Staging – what does it mean for the users?PortStage
So how would you describe Temporary or Portable Staging?
Staging has a number of meanings, the staging we manufacture “NexGen Portable Staging” is defined as such “a stage or set of stages or temporary platforms arranged as a support for performers. Referred to quite often as Mobile Staging.”
Yes, that’s a pretty general description, but it covers the staging product we manufacture. However, its only when you get into the detail of the product, that you start to realise the implications of assembling and maintaining one staging type to another.
We were recently visited by a group who run a Community Centre, and assemble and take down their portable staging on almost a daily basis, this is used by various community groups that use their centre.
During the visited they explained they were, using 2x1m staging platforms weighing almost 20kg each, and it took 3 people around 30 minutes to assemble the staging area each time. To say they were impressed by the NexGen product was an understatement. This was mainly because we told them there was no longer a need to use the large 2x1m platforms. These were only ever used because they were more economical in terms of price, but because we removed all the locks from NexGen platforms, there was literally no reason to use them anymore.
When they realised that anyone could easily assemble NexGen, and that they would not have to rely burly gentlemen being available, it started to add more and more advantages.
Coupled with the speed of not using allen keys on all the locks, this really brought home how far advanced NexGen Staging is from its competitor staging brands.
Considering these great product features, was indeed the reason this group went on to purchase NexGen with the funding we secured for them.
Now, they tell us, they always chuckle when other groups inform them about the amount of time they spend assembling their stage, and the additional cost involved in replacing failed platform locks to keep it 100% functional.
The benefits of these features dont just stop there though, anyone who uses lockable portable staging knows how the locks jam and fail over time. Some staging suppliers charge £20 to replace a lock! There are 8 locks on the older type staging platform brands such as Revostage, Ultralight and Intellistage. This expense gives users a choice which very often results in them leaving the platforms unsafe. The moral of this story is that using NexGen will be the most economic purchase in the long run, as replacing locks over the years will make other inferior branded staging more expensive.