Kinesys Showcases at Tour Link 2015

Automation specialists Kinesys was proud to be a technical sponsor of the 2015 Tour Link Conference staged at the JW Marriott Hotel, Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California.

The 3-day networking event proved an ideal showcase opportunity for Kinesys to highlight some of its latest innovative technologies to the movers and shakers of the North American production and entertainment technology industry with over 700 delegates in attendance.

Kinesys USA’s David Martin co-ordinated the rigging design, equipment specification and installation with the Tour Link production team of Larry Smith, Lori DeLancey, Jim Risgin. Atlanta Rigging Systems provided the Kinesys equipment and David Martin worked closely with other technical suppliers including Media Visions, CYM Lighting and PRG Nocturne to integrate the Kinesys automation into the show.


“It was an opportunity not to be missed” confirmed Dave Martin, “With the serious expansion of Kinesys’ operations in the US over the last 12 months, having such a presence at the event underlined our full commitment to the American market, offering the same standards of excellence and service for which Kinesys is renowned throughout other parts of the world”.

A live stage was set up on the front lawn of the JW Marriott to host various elements of the Tour Link event including technical showcases, live entertainment and the famous Tour Link Top Dog Awards 2015.


Through Atlanta Rigging Systems, a number of vari-speed chain hoists were supplied, all fitted with Kinesys Elevation 1+ drives, together with other Kinesys products including Array PD ES distro units, Array 485 switching unit and Rigger remote hand-sets. Kinesys Libra load monitoring system supplied by Kinesys USA facilitated the correct weight distribution to the heavily loaded stage roof system (Stageline mobile supplied by K2 Structures and Kleege). The LibraCELL load sensing shackles maintained the critical trim height and enabled constant and real-time monitoring for safe automation movements on stage.


This Kinesys kit was used to fly five Absen LED screens supplied by Media Visions. Content for these was provided by Media Visions and PRG Nocturne and featured sponsor promos, logo graphics, live camera feeds, event information and awards ceremony content.

Kinesys USA provided Kinesys Vector control software which was used to run the rigging automation for various cues in the show as well as alternate screen positions.

David Bond, Kinesys USA head of sales said, “Tour Link provides a highly concentrated group of leaders, specifiers and buyers in our market. From the suppliers and organizers to the award winners and attendees, these are the people who can benefit from Kinesys products and it is a fun way to showcase our capabilities. We look forward to attending next year’s event.”


People from all sectors of the entertainment and technical production industry came to Tour Link – taking advantage of the only time of the year which is usually quiet. There was a broad cross-section of tour, event and production managers together with suppliers covering a full range of related disciplines including lighting, rigging, audio, staging, transport / trucking and logistics. Various promoters and event organisers and their representatives also attended including Harvey Goldsmith who received the Tour Link Hall of Fame honor.