Le Maitre Unveils New Haze and Flame Machines at LDI 2012
Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Le Maitre unveiled two new machines at LDI 2012 this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, the HazeMaster hazer and the Salamander canister flame effect. The company says HazeMaster is their most advanced and powerful hazer yet and includes massive output capacity, high power variable fan, and low power consumption.
The HazeMaster differentiates itself from its predecessors, the Stadium Hazer and the MVS Hazer, with a host of new features and benefits. The combination of an industrial grade air-pump, a 2-stage heating process, and a microprocessor controller, allow the HazeMaster to convert up to 500cc of fluid per hour. Despite the output, the high efficiency design results in the power consumption of 800W — less than half that of the Stadium hazer. The company says the hazer has a quiet preheat time of only a three or four minutes. A high power, built-in fan is capable of moving up to 130cbm per hour, reducing the need for external fans and the inclusion of adjustable directional fan louvers that can be set from 45 – 90 degrees, not only control the haze direction but also play an important role in eliminating the condensation of haze on output.
The user panel is highly intuitive with easy to manipulate controls and a three-digit LED digital display. The haze output and fan velocity can be adjusted in 2% increments over a 0-99% display range, giving the operator ultimate control, and a manual override mode allows the operator to make these adjustments at the machine even while in DMX mode.
The maintenance benefits of the new HazeMaster have also been improved to meet the needs of the touring community, the company says. The cool-down of the heat exchanger is just two to three minutes, compared to two to three hours in some competitive models that use a block system. This can be a big issue when it comes to general handling and maintenance. The heat exchanger is easy and inexpensive to clean and replace compared to other hazers. There is also a useful reminder on the display when the tube needs cleaning to assist in keeping the unit in peak performance at all times.
Le Maitre’s Haze Fluid is a glycerol based solution which produces an odorless and dry haze with the absence of oil ensuring no slippery surfaces underfoot. The solution is all active ingredients, the company says. The Salamander is Le Maitre’s newest canister flame effect and produces the same propane look as the Chameleon.
The Salamander’s small footprint allows units to be coupled together in a single position to produce larger flames or multiple colors. For example, four units together can collectively produce flames ranging in height from 10′ to 22′.
Canister-based fuels offer an ideal solution for anyone wanting to create a propane-style flame without the headaches. A single fuel canister will provide up to 45 seconds of continuous flame. Colors currently available are natural, red, and green.
The design eliminates internal valves and accumulators, minimizing the chance of the system becoming blocked or leaking. In addition, safe use of ethanol/methanol based canisters makes the Salamander ideal for locations or venues where propane/butane is not an option. They also eliminate the need for external propane tanks, trailing pipes, and multiple valves, enabling quick setup.
The Salamander is controlled by two DMX channels that can be individually addressed. It also incorporates a number of safety features including a tilt-sensor and igniter monitoring.