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Stage rigging is a term generally describing how equipment on stage is suspended and/or moved. Rigging can be dead hung, manually operated or motorized, and serves many purposes. In a dead hung facility, the rigging is used to suspend equipment and does not move. If the rigging can move, its primary purpose is to move scenery, stage lighting, or curtains in the backstage area up into the fly loft, or down to the stage level. The ability to lower heavy pieces of equipment to floor level enables users to transfer stage lighting, scenery and curtains without the use of ladders or lifts. The ability to move scenery pieces up and out of the way allows a theatre company to expand their repertoire to more advanced productions. There can be several types of rigging systems used in a single stage, depending on production and budget requirements. Stagecraft can integrate rigging systems to meet the needs of your facility. Our installation crew is the best in the country and provides the final vital service of quality installation of the rigging equipment. There are thousands of facilities that use Stagecraft rigging equipment. Please contact a representative to help customize your order or receive additional specifications.


Single purchase Counterweight
This is the workhorse of the rigging world. Based on the simple understanding that if you have 200 pounds of stage equipment you need 200 pounds of counterweight to balance the load. The term single purchase indicates that it is a one-to-one system, not only in the weight as described above, but in its movement – if you pull the rope one foot, the load (scenery, for example) moves one foot. See double purchase counterweight below for further explanation. Its simplicity and durability means it is very affordable compared to other rigging systems. There are many examples of this type of rigging system in service for more than 30 years! There are thousands of facilities that use Stagecraft rigging equipment. Please contact a representative to help customize your order or receive additional specifications.

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Double purchase Counterweight
This is another example of the workhorse of the rigging world. It is different from the single purchase in that its design incorporates a pulley at the top and bottom of the arbor. The counterbalancing of the load changes, so that if you have 200 pounds of stage equipment you need 400 pounds of counterweight to balance the load. The term double purchase indicates that it is a two-to-one system, not only in the weight as described above, but in its movement – if you pull the rope one foot, the load (scenery, for example) moves two feet. Since this system is located above the stage, it saves valuable off-stage space, and offers a the distinct advantage for the flyman who can see onto the stage area from this elevated vantage point. Its simplicity and durability also means it is very affordable compared to other rigging systems. There are many examples of this type of rigging system in service for more than 30 years! There are thousands of facilities that use Stagecraft rigging equipment. Please contact a representative to help customize your order or receive additional specifications.

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Motorized Rigging: Lineshaft
Another example of a workhorse in the rigging world. This simple system can be used to hoist stage curtains, scenery and lighting. Imagine being able to lift thousands of pounds of equipment with a push of a button, with no counterweights, rope splinters, or large crews This design eliminates the need for counterweight adjustments, pulling of ropes, and will not use valuable back stage space as necessary in counterweight systems. By eliminating head pulleys, special steel beams on one side of the stage are not necessary. The entire system can span existing beams, thus distributing the vertical load evenly. Line shafts have been installed in professional theatres, schools, churches, stages with existing counterweight sets, and above seating areas for hard to reach lighting positions. These can be just the answer for facilities that have limited side stage space, limited steel beams above, or simply don’t want to use counterweight rigging systems to lift their heaviest loads – stage lighting, orchestra ceilings, or heavy scenery. There are thousands of facilities that use Stagecraft rigging equipment. Please contact a representative to help customize your order or receive additional specifications.

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Motor Control
We use Siemens for the brains behind our motorized control systems. Siemens and Stagecraft work together to design systems that meet the needs of customers. Our basic up-down control to the built-to-order systems that can control hundreds of motors, all utilize the trusted Siemens name. You can have a customized touch screen, wireless remote that is built to your specifications. Please contact a representative to help customize your order or receive additional specifications.



Motorized: Package hoist
There are several “package hoists” available today, including the Vortek, JR Clancy PowerLift, Stage Technology’s BigTow, and ETC’s Prodigy. Stagecraft can install them all! Please contact a representative to help customize your order or receive additional specifications.



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AXIS™ Production Control System
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