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    Last week we finalized the process for ETL certification and soon our control equipment will carry official ETL labels. ETL is a nationally recognized testing lab, much like UL, and their listing is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards. By having ETL certification, CCI is now authorized to make listed industrial control panels, which is helpful when the equipment is being inspected by local electrical inspectors. As an interesting side note, we did not have to make any electrical changes to any of our products to pass the inspection, which is a nice validation of the high quality work we do here.  

Creative Conners Business

We love our deck sheaves, and we hear that lots of other people love them too. They’re quiet, thin and designed specifically for theatrical applications. Playwrights Horizons liked theirs so much they asked us to build some spot blocks with the same features. So we designed and fabricated (and even painted!) four new models of pulleys and we were so happy with the result that we are adding them to the product line. Now that Royal has joined the shop as Product Engineer, we have streamlined the design for mass production and we are working with Clark-Reder Engineering to obtain an official load-rating.  We will start selling the new Spot Block models in October.

Our new Spot Block product line uses a 2” Mega-Coupler for attachment to 1.5” pipe or 2” truss tube. We are making both singles- and double-sheave versions with either 3.5” or 5” diameter sheaves. The cost for the 3.5” size will be $235 for the single sheave and $390 for the double. The 5” diameter blocks will cost $265 for the single and $450 for the double.

The shop, the staff, and the product line are all expanding at CCI. We have more new products in the pipeline and we’ll share a sneak peek as soon as we can.