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Going to USITT? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Going to USITT? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

USITT

The 57th annual USITT Show kicks off next week.

The USITT show is the largest full production trade show in America, featuring 200 exhibitors and special exhibits from around the industry. USITT is the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. The conference focuses on various workshops that help educate attendees on several aspects of theater.

This year’s conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at America’s Center Convention Complex on March 7-11.

You can find CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) at Booth #731.

Stop by and see everything we have to offer, including new and industry-favorite products such as the:

Our sales and training teams will also be available to address your questions about any of our products.

While You’re Visiting USITT, Get Trained.

Check out this training opportunity during USITT. You still have time to register:

CM Lodestar RTC Motor Technician Certification School
taught by David Carmack, 
Entertainment Product Trainer, ETCP Recognized Trainer, IATSE TTF Recommended Trainer
This course counts toward 12 renewal credits for ETCP Certified Riggers.

Date & Time: March 7-8 (9:00 am-5:00 pm)
America’s Center Convention Complex
Location: TBD
LEARN MORE

Don’t miss an annual favorite “Stump the Rigger” featuring Herb Hart & Bill Sapsis on Saturday, March 11, from 11:00-12:30.

#CMLodestar

Please don’t be a stranger. Tell us what you enjoyed most about USITT this year by posting your comments and photos on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and using the hashtag #cmlodestar. Some of our new followers during the show will get a free CMET beanie cap! We would love to hear from you!

Columbus McKinnon Holds Hoist Workshops in Russia

Columbus McKinnon Holds Hoist Workshops in Russia

Hoist Workshops in Russia
Mr. Nikolay Goch, Managing Director of CMCO Russia, teaches the class. Photo Credit: Julia Pleshan

To showcase Columbus McKinnon and its products for the entertainment industry, the company presented two hoist workshops in Russia last year. Held at the Global Show Trade (Coda Audio) in Moscow, the first workshop was on January 20 and the second on May 12. More than 30 guests from leading Russian rental, installation and rigging companies took part in each session.

The workshops were conducted by Columbus McKinnon Associates, including Nikolay Goch, Managing Director of Columbus McKinnon LLC (Russia); Igor Alyamskiy, commercial director of CMCO Russia; Chris Jones, senior technician and CM-ET trainer at Columbus McKinnon Corporation Limited (UK); and myself.

In the first part of the workshop, presenters provided an overview of CMCO’s history and discussed CMCO’s entertainment product portfolio. The focus was primarily on the CM Lodestar electric chain hoist. The team presented different Lodestar models, pointing out the different requirements and laws that each met. The compact Prostar electric chain hoist was also discussed. Attendees received information on usage standards and rules, hoist structure, safety and maintenance procedures. The workshop concluded with a question and answer session.

During the second part of the workshop, Chris Jones gave demonstrations on the structure of CM Lodestar hoist in action, including a design overview, troubleshooting methods and maintenance recommendations. The workshops proved to be very successful and great opportunities to engage with our customers. Columbus McKinnon plans to hold similar workshops for customers in the future.

Going to LDI? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Going to LDI? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

LDI

The 29th annual Live Design International (LDI) Show kicks off next week.

This year, LDI show organizers are expecting more than 12,000 attendees – representing 80 countries – who work in theater, concert halls, outdoor production venues, houses of worship, theme parks and a variety of other live entertainment venues. They are coming to LDI to see the latest and greatest products in action, get a refresher on industry knowledge, and visit with old friends. LDI expects more than 350 exhibitors providing live demos and many discussion opportunities about lighting, sound, projection and special effects equipment.

You can find CM Entertainment Technology (CM-ET) at Booth #1631.

Stop by and see everything we have to offer, including new and industry-favorite products such as the:

Our sales, product management and training teams will also be available to address your questions about any of our products.

While You’re Visiting, Get Trained.

Check Out These Two Training Classes During LDI. You still have time to register:

CM Lodestar RTC Motor Technician Certification School
taught by David Carmack

Date & Time: October 18-19 (9:30am-5:30pm)
Location: Room N220, Session Number L44
LEARN MORE

Los Motores CM Lodestar: En Espanol
taught by Oscar Calderon and Rosangel Garcia

Date & Time: October 20 (9:30am-5:30pm)
Location: Room N220, Session Number L45
LEARN MORE

A large number of CMCO representatives will be at our booth this year, including members of our North American Entertainment Technology team, CM-ET Training team, Sales and Channel Services.

