Insight from the Experts [Q+A]: CM Discusses the New 2-Ton, Single-Reeved Lodestar

“…We weren’t interested in building a motor that merely performed, we wanted to create something extraordinary.” –Gary Krypel, CM

Anticipating and acting on customer demands separates a good company from an exceptional one. Columbus McKinnon has been a leader in entertainment technologies, and we have been a proud CM Master Distributor for years. CM’s chain hoists are second to none, and the Lodestar brand is one of the most trusted hoists in the industry.

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Insight from the Experts [Q+A]: Let’s talk truss! Interview with Angel Hicks (James Thomas Engineering)

It can be seen at practically every arena, theater, concert and event. It has been a key component of entertainment rigging and critical for every rigger to understand. From roof grids and towers to sound delays, truss is the framework that makes production possible. That being said, a general understanding of the basic aspects of trussing can be extremely helpful when planning your event.  I recently reached out to Angel Hicks, Design Specialist for James Thomas Engineering, for insight on some common questions that customers often inquire about truss.

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Insight from the Experts [Q+A]: Suspending loads with the D8+ – Guest Blog from CM’s Art Zobal

Mountain welcomes CM’s own Art Zobal as a guest contributor on our blog. For this post, Art shares some information on the D8+ and suspending loads above people with the unit:

D8 vs D8+

CM’s Lodestar D8 is a standard unit that is used in the majority of the applications, but you would need secondary support if you are going to suspend loads over people. The cost of the D8 unit would be much less since you do not have to derate the capacity by half and you only have one brake, instead of two.

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