Wenger Corporation Introduces New J.R. Clancy PowerLift & PowerLite Hoists

by | Aug 12, 2021 | Gear, News, Production

Wenger Corporation announces the new J.R. Clancy PowerLift Hoist, designed to provide more capability, and the PowerLite hoist, offering added flexibility and options.

“Our engineering team did it again by creating two hoists that allow us to better serve the needs of theatres and performing arts centers of all sizes,” says Patrick Finn, Wenger Corporation Performing Arts Product Manager. “We built on our proven hoist capabilities to allow more venues to take advantage of the safety and convenience of motorized rigging.”

The PowerLift Hoise is stated to handle capacities of up to 2,500 pounds, so it can be used for heavier shell ceiling and electric sets. The new variable speed models also allow for larger scenery sets and main curtains to be motorized.

PowerLift includes the option of having up to 49 feet of travel with eight lines, and up to a 62 feet of travel with seven lines. It comes with load sensing as standard, a redundant braking system, and is ANSI E1.6 compliant. It can be mounted from underneath roof steel, vertically on the offstage wall, or upright on a grid.

The PowerLite hoist is designed as an economical entry into motorized rigging. Load sensing and a redundant braking system are standard, while an optional continuous beam is intended to mitigate horizontal forces, helping to enable installations in facilities with light weight roof steel.

Repeatability is built into the hoist using the same single layer cable drum system as the PowerLift. It comes with both fixed and variable speed options, has up to 49 feet of travel with eight lines, and offers either underhung or vertical installation options.

“Wenger Corporation and J.R. Clancy have a rich history of innovation,” concludes Rakhi Malik, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. “We strive to understand the needs of our customers and provide solutions that can deliver enhanced performance, safety and value. The PowerLift and PowerLite hoists are the first of several J.R. Clancy products to launch in 2021. Next up is our expanded line of Vantis™ Motion Control Systems that will provide the industry with enhanced options for motorized rigging control.”

J.R. Clancy

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