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August 14, 2017 - ANSI Approves E1.50-1 And It Is Published

ANSI approves E1.50-1 standard for supporting video displays
On August 14 ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved ANSI E1.50-1 -- 2017, Requirements for the Structural Support of Temporary LED, Video & Display Systems. It was published by ESTA on the same day.

August 04, 2017 - 60K+ Standards Downloaded Thanks to ProSight Specialty Insurance
Since April 15, 2013, ESTA, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, has been able to offer all of its American National Standards and other published documents for download at no cost on their website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards. As of August 3, 2017, over 60,000 standards had been downloaded by over 10,000 users. This total for four years is more than an order of magnitude greater than the number of standards distributed in the 16 years the documents were only available for sale. These 60,000+ standards, if purchased, would have a retail value of over $1.8 million, but they have been distributed at no cost to the end-users in the entertainment industry, thanks to the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance.

August 04, 2017 - Six ESTA Standards in Public Review
Six standards are available for public review on the ESTA website at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Five have comment deadlines of 25 September 2017, but one is a week later, 2 October. People materially affected by these standards are invited to review them and to comment on them, saying they are acceptable as they are or are in need of changes.

June 27, 2017 - ESTA Plugfest V14.0 Round-Tables Available Via WebEx!
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers just announced that two live, informal round-table discussions taking place in conjunction with the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest in July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas will be made available to the general public via a free WebEx video conference.

May 08, 2017 - ESTA Publishes Rigging System Inspection Standard
Rigging system inspections are recommended as a component of theatrical workplace safety programs, but there are currently no industry-accepted guidelines for inspection frequency, who conducts the inspection, how the inspection is conducted, and what should be included in reports. The lack of industry-accepted guidelines exists both for owner-conducted and third-party inspections.

April 27, 2017 - ESTA Plugfest v14.0
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their products for interoperability, is scheduled to take place from July 21 to July 25 at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Everyone is welcome to attend the 14th version of this event.

April 24, 2017 - BSR E1.58: First Public Review
BSR E1.58: First Public Review
The National Electrical Code (NFPA70) has a general requirement for all electrical equipment to be listed and used in accordance with its listing. This normally restricts or prohibits the outdoor use of equipment not identified for outdoor use, but, the Code contains an exception for Theatrical and Motion Picture Special Occupancies that permits this use provided the installation is supervised by qualified personnel. It offers no further guidance on this condition. The Electrical Power Working Group of ESTA's Technical Standards Program has written BSR E1.58 – 201X, Electrical Safety Standard for Portable Stage and Studio Equipment Used Outdoors, a new draft standard, in an effort to offer that guidance. It is being offered for public comment through 19 June 2017.

March 28, 2017 - Two ESTA Standards in Public Review
Two ESTA Standards in Public Review Two ESTA draft standards have been posted for public review at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Descriptions and deadlines for comments are as follows:

March 28, 2017 - The Full E1.6 Suite is Open for Revision
Two Rigging Working Group standards have been announced as open for revision: E1.6-3, Selection and Use of Serially Manufactured Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, and E1.6-4, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry. The first two parts of the E1.6 suite for powered hoist systems, E1.6-1 and E1.6-2, were both opened for revision last year, so now all four parts are open for revision to address outdated references, correct errors, include new technologies, and stay coherent as a suite of standards.

February 06, 2017 - Open for Revision: E1.31, a.k.a. sACN
E1.31, Entertainment Technology—Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN, describes a mechanism to transfer DMX512 A packets over a TCP/IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management. It also outlines a synchronization method to help ensure that multiple sinks can process this data concurrently when supervised by the same controller. E1.31 was last revised in 2016 to incorporate DMX512A universe synchronization. The Control Protocols Working Group is now opening the document for revision limited to the incorporation of IPv6 and to correct errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time.

