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MiT Announces Industry-First 1000:1 Dimmable LED Fixture

Fountain Valley, California—Apr 9, 2015

Moving iMage Technologies Announces Industry-First 1000:1 Dimmable LED Light Fixture

Moving iMage Technologies, a premier manufacturer in the cinema exhibition industry announced the release of a new 8” round downlight fixture that sets a new bar for performance in this industry. The device is part of their energy-efficient product line and is called the “ALF”, for Architectural LED Fixture. The preeminent feature of the product is an unprecedented dimming range of over 1000 to 1 from full on to its dimmest stable light level.

This performance was achieved through the development of a proprietary driver circuit design, specifically optimized for use in cinema auditoriums. This is in contrast to the off-the-shelf driver solutions used by other lighting manufacturers.

“About one year ago we launched a new intelligent dimmer product aimed at LED fixtures called the A-LMS, but we found out pretty quickly the state of LED fixtures really hadn’t developed the features needed for use in cinema theaters,” said David Richards, Sr. VP of Engineering at MiT. “For use in a cinema auditorium you need very accurate, stable dimming to extremely low levels,” he added.

“Many people are trying to use fixtures in theaters that only dim to 10%, which is completely inadequate in this application,” said Richards. “Several 1% dimming LED drivers are available by special order but still aren’t really sufficient in this unique application.”

The lack of adequate products for cinema auditoriums led MiT to develop the ALF over the last several months. Besides the industry-first 1000:1 dimming range, the other features of the fixture are:
1.0-10V DC control.
Two models available in the series, 70 Watts with 6000 lumens and 90 Watts with 8000 lumens output.
UL-rated power supply may be located in the projection booth for easy service.
All interconnection wiring is low voltage
Every ALF fixture consists of multiple LED modules for sufficient light output and also redundancy. Since there are multiple elements the decision was made to keep them separate through the driver circuitry to create even more variety in control options, and make each fixture essentially two fixtures in one.

For example one channel can use a warm color temperature LED that simulates the appearance of incandescent light, and be dimmed over various levels while an audience is present. The other channel of the fixture might use intense bright white LEDs and only used between shows by the cleaning crew.

A characteristic of LED lighting is that the color temperature remains constant as the fixture output is dimmed. This is in contrast to incandescent lighting which gradually becomes warmer as the light level is dimmed. Another version of the ALF simulates this effect by using LED elements with a slight color temperature difference between the two channels, and in conjunction with the A-LMS (or similar lighting controller), the dim rates may be adjusted to make the color temperature of the light seem to get warmer as it gets dimmer, emulating the appearance of an incandescent lamp. Richards says, “we call this feature ‘Dim-Warm™.’”

Or the two lighting channels of the ALF may be used for more extreme color differences for special lighting effects. A variant of the ALF called the “Earth-light™” consists of a central yellow LED module surrounded by bluish LED modules. The overall effect simulates the yellow light of the sun with blue skylight filling in around it. It’s intended to give the sensation of being outdoors under natural sunlight.

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Line of Energy-Conscious Cinema Products

MIT ANNOUNCES GREEN INITIATIVE
Introduces Line of Energy-Conscious Cinema Products

Fountain Valley, CA June 16, 2014

Moving iMage Technologies announces an expanded line of energy-conscious products designed for the modern cinema. These products now include:

IS-20A/IS-20D Power Sequencers – network enabled, 6 x 20A power sequencers and line filter for sound racks and other electronics. The IS-20 products include inrush surge protection to softly apply the voltage, and sequences the six circuits on or off over several seconds to minimize current surges at the building load center. It also includes UL 1449 level 3 protection surge protection devices to protect delicate equipment from voltage surges and spikes that might come in on the supply voltage. The IS-20D has an advanced web interface for custom naming, timing sequencing and individual circuit control over the network.

The IS-20 was designed with the intention of switching an audio rack, however it’s equally applicable to controlling house lighting, exhaust fans, signs or marquee lighting, the concession stand, video games, or any other aspect of the theater where it’s desirable to automatically power equipment on and off on a daily basis. The IS-20 products save exhibitors money on power costs, labor costs and wear and tear on breakers and switches.

A-LMS 2/4 Dimmer – The A-LMS brings ‘smart’ capabilities to auditorium lighting control based on the use of power-saving LED fixtures that use the 1-10VDC architectural dimming standard. In a typical installation, the A-LMS receives scene cue commands from an automation or d-cinema server via GPI contact closures, RS-232, or network interface.

DCE-10/20 Exhaust Fan Controller – The DCE-10/20 is a closed-loop controller for efficient management of projector exhaust. It controls exhaust airflow on demand, preventing conditioned air being wasted through the projector when cooling is not needed. This translates to substantial energy savings. Depending on the model, the DCE can provide airflow, temperature and humidity data to the exhibitor NOC for monitoring the operating conditions of the projector.

The IS-20, A-LMS and DCE products are only the first in a series of new products being developed by Moving iMage Technologies to create an automated, optimized, and especially, green modern cinema theater. More information on these and other MIT products can be found at the company’s website www.movingimagetech.com

Moving iMage Technologies is a manufacturer of standard and custom designed equipment and high level distributor of technology and equipment to the Motion Picture industry. Offering a wide range of products and services such as custom engineering, systems design, integration and installation, digital technology solutions for 3D, digital cinema, audio visual integration. Also turnkey FFE solutions for new construction and remodels through the Rydt Entertainment Systems Division, to include procurement, design, consulting, installation and project management. Based in 28,000 sq ft facilities in Fountain Valley California, housing corporate offices, engineering & manufacturing, distribution, integration as well as service and support divisions. Their strategic location is augmented by a global network of service partners &OEM manufacturers.

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MiT releases 2014 Product Catalog

MiT Product Catalog (04/2014)

MiT introduces the MOVING iMAGE LIFT

Moving_iMage_LiftMOVING iMAGE LIFT

The Moving iMage Lift mounts to the rear wall of an auditorium. It consists of a quiet projector enclosure ‘pod’ riding on a vertical track. The system raises the projector into position where it will have a clear sightline to the screen for projection, and lowers it to a convenient height for service. The product facilitates a “boothless” cinema design.

 

Features:
– Automatic safety interlock
– Key switch to raise and lower the unit included
– Various projection heights may be selected at installation
– All parts made from rugged formed and welded steel
– Projector enclosure has removable side panels for service
– 24″ sq. projection port included as standard with water clear, A/R coated glass
– Interface plate at the top of the system facilitates electrical and HVAC connections
– Included 8RU of standard 19″ rack mounting under the projector

 

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