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Draft Standard for Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists Available for Review

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011

BSR E1.6-4 – 201x, Portable Control of Fixed- Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry

This draft American National Standard is a part of the BSR E1.6 powered theatrical rigging systems project. This document, BSR E1.6-4, covers portable control systems for single-speed electric chain hoists used in the entertainment industry as part of a performance or in preparation for a performance.

Review period ends: June 28, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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New version of RDM standard now available for sale

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011

ANSI E1.20 – 2010, a new and improved version of Entertainment Technology-RDM-Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512 Networks, is available for sale from The ESTA Foundation at The 2010 edition corrects errors in the 2006 edition, and adds a new message to say that a previously reported problem has been cleared. The new version is sold to the general public at US$40 (AU$37) a copy, with discounts for PLASA members. The old 2006 edition will continue to be available for those needing it as a legacy document.

The errors in the 2006 version are detailed in an errata document, which is available for free at However, the 2010 edition is extensively bookmarked, making it much easier to use than the 2006 version—enough easier that some have said this feature is worth the cost of the new copy, never mind the corrections and the new message.

ANSI E1.20 describes a method of bi-directional communications over a USITT DMX512/1990 or ANSI E1.11 – 2004 data link between an entertainment lighting controller and one or more remotely controlled lighting devices. The protocol was written to work with the ANSI E1.11-2004 control standard, but will work equally well with the current 2009 version of E1.11. It allows discovery of devices on a DMX512/E1.11 network and the remote setting of DMX starting addresses, as well as status and fault reporting back to the control console


Draft Standard for LED Luminaire Photometrics Now Available for Review

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

BSR E1.41 – 201x, Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Entertainment Luminaires Utilizing Solid State Light Sources

E1.41 offers recommendations for measuring and reporting the output of LED luminaires used in the live entertainment industry. This industry needs unusually precise color and color rendering characterization, which this document provides. Current methods for luminaire output measurement assume the use of broad-band emitters, which LEDs are not.

Review period ends: June 21, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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Draft Recommendations for Theatrical Dust Effects Now Available for Review

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

BSR E1.40-201x, Recommendations For the Planning of Theatrical Dust Effects

A wide variety of materials are used to create dust effects in motion picture and television production, and also in live theatrical productions and theme parks. The use of dust aerosols raises concerns for potential hazards, including combustibility and health effects from inhalation or ingestion, which are not necessarily well understood in the live entertainment industry. This E1.40 document would provide recommendations for how to plan dust effects that are likely to be safe.

Review period ends: 3 May, 2011

Copies of the draft recommendations and the forms for submitting your comments are available from the PLASA Public Review Documents page.

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Two Control Protocols Standards in Review for Reaffirmation

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

ANSI E1.3, Entertainment Technology – Lighting Control Systems – 0 to 10V Analog Control Specification, and ANSI E1.27-1, Entertainment Technology-Standard for Portable Control Cables for Use with USITT DMX512/1990 and E1.11 (DMX512-A) Products, are announced as being in public review for reaffirmation from now through the end of February 2011. The intention of the Control Protocols Working Group at this time is to reaffirm the existing standards as they are, but this is, of course, contingent on any objections or comments that the public might offer. The public review forms are accessible at the first URL listed below.

 The standards themselves are being sold by The ESTA Foundation at their normal prices.

ANSI E1.3 describes a method of controlling equipment by means of an analog control voltage in the nominal range from zero to 10 volts positive. It is primarily intended for theatrical lighting controllers and controlled devices (e.g., dimmers), but any device could use this control method. E1.3 controllers are current-source devices. The committee proposes to reaffirm the existing standard, which was previously reaffirmed in 2006.

ANSI E1.27-1 is a standard for portable data cable used in USITT DMX512/1990 and ANSI E1.11-2004 lighting control systems. E1.27-1 standardizes the wiring of the data cable and requires labeling so single data-pair and dual data-pair cables can be distinguished from each other. The committee proposes to reaffirm the existing standard.


Control protocol standards now have status page

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010

The PLASA/ESTA Control Protocols Working Group now has a Status Wiki page that provides information on each of the control protocols (DMX RDM, ACN and 0-10v) and their current status. The information available includes which are the current versions of the standards, which standards are currently under development or review, and status of those processes.

Control Protocols Working Group Status Page


Draft Guide for Luminaire Inspection Now Available for Review

Posted on Monday, August 30th, 2010

BSR E1.32 – 201x, Guide for the Inspection of Entertainment Industry Luminaires, is available for public review at the ESTA URL link (listed below) through 25 October 2010. The document is intended to provide guidance in the inspection of stage and studio luminaires used in the entertainment industry to evaluate their safety and any needed maintenance. An employer could write his own safety inspection procedures from scratch as part of his duty to provide a safe workplace, but borrowing from or adopting the final version of this document might be easier and lead to a better set of procedures.

The public review is over when the “Review End Date” shown on the website of October 26, 2010 starts. Comments should be submitted before then.

Reviewers also are requested to look for protected intellectual property in the document. ESTA does not intend to adopt any standard that requires the use of protected intellectual property, unless the use of that property is essential for technical reasons, and can be licensed and used by anyone without prejudice or preference for a reasonable fee. If any protected intellectual property is seen in the document, reviewers are asked to point it out in their comments.

For more information, please contact: Karl G. Ruling, technical standards manager at the email provided.