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Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC

Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC
Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC

Worldwide – Doughty Engineering is preparing for a busy few months of trade shows, starting with IBC in Amsterdam (13-17 September) and PLASA in London (15-17 September). This will be followed by PLSME in Dubai (15-17 October) and LDI in Las Vegas (22-24 November).

The popular Lightweight Lighting Stand which made its debut back in 2017 and has proven to be a hugely successful piece of kit for the broadcast market, will be one of the main features on the IBC stand. Mark Chorley, design engineer explained: “While it may not look like a particularly complex item, the feedback from the industry has been fantastic. It takes all the principles of our popular Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, smarter model. The stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted and both ends to allow cables to run discreetly inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated into the top of the stand which can take an industry standard 28mm spigot and, when used in conjunction with a speaker adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers. It really is ideal for use across the broadcast and live events industry.”

The company will also exhibit a range of its popular clamps, pantographs and Studio Rail – all best sellers within the sector. “Over the years, we’ve really got to know what our broadcast customers want. We’ve refined designs and created new prototypes based on the conversations and feedback we get from customers visiting our stand. IBC is a really important show to us, even more so since learning that the London-based BVE show won't go ahead in 2020. Networking and connecting on the trade show floor with people who can really help us hone our product offering so that we are making products that people want is vital. We are looking forward to a very productive few days in The Netherlands,” said Mark.

Meanwhile at PLASA, the new Fifty Clamp, Scaff Boom Arm and Heavy Duty Boom Arm are set to be the main talking points on stand B50. Dan Phillips, special projects manager, will be manning the stand with Laurence Dyer and other members of the Doughty team. “We’ve been exhibiting at PLASA for years and every year brings something new. For us, it is the ideal platform to launch new products to a wide audience but it’s also where we do a lot of research which is fed back to our R&D department. The products we bring to shows like PLASA as prototypes are often the result of many conversations and suggestions that we’ve had with our customers on the stand," he said.

The Fifty Clamp was launched at LDI in 2018. Since its debut, the clamp which has a safe working load of 50kg and is the big brother of the best-selling Twenty Clamp, has quickly become just as popular. “We spent a lot of time developing and refining the Fifty Clamp,” explained Dan. “Based on the success of the Twenty Clamp which launched several years ago, we knew there was a market for a clamp that could take a safe working load of 50kg."

He continued: " The Fifty Clamp has TUV approval, a SWL of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm to 51mm. It is made from pressure die cast aluminium which prevents damage to thin wall truss. The stepped base is designed to captivate with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit."

Laurence added: "Our new Boom Arms have really taken off this year; the Heavy Duty version offers riggers an attractive solution that can take the weight of a moving light without the need for a brace. It has a safe working load of 50kg which should be more than sufficient for the majority of situations. For anyone wanting to hang a light weighing more than this, our Braced Boom Arm has a safe working load of up to 100kg. Meanwhile our Scaff Boom Arm is making its way into more and more riggers' toolkits. It's a fantastic 'get out of jail' item which will allow the rigger to make their own boom arm out of materials they have to hand, just cut it down to size. It will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube and while we can't quote a safe working load for this item, each piece of kit comes with a loading chart which is also available in our Little Blue Book and also on the Doughty website."

13th September 2019

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