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Individually, the brands within Altra Industrial Motion Corporation produce some of the world’s most capable, efficient and reliable mechanical components. Together, the possibilities for stage designers are limited only by the imagination.

When the setting is one of the stars, designers need mechanical actors they can rely upon. Modern theatre productions are taking performance to new heights, with complex, tightly coordinated mechanical motion an intrinsic part of the audience experience.

The unique challenges of theatrical automation require components to integrate seamlessly to create a smooth, silent and totally reliable whole. Altra’s engineers are able to benefit from the expertise of various specialist brands to develop complete systems that are designed for the theatre. It is the breadth and depth of the group’s offerings that is helping designers to surprise and delight their audiences with unprecedented scale and sophistication.

Unparalleled precision

When human actors work in close proximity to moving loads, it is vital that motion stops in precisely the right position – every time. Geared cam limit switches from Stromag perform this role every day in many of the world’s largest and most famous theatres and TV studios.

The company’s series 51 range is based on a unique planetary gear design that can map a wide range of shaft rotations to the angular displacements of the installed cam discs. They provide an ideal solution in applications where angles or distances cannot be directly limited by switchgear, but must be determined by the rotation of a shaft. Meeting the highest industry standards, the modular design, wide range of possible gear ratios (from 4.1 to 16,000 turns) and simple, precise adjustment makes these units appropriate for numerous applications including hoists and spindle lifts.

Enhanced efficiency

Control of energy consumption is an increasing priority in theatre applications. Components that deliver power more efficiently don’t just cut energy costs and reduce environmental impact, they also generate less heat, simplifying equipment packaging and improving long term reliability.

Over the past 90 years, Bauer Gear Motor has become the preferred international provider of high quality, reliable geared motors. The company’s latest offerings make use of a range of technically advanced solutions using high efficiency permanent-magnet motors and optimised gearbox designs.

Complete control

To bring heavy and fast-moving loads to a controlled stop, theatrical automation systems require effective, quiet brakes. A longstanding specialist in the design and manufacture of spring actuated, electrically released brakes for a wide range of industrial applications, Warner Electric has developed a specialised range of products offering braking torques of 5 to 5,000Nm to suit the specific requirements of stage applications.

These products offer exceptionally low noise emissions, below 50dB(A), and constant torque levels throughout the lifecycle of the brake. They can be optimised for high speed, high torque applications or to deliver maximum torque in a small installation envelope. Optional additional features include manual release, release monitoring and various, hub, cover and connector configurations. Warner brakes use a modular design and can be configured as single or double circuit designs, or in multiple magnet arrangements.

Total support

To bring all the parts together, Altra Industrial Motion offers customers comprehensive engineering and development support. Altra engineers work with TV and theatre industry clients right from the initial concept stage, providing a one-stop shop for the design, engineering, delivery and ongoing support of the complete automation system.

Specifying each component from a single source saves time, reduces risk, and ensures each customer receives a solution tailored to the exact needs of their application. Products and systems are designed to comply with the most recent regulations and directives, including BGV C1, DIN 56950-1; DGUV Vorschrift 17 and EN81-20/50. And, because the modern theatre is a fast moving and global business, Altra backs up its engineering expertise with fast, flexible delivery and world-wide service and support. With Altra Industrial Motion working behind the scenes, you can afford to relax and enjoy the performance.

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Image 1: Stromag’s series 51 range is based on a unique planetary gear design that can map a wide range of shaft rotations to the angular displacements of the installed cam discs.

Image 2: Over the past 90 years, Bauer Gear Motor has become the preferred international provider of high quality, reliable geared motors.

Image 3: Warner Electric has developed a specialised range of products offering braking torques of 5 to 5,000Nm to suit the specific requirements of stage applications

About Stromag

Founded in 1932, Stromag has grown to become a globally recognized leader in the development and manufacture of innovative power transmission components for industrial drivetrain applications. Stromag engineers utilize the latest design technologies and materials to provide creative, energy-efficient solutions that meet their customer’s most challenging requirements.

Stromag’s extensive product range includes flexible couplings, disc brakes, limit switches, an array of hydraulically, pneumatically, and electrically actuated brakes, and a complete line of electric, hydraulic and pneumatic clutches.

Stromag engineered solutions improve drivetrain performance in a variety of key markets including energy, off-highway, metals, marine, transportation, printing, textiles, and material handling on applications such as wind turbines, conveyor systems, rolling mills, agriculture and construction machinery, municipal vehicles, forklifts, cranes, presses, deck winches, diesel engines, gensets and stage machinery.

Editor Contact

DMA Europa Ltd : David Bedford
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436 Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315
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Email: david@dmaeuropa.com

Company Contact

Stromag : Steve Carter
Tel: +44 (0)1933685811 Fax:
Web: www.stromag.com
Email: steve.carter@altramotion.com

 
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