Technology for the stage needs to be robust, safe, and lightweight and operate as quietly, reliably, and unobtrusively as possible. Ideally, it will be easy to assemble and not require any maintenance or repair work. Our energy supply systems and lubrication-free bearing technology made of high-performance plastic offer cost-effective solutions that meet these requirements and have proven themselves over many years. Our products are used in moving AV technology (sound, video, lighting, and camera technology) applications in which a wide variety of media have to be guided. They are also used in stage platforms, the cable winches of upper stage machinery, and moving lights. Cutting-edge manufacturing technology also allows us to produce customised special parts – no minimum order quantity –and thus adapt perfectly to your special requirements.
Products for moving lighting hoists, portal towers, stage platforms, and more
The e-spool supplies moving stage technology with various media without interruption. The system is used for stage podiums, mobile lighting hoists, and video cubes. The inserted cables are routed through a twisterband so that no slip ring is required, providing a special advantage for transferring data. The length of the reeled-up energy chain is adjusted with a retraction spring for strokes of up to 15 metres and with a motor for strokes of up to 25 metres and more. Placed on the fly walk, in false ceilings above the auditorium, or in the understage area, the system works unobtrusively outside of the audience's field of vision.
As an alternative to the e-spool, we offer the zig-zag system – our classic that has proven itself on the stage for many years (at the Royal Opera in London since 1998, for example). With this space-saving system, different media can be guided together without interruption and with no slip rings. The energy chain unfolds during the stage machinery's vertical movement. For upper stage machinery, the zig-zag box is mounted on the tie rod or truss; in understage machinery, it is mounted on the floor below the podium.
Around 50% less weight and cost than with the standard version
Our iglidur Q3E multi-component bearings are the right choice for very high loads such as those in stage lift scissor joints.
Safely moving state-of-the-art equipment in this modern event hall in a prestigious area of Moscow. To ensure that the complex, specific cabling can be safely moved over long travels to the hall ceiling, a plastic energy chain that is wound and unwound on an e-spool compact is used.
The Hungexpo multi-purpose hall in Budapest is a huge auditorium with rows of seats on 43 platforms that can move flexibly. For the complex guidance of the many cables, those responsible brought the igus project team on board and use our E4 and E2 e-chains and chainflex control, data, and bus cables.
We have been able to help many customers improve the movement of their event technology. Browse through our customer projects that use our energy chain systems, flexible cables, and plain bearings: moving seating and stage podiums, stage sets, acoustic and lighting systems, camera robots, and complex multimedia installations.