Mountview Academy

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.

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Impressario takes its final bow.

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.