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ESTA: Entertainment Services and Technology Association

ESTA, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, is a nonprofit trade association based in North American for the entertainment technology industry. ESTA engages in skills certification in many of the crafts represented by the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), and develops standards in those areas through an ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program (TSP). Its industry-leading standards program enjoys international participation and currently has working groups in nine areas: control protocols, electrical power, event safety, floors, fog and smoke, followspot position, photometrics, rigging, and stage machinery. Standards from ESTA are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI E1.21-2020

Entertainment Technology - Temporary Structures Used for Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events

ANSI E1.21 covers temporary structures used for the technical production of outdoor entertainment events. Custom temporary structures supporting performance platforms are included in the scope of this document, but pre-engineered, manufactured, modular staging systems used as platforms for performance, independent of other temporary structures, are not within its scope. This document helps to ensure the structural reliability and safety of these structures, by setting required levels of design and performance parameters, and establishes a reasonable standard for care for their design and use.


ANSI E1.20 - 2010

Entertainment Technology-RDM-Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512 Networks

ANSI E1.20 - 2010, Entertainment Technology-RDM-Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512 Networks, describes a method of bi-directional communications over a USITT DMX512/1990 or ANSI E1.11 - 2004 data link between an entertainment lighting controller and one or more remotely controlled lighting devices. The protocol was written to work with the ANSI E1.11-2004 control standard, but will work equally well with the current 2009 version of E1.11. It allows discovery of devices on a DMX512/E1.11 network and the remote setting of DMX starting addresses, as well as status and fault reporting back to the control console. The 2010 edition corrects errors in the 2006 edition, and adds a new message.


ANSI E1.21-2020

Entertainment Technology - Temporary Structures Used for Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events

ANSI E1.21 covers temporary structures used for the technical production of outdoor entertainment events. Custom temporary structures supporting performance platforms are included in the scope of this document, but pre-engineered, manufactured, modular staging systems used as platforms for performance, independent of other temporary structures, are not within its scope. This document helps to ensure the structural reliability and safety of these structures, by setting required levels of design and performance parameters, and establishes a reasonable standard for care for their design and use.


ANSI E1.3 - 2001 (R2016)

Entertainment Technology - Lighting Control Systems - 0 to 10 V Analog Control Specification

ANSI E1.3, Entertainment Technology - Lighting Control Systems - 0 to 10 V Analog Control Specification, describes a method of controlling equipment by means of an analog control voltage in the nominal range from zero to 10 volts positive, with the controller sourcing the signal current. This document is a reaffirmation without substantive changes of ANSI E1.3 - 2001.


ANSI E1.2-2012

Entertainment Technology ù Design, Manufacture and Use of Aluminum Trusses and Towers

ANSI E1.2 describes the design, manufacture, and use of aluminum trusses, towers, and associated aluminum structural components, such as head blocks, sleeve blocks, bases, and corner blocks, used in the entertainment industry in portable structures.


ANSI E1.42-2018

Entertainment Technology—Design, Installation, and Use of Orchestra Pit Lifts

ANSI E1.42-2018 covers the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration and repair of permanently installed orchestra pit lifts and their associated parts, rooms, spaces, enclosures and hoistways, where located in a theatre or a similar place of public entertainment. It supersedes ANSI E1.42-2016.


ANSI E1.11-2008 (R2018)

Entertainment Technology -- USITT DMX512-A -- Asynchronous Serial Digital Data Transmission Standard for Controlling Lighting Equipment and Accessories

This Standard describes a method of digital data transmission between controllers and controlled equipment as described in Clause 1.4 and accessories, including dimmers. It covers electrical characteristics, data format, data protocol, and connector types.


ANSI E1.17-2015 (R2020)

Entertainment Technology - Architecture for Control Networks

ANSI E1.17 is a suite of documents that specifies an architecture, including protocols and language, which may be configured and combined with other standard protocols to form flexible, networked audio, lighting, or other control systems. It can be implemented on networks that support UDP, IP, and related protocols. It is not bound to Ethernet as a transport medium, but Ethernet is an obvious choice. The ACN suite includes a folder of related ACNbase-behaviors files as DDL and HTML.


ANSI E1.21-2020

Entertainment Technology - Temporary Structures Used for Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events

ANSI E1.21 covers temporary structures used for the technical production of outdoor entertainment events. Custom temporary structures supporting performance platforms are included in the scope of this document, but pre-engineered, manufactured, modular staging systems used as platforms for performance, independent of other temporary structures, are not within its scope. This document helps to ensure the structural reliability and safety of these structures, by setting required levels of design and performance parameters, and establishes a reasonable standard for care for their design and use.


ANSI E1.4-1-2016

Entertainment Technology - Manual Counterweight Rigging Systems

The original E1.4 is being expanded into a suite of documents to include all manually powered systems, and those rigging systems in which scenery, stage lighting, or other theatrical equipment is hung from static battens. This part of the suite applies to permanently installed, manually operated systems of stage rigging hardware for the raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, lighting, and similar loads. It also applies to variations of manual counterweight rigging, including rope and sandbag systems.


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