RigSwitch is a Winner for Zero 88
Friday 25th June, 2021
Zero 88’s RigSwitch is an ingenious remote controlled and synchronised power switching and surge control device that is proving to be a reliable, cost-effective, and popular solution for multiple venues and installation scenarios worldwide.
It is a best-seller even during this challenging pandemic period, as consultants, integrators and venue specifiers seek to protect vital lighting, audio, and AV equipment, like moving lights or LED fixtures, and avoid nuisance tripping caused by inrush currents on start up.
RigSwitch was launched in 2019. It builds on Zero 88’s reputation for designing solid and practical power, control, and switching products, like the Chilli dimmer ranges, and applying the user-friendly logic that has always characterized the brand. Its price point makes it accessible and adaptable, and RigSwitch is opening even more new business opportunities for Zero 88’s core customers.
Before RigSwitch, ‘power management’ was a department largely co-ordinated by the electrical contractor of a new build or technical upgrade/re-fit project, but utilising this product, can now be in the hands of the specifiers or integrators who are designing other elements of the technical installation.
RigSwitch is available in standard 12 or 24 channel configurations – a popular module size to match the 12 and 24 channel format of Zero 88 Chilli dimmers – with a 48-channel RigSwitch device also available for the most power-hungry users!
RigSwitch can be supplied with RCD, MCD or RCBO options – again informed by the success of the Chilli dimmers – plus a choice of different user control interfaces. Individual relays are rated for up to 32A operation.
The idea of utilising DMX controllable mechanical relays for achieving this inrush control is unique to Zero 88.
Designed to work 24 / 7, this igneous piece of industrial engineering avoids elements like burn out.
No fans mean no noise, so on top of all that reliability, RigSwitch offers the scope and versatility to be installed close to the outlets in noise-critical environments – like concert halls, TV studios or drama theatres.
The key things we considered when developing the product was to ensure it was cost-effective and accessible to the widest possible range of projects, environments, and customers - the idea of using mechanical rather than electrical relays additionally presented a very robust solution.
RigSwitch’s potential universal application is equally as appropriate in the educational sector with schools or in the smaller theatres and spaces which are already part of its core business, where it is ideal for powering on contemporary entertainment lighting systems, that might typically include moving lights, LEDs, amplifiers, specials, and video/AV equipment.
The Zero 88 team has taken additional time during the pandemic to get in front of existing, potential, and new customers, with RigSwitch sales taking off over the last 12 months, an extremely encouraging sign as the industry worldwide prepares to re-start and continue working again in safe and ‘new normal’ scenarios.