Looking back at 2015


We're at the start of a new year, with lots of festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other events in the near future. It will be a busy year for everyone but lets also make it a safe year.
In 2015 Prolyte launched a new website with many new blogs and other knowledge items. This might be a good moment to look back at the top 10 knowledge pages you liked most. We wish you all a healthy, safe and inspiring 2016.

Raking a truss, which point takes the load?

Still a fresh one, but also one of the best read technical blogs. We all know that lighting designers sometimes increase the dynamics of their design by raking the lighting trusses. Some designs have moving pods or fingers, to create stunning effects, like with synchronized motion control. Clearly, this increases the complexity of your truss. Read the whole blog about raking a truss.


Prolyte Truss Exchange Programme

Not really a knowledge item, but as it's one of 2015 most popular pages it should be in this list. The Prolyte Truss Exchange Programme is a programme that enables all companies to find a structured way to exchange redundant truss for brand-new Prolyte truss. You can still benefit from this offer until May 1st 2016.


Can I combine with brands that say they have “Prolyte compatible” truss?

From a distance all trusses look the same. On closer examination, however, differences become apparent. Joining together trusses from different manufacturers places a high risk of liability on different parties: the user, the employer, the owner and the manufacturer/distributor. Read the blog by Matthias Moeller, Senior Technical Advisor at Prolyte Group.

Rigging and such: Orientation of Bow Shackles

Much can be said on the orientation of bow shackles, but the most important thing is the direction of the force(s). The bow is designed to absorb a bridle force, where the pin side only is to be loaded perpendicular to that pin. Read everything about the bow shackles in this blog by Rinus Bakker.

Better get insurance

There are sometimes good reasons to doubt the quality of a manufacturer, especially if they manufacture, not hindered by any knowledge, 5 or more different types of connection systems.


Stick to the nodes

Nodes are those points in truss structures where the diagonals meet the chords to form the triangular patterns that give us these weight effective load bearing structures. You should realise that, when slinging the truss and lifting it by manual or electric chain hoists, the machine capacity can be over the truss capacity. Learn more about nodes in this technical blog.



BlackBook 2015

In 2015 the new English BlackBook was released and you have all massively requested a copy. With its cult status as a technical bible for technicians all over the globe, the Prolyte BlackBook is a must read. It contains a wealth of technical information, do's and don'ts and practical tips and tricks. Haven't read it? Have a look here at the BlackBook page.



Prolyte Campus

Prolyte Campus is a Prolyte Group initiative to support its customers with the best and most up-to-date knowledge available. Providing the tools and training to use the Prolyte Group products safely and in compliance with applicable standards and regulations will help you perform better. The Prolyte Campus section gives you an overview of coming Prolyte Campus events, blogs, videos and more.



Slinging methods: Do we know 'm all?

Slinging of trusses is of course not the most common cause of accidents that involve truss structures. Beyond any doubt that would be overloading of the truss span itself or overloading of a chain motor. Negligence in planning or maintenance does play a role. Read the complete blog about slinging here.



Prolyte Brochures 2015

With in-depth commercial and practical information on all our product ranges, the ProlyteStructures, ProlyteSystems and StageDex brochures are well read. Enjoy these beautiful Prolyte brochures to find the solution that suits you.

Prolyte was shortlisted as the best possible manufacturer – a choice we never have regretted

Laurynas Paškevicius Stage Technical Service, Lithuania