- by Thomas H. Freeman
in Company 411
eZ-Hoist’s dedication to inventory and innovation make sure automation can happen at any theatre
eZ-Hoist is the result of customer demand. “Clients started to ask if ZFX, eZ-Hoist’s parent company, could do scenic automation for them in addition to performer flying,” says Royal Marty, director of the eZ-Hoist division. Robert Dean, founder of ZFX, listened to what those clients were asking and knew that ZFX could provide solutions, continues Marty. “We have a corral of stock products, and we have a very solid team and the ability to do custom products. And we have the ability to do large, multi-axis and long term rentals as well.” With the tech, the equipment and the know-how, eZ-Hoist was born, dedicated to taking their same passion for creativity, safety, innovation—and kilts—into stage automation.
On controlling their own manufacturing process:
We’ve got five mechanical designers on hand, three electrical designers, and a whole fabrication shop with water jets, CNC mills, lathes, and the ability to powder coat and finish everything—we can dictate our own timeline with our equipment. Customers won’t be left in the lurch because we have to source inventory from somewhere else or wait on supply. And because we can do custom work, we can do anything from complex motion down to just a deck track. We don’t want people to be held back from realizing their ideas. One of our tag lines is scenic automation that won’t limit your imagination.
On where he’s seeing eZ-Hoist help with automation:
This is happening across the board. People are going and seeing huge shows and saying—I want to be able to do stuff like that. We have clients that are high schools, and then we have clients that are big tours. On the high school end, we offer rentable gear, and simple push button control. But we also offer advanced 3D control for theatres that want to do more. No matter what we do we make sure that we’re keeping production budgets in mind.
For more info, visit www.ez-hoist.com.