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White Light Supplies Ipswich Theatres with Brand-New Motor Rigging System

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Built in the 1880‘s, the Corn Exchange is one of Ipswich’s premiere entertainment complexes. Featuring stunning Victorian architecture, the venue regularly houses theatre productions and a variety of entertainment shows. A short walk from the Corn Exchange is the Regent Theatre, which is East Anglia’s largest theatre and has an auditorium that holds 1,500 people. To facilitate the various productions in each building, both venues decided to invest in a new motor rigging system. As the technical solution specialist, White Light was called upon to oversee the entire installation.

The project was led by WL’s Engineering Manager Patrick Lockwood. He comments: “We won the tender to provide new motors to Ipswich’s Corn Exchange and the Regent Theatre. We have worked on similar projects in the past, such as the LoadGuard Motors we installed in the Great Hall at Central Hall Westminster, so are fully aware of what various spaces require and what to do in order to achieve this”.

The previous motors were the non VBG 8+ type so needed secondary lock-offs which both venues found were no longer practical and did not fulfil their health and safety standards. These needed replacing with something that was not only suitable but complied to the venues’ regulations and came within budget.

Before and After

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Patrick states: “There were three areas in which we worked. These were the stage truss grid and auditorium in the Corn Exchange along with the stage in the Regent Theatre. For the auditorium, this had a very old static lighting structure directly above it meaning that any time additional equipment needed to be added this would require a cherry picker, which obviously wasn’t very practical”.

Patrick visited the site and, after speaking with Steve Bridgeman, the venues’ Building Services Engineer, decided that the Stagemaker BGV D8+ and wall mounted controllers supplied by Hoist UK were the ideal solution.

Patrick adds: “The Stagemaker SR has what is known as a ‘Perfect Push’, which is five pocket load wheels fitted with five intermediate teeth. This innovation means improved chain guiding and chain flow, reducing the risk of chain jamming. Similarly, they have double brake as standard which means they are extremely safe and comply with VBG 8+ regulations and all hoist motors have integral thermal protection to prevent overheating. They are also very reasonably priced and easy-to-use meaning they were perfect for both theatres”.

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STAGEMAKER Motors Operated by AED Studios

Monday, September 12th, 2016

AED’s audio-visual studios were recently equipped with 100 VERLINDE STAGEMAKER SR10 motors, for its ceiling grid equipment, to simplify assembly and disassembly operations for shows.

Catering the needs of international players in the audio-visual sector and the realm of live performances, the AED group achieves these both by renting out and selling standardised products embracing the techniques of sound, lighting, image projection and the lifting of stage equipment and by the letting of a complex of fully operational studios for cinema, television and event productions.

A studio complex in the heart of Belgium AED at Lint, near Antwerp, runs one of Europe´s largest audio-visual production complexes. Covering a surface area of 25,000m², the company rents out 16,000m² of studios, 4,000m² of offices and can supply any postproduction equipment or facilities required by cinema or TV teams.

The company is very attached to its industrial heritage. In the entrance hall, for the benefit of customers and visitors, are exhibited audio-visual and stage equipment tracing the history of techniques in the industry. Using museography it displays lamps, cameras, microphones, mixing desks, image projectors and for the lifting section, the display of Verlinde motors used by AED over many decades, like the first manual screw hoist (1858), the first L104 motor, the LITACHAIN LI5, the STAGEMAKER SM10 range and finally the latest generation of the STAGEMAKER SR line with the SR10.

Filip Van Vlem, AED Communication Director, declared: “Energy economy is a major concern for us and the integration of photovoltaic panels in our studios´ roof structures goes hand in hand with the use of STAGEMAKER hoist motors for ceiling grids. They replace energy consuming lifting trucks while providing flexibility, efficacy and time savings for our customers.”

Van Vlem added: “When a TV programme or film is being produced, studios equipped with these motors enable all equipment mounted on arched supports to be rapidly put in place. STAGEMAKER motors lower the beam on which lighting, microphones, cameras or video projectors used for the performance will be fixed to place them at the right height when required. Using this equipment, adjustments or modifications are fast and easy. Lastly, disassembly by the technical team after performances is very much faster resulting in improved profits for the producer.”

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Stagemaker SR25 from Verlinde

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

With its single fall lifting capacity of 2.5 tonnes, Stagemaker SR25 is especially useful for lifting grids, large stage towers and heavy duty scenery equipment (video walls, electronic notice boards, etc.). Stagemaker SR25 hoists are the only to be fitted as standard with a double brake system and they also incorporate ChainFlux special chain guide, Perfect Push patented hoist load wheel and protective rubber pads on the hook blocks.

