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Hoist School 2017

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 22, 2017 1:55:04 PM

This week we have the honor of having two Flyhouse team members as instructors at the 32nd Annual Columbus McKinnon Hoist School hosted by Mountain Productions in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. We are following their days on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Check back later next week for a recap of their week. To learn more about Hoist School, look at some fast facts of its history!

Topics: News, Flyhouse History, Hoist System

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Ability Lab: Part One

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 14, 2017 9:36:05 AM

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is a world-renowned medical center that specializes in the treatment of patients with debilitating issues through a model of integrated research, education and care. Each year, thousands of patients seek assistance from RIC to strengthen a part of their life and become whole again.

The previous location of RIC proved challenging in the center’s drive to provide more specialized care to accelerate the recovery process of its patients.

A decision was made to build a state-of-the-art center integrating the latest advancements in technology combined with the ability to conduct research all under the same roof. The building is 480 feet tall and provides 1.2 million square feet of floor space, including 800,000 square feet dedicated to clinical/research programs – nearly three times the current research space. The overall hospital is designed around five innovation centers and five differentiated labs including:

  • Think + Speak: "Speech & Cognition"
  • Arm + Hand: "Fine Motor"
  • Legs + Walking: "Gait & Locomotion"
  • Strength + Endurance: "Total Body"

RIC exterior

Within the new building, pioneering technologies are front and center.

In the Strength and Endurance Lab, patients are regaining their ability to walk by strengthening core muscles within the body. What if a system could be created where a patient could safely move around the room and climb stairs knowing they are secure the entire time while a physical therapist controls all of it using handheld wireless controller?

Chicago Flyhouse came into this project originally as a pro-bono consultant to examine existing challenges within the proposed solution already given to RIC and provide suggestions on creating an aesthetically pleasing product. It became apparent the look and overall solution would impugn on the aesthetics of the venue.

“The amount of structure to support it [first proposed solution] on the staircase would have made it feel mechanical which was not the overall goal,” said Mark Witteveen, founder of Chicago Flyhouse. “The goal was to not make it look like a machine and they [RIC] felt it wouldn’t be true to the environment they were trying to create.”

After a few months of consulting, RIC asked Flyhouse this question: If you were to create your own solution from scratch, what would it be?

Flyhouse's solution will now become the first of its kind in any hospital setting in the United States.

 

Topics: Performer Flying, Hoist System, Flyhouse Projects, Project Recaps, Flying Effects

Maybe You Want to Work With Us? We're Hiring!

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 27, 2017 4:46:05 PM

Flyhouse is growing and we need some talented individuals to make it better. Our projects take us across the country and around the world. Each day is something new and the job is never the same twice. Each of us come from a different background and we are a unique group of people. Yeah, we know everyone says that but seriously, when was the last time you worked with someone that could swallow swords? Plus, Flyhouse has all the benefits of a big corporation without the big corporation attitude. So what do we have available? 

If you are interested or know someone that might be, check out our career page at www.flyhouse.com/careers.

Topics: News, Performer Flying, Hoist System, Flyhouse Team, Flyhouse Projects

Flying Effects - Did You Know

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Pulling off successful flying effects is something we love doing. When the flying effect is shown to a national audience, we really love it. To see the final product of our participation in an AT&T commercial, click on the photo below. 
 
Did You Know 10.26.16 AT&T Commercial.png

Topics: Performer Flying, Hoist System, Flying Effects

30 Seconds in the Shop (Performer Flying Training)

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 5, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Most days are normal (and busy) in the Flyhouse shop. Fabricate, rinse and repeat. On certain days, theater groups come in and test out our performer flying Ziplifts before they use them in a show. Today one of those days. Lookingglass Theater in conjunction with The Actor's Gymnasium trained on our system for an upcoming touring show in Atlanta. 

 

 

Topics: Performer Flying, Hoist System, Video, 30 Seconds in the Shop

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