Technical Tips and Topics
Our aim here at DQ is to provide you with as much technical information, technical tips and discuss topics that help you and your team do your job better.
With this philosophy in mind, we've provided this new 'Tech Tips & Topics' resource where we will be regularly adding guides, tips and overviews on a wide range of products, topics and processes relating to our wide range of equipment.
Whether you work in the production or events industry, or are exploring our product range to see if it suits your business or industry requirements you're sure to find these guides of use.
We'll be updating this page regularly so please check back soon for more tips & topics!
There are a handful of factors when considering your next screen case investment; affordability, reliability, useability and size.
Design Quintessence offers a wide range of screen cases to protect monitors, TV’s and commercial LED screens. Each case style is designed to suit specific application scenarios and our local Design and Manufacturing Team makes sure each customised case is specified and built to order.
TÜV is short for “Technischer Überwachungsverein” or, translating into English, “Technical Inspection Association.” WikiPedia describes them as “internationally active, independent service companies from Germany and Austria that test, inspect and certify technical systems, facilities and objects of all kinds in order to minimise hazards and prevent damages.”
The certification is internationally recognised and accepted as minimum standards for structural and electrical product safety.
Box truss is a versatile tool in the entertainment industry. It is light, configurable in many ways, and able to carry heavy loads. That said, it does have its drawbacks as well. When the load that needs to be supported from the truss must be centred it can be difficult to achieve.
One method that is often proposed is hanging the box truss in a “Diamond” hang so that the load can attach to the lowest chord at the centre, in line with the rigging supports above. The question is, is that safe to do?
A question that comes up regularly is if, when connecting truss together, should the diagonal bracing in lighting truss form continuous triangles?
Or 'How important is continuity of truss diagonals?'
This article explains the of orientation of diagonal bracing in truss that you might need answers to.
We all know the importance of getting a truck pack right for all those who have ever had to load and unload a truck. An extensive selection of “truck-friendly” road case sizing goes a long way to getting the truck pack right the first time.
In addition, in an industry where staff numbers have been depleted by the pandemic, with some, sadly, never to return, businesses must improve their labour efficiencies.
The LED screen is up, the gig is on track, when suddenly the event manager asks if it can be a little bit bigger. Sure, why not, it’s just a few more panels. A quick calculation of the new load and we’ll just add another hoist in the middle because we were already at the limit of the two hoists on the hang.
But wait, have you considered the load distribution? If two 500kg hoists give you 1000kg of lifting capacity, can three 500kg hoists give you 1500kg?
Basic VS Advanced Controllers and Beyond The first step in choosing a chain hoist controller or designing a control system is understanding the range and capabilities of controllers that are available. The controller you choose should be dictated by the needs of the job.
A simple rule is that you should only ever need 1 run button to control your hoists. If you find yourself needing 3 hands to run all the hoists on a job, then you need either a larger basic controller or an advanced controller.
Truss is a workhorse of our industry that gets used (and sometimes abused) regularly on events which will inevitably lead to damage and wear. So how do you know when a piece of truss is no longer safe for use? How often do you need to inspect it? This guide will cover some general rule of thumb tips for inspection and discard of truss as well as guidance on when the truss should be inspected.
Towerlifts are a very useful tool in the entertainment industry to allow us to hold truss or lighting up in places where there are no easy rigging points. There are some practical considerations that we should be aware of to ensure that the lifts operate correctly, and so that the setup is safe.
We’ve all seen production truss load tables before. At the very least, they provide allowable Centre Point Load (CPL) and Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL) for given spans. Typically, these are values calculated by a suitably qualified Engineer contracted by the truss manufacturer.
So, at what point do we need to engage an engineer to sign off?
In the world of rigging equipment, you will often hear the acronyms WLL, SWL, MBL/MBS/MBF.
What do they mean, and which one should be used?