We are a very small, yet very specialized company who strives in automation perfection. Our owners have been working the automation field for two decades and they have worked with such notable tours and events like:
Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime show
Latin Billboards Awards
Macy's Front Row
Red Hot Chili Peppers
VH1 You Outta Know
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Voodoo Fest (Mumford and Sons, Travis Scott)
And many others!
The automation field in the entertainment industry is very complex and complicated. This is mainly why there's so few companies that knows it.
Let me start by defining Automation in the field of entertainment. To make it simple, you can see it as any piece of an event that is displaced by a computer controller. It can be hydraulics, chain hoists, winches, trolleys, pneumatics, and many other things. Usually, these items are moved and their position is monitored via encoders which relays in real time their position to the computer, which in turn synchronizes the movement to whatever is required at the moment.
Some of these movements can be very simple up/down (for example, a video wall that raises and lowers depending on the scene) or very complex (3d motion for a flying person). The limit is usually set by the budget! (Duh! hehe)
We specialize in chain hoists automation. Mainly Chain Master, Kinesys and the Niscon automation system paired with Liftket chain hoists. We also know very well the Fisher Technical Navigator, mainly used when there is other types of axis to be controlled (hydraulics, winches, etc).
Here's a list of the services we provide in the field of automation: - Consultation services - Programming - Troubleshooting - Permanent installations - Sales - Rentals - Support If you have any questions, feel free to contact us for more information. (Contact us)
The company was founded in 2012 by Sebastien Richard and Cynthia Levesque.
1823 Boul. Pie-XI N Val-Belair
QC G3J 1N8, Canada
From time to time, we will have apparels for sale. At the moment, We have T-Shirts for sale.
They are available in small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, and other on request.
Price at the moment is fixed at 20$ per T-Shirt for listed sizes, including shipping to continental US and Canada. (Price does not include Customs if applicable, they might ship from Quebec, Canada!)
Here's what they look like:
If you're interested in buying one, please contact Cynthia at cyn (at) scrautomation.com or see Seb on a show! hehe.
Many people have asked me how I calculate shock load for a moving piece. Here's what I came up with. (Refer to the disclaimer at the end)
Assuming that a 2 brake Tour Rig or Tour Lift will stop the load within 0.09s average under a loss of power, you get the following calculation:
F = ma
F = force applied
m = mass
a = (Vf - Vi)/ t
a = acceleration
Vf = velocity final in m/s
Vi = velocity initial in m/s
t = time
16'/min = 0.082m/s
32'/min = 0.163m/s
85'/min = 0.435m/s
104'/min = 0.53m/s
You can now determine that you have:
16'/min = 0.907x the load on the structure (minimum of 1x)
32'/min = 1.81481x the load on the structure
85'/min = 4.83x the load on the structure
104'/min = 5.89x the load on the structure
Another consideration is the time to brake. If you have weaker brakes, the shock load will be drastically reduced. It is also non linear on a 1/2 and 1/4 ton tourlift as the brake will slip, so these values are if the brakes are operating at 100% efficiency, which is never the case. In real world, the brakes will operate at 60-80% efficiency, which drags these numbers down by 20-40%. These are only to calculate MAXIMUM shock load in theory on a structure.
As usual, for liability issues, i must write this: THESE ARE ONLY APPROXIMATIONS. Do not use these numbers or calculations for actual engineering purposes. Not liable for mistakes.
If anyone has a different way of calculating this, please do share.
Here's some basic Raynok infos I like to use.
Load Cells (LC2T)