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J. R. Clancy Introduces Varion Versatility Hoist

Lightweight hoist allows motor, loft blocks almost anywhere on the beam

By CP Staff
March 18, 2014 12:02 pm EST

Topics: Product Announcements, Staging-Rigging,
Tags: hoist, rigging, staging,

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In response to customer demand for a lightweight hoist that fits in a wide variety of spaces, J. R. Clancy plans to introduce its new Varion Versatility Hoist at USITT later this month.

The new Varion Versatility Hoist can be used for front-of-house and onstage applications. Unconstrained by the width of the theatre space, the Varion hoist can be installed so that its first line can be dropped within inches of the wall, depending on the beam—making this hoist the right choice for theatre retrofits with tight spaces.

“The Varion hoist makes automation possible in facilities that could not accommodate it before,” says Matt Mullen, J. R. Clancy domestic sales manager. “Available with a cable management system and the customer’s choice of SceneControl 5000 series rigging control consoles, the Varion hoist brings the versatility of motorized rigging to venues like historic theatres, school and university theatre renovations, churches, and new construction.”

The Varion Versatility Hoist can be mounted on any existing infrastructure, including a building’s bar joist, without causing horizontal stresses on the structure. It can be used for electrics, curtains, drops, or front-of-house stage lighting or speakers.

Lightweight—barely 300 pounds—and compact, the hoist’s motor can fit at almost any point on Varion’s robust backbone. Loft blocks can be mounted almost anywhere on the beam, so they can fit around specific objects or be placed to coincide with openings. The hoist’s open design provides ready access, making maintenance simple by allowing technicians to inspect all parts of the hoist.

With batten lengths up to 45 feet and as much as 50 feet of travel, the Varion hoist delivers a gross lifting capacity of 1,500 pounds at a fixed speed of 15 feet per minute. Five lift lines feature steel guides, so there’s no danger of cables crossing the groove. The hoist can be underhung from beams or installed upright on a grid.

“Equally important, this affordable hoist gives you the flexibility you need at a price point your budget can handle,” says Mullen.

Varion Versatility Hoist will be on display in booth 1301 at USITT, March 26-29 in Fort Worth, Texas. For more on the Varion hoist or information on J. R. Clancy’s complete rigging solutions, (visit link) or call 1-800-836-1885.

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