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Motorized Rigging

Motorized stage rigging generally refers to "dead haul" operation where a motor (hoist) lifts a load without the use of counterweights, eliminating the potential of improperly balanced sets. This is especially important with loads that are not easily counterbalanced. Automated rigging has the added benefit that it takes less space and less structural steel than a comparable counterweight rigging system.

Safety, convenience, and greater affordability make Automated Rigging a fast growing part of the theatrical industry in any size venue, from schools to professional theaters. The reliability and safety of motorized rigging is incomparable to any other method of moving objects. When dealing with heavy sets, items that have multiple elements or that must be flown with speed and accuracy in complex sequences, motorized rigging and computer-based electronic controls make it possible with a wide selection of hoists for any application and budget. Which hoist is right for you?



Head Block

The stationary sheave or block assembly directly above the counterweight arbor or pin rail. The head block permits lift lines to change direction. In wire rope systems, the head block is also grooved to allow the purchase line to change direction by 180 degrees. 


Loft Block

The overhead block thorugh which one or more lift lines pass before being attached to the load being lifted or supported.


Mule Block

A supplementary block located between the head and loft blocks, designed for the specific purpose of changing the direction of the line travel. 

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