One of the most eagerly anticipated and high profile tours to embark on a worldwide journey in 2017 must be Ed Sheeran.  The show’s production company, Major Tom Limited has purchased LoadGuard® hoists from LTM- Lift Turn Move to fly the entire lighting, sound and AV system.  In total LTM have supplied sixty-eight x 1t and thirty-six 2t LoadGuard® motors all running at 4 metres/per min. The motor control system is Kinesys throughout and operated by Steve Bliss from LCR.


The fan shaped mothergrid was designed by Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works and is lifted by thirty 2t LoadGuard® hoists. Rigged within the mothergrid are fifty 1t motors from which fly the lighting trusses and AV screens including four moving lighting pods which drop down on Electric Hoists on Kinesys control during the show.  Unusually, the 1t motors remain pre-rigged within the mothergrid (1 metre deep truss from Litec) in transit between shows. 


Alongside fellow rigger Omar Franchi, Seth Cook is responsible for hanging the production at every venue.   He explains the premise behind this strategy, “The initial brief from our Production manager Chris Marsh was a touring system that can be rigged and derigged very quickly. This is what we have achieved; on the load out, 45 min after the grid lands on the ground, the truck doors are closed. We have fifty-five motors in the grid but just thirty lifting it which cuts rigging time down by half.  The LoadGuards® have proved really robust, we weren’t sure they would cope with travelling them in situ but we needn’t have worried.’


‘Of course, the great benefit of using a mothergrid means that the lighting and AV points remain identical; for a show of this complexity this sort of consistency is vital.  Once hung, the mothergrid is taken to height using tape measures to trim and is balanced on the Load Cells before lighting and video start work.  The 1t motors have encoders and they hang the complex lighting trusses and AV fixtures.  Once they are done the rig is close to thirty-eight tons.’


‘That doesn’t include the sound of course.  For the audio arrays (four hangs each for left and right) we use two 2t and eight 1t hoists a side.  The whole system works extremely well; it really is the only way to rig a show like this. Credit should rightly go to Chris Marsh (Major Tom) and Jeremy Lloyd (Wonder Works) who did an outstanding job throughout the design process and made the choice to purchase the LoadGuards®.”


Almost all the motors are hung inside the grid body in an upright position with the chain hanging straight down but for the front Crown video and lighting units another solution was required.  “Because these units were designed to cover the grid itself in show position,” explains Cook, “We needed lift above the top chord of the grid.  This was achieved by installing the motors’ body down in the grid and running the chains over a cantilever arm through a pulley system.  The lifting point is 600mm from the downstage edge of the truss.  It’s testament to the build quality of the hoists that this has been realised without any issues.  All together, we have a great system; I wouldn’t change anything.  The single fall 2t design just makes sense, no potential for twisted chain or spun hooks, why did we ever do anything different?!”


After the production concluded Spring dates in the UK, the tour decamps to the Americas until November and from there, apart from an extra date at London’s O2 moves eastwards arriving in Australia in March 2018.  “We will be using our entire system as is,” concludes Cook. “I’m extremely impressed with the LoadGuard® it’s a well engineered motor, we have been touring for months now without an issue; it is definitely my hoist of choice.”

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LTM launch new Electric Chain Series for Industrial Environments

LTM launch new Electric Chain Series for Industrial Environments

LTM are excited to the launch the new Electric Chain Series for Industrial Environments.

Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has revolutionised its GCH series with the introduction of the GP range. This is the fourth generation of the hoist and has been greeted by much fanfare in industrial sectors.

From the beginning of 2017, the construction size GCH250/500 models will be replaced by the new generation GP250/500, offering an increased lifting capacity up to 1.25 tonnes.

GP250 models offer a lifting capacity of 400kg (one fall) and 630kg (two falls); GP500 models have a lifting capacity of 800kg (one fall) and 1,250kg (two falls). As a one-fall version, GP500 can lift 800kg, up from 500kg with the GCH500, but with the same operation time and switching frequency as the previous model. Depending on the application, the customer also benefits from four times greater lifetime of the chain hoist, up to 1,600 hours (ISO M5, FEM 2m).

Erich Widmer, GIS AG sales and marketing manager, said: “After the successful introduction of the light and very handy electric chain hoist GPM with a portfolio expansion downwards, the complete series GCH is now step-by-step replaced by the GP series.

“The fourth generation of the electric chain hoist convinces with up to 60% more lifting capacity or 60% better classification compared to the previous model.”

GP (GIS polygon) series electric chain hoists are available with a one- or three-phase electrical connection as standard, and in one and two speeds with different lifting speeds. A flanged-mounted motor with external cooling sees the operating temperature reduced by 30% to 60°C.

