Mobile stage or conventional stage: how do you choose?

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The kind of stage you choose is one of the most crucial decisions you make when organizing an event. So it’s critical to have a clear understanding of the differences between the two principal types of stage – the mobile and the conventional.

Traditionally a stage is built on site. It’s an assembly of structures and materials that has to be loaded on a trailer, then unloaded on the site and moved to the spot where the stage will be constructed. All these operations require machinery, they’re labor-intensive, and they take time.

But a mobile stage not only has the advantage of being mobile, it’s also preassembled. The structure consists of floor and roof panels that deploy hydraulically, electrically or manually into a stage that’s easy to install in a short time. Stageline even goes further as many of their mobile stages offer a full hydraulic set up of stage, sound, light, wind walls and banners.

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Ground support installed with ballasts & cables for stability.

 

A mobile stage is freestanding. Unlike a conventional stage, it requires no external ballast  or cables for stability: stability is designed and engineered right into the stage. This is true for mobile stages whose structure is conceived to resist winds of 130 km/h to 140 km/h (80 mph to 90 mph); otherwise, depending on the situation it may be necessary to consider the use of ballast for stability purposes, just as with conventional stages.

 

conventional-stage

Conventional scaffold stage.

 

A conventional stage, since it is custom built on site,  offers a slight advantage in terms of design possibilities beyond standard configurations.

Another feature that makes a mobile stage interesting, in addition to its mobility, is that it’s safe to install, and for a number of reasons. The principal one is a conventional stage has to be built from scratch, from ground level to roof.

That type of installation requires technicians to work at heights when they’re handling and installing the various components of the stage structure. A mobile stage, on the contrary, is composed of preassembled panels that deploy at ground level, and none of the installation process requires working high up.

In other words, a mobile stage offers not just unparalleled safety but also a faster and easier setup involving much less labor.

Once you’ve determined your needs, be sure the option you decide on meets the highest safety standards. And make sure you’re well acquainted with your manufacturer and with the special features of the company’s products.

9 July 2015 | Innovation

About Yvan Miron

I’ve always loved being around a stage. When I was younger (ok, young then) a guitar landed on my lap. I played it, enjoyed it got better at it and went on stage for fun.. A stage environment to me spells excitement and adventure. No matter what part of the stage you stand on there’s a great feeling to it, a high energy moment to enjoy. Stageline is one such adventure that has me completely absorbed and the excitement is hard to shake.  The company is like a guitar. I started it, got better at it and…. you know the rest. As President and GM I can’t be more challenged and on my toes. Years went by developing mobile stages from our pioneer days to today and from proposing the idea locally to promoting the innovative concept internationally. The passion today is still ongoing. I am proud of Stageline and its number one reputation, proud that we better understand technical and safety issues thanks to thirty years of hands on staging experience. From scratching a guitar to scratching my head, I still get to play in a great band, the Stageline Band. And the results are harmonious and can be summed up in just a few chords: easy, profitable, safe and built to last. Sustainable products from a sustainable company from sustainable me. Not a bad line, come to think of it, maybe someone could turn it into a good song.

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