Category: EK Product News

Electro Kabuki Refurbishment Service

We engineered Electro Kabuki to be rugged and tough. But many EK systems exist in rugged and tough environments, so heavy-handed treatment and the odd breakage is almost inevitable.

On occasions, a dropper module inadvertently gets dropped itself. Yes, they usually bounce but a post-trauma check-over might be prudent. Sometimes cables are wrenched unceremoniously from their connectors. We designed them to separate cleanly at a specific force and shed the retaining ring so all should be well, but again, a test is advisable.

At Electro Kabuki HQ, we offer a full test and refurbish service for every component within the EK system. No one knows Electro Kabuki like us. So no one is better qualified to test, refurbish and certify the EK dropper modules, link cables and all other parts for your peace of mind.

Contact us to take advantage of our refurbishment service. It will ensure that your Electro Kabuki system continues to operate perfectly – guaranteeing a flawless kabuki drop first time, every time.

Flexible enough to send you round the bend!

With Electro Kabuki, riggers can go right round the bend! Unlike some systems, Electro Kabuki dropper modules are individual units, each featuring independent mounting options.

Use a Manfrotto clamp fixed to the top or back of the module. Mount dropper modules back-to-back with our special bracket (ideal for two-stage flop & drop reveals). Or use your own mechanism to attach the module to a truss.

Whatever the mounting preference, it puts no constraints on rigging a series of Electro Kabuki dropper modules on a curved path. Or in a complete circle, as used in many prestigious shows.

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Absolutely no problem if it rains on your parade.

Yes, unlike other theatrical reveal systems, Electro Kabuki dropper modules and cables are fully weatherproof.

We use military-grade, sealed connectors in the design, and industrial levels of weatherproofing for the dropper module housing – the action-end of an Electro Kabuki system (that’s one of them, above, lying in the snow to prove its hardy credentials).

It means you can rig Electro Kabuki outdoors and use it dependably time-after-time, come rain or snow. No more fiddling with plastic bags as clouds loom over your festival. The show will go on.

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Electro Kabuki – Always Ex-Stock

Sometimes the day after tomorrow isn’t soon enough. It may be a small point, but we know fast delivery is often a big issue for professionals in an industry that’s famous for tight deadlines. That’s why all Electro Kabuki components, parts, spares and systems are held in stock at our UK headquarters in Surrey, ready for immediate despatch worldwide.

In addition, our distributors also hold stock of Electro Kabuki parts and spares. That gives you plenty of ‘just-in-time’ options should you ever need something in a hurry.

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Silence is Golden!

Apologies to 60’s pop group The Tremeloes, but yes, silence really is golden. Especially so if you’re staging a theatrical reveal during an opera or ballet. Or a conspicuously quiet moment during a stage play, for that matter.

Did you know that Electro Kabuki’s dropper modules are completely silent? They go about their job reliably and 100% dependably without so much as a whisper, let alone a shout.

But we really should shout about it!

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Circuit 1 versus Circuit 2 – What Does it Mean?

Electro Kabuki dropper modules are internally hard-wired at the time of manufacture and designated as ‘Circuit 1’ or ‘Circuit 2’. The designation of each module is marked on the product label and stamped into the metal load-hook jaw.

If you’re rigging a simple drop, you will want all your dropper modules to actuate in one go. In this case, it makes no difference whether you use Circuit 1, Circuit 2 or a mixture of both. The firing box allows you to fire them all simultaneously.

Circuit 1 or Circuit 2 dropper module designation only becomes significant when you rig a more sophisticated reveal effect, like a flop and drop or phased drop (see the EK System page for configuration examples). And the good news is that you can still control these advanced effects from a single firing box, connected to the rig by just one cable.

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Fancy your EK with no strings attached? Let us know what you think.

We’re looking at options to take EK wireless – hence the ‘no strings attached’ headline. Should really be ‘no cables attached’, but you get the idea.

We already have EK users out there in entertainment land who have implemented their own wireless EK systems. Our friends at Wiltshire-based Quantum SFX developed their own control system based around our EK modules. They often deploy this wireless kabuki drop solution as part of their remit in staging prestigious events. If you need a pyrotechnics and special effects company to stage your event, give Quantum a call.

Our other options include developing our own wireless solution. A feasibility study is on our schedule. What we’d really like to know is the potential level of interest. We design and build EK modules and controllers. So no one knows the innermost details of Electro Kabuki engineering like us, which is why we’re favourably disposed to the notion of wireless.

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Great EK editorial coverage in Germany

Respected German publication, KEM Konstruktion, requested editorial information on Electro Kabuki for its Hannover Fair preview edition. The magazine covers equipment and technology used in staging, theatres, cinemas and product launches, so we were only too happy to oblige. Colleagues at our parent company in Germany – Magnet Schultz Memmingen – are exhibiting Electro Kabuki among the organisation’s electromechanical products and solutions on show at the trade fair.

The KEM article gave us a fine opportunity to explain the innovative engineering features in EK while providing some valuable additional awareness in a country known for its dynamic theatrical market and heritage.

You can check out the EK editorial coverage in KEM Konstruktion online or in the PDF version of the printed magazine also viewable online. You’ll need to scroll to page 44 for the latter. And you’ll need to be able to read German to understand either!

It’s worth pointing out that the Hannover Fair is the world’s leading trade event for industrial technology, and one of the largest too. This year it takes place at the Hannover Messe from 23rd to 27th April. If you’re able to visit the show, be sure to see the Electro Kabuki display on the MSM stand H07 in Hall 15.

Reveal up to 4 Thai Ladyboys with the new EK Firing Box!

A new basic firing box has been added to the EK accessory line-up. The 4-way box is only termed ‘basic’ because it deploys the straightforward push-button firing mechanism of the standard Basic Firing Box – but this new model offers the ability to fire up to four strings of EK modules, one string at a time, so there’s nothing ‘basic’ about that.

With simplicity in mind, the new firing box features a rotary switch to select each of the circuits.

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Get DMX Automation from an EK Starter Pack

Since its introduction a couple of years back, our Basic EK Starter Pack has been pleasingly successful in helping to introduce staging professionals to the benefits, and rock-solid reliability, of Electro Kabuki.

For many of these people, being able to prove the dependability of the EK system before deploying it in anger at a high-profile event was key. And our special Starter Pack pricing means a minimal investment, which makes the whole thing affordable. It’s worth mentioning that a very high percentage of Starter Pack users have gone on to extend their EK systems significantly.

We began to notice an increasing number of EK enquiries asking about DMX control. It’s clear that some people need this automation option from the outset. As it turned out, that proved to be the case in many instances, but there was another motivator…

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