Please don’t be a stranger. Tell us what you enjoyed most about LDI this year by posting your comments and photos on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We would love to hear from you!

CM-Entertainment Mega School now 10 day Event

CM-Entertainment Mega School now 10 day Event

CM-Entertainment Mega School Each year Columbus McKinnon hosts a 5-day CM-Entertainment Mega School, to train up new entertainment riggers.

This year’s mega school, held in Orlando, Florida, was extended from the normal 5 days to a 10-day event. This one-of-a-kind class combined our 5-day Mega School with a 5-day Rope Access Certification course giving participants the chance to earn a total of 36 ETCP credits. It’s the ultimate entertainment rigger training!

Here are some of the highlights:

Part 1 of CM-Entertainment Mega School covers all aspects of hoist maintenance and troubleshooting.

CM-Entertainment Mega SchoolThe first half of this ETCP-recognized training course covered the design and operation of hoists, maintenance needs, inspection requirements and troubleshooting procedures. It also delved deep into electrical theory and troubleshooting of the CM Lodestar and CM Prostar hoists.

Participants received 12 points towards their ETCP Certification renewal. Upon passing, participants will receive a CM-ET certification card and document, both of which are good for five years.

The instructors this year were Eric Rouse who taught the entertainment rigging and myself, who taught the motors class.

Part 2 of our CM-Entertainment Mega School explores rigging terminology, equipment and entertainment concepts.

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The second part of our school was an intense exploration of rigging terminology, equipment and concepts for the entertainment industry. This year we partnered up with a company named HARP Rigging.  Nick Fleming from HARP, taught a level 1 SPRAT Class.  David Brown taught fall protection awareness, while Will Todd taught Truss Design and Theory.

The Rope Access Certification Course was a 5-day course consisting of four days of training and one day of evaluation.  This class encompasses everything a prospective student needs to understand and demonstrate to achieve rope access certification –   ranging from understanding anchors to performing a rescue of your fellow technician. Participants in this course received 24 points towards their ETCP Certification renewal.

Are you interested in next year’s Mega School? If so, please check our training site for updates on our next CM-Entertainment Ultimate Mega School or feel free to contact me directly.

Summer Concert Series: Where is your CM Hoist?

Summer Concert Series: Where is your CM Hoist?

Who doesn’t love the summer time and seeing a great concert with your favorite band from the past or present? A few of our fans recently shared CM Hoist photos from summer concerts they’ve attended, which included a snapshot of our #CMLodestar motors.

For King and Country, CM Hoist
For King and Country performing at the Carowinds Paladium Ampitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina.
CMA Music Festival, CM Hoist
CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee (Thank you Mountain Productions!)
CM Lodestar motors in Lisbon, Portugal, CM Hoist
Martin Audio’s MLA rig on world stage at Rock Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. (Thank you Tracy!)

Like us, they love seeing CM Hoist products in action!

We know that many of you have great things planned for this summer, so we are continuing our tradition of starting a 2016 photo album on Facebook to capture your photos of Columbus McKinnon products working hard at concerts and events around the world.

If you spot them being used, please snap a photo and share it with us on social media. We will post your pictures on our Facebook photo album and, each month, our fans (through likes!) will choose a lucky winner who will receive a box of some great CM promotional items!

There are many ways you can share your CM Hoist photos with us – choose your favorite channel!
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter: Industrial
Twitter: CM-Entertainment
Google+

Use the hashtags #CMLodestar and #wheresyourCM to join the conversation!

We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful concerts and places you will visit this summer!

Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

Santa Fe Springs Warehouse and Training Center Serve West Coast Market

Santa Fe Exterior

Whether you’re located in the eastern United States or the northwest region of Canada, Columbus McKinnon is nearby. With warehouses located in Atlanta, Georgia; Tonawanda, New York; Edmonton, Alberta and Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; we are strategically located to meet the needs of customers across North America.

Further improving our ability to serve our customers, we recently opened a new warehouse and training center in Santa Fe Springs, California, to ensure product availability and local training for the west coast market.

