Giving you the power to perform, Columbus McKinnon products ensure the show goes off without a hitch, every time.

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Columbus McKinnon is known throughout the entertainment industry as a leader in providing quality lifting and positioning equipment for riggers around the world. From international sporting events and tours to Broadway musicals and theaters, event organizers and production companies rely on our products to make sure the show goes on.

Since 1955, with the launch of the iconic CM Lodestar, we remain dedicated to innovation, working to provide high-quality products for entertainment venue applications, big and small. With CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) brand electric chain motors, ratchet lever hoists, chain, and rigging; Duff-Norton stage lifts, control systems, actuators and winches; and Magnetek radio controls; we provide comprehensive solutions for your toughest challenges. 

Columbus McKinnon also offers the most comprehensive training program in the industry. Our team of professional trainers is available to educate your team in proper rigging techniques, industry regulations, and proper use of equipment to keep riggers and event-goers safe.

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CM-ET Lodestar D8+ Now SQP2 Compliant

The Lodestar D8+ meets all 2018 SQP2 requirements and is the only product on the market certified to meet this standard by TÜV SÜD. With a design factor of 8:1 and double brake installed, the Lodestar D8+ meets the highest level of safety for all world standards.

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Legendary in performance, professional riggers around the world have come to rely on the CM Lodestar for the most demanding and challenging applications. Now available as an economical 2-ton single-reeved unit that's ideal for a variety of lifting applications.

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Moving large scoreboards and screens at sporting event venues is no easy task. With some measuring more than 20 feet wide and weighing several thousand pounds, raising and lowering them can be quite complex. Duff-Norton automated actuator systems (AAS) are the perfect solution for the challenge.

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Pfaff-silberblau BETA wire rope winches moves the collar of the Rigoletto on the lake stage at the Bregenz Festival

Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products supplied three BGV C1 BETA wire rope winches for this year's stage programme on the lake stage of the Bregenz Festival. The winches adjust the heavy sections of the stage floor, the so-called collar. The movements of the stage character provide a real show experience at the performances of Rigoletto, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, which ended this year's season in mid-August.


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Pfaff-silberblau THETA safety winches - Lighting upgrade in Hamburg's St. Mary's Cathedral

Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products has this year put its versatile THETA safety electric wire rope winch to work raising and lowering the lighting in St. Mary's Cathedral in Hamburg's St. Georg district. This is where 19 new electric wire rope winches from the Pfaff-silberblau brand world have now replaced the previous winches, which still had to be wound by hand.

The electric movement of the chandeliers suspended from the ceiling facilitates the maintenance and cleaning of the lights and saves a lot of time for all the work that needs to be done. THETA electric wire rope winches can be easily operated with a normal supply voltage of 230 V (50 Hz). Specially designed for the static suspension of loads above people, the compact wire rope winch is ideally suited for historic buildings and their lighting technology.

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