All shaft-hub connections are built in a self-centring polygonal design, making disassembly and assembly quicker with no special tools required. This reduces service costs, while the GP series contains no sensitive electronics either. In addition, GIS AG has extended the warrant for GP series electric chain hoists to three years. 

The complete chain fall is designed with a static safety factor of at least eight (ISO M5, FEM 2m), while a case-hardened and manganese phosphated profile steel chain provides around 15% more capacity compared to the round steel chain.

A completely closed, helical geared, three-stage gear with permanent grease lubrification provides considerably quieter operation, with noise emission reduced from 75 dB to 65 dB due to this feature in the chain hoist housing, in addition to the chain wheels with five to seven pockets, and the horizontal and vertical supported chain. 

A myriad of special products are offered for customer-specific applications, including ATEX-approved and corrosion-resistant models. GIS can also meet requirements for synchronised lifting of long and bulky loads or single-handed positioning of goods. Electric chain hoists for extreme lifting heights and high lifting speeds, common in the wind power sector, are also a feature of the range. Varied specifications of the entertainment industry, such as quiet running, low dead weight and a second independent brake, can also be met. Crane systems in combination with GISKB aluminium or steel profiles are a further possibility.

Additionally, GIS GP series electric chain hoists are rated to IP65 as standard, guaranteeing protection against dust and water ingress.

A range of accessories and options are available, such as radio remote control, frequency inverter, operating data counters, safety load locking hook and special controls. Proven components from the GCH series have been maintained, such as the DC spring-loaded brake and the dry-running slipping clutch. The handheld control switch has parallel arranged push buttons, resulting in ergonomic and fatigue-free work, even during long periods of operation.

Anyone interested in our new product range is encouraged to contact the sales team for more information

  • Alison Marshall
Stuart Fraser joins LTM to focus on the Entertainment industry with the launch of the new LP Hoist

Stuart Fraser joins LTM to focus on the Entertainment industry with the launch of the new LP Hoist

LTM – Lift Turn Move Ltd has announced a new structure for the Entertainment side of the business, appointing Stuart Fraser as “Head of Entertainment Products”.  He took up his new position in March and has made a dramatic impact on the business.

Stuart brings more than ten years’ experience in the Entertainment industry, in engineering, product development and technical sales to LTM.  His focus will be on further growing the Entertainment market, as he bring a wealth of technical experience from his previous positions.  Stuart will be the face to face contact for our key accounts, offering technical advice and helping to create solutions.

John Jones commented “We are delighted to welcome Stuart as our new Head of Entertainment Products, with the experience and knowledge he brings we hope this will help serve our customers more efficiently and provide the expertise and advise needed to assist in this very complex and high pressure environment.”

John Jones goes on to say “We are hugely excited for the launch of the new hoist, which main advantage is it’s Compact frame size with high capacity to weight ratio" - perfect for stage engineers and riggers a like.” 

The new hoist offers 60% increase in lifting capacity on D8 Models in comparison to the LG50 Hoist.  The LP500/1 D8 Model can offer a lifting capacity of 800Kg in comparison to the LG50, were the lifting capacity is 500Kg.  The hoist comes with IP65 protection as standard, 3 years warranty and is extremely quiet, there is a reduced decibel reading at 1 metre from 75db to 65db.  

Anyone interested in our new product range is encouraged to contact the sales team for more information

  • Alison Marshall
LTM launch new Entertainment LP Motor

LTM launch new Entertainment LP Motor

LTM are excited to the launch the new Entertainment LP Motor. The LP series includes the much anticipated, newly developed and innovative LP500 with up to 60% greater lifting capacity, IP65 as standard and very quiet running at a maximum 65 dB—a key feature for the theatre and live events marketplace.

The specific requirements of the entertainment industry, such as increased capacity in one fall operation, low dead weight, low noise emission and suitability for outdoor use, have been given priority throughout the design and manufacture of the LP500 concept.

LP500 has a robust construction, is simple in its assembly and does not contain any sensitive electronics. All shaft-hub connections are built in a self-centring polygonal design, meaning disassembly and assembly is faster with no special tools required. Wearing parts, such as the chain or chain wheel, can be replaced within a few steps and without disassembly of the entire chain hoist. Perfect for a happy life on the road!

A self-contained, helical cut, three-stage transmission with permanent grease lubrication ensures quieter operation, with noise emission reduced from 75 dB to 65 dB due to this feature in the chain hoist housing, along with the chain wheel with five pockets, and the horizontal and vertical supported chain.

Available with BGV D8, BGV D8+ or BGV C1 motor, three- and single-phase designs (except C1) are available. As per BGV C1 design criteria, LP500 has interfaces for path and load measurement.

