UK based automation manufacturer Kinesys launches its brand new Apex chain hoist system on Stand D15 in Hall 3 (level 0) at the 2017 Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt between 4th to 7th of April.
The Apex system incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximise creativity for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
The system is launched with a new hoist controller and two new chain hoists, built to Kinesys’ exact specifications.
The 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 EN61508-SIL3 and DIN56950.
The drive units can be either rack or truss mounted for maximum adaptability and depending on the application. Pass...
Motion control systems manufacturer Kinesys again welcomes guests to its dedicated training facility in Atlanta, Georgia with a combined Open Days / Training Workshop event running from February 21st to 24th, 2017.
The emphasis is on both product awareness and providing fee-free training for those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of automated rigging for the entertainment industry.
Subjects will include the operation and implementation of Kinesys automation products as well as the application of load cell systems for increased safety in multi-hoist lifting operations … and the invitation is open to designers, operators, rental suppliers and rigging service providers – anyone with an interest in this dynamic element of modern show production.
The training workshops will provide structured learning in the theory, programming and operation of Kinesys’ popular and successful Vector software along with an introduction to the various devices it can control.
Kinesys automation is central to show designer Jvan Morandi’s visual concept for the current Placebo “Retrospective” tour, which features some of the musical highlights and moments from 20 years on the indie rock frontline for the band, known for their intelligent visceral, raw and creative approach to live performance.
Ten Kinesys Elevation 1+ vari-speed drive units, used with 10 x half tonne Liftket motors and Kinesys Vector control are being used to move five I-shaped trussing pods rigged in the roof above the stage.
The system is a brand new investment in automation by lighting and video contractors Colour Sound Experiment, which made several purchases for this lengthy arena tour to ensure that Jvan has exactly the right elements for the tour.
Colour Sound’s Haydn Cruickshank comments, “We have sub-rented Kinesys systems as needed for some time now … so we know the kit is excellent.”
“There’s been an increase in demand for moving elements in the last couple of years, so the time was ab...
Taiwanese rock superstars Mayday are on the road in Asia with a large production including 56 axes of Kinesys automation – provided by rental and technical production specialist B’IN Live, who are headquartered in Taiwan with bases in China and Hong Kong.
The epic lighting, visual and set design was created by Leroy Bennet and Seven Designs from Los Angeles – well known for their imagination and style as well as interesting and provocative designs ... of which this is no exception!
B’IN Live – formed in 2014 with the amalgamation of six high level technical specialist companies into a super-production company – provides full technical infrastructures and services, incorporating sound, lighting, video, rigging, automation, set and scenic plus staging and power.
Technical Director and Production Manager for this Just Rock It tour is B’IN Live’s Jeffrey Soon and he is co-ordinating all the shows on the current tour which runs until October. The majority are in stadiums and all are completely...
UK based automation specialist and manufacturer Kinesys has appointed The Rigging Shop (TRS) as the exclusive distributor for its products in Australia and New Zealand.
Based in New South Wales, the sales dedicated TRS operation is part of Pollard Productions, popular and well-respected rigging professionals working in all areas of live shows and events, TV productions and concert touring … which has been established for 35 years. Pollard is also a long term customer of Kinesys.
The announcement follows a recent visit to Australia by Dave Weatherhead MD Kinesys, who comments, “TRS share our core values, standards of excellence and attention to detail. They have the right attitude and bring a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm to the equation and through the Pollard Productions connection, the TRS team is also really experienced with our product ranges. We are confident of a very positive future”.
TRS is headed by James Ring (owner of the enterprise and Pollard Productions) and Mike S...
A Kinesys automation system is adding depth and dynamics to the stage for award winning country singer / songwriter Miranda Lambert’s current “Keeper of the Flame” tour in the U.S.
The automation was specified by production designer Paul ‘Arlo’ Guthrie, who wanted the additional dynamics of being able to change the architecture and form of the performance space. Having used Kinesys successfully on other tours including Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow, Arlo again added it to his stage plot.
“I love the smooth movement – it really suits this show” he explained. The brief for the stage, lighting and visual design was to keep the look clean and direct, with all the attention focussed on Lambert and her powerful music and stage presence which has earned her the title ‘Queen of Country’.
The automation is being supplied by Upstaging who are also the lighting contractor, and comprises 20 x Kinesys Elevation 1+ drive units, which are working in conjunction with 10 x 1 tonne Liftket motors moving...
Garth Brooks’ maverick “Man Against Machine” tour continues, now using a full Kinesys automation system which was specified by Atlanta Rigging Services (ARS), brought on-board by production to take care of all rigging requirements.
Seventy-one axes of movement feature a variety of CM Lodestar motors, 29 of which are fitted with Kinesys Elevation 1+ vari-speed drives … and these move two (out of ten) chevron-shaped trussing pieces; four individual sides of a large video cube plus assorted other scenic metalwork elements like ‘the claw’ which flies in and out over ‘the Orb’ drum kit.
The other eight chevron trusses are flown on fixed speed motors that are controlled with Kinesys DigiHoists.
All of these are controlled via Kinesys’ powerful and stable Vector control platform.
The tour kicked off in fall 2014 and is still going – such is Brooks’ popularity as a live artist. To keep the show constantly energised, fresh and spectacular, parts of the production and presentation are evolved every...
Kinesys automation was an integral element of Sean Burke’s elegant production design for Mariah Carey’s ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy’ tour which just completed a substantial UK and European leg as the multiple Grammy award winning, chart-topping artist delighted audiences on her first mainland European tour in 13 years.
For the arena shows, four 8 metre high by 2 metre wide projection columns glided on and offstage with video content mapped precisely to them as they moved, a stunning result achieved using an interface between the Kinesys Vector automation control system and the VYV Photon media server.
Just upstage of these, four lighting ladders also moved into different positions related to the configuration of the screens at the time, allowing the moving lights rigged on them to beam through the gaps.
The Kinesys system was operated by Jonathan Wood of Event Automation & Lighting Services and supplied to the tour by lighting contractor, Neg Earth Lights. The media server was operated by Ellie...
Kinesys will exhibit at Prolight+Sound 2016 in Frankfurt (5th – 8th April) and be located in Hall 3.0 on stand D15 with a totally new stand design, a fresh look and a different feel to illustrate their range of standard and bespoke premium products from the world of automation engineering.
The booth will feature a widescreen video wall and also an exciting new show-reel and product videos. As always the stand will include live movement demonstrating the flexibility and creative scope of products including Kinesys’ winches, as well as the integration between automation and media servers.
A DST trolley system, built by trussing manufacturer LITEC and controlled by Kinesys, will be highlighted on both the Kinesys and LITEC stands. Recent examples of this in action include Mötorhead’s final tour in December 2015, flying their famous bomber and making it more manoeuvrable and versatile than ever before.
Four key standard Kinesys products will also be highlighted – Libra, Elevation, DigiHoist a...
Motion control systems manufacturer Kinesys hosted a highly successful training event and open-house in its Lithia Springs, Georgia, USA facility, which was attended by over 50 people connected to the world of rigging automation and its application in the live entertainment industry.
The format included two days of technical and operator training on Kinesys products, presented by David Martin (Head of Training - Kinesys USA), which catered for a range of ability and experience levels. This was followed by two days of general ‘open-house’ product awareness sessions for potential clients, existing customers and associates.
The objective was to increase familiarisation with Kinesys’ capabilities, methodology and interfaces, and to expand the pool of Kinesys-trained technicians in the United States.
David Bond (Head of Sales – Kinesys USA), “We were extremely happy with the response and turnout. For us, this was a great opportunity to offer hands-on operational training and a chance to showca...