and intuitive. Hoist UK will be present at the ABTT and PLASA shows introducing the full capabilities of the system, using it to control whole a host of different equipment and allowing visitors to get hands on with this unique control solution”.

Tony Dickson also comments: “Drop down menus, right mouse button menus, toolbars and a customisable multi-monitor graphic display aid the operator in configuring a comfortable desktop workspace and make multi axis positional control of all manner of stage machinery easy and simple to programme and control. It is clear to us that there is nothing on the market like this system, which is why we have tied up an exclusive deal for distribution”

Peter Sinkner, fellow President of Niscon Inc comments: “Raynok is so easy to program and achieve the results the creative team want that you’ll be in the bar long before your mates on the LX crew”.

Remember: Safety Above All