Kinesys Enjoys Lively and Positive Response

by Michael Eddy
(Left to Right:) Kinesys Training Manager Martin Honeywill, David Bond, Dave Weatherhead, Tracey Anderson who runs the Atlanta office and International Marketing Manager, Charlie Felicien.
(Left to Right:) Kinesys Training Manager Martin Honeywill, David Bond, Dave Weatherhead, Tracey Anderson who runs the Atlanta office and International Marketing Manager, Charlie Felicien.

Automation and motion control manufacturer Kinesys enjoyed a busy and successful LDI exposition in Las Vegas. It was the first time that the leading brand has hosted its own booth at the show, reflecting a growth in business in North and South America, and Canada over the last few years. The three-day event kicked off to a great start with Kinesys’ new Apex motion control system being presented with a 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for ‘Best New Motion Device’.

The Apex system incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists, and the result is the pinnacle of chain hoist technology. Kinesys has long been offering a range of safe, reliable, and rock-solid off-the-shelf automation systems which are designed to maximize the creative options for show designers and operators. Apex leaps forward with full SIL3 safety rating across the whole system, more powerful yet more refined performance, and a first for production chain hoists in silent brakes. 

David Bond, head of Kinesys’ USA operation commented, “It has been a fantastic LDI show, meeting and engaging with many of our current contacts and making lots of new ones. There’s been a real mix of people with genuine interest.” He confirmed that Apex was one of the products attracting major attention, with the features most impressing people including the incredible smoothness of the motion control, its virtually silent operation, and its speed. These parameters all open new possibilities for motion control being utilized in concert halls and for orchestral performances as well as for premium corporate events and conferences needing objects to be moved smoothly, subtly… and in virtual silence.

Many people were also looking at the Kinesys LibraCELL system and all the advantages this brings as the market generally gets more in tune with the concept of utilizing loads cells in a myriad of circumstances. “It’s a case of people realizing they need to use them now rather than just being intrigued by them” says Bond. With the rise in health & safety awareness, not to mention increased concern for liability, having reliable, comprehensive and easy-to-use monitoring products like LibraCELL is becoming commonplace rather than exclusive.

DST variable speed beam trolley and track system – a collaboration between Kinesys and trussing specialist Litec – was also highlighted at the show, and this was of particular interest to those already working actively with motion control hoists. After going up and down, the next step is often to want to go from side to side!

The Kinesys team, including founder and CEO Dave Weatherhead, met a good selection of designers and consultants at the show, confirming their belief that automation is becoming an important and sought-after visual element in creative show designs – together with lighting, video, lasers, SFX, drapes, and set / scenics. They also met with many leading U.S. and Canadian rental companies as well as venue operators, event promotors, a host of practitioners from theatres and the performing arts.

Further information from Kinesys: www.kinesys.co.uk or www.kinesysusa.com