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Neg Earth choose Limpet for Muse stadium tour

Muse have revealed that the stage set for their upcoming tour will feature an LED pyramid, dancing aliens and kung-fu! What they haven’t let on is that it will also feature four Limpet L5’s.

Having used a Limpet L5 to solve the height safety problems of Jesus Christ Superstar the week before, Lighting experts Neg Earth next challenge was to find a way of getting technicians up into the complex gantry conceived for the Muse Tour. Once again the L5 provided an answer, this time using its personnel hoisting capabilities.

For this occasion, the L5’s with their discreet matt black were bolted into position inside the truss. Where previously the lighting technicians would have had to use caving ladders to climb up into the rig, now they can hoist and lower themselves in and out of position at the touch of a button. Once the technicians are in place, the L5’s high speed retractable line gives them complete freedom of movement, while its fall prevention capabilities ensures safety at height at all times with any slips being immediately arrested

Limpet CEO, Stephen Cornwallis said “height safety and access has never been as rock n’ roll as it is with the Limpet L5. The technicians now have their very own batman style system to hoist them into the rigging.” Dan Holmes, Director at Lift Turn Move added, “The L5 is fast, reliable and now available in black. The fact that the lighting guys can clip into the L5, hoist themselves into the rigging and then keep using it as a fall prevention system without ever needing to unclip, demonstrates the fantastic versatility of Limpet systems to deal with every kind of height safety and access challenge.”

For more information:

 

As the UK entertainment distributor for the LIMPET L5, contact your normal LTM sales person for further information or email Email.limpet@liftturnmove.co.uk

 

Tel +44 (0) 151 649 0467   Mob+44 (0) 7737 939 124

 

  • limpet-technology
Limpet® Debuts on Jesus Christ Superstar by assisting Judas (Tim Minchin)

Limpet® Debuts on Jesus Christ Superstar by assisting Judas (Tim Minchin)

The Limpet® L5 was given the vital job of keeping Judas Iscariot safe on the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar at the O2 Arena last week.

In this ambitious and critically acclaimed reworking of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic show, actor and comedian Tim Minchin, plays Judas Iscariot and has to climb a 15 metre high truss backstage midway through the performance. The problem? How to keep him absolutely safe, fit and ready to keep on singing after a tiring climb.

Following the debut of the L5 with Lift Turn Move at the Plasa trade show at Earls Court a week earlier, leading lighting hire company Neg Earth, knew they had a potential solution. The L5’s fall prevention capabilities meant that, even if Tim Minchin did fall off the truss, he would be instantly held by the safety line. Secondly, the Limpets’ Intelligent Climb Assist® feature would provide 90% of the effort needed to climb the truss, meaning that Tim Minchin could arrive at the upper platform fresh and ready to continue his performance.After a half day of training in London, the L5 was ready for its show debut. As expected it didn’t let anyone down!

Tim Minchin uses Limpet Technology to climb 15m truss tower on Jesus Christ Superstar

Speaking to Donny MacDonald, head rigger for the tour, he commented. “…having the climb assist and fall arrest in one unit ticks all the boxes. It means he (Tim Minchin) is not even out of breath when he gets to the top…in fact he generally has a massive grin on his face.” He went on “The Limpet is a massive step forward in climbing safety for our industry and I hope to see more of them on arena tours I am involved with in the future. The Limpet is now an integral part of the show as it tours the UK."

If you have an application that you think the Limpet would be right for or if you'd just like ot know more about this revolutionary new technology, you can contact me (Dan) at limpet@liftturnmove.co.uk

  • Dan Holme
James Porter: Heading up the Industrial Market

James Porter: Heading up the Industrial Market

Last month we announced the appointment of Dan Holme as Director of the Entertainment Division, so it only seems fair that James Porter who has been Head of the Industrial Market at LTM for a while now, gets a mention too!

As I mentioned last month, we serve two main markets at LTM: Industrial & Entertainment and James with the support of the directors at LTM has been looking after the Industrial market for some time now. James started at the company as a sales representative, primarily focused on Industrial markets having previously worked on the tools as an on-site lifting gear engineer. Over the years James has played a more pivotal role in the shaping of LTM's Industrial offering; working closely with suppliers like Haacon GmbH and GIS AG to provide solutions for our clients in the UK.

As a company, our industrial focus is to work closely with the UK lifting gear trade and provide them with products and the technical support they need for their clients requirements. James, with his combined experience of sales and technical background fits perfectly in this role and he is a pleasure to work with and is always willing to help and coming up with new ideas to improve the sales experience for customers.

One of James' recent projects was to expand the sales of electric winches at LTM. Having had prior experience working with them, he was already fully conversant with the technology so James made it known to his customers that not only can he sell them an electric winch, but he can help design and specify it for them too. Subsequently, Electric Winches have become yet another specialist knowledge area that LTM can help our customers with and sales have increased exponentially, with a special focus on the off-shore and water industries.

