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Nook products are routinely used in a multitude of entertainment applications that require very heavy to very light loads with highly accurate positioning and reliability.

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Motion for All Aspects of Sports & Entertainment

For more than 50+ years, Nook continues to been ego-to resource for anything that needs to move in order to provide entertainment. We have successfully supported countless small and large scale projects for television, film, performing arts, concerts and all areas of sports stadium venues. The show always goes on without a hitch with Nook linear motion systems.

Typical Applications

  • Concert Halls
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Stage & Screen
  • Animatronics
  • Theme Parks

Talk Show Set Case Study

Stages, Platforms and Lifts

Many highly respected leaders in the development of theatrical, entertainment, and studio systems have counted on Nook for their most challenging applications. This includes the ability to provide multiple ways to reveal guests, bands, or special sets with the ability to support numerous stage configurations with great flexibility and striking appearance.

Typical Applications

  • Long Travel in a Small Footprint
  • Lifting and moving extremely heavy loads over long travel lengths
  • Dampened Vibration and Resonance
  • Fast lift speeds with steep pitch thread pattern


Scoreboards and Monitors

scoreboard is a large board for publicly displaying the score and other information (and entertainment) in a game. Most levels of sport from high school and above use at least one scoreboard for keeping score, measuring time, and displaying statistics. Most modern scoreboards use electromechanical or electronic means of displaying the score. In these, digits are often composed of large dot-matrix or seven-segment displays made of incandescent bulbs, LED's, or electromechanical flip segments. Typically, an official or neutral person will operate the scoreboard, using a control panel.

Scoreboards must be raised, lowered, or moved to allow pedestrian foot traffic or equipment to be moved into and out of the stadium. Some are more than 30 feet high and 30 feet wide while weighing several thousand pounds. They must also be synchronized to raised and lowered levels or they may become damaged. Outdoor stadiums and venues require water tight enclosures and connectors. 

Nook linear solutions offer the ability to meet all of these challenges associated with this application,. Additionally, we offer a wide range of accessories that are ideal for highly accurate positioning and control.

Large Stage Case Study

Sound and Lighting

Stage lighting applies to the production of theater, dance, music, and other performance arts (and sports). Several different types of stage lighting instruments are used. In addition to basic lighting, modern stage lighting can also include special effects, such as lasers and fog machines. 

The equipment used for stage lighting (e.g., cabling, dimmers, lighting instruments, controllers) are also used in other lighting applications, including corporate events, concerts, trade shows, broadcast television, film production, photographic studios, and other types of live events. Overhead sound and lighting structures require compact, lightweight designs so they can be attached above the stage in a multitude of locations that require a tight and to also minimize shipping costs. In addition, they must be highly reliable and safe with 100% no risk of failure.

Nook linear motion systems have proven to be a highly effective solution for this application due to their high force capabilities, superior repeatability and proven reliable performance. For added safety, they can also come equipped with geared reduction boxes that stop movement  in case of complete power loss. Their compact retracted size allows for efficient transportation. 

Advantages Include

  • Maximum Safety 
  • Compact Space 
  • Reliable Performance