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October 18, 2018 - Revised Standard Published, Two Posted for Public Review
Three bits of news from ESTA's Technical Standards Program: one revised standard published, one revised standard available for public review, and one standard available for public review for reaffirmation (no changes planned).

September 25, 2018 - ESTA Publishes New Standard for Raked Stages
ANSI E1.60 – 2018, Guidelines for the Use of Raked Stages in Live Performance Environments, was approved by ANSI's Board of Standards Review on Friday, September 21, and published on Monday, September 24. It can be downloaded at no cost from the ESTA TSP website at http://tsp.esta.org/freestandards. The no-cost download is made possible by the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It may be purchased for $40 from ANSI and IHS at https://webstore.ansi.org/ and https://global.ihs.com/ respectively.

September 24, 2018 - ESTA Posts Revised Standard for Mounting Overhead Equipment for Public Review
BSR E1.53, a revision of ANSI E1.53-2016, Overhead mounting of luminaires, lighting accessories, and other portable devices: specification and practice, has been posted for public review on the ESTA website at http://estalink.us/pr. The standard covers specifications for the primary and secondary mounting devices for portable stage and studio luminaires and accessories (e.g., c-clamps and safety cables). It also covers their use. The existing standard is being revised to clarify marking requirements and environmental considerations. Comments are due before November 20.

August 28, 2018 - ESTA Posts Four Documents for Public Review
BSR E1.29 - 2009 (R2014), Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil 
This standard is being considered for reaffirmation. It's intended to help guide product safety testing laboratories in evaluating fog-making equipment for design or construction defects that might create unacceptable hazards. It is based on UL 998 - 2006, Humidifiers, with modifications. Products covered are theatrical fog generators intended for use in professional theatrical entertainment, film and video production, theme parks, and fire safety training.

August 08, 2018 - ESTA posts two documents for public review
E1.33 - 201x, Entertainment Technology -- (RDMnet) -- Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) over IP Networks: This standard defines a method for carrying E1.20 (RDM) messages over IP networks. It also defines a scalable architecture for RDM message transmission that allows multi-controller environments with tens of thousands of RDM Responders. Additionally, a minimal protocol is defined for carrying non-RDM data over the same architecture.

July 26, 2018 - ESTA Posts Three Standards for Review
Three documents have been posted for public review on the ESTA website at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to comment on them. Two of the documents are reaffirmations of existing standards; one is a proposed new standard. The reviews run through September 24; please comment before September 25 starts. The documents are:

July 13, 2018 - ANSI Approves Standard to Prevent Falls from Stages
On Friday the 13th, the ANSI Board of Standards Review approved a revised version of ANSI E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms. The standard has been revised to address changes to the OSHA regulations for fall protection, while keeping the document's useful guidance for preventing falls from stages into the orchestra pit or the house.

July 09, 2018 - ESTA Plugfest sACN Round Table!
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of “sACN Universe Synchronization” will be broadcast live on Sunday July 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 P.M., CDT.

June 12, 2018 - ESTA Plugfest Announces RDMnet Prototypes!
The organizers of the ESTA Plugfest are pleased to announce that RDMnet prototypes constructed to the most current version of draft standard E1.33, Transport of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) in an E1.31 environment, will be available for Plugfest 2018 participants.

June 12, 2018 - ESTA Plugfest Announces RDMnet Prototypes!
The organizers of the ESTA Plugfest are pleased to announce that RDMnet prototypes constructed to the most current version of draft standard E1.33, Transport of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) in an E1.31 environment, will be available for Plugfest 2018 participants.

March 23, 2018 - ESTA Plugfest Returns!
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability is scheduled to take place from July 20 to July 23 at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event.

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