“With its close proximity to Long Beach Port in California, Santa Fe Springs is strategically located to serve our customers in the entire West Coast market,” said Randy Lewis, General Manager – Warehouse Operations. “With 30,000 square feet, the new warehouse facility has twice the space as our previous location in Santa Fe Springs. That means we can stock more product and in greater volumes.”

The larger facility has not only allowed us to increase standard stock levels of a broader product selection, but also provides a more efficient layout. And, because incoming and outgoing containers can be unloaded more proficiently and inspected thoroughly, our customers receive their product sooner and with fewer errors.

As part of the new warehouse we also opened a training center to meet the growing need and request for CMCO entertainment training classes on the west coast. The space is designed to accommodate larger classes, provide ample room to display product and allow students to get hands-on training with our hoists and rigging equipment. The Santa Fe Springs location also acts as our west coast sales office which means we can service our regional customers better.

Together, our new Santa Fe Springs training center and warehouse will help us better meet the needs of our Channel Partners and end users on the West Coast, ensuring they get the products and training they need when they need it.

The True Meaning of the Name “Lodestar”

The True Meaning of the Name “Lodestar”

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Our entertainment trainer, Dave Carmack, travels the world to teach and share important information about entertainment rigging and hoisting safety. At the end of his classes, he likes to stump his students with this question: “Can you tell me why we spell our hoist, LODESTAR, instead of LOADSTAR?”

Dave was asked this question many years ago by a student, which prompted him to do some research. Reaching out to Columbus McKinnon engineers, Dave finally found the answer.

“Lodestar” is defined as a guiding star. In 1955, when the first industrial Lodestar was introduced, many of our hoists had galactic names like Meteor, Satellite, and Comet. It was the first of many unique products that Columbus McKinnon brought to the material handling industry, which also included aluminum hoist frames, the Weston-Type brake, and the first alloy chain.
In a recent CM-ET class, Jamie, a CMCO training course attendee from Canton, Michigan wrote this answer:

“A Lodestar is one that serves as an inspiration, model or guide. The Lodestar hoist was engineered and designed to be a leader and model in the entertainment industry.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Want to learn more about entertainment motors? In case you missed it, here is a link to the recording for the session noted below. This is one you won’t want to miss!

Lodestar

JLC Chain Hoists – American Pride and Almost 40 Years Strong

JLC Chain Hoists – American Pride and Almost 40 Years Strong

Teamwork around the JLC

The favorite part of my job is working with so many great people at Columbus McKinnon who work in the different facilities and departments of our organization. One thing I’ve discovered is that all of of my fellow associates take great pride in the products we produce, and their enthusiasm overflows into everything that we do. I was witness to another demonstration of this excitement during a recent discussion about our JLC chain hoist series and its upcoming 40th year anniversary.

So I made a call to Joe Ombrello, General Manager of our Wadesboro, North Carolina Operations, to learn more about this special electric chain hoist series. Here is what he had to say in response to my questions:

“When was the first hoist in the JLC Series built?”

As you know, the current JLC has 3 predecessors. Its lineage dates back to 1974 with the first JF Model. Next the ELC series with a clutch and an oil filled gear case started around 1979. Our JL version (JL1.0) went into production in 2002. It was then upgraded to our current JLC model in 2010. In a nutshell, we have been making this product series for almost 40 years!

“Did we purchase this technology from someone or did we develop it on our own?”

The technology was developed internally by our Coffing Hoist engineering department in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

“Please share with me the most interesting customer application story ever told about the JLC.”

Over 40 Coffing JLC hoists were used in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China to suspend trusses in the swimming arena.

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 “Is there anything else that you would like to share from your background and experience that you think others might find interesting?”

The Coffing JF hoists were used in the 1960’s by the United States military for nuclear warhead maintenance and handling. Our JF hoist was also the original concert hoist used by the Grateful Dead in the early 70’s. Today, our JLC hoist can be found in sporting and entertainment arenas all over the world and is used by touring concerts for Garth Brooks, Reba McIntyre and Toby Keith.

Best of all, the JLC product series – along with the CM Lodestar – are made in America. That is something everyone here in Wadesboro, North Carolina is very proud of. We share that feeling of pride with our fellow Associates at our Damascus, Virginia Operations who manufacture the CM Valustar, Man Guard and ShopStar electric chain hoists.

In what application do you use our JLC chain hoist?

