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Gareth at the Mill

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Gareth at the Mill

Here’s a great shot of Gareth at the mill making our track dogs. For years the dogs have been made from white HDPE, but we recently switched to black Delrin. This is what happens when you mill Delrin with the fan on behind you!



Help Wanted


If you’ve been following along with our updates, you’ll know that things are really swinging around here, which is awesome. So now we’re looking for another ace to join our company as a fabricator. Here’s a list of the skills we’re looking for:

  • Welding
  • Machining
  • Electronic assembly (soldering and wiring)

If you, or anyone you know, has one or more of those skills, let us know, we’re hiring. Just email or call us at 401-289-2942.


Creative Conners at LDI



Very exciting news today – We’re going to exhibit this year at LDI and we have booked our booth! If you’re going to Las Vegas for this year’s show (Oct 19-21), come by and see us, we’ll be in booth #663. We’ll have all of our stock products with us, hooked up and running in the booth and we’ll have laptops stationed throughout so you can write your own cues. We’d love to get a chance to meet you face-to-face, so come check it out. See you there!


Left Coast Visit

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Last Wednesday, I (Gareth) headed out to Berkeley CA for a one-day training class at Berkeley Rep. The crew at Berkeley Rep have been long-time customers and have a great arsenal of gear, but they had a pile of questions built up over the years and rather than a string of emails or telephone calls we figured a day together would be a great way to answer specific questions, look at specific rigs, and give a refresher to the staff. I had a great time meeting the new members of their team, and reconnecting with the veterans. We spent the day talking about automation concepts, digging into the Spikemark software, troubleshooting some misbehaving equipment, and discussing best practices. It was a lot of fun and there were several big “Aha!” moments for the group.

Looking forward to a visiting another theatre, who’s next 😉

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby


Last week, while Gareth was moving the last of the Creative Conners gear from his garage to the shop, he unearthed the Original Stagehand. This little guy was only used once, for Creative Conners’ first customer, Williamstown Theatre Festival. After that, Gareth used custom cases for the stock Stagehands, but they were still wall mounted for a couple of years before switching to the tower style case (which has the holes for wall mounting).

If you’re interested in the history of the product development, the original focus of the system was DC motors. But the customers wanted more AC controllers than DC and now we only sell a few DC controllers each year, and in fact we don’t offer DC motors on any of our machines.

If you don’t like the purple, don’t tell Gareth, he always wanted the gear to be purple, but that’s a custom color for the powder coating, which is an additional cost.




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