(Technically speaking, the chain motor is the electrical armature and sprocket engaging the chain inside the hoist.) A type of lifting apparatus used in arena and touring rigging. The oldest and most popular is the Columbus McKinnon Lodestar. Originally designed solely for industrial material handling applications, in the late 1960s early pioneers of Circus and Rock 'n' Roll Touring re-purposed the product and the manufacturer, seeing a new and viable market, has worked diligently to tailor the product specifically for the needs of the entertainment industry. CM Entertainment Technology Many companies make chain hoist controls; two of the most popular are Skjonberg Controls and Motion Labs. Another brand of chain hoist growing in popularity is Chain Master. For very specific, computer controlled movements, the Cyberhoist, using aircraft cable rather than chain, is often used.