Just lately AVW have been going round in circles, quite literally! Three recent projects have been revolve control systems using our QAxis software. These being ‘Life of Pi’ opening at the Sheffield Crucible, ‘The Hunt’ at the Almeida Theatre and ‘Breaking the waves’ for Scottish Opera. This is on top of the revolve control systems we provided earlier for ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘The American Clock’ and ‘Shipwreck’. QAxis has now clocked up an impressive ten projects since being launched in late 2017, six of which have been revolve control systems to which QAxis is well suited because it has a revolve interface as standard.
AVW will be providing a bespoke pneumatic control system for an art installation at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The control system will respond to DMX data to make 19 structures leaning against a wall ‘twitch’.
AVW are providing a small power flying control system to the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with Multistage International (UK) Ltd. The control system will power three advance bars in their performing space at their wonderful new premises in Peckham, South London. The control system will have a control pendant for normal everyday use and will also have a QAxis interface so that their bars can also be used for automation training.
AVW are retiring the Impressario motion control system after 22 years. During this time it has been used on countless productions and venues all over the world. We have replaced the system with QAxis and have already had four successful productions with three more in the pipeline. We will of course continue to support legacy Impressario systems for as long as we can. For more information about QAxis please go to our QAxis page.
The Impressario system was based around our Impressario Motion Processor (IMP) which used the Infineon 167/168 micro-processor. Unfortunately this microprocessor became obsolete a few years ago and so it became apparent that Impressario would need replacing as these micro-processors became ever harder to source as the worldwide supply dwindled. AVW had been using Omron PLCs for over twenty years but it is only in recent years that they have been powerful enough to offer multi-axis motion control; so the decision was made to replace the Impressario system using off the shelf Omron PLCs with our own software. Users familar with Impressario will note many similarities with QAxis as well as some new features that have been learnt with over 22 years experience of Impressario.
If you have any concerns about legacy Impressario systems then please do get in touch.
AVW will be providing a single axis QAxis system for the forthcoming UK tour of Kinky Boots. The tour kicks off in Northampton where the story is based. AVW previously supplied an Impressario stage automation system for the London production of this show.
Phantom of the Opera returns to Sao Paulo. AVW will be providing the automation once again for this iconic production. We have provided the automation for this show in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Oberhausen and now for the second time in Sao Paulo. We will be using our new QAxis software after it’s successful first outing on the UK tour of Jersey Boys.