When installing your Rotator, the first thing you need to consider is space. The Rotator is 36”(L) x 36”(W) x 8-1/4”(H). You will need to make sure the Rotator fits where you want. The Rotator should only be installed in one orientation with the base of the Rotator installed and fastened to your Stage Floor. (*DO NOT mount the Rotator inverted, the slew drive at the center of the Rotator must stay upright or else it’s lubricant will leak out*). The base of the Rotator comes with a grid of holes for 5/8” hardware spaced 4” apart and 2” from each side. Depending on how large of a scenic piece you plan on moving, you may not need to use all the holes to secure the Rotator to your floor, deck, or platform system.
Important Note: The Rotator can move impressive loads generating up to 8140 ft-lbs of torque. It is the responsibility of the end user to provide adequate hardware connections between the Rotator and the floor, such that the machine remains attached to the floor during a Category-0 stop.
Additionally, the Rotator, itself, weighs just over 500lbs. Take careful consideration when handling and transporting your machine. It is handy to store the machine on a pallet or crate and to use a pallet jack to move it around your space. To lift the machine into place, the rotator is built with 4 lifting points for you to use a chain fall, chain hoist, a couple butch crew members, or other lifting device designed to lift more than 500lbs in oder to move the machine into place.
You must move the Rotator into place keeping the base of the Rotator parallel to the floor. Standard rigging practices should be used when lifting and positioning the Rotator.
In your pre-planning and design of scenery, pay attention to any parts of scenery that are located in the same vertical plane as the machine, i.e, Casters, Baseboards, Trim, etc. The center pivot is not centered on the machine, so pay careful attention that any under-hanging components of your scenery (e.g. bolt heads, cable swags, etc,) will not catch or collide with your Rotator.
Your Rotator comes with a top plate for you to attach your scenery to. Like securing the Rotator to the floor, the top attachment plate come with many holes for ⅝” hardware to attach your scenery. You may find that you do not need to use that many fasteners, but pay attention to how heavy your scenery is when choosing how many fasteners you use.
It is important to note: The Rotator has been designed without limit switches. This way, you can rotate your scenery forever and ever. However, you may decide to use the Rotator to pivot a large piece of scenery, and your risk assessment may dictate that limits are necessary. If this is the case, drop us a line. We can build you a breakout squid to incorporate external limits switches into your system.