The Spotline is designed to be mounted in multiple configurations. The cable can enter and exit the frame on all sides.

The Spotline is designed to be mounted with 4 cheeseboros (2 on each cross pipe), it is important to follow the guidelines pictured in Figure 1.4 in which the cheeseboros are spaced within the dictated area. The distance between the edge of the cheeseboro and the nearest side plate cannot exceed 4” (see Figure 1.4).

The cheeseboros require a minimum safe working load (SWL) of 1100 pounds, Creative Conners Inc. recommends the use of The Light Source’s Mega Coupler. The Spotline cannot be supported in the middle of the cross pipe.

Connecting the Spotline to a Stagehand AC Pro

Prior to attaching the Spotline to a piece of scenery, it is important to confirm proper operation. To test the Spotline’s operation you will need a Stagehand Pro AC motor controller (refer to your Stagehand Pro AC manual for installation instructions. With the Stagehand Pro AC installed, make the following connections between the Spotline and Stagehand Pro AC:

  1. Connect the control connector to the Stagehand AC Pro.

  2. Connect the motor and brake connector to the Stagehand AC Pro.

  3. Using a network cable (RJ45 Cat5), connect the Ethernet socket to an Ethernet hub.

  4. Using a Showstopper cable (5-pin XLR) connect the

Showstopper to the E-Stop inlet on the Stagehand AC.

  1. After completing the steps outlined above follow the Preinstall Inspection Checklist on Page 11.

Testing Brake Functionality

The Stagehand Pro AC is equipped with a brake testing feature. This feature allows the end user to check the functionality of both brakes, motor and redundant brake. It is vital to perform this test on a regular basis, for directions on operating the test please refer to the Stagehand AC Pro manual.

Testing a motor

To confirm that your motor is properly connected to the Stagehand Pro AC you should test these conditions:

1. E-Stop – Release the E-Stop button on Showstopper. You should hear a “click” from inside the Stagehand, this is the E-Stop contactor closing. The LCD display should show that the E-Stop is released by switching the status display to:

“Not Connected” indicates that the Stagehand is not communicating with a computer running Spikemark.

  1. Brake release – Press the fwd jog button. You should hear a distinct “click” from your redundant brake quickly followed by the motor brake. This is the sound of the

brake releasing. Release the fwd job button. You should hear a click of the brakes engaging.

  1. Motor Motion – Press the fwd jog button and slowly turn the knob clockwise. The motor should begin moving. Turn the knob counterclockwise to slow the motor to a stop, then release the jog button. Repeat with the rev jog button.

  2. Encoder – When jogging the motor the LCD will display the encoder counts. While jogging the motor verify the counts are increasing while running in the forward direction and decreasing while running in the reverse direction.

  1. Limit Switches – Manually activate the ultimate forward limit and the forward limit then activate the ultimate reverse limit and reverse limit. The LCD display on the Stagehand should indicate when a limit is detected.

Figure 1.12

Manually Releasing the Brakes

Both the motor and redundant brake can be manually released if required by the user. The release handle for the motor brake is stored on the motor and is screwed into the slot on the top of the motor. The release handle for the redundant brake is attached to the hoist side plate closest to the motor. This handle threads into the yoke on the redundant brake. See figure 1.13 for clarification on the handles after installation.

Figure 1.13

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