ETC Prodigy P2 Rigging Hoist

by Michael Eddy
ETC's new Prodigy P2 Rigging Hoist
ETC's new Prodigy P2 Rigging Hoist

Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) introduces its new Prodigy® P2 rigging hoist that is designed to be feature-rich yet budget-friendly. The P2 brings the safety, convenience, and flexibility of ETC Rigging to venues. The compact P2 hoist weighs only 300 lbs (powerhead only), but it is capable of lifting loads up to 650 lbs.

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Combined with ETC’s QuickTouch and Foundation control families, P2 is designed for venues that want to have the simplicity of an automated system, but without a significant increase in cost. The P2 comes with the key safety features and functionality of ETC’s larger Prodigy hoists, but in a format that is more competitive with manual rigging.

P2 features the eight 3/16-inch lift lines, 50-feet of travel, load cell, and slack-line detection available in other Prodigy-family hoists. It also gives users the option of using ETC’s compression tube – which eliminates additional lateral loads on buildings—or using it without the compression tube in more traditional rigging configurations

Additional safety features on P2 include a self-locking worm-gear system as a secondary load arrest device. All the control electronics are integrated into the hoist to monitor the hoist’s movement, positioning, load profiling, travel limits, and hard-wired deadman and E-stop circuits.

P2’s features and compact size make installation and commissioning a quick process, unlike other rigging systems that require a team of technicians to do a lengthy installation that can lead to extensive on-site costs. ETC calculates that a complete P2 system with six fully-commissioned hoists can be installed in a single day by just two people. That’s a crucial element for a busy space, because it translates into cost savings and cuts down on the time a venue would have to be closed. And upgrades or expansions to the system can be done with minimal cost and in a short amount of time.

The ETC Prodigy® P2 rigging hoist will be shipping soon.