Gefen buys Gefen Distribution GmbH

Florian Goebel, the MD of Gefen Distribution Gefen Europe GmbH, a newly formed subsidiary of Nortek, will deal with the commercial and broadcast markets in EMEA and Russia by offering a centralised organisation for sales, support, training and shipping. Florian Goebel, the managing director of Gefen Distribution, is now the managing director of the new Gefen Europe sales organisation. The company will continue to be headquartered in Munich, Germany. Gefen Europe will continue to sell as before, using the existing infrastructure and personnel already in operation. Under Florian Goebel’s leadership, Gefen will consolidate distribution partners from the EMEA region and Russia to report directly to Gefen Europe. Your Comment Cancel […]

Swiss signage network begins rollout

Following installations in Poland and Germany, the company has now expanded into the Swiss market with the installation of screens in 59 BP sites across the country. The network in Switzerland will reach 50 million adults every fortnight, with roll-out also set to take place in neighbouring Austria later this year. Amscreen will be working with Swiss media partner The Goldbach Group which will be selling space on the network. Screen content is updated remotely and in realtime. Your Comment Cancel reply

Victoria Hotel in Donetsk refurbs audio system

A QSC ILA line array comprising 16 WL2082-i elements (eight left, eight right) and four WL118-sw subwoofers was used in the main conference hall at the Victoria. The array was driven by a combination of four PLX3102 amps, plus a PLX1104 and an RMX 5050, and managed by an SC28 system controller. A slightly smaller version of the same system was used in the main hotel restaurant, with eight WL2082-i elements, six WL118-sw subs, and a pair of PLX3102 amps Your Comment Cancel reply

U.K. Company Fined After Teen Worker Suffers Burns, Vision Damage in Chemical Expsoure

In January 2012, a 16-year-old employee of Motorhouse 2000 Ltd., a vehicle repair company located in England, suffered burns and damaged vision when toxic paint stripper splashed into his face. The U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fined the employer £4,000, or roughly $6,000, and ordered Motorhouse to pay costs totaling £6,319 (approximately $9,576). Bret Thomas, a high school student from Cannock, England, was told to assist an employee who was refilling the wheel-stripping tank. The employee poured toxic paint stripper from plastic containers into the tank and then passed the containers to Thomas, who was removing, cutting and disposing the labels. As Thomas cut the last label, the plastic […]

OSHA Stakeholder Meetings to Address Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA has scheduled a series of three stakeholder meetings to discuss crane operator certification requirements in its Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Interested stakeholders may still register for the third and final meeting, which will be held 1:30-4:30 p.m. on April 3 in Washington, D.C. The stakeholder meetings will focus on the effectiveness of crane operator certification to ensure that crane operators can safely operate equipment, as well as the level of competence and safe operation that certification ensures. OSHA is seeking information from the public on: The usefulness of certifying operators for different capacities of cranes. The risks of allowing an operator to operate all capacities of cranes […]

’Tis the Season for ASC Applications

Let’s not even discuss how it’s officially springtime and yet I woke up yesterday to several inches of messy, slushy snow on the ground. Let’s turn instead to a more predictable season. I’m talking, of course, about the America’s Safest Companies (ASC) application season, when organizations with top-notch safety programs strive to be named on of America’s safest. I’m pleased to tell you that Sandy and I already received our first ASC application last week. (For those of you who prefer to save these things until the last minute, rest assured that you have until July 15 to get your own application into your hands.) This initial application is just […]

The Ehrlich Brothers supply a touch of magic to stage design

Photo: Ralph@Larmann Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Television Studio was chosen to replace an existing analog production switcher with a fully digital one. As well as being a magician, Chris Ehrlich also designed the AV system for the tour. The SDI system is responsible for handling all the video, audio and DMX lighting control signals. Footage is distributed over SDI to three destinations – three backstage tv screens, two big screens on stage and a capture device as backup. Both the front of house projector and backstage tvs require an analog signal and so Blackmagic’s Mini Converters are used to convert the signal from SDI. Your Comment Cancel reply

Hamburg Ohnsorg theatre chooses line arrays

Alcons Ohnsorg theater The musical productions required a more powerful sound while maintaining high speech intelligibility. The LR7 micro line array and the VR and SR pro-ribbon series from Alcons were chosen for the 414-capacity venue. The new venue is a former office building, so the sound system has architectural limitations. Due to the limited space a centre cluster system was the only way to cover the stalls and balcony. The Stage Systems team from Gelsenkirchen installed a centre cluster of six Alcons LR7. In the frontal stage area 2x VR8 compact monitors and 2x BF302 bass systems are used. Your Comment Cancel reply

Göransson Arena in Sweden installs automation system to become a multi-purpose venue

Goransson Arena, Sandviken The 13,000 square metre venue is used for sports like bandy, ice racing and football, and is also a 13,000 capacity concert arena. The arena is in daily use for sports and has an additional schedule numbering over 50 different events each year. Anderson and Co’s system design included 700 metres of Prolyte trussing, 72x fixed-speed 2-tonne CM Lodestar hoists with three Kinesys Elevation 24-channel positioning controllers, and a Kinesys’ Vector user-interface for overall control. Your Comment Cancel reply

The Health Incentive: Employers Encourage Workers to Take Action on Health

Increasingly, employers are using incentives in an attempt to urge workers to take steps to improve their health, according to new survey results from Aon Hewitt. Incentives may come in the form of a reward, such as payment for reducing body mass index, or by imposing a consequence if the employee does not make a required step, such as completing a health survey. Either way, U.S. employers are becoming more involved in encouraging the work force to take action on behalf of their health. “Employers recognize the first step in getting people on a path to good health is providing employees and their families with the opportunity to become informed […]