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Pollard Productions invests in Kinesys

Rigging specialists Pollard Productions, based in Sydney, Australia has invested in a Kinesys automation system.

Kinesys is a European market leader for flexible, user-friendly, precision automation solutions. “We'd been following the development of the system for some time,” explains James Ring, Managing Director of Pollard Productions, who elucidates that they were eagerly awaiting the release of the latest K2 3D programming and visualizing platform, and had also seen Kinesys in action on several concert tours throughout Australia. “Kinesys came highly recommended by many of the touring riggers we know”.

Pollards' system consists of eight 1 tonne Liftket and twelve 0.5 tonne Liftket double brake chain hoists with 20 metres of travel, 20 Kinesys Elevation 1+ variable speed hoist controllers, a 24 channel Kinesys Array PD-ES and two 6 channel Mini Array PD-ES power distribution units, three Smart 8 fixed speed chain hoist controllers, Rigger 8 and Rigger 16 variable speed hand-held controllers, plus Kinesys' proprietary Vector and K2 software.

Pollard Productions are impressed by the 3D programming ability and being able to offer their clients exact movement with 100 per cent consistency. One element of their business is people flying, and with this, as with flying any special objects, “It's imperative to offer the highest levels of safety and accuracy”.

Ring adds that they look forward to offering show directors “A guaranteed flight path”, and see huge potential for complicated flight and fight sequences to be achieved using Kinesys and timed perfectly for the camera.

“The Kinesys System means we can always be precise with variable speed, smoothness and consistency.”

Pollard's Kinesys system was in demand even before it had left the UK, so much so that they rapidly switched freighting plans from sea to air to get it into the country in time for their colleagues at Bytecraft to use on the final stages of the "Kylie X” world tour.

Kinesys' Dave Weatherhead recently visited Pollard to co-ordinate training for Pollard's staff, which created much interest, prompting a large turnout. “Dave's training was thorough, interesting and enlightening,” reports Ring, “We all discovered far more about the hardware, software and system philosophy and are proud to be part of the Kinesys Family”.

Pollard Productions Pty undertake a wide variety of projects throughout the Asia and pan-Pacific regions, providing expertise and technical solutions to the film, TV, concert touring and corporate exhibitions/events sectors, in addition to consulting on design and installation projects for all types of venues. The company also provides house rigging services to many of the major venues in Sydney.

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