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Draft Control Cabling and Hoist Standards Available for Review Through Christmas
2006-11-09

BSR E1.27-2, Entertainment Technology—Standard for Permanently Installed Control Cables for Use with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) and USITT DMX512/1990 Products, is available for public review through 25 December 2006. The draft standard describes the types of cable to be used to interconnect products that comply with ANSI E1.11-2004 (DMX512-A) or with USITT DMX512/1990 in permanent installations. The description includes definitions of acceptable cable and connector types and the ways in which they may be used. The draft standard and its supporting public review materials are available at http://www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

BSR E1.6-1, Entertainment Technology—Powered Winch Hoist Systems, also is available for public review through 25 December. The draft standard is part of the BSR E1.6 powered theatrical rigging system project. This part, BSR E1.6-1, deals with powered winches that are not serially manufactured electric chain hoists, and is intended to establish requirements for the design, manufacture, inspection, and maintenance of powered winch hoisting systems for lifting and suspending loads in theatres and other places of public assembly where the failure of such systems could endanger life or limb of performers, audience members, workers, or the general public. The draft standard and its supporting public review materials are available at http://www.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.

In addition to being asked to review the documents to see if they offer adequate advice, reviewers are asked to look for protected intellectual property in the draft standards. ESTA does not warrant that its standards contain no protected intellectual property, but it also does not intend to adopt any standard that requires the use of protected intellectual property, unless that property is necessary for technical reasons and can be licensed and used by anyone without prejudice or preference for a reasonable fee. Any protected intellectual property in the document should be pointed out in the comments.

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