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Shotoku Broadcast Systems to Mark First Year in Robotics Market with Expanded Line at NAB 2006

Manual range to offer more from less (February 07, 2006)

Shotoku to display Robotic Pan and Tilt Heads at NAB

Shotoku to display Robotic Pan and Tilt Heads at NAB

Shotoku Broadcast Systems will commemorate its first full year as a major player in the robotics market by exhibiting an expanded suite of products at NAB 2006. A seasoned leader in the camera support arena, the Company launched the intelligently engineered line - which is compatible with other manufacturers robotic counterparts - to accommodate a broad cross-section of new and existing robotic customers. Additions to the well-received robotics range, including two pan / tilt heads, a robotic height control pedestal, and a control system, will be unveiled in booth # C7336 along with enhancements to the manual range.

Robotic Pan and Tilt Heads
Supporting a maximum payload of 154 lbs. (70kg.), the new TG-19 pan / tilt head allows large lens, camera and prompter combinations to be controlled smoothly and reliably. Following in the footsteps of its sister model - the TG-18 - the TG-19 is capable of manual control and has the ability to ?learn the movements of its operator allowing them to be replayed exactly and as often as required. Like the Companys entire robotic range of pan / tilt heads, high-resolution intelligent optical encoders are used allowing Virtual Reality outputs without modification to the head itself.

Expanding on the benefits of the compact TG-17C pan / tilt head, Shotoku will introduce variants of the popular unit. The TG-17s standard configuration will now include drive electronics for the pan and tilt functions as well as those for lens functions integrated into the head itself. Ideal for Legislatures, the TG-17 will require fewer boxes and less cables resulting in neater installations and simpler configurations.


Robotic Height Control Pedestal
TI-12 ?i-Height
Bringing an additional dimension to Robotic camera controls, the i-Height pedestal allows a wide variety of shooting angles to be achieved from a single camera position. The fast, smooth and consistent height adjustment allows camera payloads up to 154 lbs. (70kg.) to be moved up and down from 2.5 ft. (740mm) to 4.4 ft. (1340mm). Driven directly from the CMC, the i-Height needs no further interfacing and operator control is achieved using the existing rotary controls of the Shotoku Robotic Control Systems.

Robotic Control System
Expanding its range of control systems, Shotoku will introduce the TR-8B Robotic Control System to address the demand for a full featured, but simple to operate control system. The system is perfect for use in Legislatures and live broadcasting where operators need to reframe shots on demand. Offering 10 shot storage per camera, and up to 8 cameras available at any one time, the TR-8B allows quick and easy positioning of all robotic functions (including height functions) with Shotokus unique combination of SWOOP mode, auto on-air and automation interfaces.

Shotokus existing TG-18 pan / tilt head, TR-8S Control Panel, TR-8T Control Panel with Touch Screen will be on the booth for encore performances.

TP-90 Pedestal
Building on the success of its award-winning TP-80 pneumatic pedestal, Shotoku will launch the TP-90 - a compact 3-Stage, minimum height pedestal with a record-breaking column stroke reach of 37.2 in. (94.5cm). The pedestal, designed to accommodate a wide range of cameras configurations, has a payload of 132 lbs. (60kg.). Located under the carriage, the TP-90s cable guards can easily be height adjusted by turning a knob located at the side of carriage.

The new TP-90 incorporates design elements of its predecessors column that ensures its rigidity and facilitates very light and smooth up/down movement. The pedestals safety features include a new and improved column lock as well as a brake ring placed within reach of the cameraman while in operation.

Maximum Height: 149.5cm (58.9in)
Minimum Height: 55.0cm (21.7in)
Maximum Width: 76.0cm (29.9in)
Minimum Width: 70.7cm (27.8in)
Vertical Stroke 94.5cm (37.2in)
Maximum Load Cap.: 60kg (132 lbs)
Mass Weight: 145kg (319 lbs) (Including Counterweights)
Maximum Air Pressure: Less than 0.981 MPa

CrescentM Fluid Head
CrescentM, a finely engineered mid-size fluid head, embodies Shotokus tradition of excellence, dedication and innovation. The head is capable of mounting a wide range of small to large size cameras The lightweight CrescentM launches with the same smoothness of its namesake, Crescent, and utilizes its same balancing technology that allows the operator to easily achieve perfect balance. The unique technology and mechanism make the heads balancing range the widest in the industry and provide for extremely light movement.

Pan Angle: 360degrees
Tilt Angle: +60 degrees
Camera Mount: V-Wedge
Supporting Base: Mitchell / Flat
Maximum Load Cap. 60kg (132 lbs)
Mass Weight: 14.6kg (32.1 lbs)

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with other manufacturers equipment. Established in 1941 as an engineering design firm specializing in unique machines, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan and operates offices in Staines, UK and Irvine, CA.

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