Leading UK based automation manufacturer Kinesys will show its latest technologies in this specialist entertainment field on Stand C98 in Hall 12.0 at the 2019 Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.
Kinesys products are distributed worldwide and the brand has become synonymous with reliability, accuracy and flexibility in this highly imaginative area of show and event design.
Products highlighted will include Kinesys’ powerful new Vector control console, the innovative Apex hoist system and LibraCELL / LibraNODE load monitoring - an invaluable tool to ensure that all static and dynamic loads are constantly and precisely monitored in real-time.
The popular DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and Kinesys’ industry standard Elevation range of vari-speed hoist drives will also be prominent on the stand.
Visitors will be invited to try out the new Vector console … to control a dual hoist Apex system flying a large screen above the stand.
Apex and Elevation hoists will also be available to control - via the console - for a side by side comparison of their performance and features.
Kinesys has bases in the UK and US, and regards Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt, as a key European meeting point for international business visitors as well as a strategic hub to make new contacts and touch base with existing customers from all over the globe.
Products this year
Kinesys’ Vector control console provides a comprehensive control solution with a dedicated inbuilt PC running its well-established Vector software.
Users can program, edit and run automation cues via dedicated console buttons plus all the advantages of having a 15.6-inch backlit LCD display with capacitive touch screen, rate-wheels, joystick and dedicated and illuminated stop/start buttons.
A dimmable backlit keyboard makes working in low light more practical and there is a trackpad for direct access to Vector’s core features.
The hardware provides functionality including RFID login, integrated Estop and DMH/Enable bar, a dedicated media server output, two external monitor outputs and two USB sockets for backing up data to memory sticks and connection of external devices.
As with all Kinesys products, it’s designed for straightforward and intuitive use by programmers and show operators.
Apex incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive knowledge and practical experience of working with variable speed chain hoist technology.
This has been utilised to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximize creativity for show, stage, set and environmental designers and operators in all entertainment sectors.
Central to the Apex system is a versatile hoist controller and two chain hoist options, all specified and built to Kinesys’ exact specifications.
The Apex range includes both 500kg and 1250kg hoists with maximum speeds of 30m/min and 12m/min respectively along with true zero-speed capabilities.
The Apex hoists feature integral SIL3 loadcells, silent dual monitored brakes, absolute and incremental encoders, on-board data logging … and meet the requirements of prEN17206, EN61508-SIL3 and DIN56950.
The drive units can be either rack or truss mounted for maximum adaptability relevant to the application. Pass-through connections for both power and data make cabling as simple and easy as possible, and standard power and Ethernet cables offer full flexibility.
A clear touchscreen display provides operators with essential feedback and allows manual control of the hoist from the controller itself.
The Libra shackle load cell which incorporates the famous Crosby safety bow shackle, is at the heart of the Kinesys Libra system. This inventive design means there is no loss of headroom as the load cell is built right into the shackle as a direct replacement for the renowned ‘red pin’. The Libra shackle maintains a safety factor of 5:1 up to the full rated load stamped on the side of the bow.
Built into the load cell is a clear, highly visible LED display showing the live load. A Tare value can be entered, and the display can quickly be switched between kilograms and pounds using a straightforward menu system.
LibraNODE is a new device that allows 3rd party analog load cells to be integrated into a Kinesys Libra system, the DigiHoist controller and more. This enables a company’s existing stock of wired load cells to be used with the Kinesys control formats and load cell systems.
DigiHoist control offers digital communications, limit monitoring, load and position feedback and group halt functionality in a compact package. At the core of the system is a digital communications link enabling multiple units to be ‘daisy-chained’ together and channels automatically assigned according to their position in the system.
A high-resolution display offers extensive channel feedback including channel number, status and load cell information.
The legendary Kinesys Elevation variable speed chain hoist control system is one of the most popular and well respected on the market for international shows and events that need to safely, smoothly and reliably move objects of any type at varying speeds.
Elevation removes the need for large quantities of cabling, allowing multiple motors and controllers to be run via single power and data cables. Together with customized versions of the most popular models of chain hoist – Liftket, EXE, CM Lodestar etc. – it is the most flexible and reliable variable speed ‘open system’ available on the market.