Stagemaker SR25 is available with speeds of 4m/min or 8m/min. Each model is marketed in an A or B version. The version A involves motors with direct voltage control and the version B motors with low voltage control. Its new ergonomic design, black in colour, enables it to fit in well with its environment especially with grid lighting systems. The rated load with one chainfall enables this hoist to be marketed as D8+ 1250kg

Stagemaker SR 25 is fitted with best-in-class safety features to comply with current standards and regulations. It is delivered as standard equipped with a double hoist brake thus providing direct D8+ compatibility

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Verlinde introduces new hoist for small loads

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Verlinde has broadened its Stagemaker family of hoists with the launch of a new model that is capable of handling loads up to 250kg with one fall.

The SR1, which weighs 10.5kg, ca n be easily inserted in a 12″ aluminium steel girder, is fitted as standard with a double brake system that integrates the manufacturer’s ChainFlux chain guide, Perfect Push patented hoist load wheel, and its protective rubber pads on the hook blocks.

According to Verlinde, the new model is “the ideal solution” for attachment points taking loads up to 250 kg. Measuring L 344 x W 153 x H 100), the hoist can be integrated into a 30cm square aluminium girder and, as a result, obviate the need for a space above the beam.

The SR1 is available with speeds of 4m/min in three-phase configuration and 3m/min in single phase. Verlinde confirms that each model is available with A, B and S versions.

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Verlinde introduces new hoist for small loads

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Verlinde has broadened its Stagemaker family of hoists with the launch of a new model that is capable of handling loads up to 250kg with one fall.

The SR1, which weighs 10.5kg, can be easily inserted in a 12″ aluminium steel truss, is fitted as standard with a double brake system that integrates the manufacturer’s ChainFlux chain guide, Perfect Push patented hoist load wheel, and its protective rubber pads on the hook blocks.

According to Verlinde, the new model is “the ideal solution” for attachment points taking loads up to 250 kg. Measuring L 344 x W 153 x H 100, the hoist can be integrated into a 30cm square aluminium truss and, as a result, obviate the need for a space above the beam.

The SR1 is available with speeds of 4m/min in three-phase configuration and 3m/min in single phase. Verlinde confirms that each model is available with A, B and S versions.

The key differences between each model is that the A version refers to motors with direct voltage control, the B version refers to motors with low voltage control and the S version refers to single-phase. The rated load with 1 chain fall enables this hoist to be marketed as D8 for loads up to 125 kg.

“Stagemaker SR1 is fitted with best-in-class safety features to comply with current standards and regulations. It is delivered as standard equipped with a double hoist brake thus providing direct D8+ compatibility,” explains the manufacturer.

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Putting on a Safe Show

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Demand for hoists is healthy within the entertainment industry – as is the regard for safety within the sector. Sally Spencer reports

It was a brisk start to the year for hoist manufacturers and distributors supplying into the entertainment sector.

At Hoist UK, for example, Paul Jordan reported a pick up in business after the customary festive season slow down. The company has seen good levels of business across both its industrial and entertainment operations over the last 12 months and has taken on more staff to cater for demand. It’s also relocating later this year and will double the size of its premises.

The entertainment sector in particular seems to have been recession proof and for those companies operating globally, while one economy is in the doldrums, another may be buoyant.

“We had contracts in China and in India and that helped us during the recession in the UK,” said Jordan.

Major events, particularly sporting ones, also went ahead, providing lucrative business – Hoist UK, for example, supplied equipment for the London Olympics. This year it is set to supply another significant sporting event although it’s too soon in the contract to name names.

Fixed installations within theatres and arenas have provided the “larger monetary value” contracts over the last year, however, and the company is nearing completion on a project to provide London’s National Theatre with crane systems and hoists for its NT Futures programme.

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“For this we’ve been dealing with the theatre’s requirements for entertainment hoists and aluminium trussing for above stage and rear/side stage mounting locations, as well as providing more industrial style cranes and hoisting systems for the back stage area for the theatre’s in-house carpentry, paint, metalwork and assembly facilities,” said Jordan.

Hoist UK distributes the Stagemaker chain hoist products from Verlinde and says demand for the new SR series hoist has been growing throughout the year. “The unit has been very well received by customers and meets all the relevant British and European standards as well as having all the properties a user requires with regard to weight, sound level, safety, design and flexibility – and it’s great value for money,” said Jordan.

Mantracourt, designer and manufacturer of BroadWeigh, a wireless load monitoring system for the entertainment sector, has also seen healthy demand.

“We experienced significant growth in the UK and Europe in 2014,” said Kelly Voysey, marketing manager. “Our UK distributor AC Entertainment, who supplies the sector with all kinds of rigging equipment, reports that demand has been broad from basic manual chain hoists through to advanced automated control systems. And the same can be said by our German distributor HOF Alutec.”