So towards the end of 2011, we promoted James to Head of Industrial Market, a well deserved title that reflects all the hard work he has already been doing at LTM and the greater responsibility that he now has for the running of the Industrial division at LTM.

So here's a belated but fully deserved congratulations to James. 

Keep up the good work!

 

  • David King
We've doubled our production capacity in just under a year

We've doubled our production capacity in just under a year

In the 12 months since we moved into our new building we've made lots of improvements to our production space. Most notable of these has been the fitting a brand new GIS Light Crane System into the hoist preparation area. (Full details below) The decision to fit the system was made for two reasons: 

First, we were keen to reduce the amount of manual lifting and handling of hoists for our engineers. Repetitive handling tasks are not only strenuous and potentially dangerous, it's boring work, so we were keen to reduce that aspect of the job for them. 

Secondly, we wanted to increase productivity. With so many companies offshoring their production capabilities to countries were labour is cheaper, it was important for us to find a way to stay competitive within the UK market. 

The answer for us was automation. Last year we enlisted the help of Shen (Hsuan Hsu), a Student at University of Liverpool Management School completing a Masters in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Shen helped us to audit our processes and find redundancy in our systems. Simple steps such as moving the swivel hooks from one side of the workshop to the other knocked 2 minutes off the production of a hoist. That's 24 minutes a day. Taking this information as a jumping off point, we reorganised our production space and invested in the GIS crane system this time last year. The result has been a doubling our production capacity in just under a year. We have managed to streamline the whole process from prepping to shipping a hoist down to just over 30 minutes. Our hoist department can now prepare and ship 60 hoists a week! That's 300 a month and over 3000 hoists a year.

Needless to say, we're thrilled with the new set up and we're keen to show it off, so if you fancy taking a look at our production facilities or if you're interested in improving your own production capacity with a GIS crane system, let us know - we'll put the kettle on!

For more information on GIS crane systems click here 


What we installed:

LIGHT CRANE SYSTEM, SWL 2 x 500kg

1 x Crane Bridge 

  • Profile GISKBII, double bridge
  • Length 6000 mm
  • Span 5000 mm
  • Deflection 1/500 
  • Power supply through trailing cable 
  • Trolley drive manual

1 x Crane Bridge 

  • Profile GISKBI, 
  • Single bridge, reinforced with IPE 120
  • Length 6000 mm
  • Span 5000 mm
  • Deflection 1/500 
  • Power supply through trailing cable 
  • Trolley drive manual

Crane Tracks (strong enough for 2 bridges)

  • Profile GISKBII 
  • Suspensions pendulating
  • Length 10000 mm 
  • Suspension distance 3000/3500/3000 mm
  • Overhang 250 mm
  • Power supply though trailing cable
  • Crane bridge drive manual

 

 

 

  • David King
Director Dan

Director Dan

Today we announced the appointment of Dan Holme as Director of the Entertainment Division, recognising the hard work that Dan has been putting in to company.

As a lifting company, we have two main markets,  Industrial & Entertainment, and as Operations Director I spend my time tending to each division in about equal amounts. So it's been really useful for us as a company to have Dan spending 100% of his time focused on the Entertainment Market. Dan has been the face to face contact for our key accounts for years now, offering technical advice and helping to create solutions and build projects, so initially Dan's title "Project Manager" was appropriate. As time has gone on, Dan's role has come to be more directly involved with the management of the Entertainment division and helping to make key decisions so this new role isn't actually too much of a change for Dan. John and I made the decision to appoint Dan Director firstly to acknowledge and thank Dan for the great work he's already doing and secondly to officially recognize this aspect of his role. 

We have every confidence that Dan will continue to help LTM improve and grown with this new role, and we just wanted to say:

Thanks Dan and Congratulations!

Read the official Press Release

See the Photos on Flickr

 

  • David King
Would you like 1, 2 or 3 pickles with that?

Would you like 1, 2 or 3 pickles with that?

No, not those kind of pickles.

We often get requests for custom kit from our customers, and more often than not, the request comes with a deadline. This was no exception, Ric, our newest addition the the LTM team (you may remember him from Summit Steel) recieved a request the other day for a triple pickle. Thats right, not one or even two, but three!

Pickles are different from controllers in that it is essentially one handset that controls more than one hoist. This can be useful if you already have power coming to the hoists and you just need a portable handset that you can take to the hoist, plug it in and run the hoist.

We don't have a triple pickle in our product range, undeterred, Ric took the request to our in-house R & D team who designed and produced the handset you see below in a matter of days. This great little bit of kit is differnt from our standard pickles in that it includes 3 toggle switches and an up/down switch so that you can control each channel individually or simultaneously.

Custom products are common place at LTM, but we like this one so much that it's going in our product range. You can see it here. This just goes to show that when companies respond to and work with customers requests, it generally works out beneficial for everyone involved.

Triple Pickle

  • John Jones