Campus Sursee IP Chainhoist Control rigging system with cable-bound communication in CAMPUS SURSEE

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of CAMPUS SURSEE, the new multipurpose venue is opened. With an area of 800m2 and a modern infrastructure, it offers the perfect setting for a wide variety of events. An innovative rigging system combines maximum flexibility with highest safety. The cable-bound control system monitors the individual loads and lifting paths of the 24 GIS LP500 equipped with the Chain Hoist Modul TCP/IP from Data traffic is handled via TCP/IP and the system is conveniently controlled via a control panel with touch screen.

A wide variety of activities is held at short intervals at the Campus Sursee. For example, an association organises an event lasting several days and combines it with an exhibition, an innovative electric car is presented to an expert audience, or music concerts take place. Both state-of-the-art audio/video technology and fully motorised rigging ensure maximum flexibility in the new event hall. The two companies B+T Bild+Ton AG, Rothenburg, as general contractor, and GmbH, Fehraltorf, realise this rigging system together.

Safe flexibility

A space of about 800m2 (27.5m length and 29m width) can be divided into soundproofed halves if necessary. The event hall is equipped with 12 longitudinal trusses, which are held by a total of 24 GIS LP500 D8Plus electric chain hoists. From the hall ceiling, the supply for each truss is provided by a foldable energy chain. The basic equipment includes lights and loudspeakers (AV technology).
Each GIS motor is suspended to the hall ceiling as a climbing hoist and can be controlled individually, with the Chain Hoist Modul TCP/IP. Grouping them together enables the synchronous lifting and lowering of the trusses. Thanks to the excellent synchronisation, their precise positioning is always guaranteed. The control system seamlessly monitors each individual load and logs all movements. In case of overload, lifting is blocked, but controlled lowering is still possible.

Customised execution

Each motor contains both, a load sensor for load monitoring and an absolute encoder for measuring the lifting height. It has its own IP address and a TCP/IP communication interface integrated into the housing, with an external RJ45 socket – enabling a trouble-free communication.
The brain of the rigging system is in an adjoining room, which includes a 19″ rack, with the 19″ Server Controller (2HE), network switches and ports (POE) for the 24 motors. Thanks to cable-based communication, there is interference-free data traffic between the control panel, server and climbing hoists via the LAN. The system is operated with the Touch-Controller incl. Emergency Shutdown and a green Go button. After its network cable is connected to one of three communication sockets in the hall, the motors are displayed with current lift height and load: For the entire event hall or only one of the two halves, depending on the socket selected.

Individually, as a group or all together, but always safe!

The target height for a single or a group of chain hoists is now entered on the touch controller. Five predefined combinations can be selected quickly and conveniently. However, the operator can also compose a group individually. In addition, scenes can be programmed. With the desired lifting heights, they can be easily called up later. After the pre-settings have been made, lifting or lowering is performed by keeping the Go button pressed.

Technical data / fact sheet

  • 12 trusses are attached to a total of 24 GIS LP500 D8Plus electric chain hoists. Two motors each work as a climbing hoist and are suspended from the hall ceiling with their load hooks.
  • All circuit breakers and emergency stop relays for the electric chain hoists are located in a sub-distribution board.
  • Chain Hoist Modul TCP/IP on each motor for TCP/IP integration built into the housing, with communication socket on the outside.
  • 19″ Server Controller (2HE) for operation and monitoring