Mantracourt is witnessing increasing demand for its smaller 3.25 tonne shackle, especially from the US and Europe, said Voysey, adding that all sectors of the entertainment market, from touring companies, to arenas, exhibition centres, theatres and hotels were providing regular business. The company has also seen growth in the rental market.

In terms of satisfying the evolving needs of the customer base, Paul Jordan said that the push from the market place had always been for high quality, fit for purpose and “economical” products that meet both British and/or European standards and said that during the last couple of years demand had grown for Hoist UK’s own brand of winches and equipment.

“The requirement to custom build [systems] specifically for a set application has grown,” said Jordan. “Years ago you used to go to a concert and see a musician standing on stage playing an instrument; now you expect to see a show, with pyrotechnics, video walls, flying effects and so on. There’s a big push from production companies and performers trying to do more spectacular things and so the level of equipment we have to provide needs to be higher, fit for purpose and safe.”

This increased level of demand for bespoke products led to Hoist UK’s sister company, Truss UK, acquiring a 100% shareholding in AJB Precision Fabrication, which was a subcontractor to both companies.

“We can now provide custom designed and custom built products through that link,” said Jordan. “So along with providing the hoists, which we would buy in as normal, we can provide the other pieces of the jigsaw, including the structures. It’s a one-stop-shop.”

The demand for more spectacular sets at entertainment venues brings health and safety into sharp focus.

“Due to the type of lifting in the entertainment sector, with 90% of the lifting and suspending of loads over people, regulations, standards and codes of practice play a major part in what we do and how we do it,” said Matt Millward, rigging manager of Mantracourt distributor, AC Entertainment.

Having said that, as both Jordan and John Williams, operations manager at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) point out, the basic legal requirements for the entertainment sector are no different to those in other industries.

“If you pick up a load, whether it’s in a factory or an entertainment venue you can’t drop it,” said Jordan. “But we risk assess the application and mitigate those risks and that includes in the design of the unit for its intended use.

“We operate with higher levels of redundancy or increased level safety systems within the equipment when dealing with applications that would not be done in a normal industrial setting, such as moving and statically suspending loads above people’s heads and flying people or objects around within a controlled environment – but in essence it’s the same.”

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) legislative framework within which the industry works has raised safety standards without placing an unnecessary or onerous burden on employers, said Williams.

“Above all else it adopts a flexible, risk-based approach that correctly places the emphasis on the ‘human factor’ but is not unduly prescriptive. For example, LOLER demands that lifting operations are properly planned, supervised and performed by competent people – but leaves it to the employer to determine precisely how this is done.”

He added that the relative success of LOLER is reflected in the fact that it has been left unchanged by the UK Coalition Government’s wide-ranging review of health and safety legislation.

“LOLER is also increasingly being adopted as best practice by employers working outside the UK, particularly in countries that lack sector-specific legislation,” said Williams.

Jordan sees adherence to the legislation as a joint responsibility between the supplier and the customer. The onus is on the supplier to provide equipment that’s fit for purpose, while the owner and user must risk assess his own operations and ensure the kit is inspected and serviced on a regular basis.

The frequent challenge here, quite simply, is for employers in the entertainment sector to keep track of all the equipment that falls under the remit of LOLER.

“Crucially, LOLER defines lifting equipment as ‘work equipment for lifting and lowering loads and includes its attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it’,” said Williams.

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Verlinde Launches New Range of Stagemaker Entertainment Hoists

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

French manufacturer Verlinde has launched a new generation of its electric chain hoist range for the entertainment industry—Stagemaker SR.

Boasting an entirely new ergonomic design, the SR is fitted as standard with a double brake system, CHAINFlux special chain guide, Perfect Push patented hoist load wheel, retractable handgrips and protective rubber pads.

The Stagemaker SR is marketed in two models: SR2 for loads up to 250kg, and SR5 for loads up to 500kg, each available with hoist speeds of 4m/min, 8m/min or 16m/min. The two models are each available with versions A and B.

Version A involves motors with direct voltage control and the version B motors with low voltage control. Its new ergonomic design, black in colour, enables it to fit in well with its environment especially with grid lighting systems. Handgrips prevent any risk of injury during assembly while offering optimum compactness when retracted. Protective rubber pads also offer shock protection during handling.

Keeping to Verlinde Stagemaker tradition, the SR is fitted with safety features to comply with current standards and regulations. It is equipped with a double hoist brake thus providing direct D8+ compatibility (D8+ ready with calibration obtained by dividing the rated load capacity by two).

This hoist has a new hoist load wheel concept with a chain drive using intermediary teeth, marketed as Perfect Push, together with the CHAINFlux MKII chain guide system. With the new torque limiter, the positioning of the clutch system in the gear box ensures the load is securely held by the brake whatever the operating conditions of the equipment. Electric limit switches come as standard on the version B to ensure operator safety in maximum upper and lower positions of the hook.

