Church Production

First Impression: Wahlberg DMX Winches

Your motorized flying effects can be now be cued from your DMX lighting console.

By David Martin Jacques
September 28, 2016 8:56 am EST

Topics: Staging and Rigging,
Tags: rigging, set design, staging,

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For many years Rose Brand has been a leading supplier of fabrics, screens, and drapes for most theatre and worship space stage designers. Their inventory and selection of materials is second to none. From my experience, they offer incredible customer service and vast knowledge of what their materials can accomplish. Just call or visit any Rose Brand's three showroom locations and you will be greeted with great respect, patience, and helpfulness.

However, selecting material is not the last decision a designer makes. Decisions must be made on how that material is rigged. Is it hung from a stationary rigging point? Does it have to move? Do you need track? Does it fly in and out? Flying curtains and track is one of the most sound-sensitive rigging issues in the theatre and houses of worship. No one wants to hear loud clunking during a quiet passage. These are major considerations when specifying the tracking and rigging systems for fabric. To help solve these issues (and more), Rose Brand is now distributing Wahlberg DMX Winches.

Wahlberg is one of the most respected names in scenic automation. This Danish company has been moving heavy scenic elements in extremely complex stage designs for decades. The new Wahlberg DMX-controlled winches are available in many sizes and weight loads. These include loads from 1Kg (2.2lbs) up to 50Kg (110lbs). This should be able to handle most of your rigging needs. In addition, these winches are DMX-controlled, meaning that motorized flying effects can be cued from your DMX lighting console.

These winches are not limited to flying fabric. Wahlberg DMX Winches can also offer scenery automation effects and lift other lightweight objects like chandeliers and light scenic pieces for your church’s upcoming Christmas productions. Specific speeds, set positions, and trim points can now be programmed via your lighting console. You can create fully automated contour curtains where each lift line in the drape can be controlled independently for different shapes and effects. You can also animate fabric panels or other lightweight elements. This is all accomplished at great speed and low noise.

The Winch 10 LX model allows electrical power to be run down the lifting cable. This enables you to power the scenic piece without worry of tangling dangerous electrical lines. This is very useful for light boxes, lightweight video screens, and other scenic pieces that require electrical power.

The Wahlberg Winch comes is various models and capabilities. They include:

Item Load Capacity Travel Speed Input Voltage Size in inches L-W-H Weight


Winch 1

1 kg (2.2 lbs.) 0.5-60 in/sec 120v or 208v 5.1 x 8.9 x 14.1 13.2 lbs.

Fastest Retraction Speed

Winch 5

5 kg (11 lbs.) 2-22 in/sec 120v or 208v 9.5 x 8.3 x 5.19 12 lbs.

Twice as fast as Winch 10

Winch 10

10 kg (22 lbs.) 0.5-12 in/sec 120v or 208v 9.5 x 8.3 x 5.19 12 lbs.

Designed for rigging lightweight drapes

Winch 10 LX

10 kg (22 lbs.) 0.5-12 in/sec 120v or 208v 15.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 22 lbs.

Powered Kevlar cable provides 5A of electricity suspended unit

Winch 25

25 kg (55 lbs.) 2-27 in/sec 208v or 240v 15.7 x 8.9 x 11.4 46 lbs.

For medium duty loads with high speeds

Winch 25 X2

25 kg (55 lbs.) 2-27 in/sec 208v or 240v 27 x 8.9 x 14.25 66 lbs.

Dual cable picks prevent element from rotating while raising or lowering

Winch 50

50 kg (110 lbs.) 0.5-12 in/sec 208v or 240v 17.3 x 11 x 11.8 55 lbs.

For heavier loads at lower speeds

With Rose Brand’s new Wahlberg DMX Winches, you can now specify your full fabric and screen order with controlled animated rigging included. The professional reputations of Wahlberg and Rose Brand offers me comfort in specifying these production critical scenic elements. It also gives me another reason to call or visit the nice people at Rose Brand more often.


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