February 06, 2017 - Public Comment Period Open for Five ESTA Draft Standards
Five Technical Standards Program draft standards are newly posted for public comment. These documents are all up for reaffirmation by their respective working groups, meaning they have been published for as long as five years and the consensus body is considering republishing them with no substantive changes. Comments on the draft standards will be accepted through the end of the day on 3 April 2017. Download the documents, review instructions, and review forms at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

January 10, 2017 - Industry Pledges to Save the TSP

51 Companies and Individuals Pledge to Save the TSP – Join Them Today

When ESTA learned it would be losing a long-term source of revenue, the association faced the loss of almost a third of its income in 2017. The immediate impact of this is to endanger the survival of ESTA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). The ramifications of this would be enormous to the entertainment technology industry. Upon hearing of the situation, Ford Sellers, Senior Product Manager at Chauvet Lighting, commented “The work that is done by the TSP is indispensable. It is central to our industry…In fact, it is what makes us an industry, instead of just a bunch of individual projects.”

 

January 10, 2017 - Plugfest to Broadcast Round-Table Discussions via WebEx
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced today that two live, informal round-table discussions will be made available to the general public via a free WebEx video conference.

January 09, 2017 - 51 Companies and Individuals Pledge to Save the TSP Join Them Today
When ESTA learned it would be losing a long-term source of revenue, the association faced the loss of almost a third of its income in 2017. The immediate impact of this is to endanger the survival of ESTA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). The ramifications of this would be enormous to the entertainment technology industry. Upon hearing of the situation, Ford Sellers, Senior Product Manager at Chauvet Lighting, commented “The work that is done by the TSP is indispensable. It is central to our industry…In fact, it is what makes us an industry, instead of just a bunch of individual projects.”

November 04, 2016 - ESTA Plugfest Adds Round Table Discussions
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced today that informal round table discussions for product developers have been added to the event’s program. Subject matter experts from the Control Protocols Working Group will share their knowledge on RDM Proxy servers, RDM Queued Messages, RDM Status Messages and sACN IGMP support.

October 14, 2016 - Three More ESTA Standards Approved, Published
On Tuesday, October 11, the Secretary of ANSI's Board of Standards Review issued notices that three more ESTA standards had been approved as American National Standards. They are now published and available on the ESTA website. In alphanumeric order, the new standards are:

October 05, 2016 - US Navy Adopts ESTA's E1.6 for Entertainment Hoists
The June 2016 edition of NAVFAC P-307, a publication of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Crane Center Weight Handling Program Management, has a new section 13 entitled “Entertainment Hoists.” The section calls out hoists systems identified in their equipment history files as being “entertainment hoists” and conforming to the design and manufacturing requirements in ANSI E1.6 as being different from hoists and cranes used for material handling and construction, and therefore being subject to different rules for their use and maintenance. Those rules include being maintained and operated in accordance with the ANSI E1.6 standards and the OEM recommendations.

NAVFAC P-307 can be downloaded from https://www.navfac.navy.mil/ncc. NAVFAC P-307 JUNE 2016 is at the top of the “USEFUL LINKS” list on the right. (The NAVFAC website's security certificate is invalid, so you may get a security warning from your browser. However, nothing malicious downloads when you click past the warning.)

September 14, 2016 - New Project: The Event Safety Guide, second edition

The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) have agreed on a joint copyright that will allow a second edition of The Event Safety Guide to be developed as an American National Standard (ANS). To take on the project, a new working group is being created within ESTA's Technical Standards Program (TSP) called the Event Safety Working Group (ESWG). Leading the new group will be co-chairs Dr. Donald Cooper, Executive Director of the ESA, and Richard Nix, Director of Engineering & Standards for ZFX, Inc. Dr. Cooper brings a wealth of experience to the project as the Editor of the first edition of the Guide and former Ohio State Fire Marshal. Mr. Nix brings the experience of a long career in the entertainment technology field, is co-chair of the TSP's Stage Lifts Working Group, and has been heavily involved in writing standards with the TSP since 1996.