Stage Hoists and Concert Rigging Equipment

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Step into the dynamic realm of the entertainment industry, where hoisting and lifting equipment brings performances to life. Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) is the industry leader in motors, rigging products, and safety education, catering specifically to the unique demands of the entertainment industry. Our commitment to innovation, meticulous craftsmanship, and unwavering safety standards has made us the go-to brand for industry professionals worldwide. Welcome to a world where innovation and expertise meet to create unforgettable experiences.

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Types of Theater Rigging

Entertainment-Industry.jpgAt its core, theater rigging refers to the specialized system of equipment and techniques used to suspend, move, and control various elements of a performance space. These elements may include lighting fixtures, set pieces, curtains, screens, and other components crucial to creating captivating and immersive experiences for audiences.

Dead Hung Stage Rigging - Picture a fixed installation of rigging equipment—battens, pipes, and trusses—providing a stable and reliable framework. Dead-hung stage rigging is ideal for permanent fixtures such as overhead lighting or sound equipment, ensuring a solid foundation for theatrical productions.

Counterweight Rigging - Balance, control, and precision are at the heart of counterweight rigging. With a system of weights and pulleys, technicians can effortlessly raise and lower set pieces, backdrops, and lighting systems, transforming the stage with stunning visual effects.

Motorized Rigging Systems - Motorized rigging systems have revolutionized the entertainment industry by introducing advanced automation and control mechanisms, allowing technicians to accurately achieve complex movements and swift transitions. Experience flexibility, efficiency, and enhanced safety measures—all vital to modern stage productions.

CM-ET Products and Training for Entertainment Applications

Entertainment Chain Motors

At the heart of safe and efficient lifting operations in the entertainment industry, CM-ET's Chain Motors deliver superior performance, precise control, and exceptional reliability. Choose from our Electric Chain Motor or Hand Chain Hoist models, designed to meet your specific needs.

Experience the advanced technology and robust construction of our Electric Chain Motors. With features like variable speed control, overload protection, and ergonomic controls, these motors deliver optimal performance and operator comfort. Legendary in performance, professional riggers around the world have come to rely on the CM Lodestar® Electric Chain Motor for the most demanding and challenging applications. Specifically designed for entertainment professionals, the CM Lodestar® offers precise and smooth lifting capabilities, ensuring seamless movement essential for stage and theatrical productions.

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Our Hand Chain Hoists offer a practical and reliable solution for smaller-scale operations or situations where power sources may be limited. With durable construction, precise load positioning, and effortless operation, these hoists are ideal for manual lifting in theaters, concert venues, and other entertainment settings. Designed with a focus on ergonomics and ease of use, our hand chain hoists ensure efficient and safe rigging practices.

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New Product Alert: CM® BatteryStar™

The CM BatteryStar Battery Powered Chain hoist is built with industry-leading technology from Columbus McKinnon and Milwaukee Tool®. Designed for portability and easy installation, the BatteryStar can have you lifting in minutes – simply attach the hoist to an anchor point, slide in a battery, and you’re ready to go!

Engineered for exceptional strength, durability, and resistance to wear and tear, our chains and chain accessories meet the rigorous demands of entertainment rigging. From load chains to master links, hooks, and connectors, we provide the backbone of your rigging system.

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Reliable connections are vital in entertainment rigging, and CM-ET's Theatrical Shackles provide secure and dependable links between rigging components. Our shackles are manufactured to meet rigorous industry standards and offer exceptional strength, corrosion resistance, and durability. With various sizes and load capacities available, our theatrical shackles are essential for any professional rigging setup.

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Hands-On Training at Our Rock Lititz Entertainment Training Center of Excellence

CMET Rock Lititz MEGA School (13 of 139).jpgAs part of our dedication to ensuring safe and efficient rigging practices, CM-ET operates one of the most comprehensive training programs at the renowned Rock Lititz training facility—a state-of-the-art center where technicians, riggers, and professionals can enhance their skills, deepen their knowledge, and stay up to date with the latest industry standards. Get ready to take your rigging expertise to new heights.

Join the ranks of industry professionals who rely on CM-ET to bring their visions to life. With an unparalleled commitment to safety, innovation, and quality, CM-ET is your trusted partner in hoisting and lifting solutions for the entertainment industry. Contact us today to learn more about our products, training programs, and how we can support your success in the world of hoisting and lifting. Unleash the magic and take your productions to extraordinary heights with CM-ET.

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Entertainment Articles

Our experts review 12 tips that will help you promote safe entertainment rigging and enhance your #RigSafe practices. From checking cables for damage to inspecting rigging equipment before and after use, these crucial insights ensure a secure working environment.

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Discover essential best practices and expert insights for staying safe in entertainment industry applications. Industry experts Brian Leister & Nick Fleming delve into the evolving safety culture, the significance of training and certifications, and the crucial items every stagehand should have in their kit.

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Master the art of frequent and periodic inspections for CM-ET Lodestar® and Prostar™ hoists with Columbus McKinnon's expert entertainment trainer, Brian Leister. In this four-part webinar series, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the updated industry standards and step-by-step tutorials on inspection criteria.

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