The entire chain fall is designed with a statistical safety factor of at least 8:1 (ISO M5, FEM 2m), meaning wear of the components is decreased and the life cycle is extended four times, to 16,000 hours (ISO M5, FEM 2m) in comparison to the previous model at identical lifting capacity. A case-hardened and manganese phosphated profile steel chain offers a 15% higher capacity, compared to conventional round steel chains. Furthermore, the chain has excellent corrosion resistance and improved dry running properties.

With the BGV D8 motor, the lifting capacity of the LP500 is 800kg in one fall operation, compared to 500kg with the previous model, or an increase of 60% (ISO M3, FEM 1 Bm) in one fall operation.

GIS AG chief executive officer Ivan Muri said: “We aligned the construction of the new electric chain hoist with the needs of the entertainment industry. For example, the second independent DC spring-loaded brake in the D8 Plus design can be assembled on the present shaft without using a housing extension.”

LP500 also comes with IP65 rating as standard, offering protection against dust and water ingress, and which Erich Widmer, GIS AG sales and marketing manager, described as “essential”.

“With its compact and robust design, the LP series is suitable for dusty environments, as well as for outdoor use. During operation, as a climbing hoist, rainwater can enter the chain wheel area,” Widmer added. “The liquid drain, which is included in the housing, allows the water to run off the opposite side of the chain hoist without any occurrence of corrosion damage.”

The LP series boasts an abundance of inbuilt features engineered specifically for entertainment applications, while riggers have also embraced the three-year warranty offered with the product.

Anyone interested in our new product range is encouraged to contact the sales team for more information

  • Alison Marshall
Behind the scenes with SSE

Behind the scenes with SSE

Lifting, control and rigging specialist Lift-Turn-Move (LTM) supplied LoadGuard® hoists to SSE Audio which were used for The Corrs tour.   Four of the LTM team were invited by SSE Audio’s Russell Holt to watch the load in at Liverpool Echo Arena.  This was the first time behind the scenes for some of the team to see their gear in action.  It has proved a very valuable experience, improving their understanding and product knowledge.  The attendees from LTM comprised of Clare Sheppard from Sales, Alison Marshall from Marketing and Jack Triggs from the Workshop.  Jack Triggs stated “Today has been extremely beneficial, I am based in the workshop building the hoists I have never had the opportunity to see what the hoists were used for in a concert, it gave me a great overview of how the hoists are used”.

The LTM team enjoyed watching the rigging by SSE Audio’s Perttu Korteniemi, Pete Hughes and  Brandon Reece who used 8 of the LG16’s, 4 of the LG10’s and 2 of the LG Minis to hang their L-acoustics system comprising of two K1 hangs (LG16), two K2 hangs (LG16), and two K sub hangs (LG10). The LoadGuard minis were used as cable picks.  SSE’s Russell Holt stated “We are really happy with the hoists, they are extremely quiet and allow quick load in, we especially liked the LoadGuard mini it as it is so light weight. We have worked closely with LTM to develop the hoists to best suit a touring environment”

The LoadGuard Hoist has really taken off in the production world since it’s introduction in 2009, originally seen as a fantastic hoist for venue installs and seen in venues all over the world such as Glasgow Emirates Arena and Velodrome, The ACC Liverpool Arena and The World Trade Centre, Dubai.  The reputation of the hoist has grown and customers are now realising the full benefits of the LoadGuard Hoist as a rigging Hoist for touring use, SSE being one of the first to take the hoists out in a touring capacity. Options include Weatherproofing.

LTM also specialise in Motor control.  They have a great range of rack mounted G-Pro Controllers which are perfect for touring with ,many safety features.

Anyone interested in our new product range is encouraged to contact the sales team for more information.

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See the new LTM Industrial catalogue at Liftex 2015

See the new LTM Industrial catalogue at Liftex 2015

LTM – Lift Turn Move Ltd will be exhibiting at the Liftex Exhibition on 11th & 12th November 2015 in their home town at Liverpool Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. On the stand will be the Company Directors John Jones and David King and General Manager James Porter.

They will be launching their new catalogue which is more detailed focusing on their main products, showing an extended range of their Industrial Lifting Equipment products such as the GIS GCH Electric Chain Hoists, extended range of Planeta Material Handling Equipment, NEW range of ATEX equipment and a revamped range of Hand winches. LTM will be displaying many of these products to give their customers a view of what’s new.

LTM have built up an extensive range of products over the past 10 years and are constantly striving to find solutions for common lifting challenges for their customers.   James continues “We know that having the right product for the right job is important, which is why we source products to match the individual needs of our customers. We don't just provide products, we provide solutions.“

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