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Hoist UK Offer FREE Stagemaker Motor School

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

To coincide with the release of the Stagemaker SR Electric Chain Hoist from Verlinde; Hoist UK are offering FREE motor school’s to all UK based customers.

The course is fully authorised and approved by Verlinde SAS and will take place over one full day at Hoist UK’s premises on the Wirral. The course will be presented by Tony Dickson, who is a Director of Hoist UK and in his past presented over 90% of the UK motor schools for Tomcat UK and PCM.

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The course will give the delegate a basic understanding of the hoist mechanics and electrics as well as demonstrating how to operate the unit safely. There will also be a ‘practical session’ where you will get a real “hands on” experience with the Stagemaker SR, participate in fault finding tasks and receive guidance on how to identify spare parts.

“We feel that our clients deserve to be given the time to thoroughly understand our products and services” says Tony Dickson, Director of Hoist UK Ltd. “With the launch of a new hoist, the course will allow them to get a working knowledge the product, and build confidence when they are specifying, or buying” he adds.

Fellow Director Paul Jordan says “We are very excited about the launch of the Stagemaker SR, and feel that by offering this free course that it will not only demonstrate how easy this hoist is to use, but how quick and efficient the maintenance really is”.

“After several years of successful collaboration with Hoist UK, and the excellent reputation and technical background of Tony Dickson in entertainment sector, it was an obvious decision for Verlinde to choose Hoist UK to develop and deliver the training in the UK” says Verlinde Marketing Manager Jean-Yves Beaussart. “The STAGEMAKER SR lends itself well for use in all types of venues (for inverted or upright configuration) and offers the highest levels of manufacture and safety” he adds.

The high reliability of the STAGEMAKER hoist is unquestionably proven by the tens of thousands of models already in use around the world, the STAGEMAKER SR model is innovative in its simple design and approach to easy maintenance.

“It is the only model on the market that is equipped as standard with a double lifting brake, custom CHAINFlux® chain guide, patented Perfect Push® load wheel, retractable handgrips and rubber bumpers, but you will learn more about that in the course” says Dickson.

All motor school bookings will be scheduled through Louise Dickson at their offices, but Hoist UK are offering a virtually open invitation to all their industry colleagues and the course is suitable for all; hardened industry professionals, people new to the industry and students alike.

For more information on training courses and dates or to arrange a visit please contact our training team on:  training@hoistuk.com or +44 (0)151 334 7682.

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FREE Stagemaker Motor School

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

To coincide with the release of the new Stagemaker SR Electric Chain Hoist, we are offering FREE* Motor Schools to you and up to five members of your team.

Motor School SR

The course will take place over one full day, and will consist of the following subjects:

  • Basic Electrics
  • Safe Use & Operation
  • Practical School
  • Fault Finding
  • Identification of Spares

For more information, contact us using the following link e-mail or call Louise on 0151 334 7682 to book your place now.

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STAGEMAKER SR: New Generation of VERLINDE Electric Chain Hoists For the Entertainment Industry

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Boasting an entirely new ergonomic design, STAGEMAKER SR is the only model available on the market fitted with double lifting brake, retractable handgrips and protective rubber pads. STAGEMAKER SR fits in well with all types of installation offering best-in-class safety and productivity.

STAGEMAKER SR is marketed in two models, SR2 for loads of up to 250kg, and SR5 for loads of up to 500kg, each available with hoist speeds of 4m/min, 8m/mim or 16m/min. The two models are marketed in versions A and B. The version A refers to motors with direct voltage control for rental and general rigging purposes. The version B refers to motors with low voltage control for fixed installations. Its new ergonomic design, black in colour, enables it to fit in well with its environment especially with grid lighting systems. Its handgrips prevent any risk of injury during assembly while offering optimum compactness when retracted. Protective rubber pads also offer shock protection during handling.

Keeping to the VERLINDE STAGEMAKER tradition, STAGEMAKER SR is fitted with the best possible safety features. As standard delivery the new STAGEMAKER SR model is equipped with double lifting brake, in order to render this unit directly compatible with D8 and D8+ (with new setting of the torque limiter to divide by 2 nominal capacity), this lifting unit will also became the first and alone product on the market with such safety level. The standard version is fitted with a new hoist load wheel concept with intermediate teeth for the drive chain, a Start/Stop palm button on the control box, a torque limiter, a hoist disc brake, low control voltage (48V), a variable speed travel motor and an electric safety limit switch for high and low positions. With the new torque limiter, the positioning of the clutch system in the gear box ensures the load is securely held by the brake whatever the operating conditions of the equipment. Fitted with an electric stop function as standard equipment on the version B, the safety of maximum upper and lower positioning of the hook is ensured by these electric limit switches and the switches themselves activated in turn by two rope slack stops.

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