Also read: Investing in America. Ready for the World. Spotlighting our Wadesboro, NC Operations

Expect the Unexpected at ProMat 2013

Expect the Unexpected at ProMat 2013

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With ProMat 2013 starting this week, we want to give everyone an idea of what they can expect to see at Columbus McKinnon Booth #1838.

First off, expect the unexpected. We’ll be unveiling our most interactive and tech-savvy booth ever. Designed to showcase our brands and innovative products and services, our guests will have the opportunity to participate in a number of hands-on demonstrations and displays.

Guests will get a sneak peek at a ton of soon-to-be-launched products, including:

  • CM Universal Trolley (UT). Our most flexible hoist trolley ever.
    The UT can be used with virtually every CMCO electric and air chain
    hoist up to 3-ton capacity, and can fit on various beam widths.
  • CM Bandit. Our lightest and most compact ratchet lever hoist ever!
    This rugged hoist is ideal for applications even in the tightest workspaces. Guests can test drive the Bandit, lift a load and check out its great free-chaining feature.
  • CM Lodestar 2 Ton Single Reeved electric chain hoist features better headroom and less chain weight; but you can see it and try it for yourself.
  • CTP adjustable trolley clamp is a heavy duty, yet economical, trolley designed for easy installation and superior strength. No tools are required
    to move and adjust the CTP to a variety of different sized beams.
  • Ergo Pendant Station for CMCO electric chain hoists. See its ergonomic design — developed in partnership with The Ohio State University — feel how comfortably it fits in your hand while you work the legendary CMCO rocker style push button switch.

It doesn’t end there. A number of popular recently-launched products will also be at ProMat, including:

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  • Yale Global King Wire Rope Hoist. Discover what’s new with this world-class hoist, from Quick Ship units and the 3-year standard warranty to explosion-proof options.
  • Dixie Industries Sixth Wheel Ratchet. The patented ergonomic solution for the hazardous task of lowering tractor trailer landing gear. Come by, try it for yourself, and discover how this innovative design can prevent injuries.
  • CM Hurricane 360˚ hand chain hoist will be featured in the “Drifting Challenge.” Test your material handling skills and see first-hand how easy it is to drift a load with the Hurricane 360˚— seeing and doing is believing.
  • CM Lodestar Cutaway will allow guests to see the inter-workings of an operational Lodestar electric chain hoist. It’s a rare opportunity to see under the cover of a superior design in action.
  • Our new hands-on Rigging Display lets you get up close to discover the craftsmanship and engineering forged into all our rigging products. While you’re there, check out some application photos on the digital display.

If you’re at ProMat you won’t be able to miss our new soaring Video Tower featuring the latest product visuals and on-demand product and training information. Lastly, register for a chance to win a seat in a CMCO Training Class of your choice in 2013. Stop by and ask for all the details.

At Columbus McKinnon, we engineer and build innovative material handling products for people and businesses that care about quality, safety, and having the right tools for their applications. Our presence and product offering on display at ProMat 2013 is proof of that. Discover us at Booth #1838.

CM-ET Announces Online Lodestar Maintenance Training

CM-ET Announces Online Lodestar Maintenance Training

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For over 30 years, CM-ET has been conducting this 1-day motor class to help familiarize entertainment technicians and riggers on safe and proper general maintenance and repair of the CM-ET Lodestar. Starting today, this popular class is available online!

Get trained today!
Students can expect the same level of information they would get if they attended one of our hands-on classes at our Training Centers, but without the inconvenience and expense of traveling. Get trained online and learn at your pace and on your own schedule.

Who should take the class?
This is a great course for beginners or anyone needing a refresher. For those individuals looking to take the more advanced hands-on CM-ET Motor Certification Technician course, this class is the perfect place to start.

Course Overview
This online course walks students through the disassembly of the classic model “L” CM-ET Lodestar.  Topics include:

  • Function and inspection of key components
  • Adjusting limit switches
  • Inspecting and adjusting the brake
  • Understanding CMCO specifications
    and inspection requirements
  • Types of proper documentation
  • Understanding basic electricity and wiring diagrams
  • Performing a Load Test
  • General maintenance, inspection and troubleshooting

Testing & Completion
Throughout the training, students will be tested on the material covered. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Training.

Get Trained Today!