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MDG ATMe Auto Refill Haze System – a Permanent Solution for indigo at the O2
UK – London’s live music venue, indigo at the O2, is the first venue in the UK to install a permanent, integral MDG ATMe AR (Auto Refill) haze system.
The ATMe AR system consists of a remote 25lt pressurised fluid reservoir (PFR) and 47lt CO2 vapour supply that automatically feed two MDG ATMe AR haze generators rigged at high level within the venue. The remote PFR and gas supplies are situated outside the building in easily accessible sheltered locations for quick and easy maintenance and restocking, without the need to access the ATMe AR generators in the rig.
“We chose the MDG ATMe AR system because we wanted a permanent, controllable, high quality solution that was low maintenance and completely reliable,” says Rob Burrows, technical manager at indigo at the O2.
“The major advantage of the AR system is that any consumables are not deployed at the difficult-to-access generator end, so we don't need to take the fluid to the machines in their elevated positions, or access them outside of the standard annual service,” says Burrows. “We simply refill the reservoir in one the easily accessible location and it keeps both the ATMe AR units fed remotely. The gas supply is the same with the CO2 gas cylinder stored outside under the shelter of the Dome’s tent-like structure. This leaves us free to rig the ATMe AR generators in inconspicuous places so no-one knows where they are – and there you have it – invisible machines, invisible effect!”
The MDG ATMe AR system was designed by MDG, supplied by AC-Entertainment Technologies and installed by the resident team at indigo at the O2. The system uses non-corroding brass connectors and plastic semi-rigid pipework for maximum durability and ease of installation.
“The installation was a doddle!” says Burrows. “It took us just four hours in total - two hours to install the pipework and the rest to hang the machines. MDG designed a bespoke system to meet our requirements and it arrived ready to install from AC-ET. We just cut the pipes to length, installed and connected them using the push-fit connectors which were so quick and easy.”
So why choose MDG?
“MDG is, quite frankly, the best haze you can get,” confirms Burrows. “The the particles are so fine that you can’t see the haze until you shine a beam through it. It has a great hang time and is very controllable right down to the tiniest volume. The haze is pure white, so from a lighting designer’s perspective the lighting always looks wonderful. And from an artist’s point of view, because the installation is high up, there is no obvious source of haze, so the artists don't have the perception they are surrounded by haze. This is less distressing to an artist and leads to fewer complaints.”
Indigo at the O2 hosts an array of events, many of which are broadcast. “Haze is used heavily during broadcasts and looks good for camera,” says Burrows. “The ATMe AR produces a dry haze which means there are no problems of residue on the stage or the broadcast equipment beyond standard cleaning routines.”
Fluid consumption has proved exceedingly economical as, seven months after installation, the AR system had yet to be refilled. “We are delighted to have gone down the permanent installation route for our haze requirements and chosen to work with MDG,” concludes Burrows. “The system is super simple to manage – just a change of gas when required and an occasional refill of that massive reservoir. Having had years of previous experience with MDG, I have always loved the brand. Now the system is up and running my faith has been justified.”
photo: Luke Dyson
26th March 2019
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