- Jan 31, 2003
- DC Metro Area
That couldn't possibly be true. Even FTSI's super-high-speed winches don't go that fast.Looking at the PDF you can get them moving at 180 feet per second, or 120 miles per hour. ...
The engineering that goes into a building is of course the combined work of the Architect, Structural Engineer and Theatre Consultant. Companies like JR Clancy, ETC, Vortek et. al. have done extensive engineering studies on how their rigging works (or doesn't) with building structures. That's one of the reasons that the Prodigy was designed with the compression tube as part of the base design. Many school auditoriums and theatres have been designed and built without a consultant and have roof structures that are less than ideal for supporting theatre rigging, especially in terms of lateral loading, thus the tube. All the rigging companies offer backbones or stiffeners with their powered rigging, The prodigy is just the first one to make it part of the base design and have the absence of a backbone/tube be the option rather than the norm.
Anyone know if there is any sort of "blind" programming feature on this? Any time I tour to a Vortek house our flymen always complain about the fact that the Vortek needs to bring each drop in one by one and set trims and speeds by actually moving the drop in programming - their hope is that one day the automated systems will allow them to program our entire show while everything is hanging in the air (assuming they did all of their math right in the advance).