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Happy Holidays from Creative Conners

This holiday season and throughout the new year, the staff at Creative Conners wishes you peace and joy.

 

Quid Pro Show: Creative Conners Referral Rewards Program

Word of mouth has always been our strongest marketing, and today we announce a new program to reward all of our friends who help spread the word of Creative Conners. Our Referral Rewards program is simple- If you tell someone about how awesome the CCI products are and they buy more than $4000 in gear, we will issue a $250 credit to both of you.

So make sure you tell your friends how much you like your CCI gear. Now there’s something in it for you. Check out all the details here, and thanks for getting the word out!

‘Deck the Halls’ Deck Hardware Sale!

Just in time for the holidays, Creative Conners has put its awesome line of deck hardware on sale, so now you know what to get for that special-someone. Our sheaves are made with all-steel frame construction and super-quiet aluminum Ralmark pulleys. Our deck dogs are made from HDPE for smooth tracking and quiet operation. Sheaves and Dogs by Creative Conners. Fabulous products at a fabulous holiday price.

Here are the great offers:

Mule deck sheave: Sale price $235. Save $50!

Turnaround deck sheave: Sale price $390. Save $100!

Double down deck sheave: Sale price $390. Save $100!

Double up deck sheave: Sale price $390. Save $100!

Deck dog: Sale price $350. Save $100!

Ready to buy? Email me at ian@creativeconners.com. Prices are good through January 31, 2012. Visit our website to see all of our awesome products.

 

Spikemark Tip: Turntable positioning

We often get questions from people who are having a hard time getting their turntable to hit a position, so we want to go over the quickest way of positioning a turntable and maybe clear up some of the confusion.

Every machine has an encoder that sends information to Spikemark as counts. In Spikemark, the user can choose to cue that piece of scenery using those counts, or translate them into inches, feet or degrees using a position scale. Inches and feet are great for linear movement, but for a turntable, the best way to represent the encoder counts is by having Spikemark translate them into degrees. Let’s look at how we do that.

Once you’ve connected the turntable machine to Spikemark, take a look at the Positioning Window in the Motor Editing Pane. Make sure that the Position Units is ‘counts’, Position Scale is set to ‘1’, and then reset the Position to ‘0’.

STOTM-turntable positioning_1

On the turntable, make a physical mark that lines up with a fixed mark on the stage. Then, using the manual control, move the turntable four complete turns until the mark once again lines up with the fixed mark. Note: You can rotate any number of complete turns- the more turns, the more accurate your result.

Next look at the motor in the cue grid and you will see a big number followed by ‘cts’.

STOTM-turntable positioning_2

That’s the number of counts that the encoder sent to Spikemark during four full revolutions of your turntable. Now  we need to determine a position scale with a little math. Let’s say you moved 2,983,996.8 counts in 1440 degrees (360 degrees * 4 turns). 2,983,996.8 / 1440 = 2072.22. That’s your position scale. Go back to the Position Window of the Motor Editing Pane, enter your position scale and change the Units to ‘Degrees’.

Now you’re done. If you want to move the turntable one full revolution, just set the target to 360 degrees more (or less) than where it currently is. Half a revolution is 180 degrees, 720 degrees will revolve the turntable twice, etc…

That’s it for the December Spikemark Tip of the Month. If you have an idea for something that you think could use a little explaining just leave us a comment or send me an email at ian@creativeconners.com.

A Winch in a Smaller Package

This week we shipped a custom winch for Daedalus Design and Production for use in the new tour of Einstein On The Beach. The frame measures just 16” x 20” x 10” high and weighs only 80 lbs., which puts it well below our Pushstick winch. It was a fun project and it was nice to have a machine in the shop that one person could carry around!

This winch was designed with a yo-yo style drum, with the cable wrapping on top of itself (like a yo-yo) as opposed to the standard winch drum style where each wrap lays in its own groove. We chose the yo-yo style because the effect didn’t require much travel and a yo-yo drum can be made out of waterjet-cut parts and assembled in-house. The winch is required to move a 2000 lb. wagon along a track at a very slow speed, so we chose a 1 HP motor with a 50:1 gearbox.

Daedalus also asked us to build a double-scissor lift platform that got us back into the hydraulics swing. And as we’ve been discovering almost everyday for the last 4 months, having a full-sized shop and some extra people makes a big difference.

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