|Troy Beisigl||Richard Kelsch|
is the mechanical genius of the operation. He can make anything work, and I mean
anything. Let's put it this way, if there was anyone that can work mechanical
miracles like TV's MacGyver, then it is Troy.
He can take a piece of junk and make it into a smoothly operating piece of machinery.
One time a theatre had a siezed up blower motor for a lamphouse. He, being crazy and stubborn, grabbed a "ShopVac" motor and used it as a temporary blower motor and while it was running the show (keep in mind no shows were held up), he fixed the old motor by cleaning it up with WD40, hooking a high powered drill up to the spindle and turning it until all of the gunk was cleaned out by the WD40. He did this until it spun freely. He then sprayed automotive grade "DuraLube" in the bearing assembly and soaked it with the stuff and spun it for a long time with the drill. When the movie was over, he removed the "ShopVac" motor (and put it back in the vacuum as it still worked great) and put the repaired original blower motor in and it worked faster and better than a brand new blower! It still works to this day and that was over a year ago.
Troy knows cinema equipment like the back of his hand.
|Rich is a
somewhat shy guy that has always been tinkering with electronics and computers since he
was very young. He is the electronic designer and puzzle solver of the company.
His strength's are making the difficult or impossible very possible.
Rich has the unique ability to see a circuit, concept, design, whatever, and grasp how it is working (or not working) and come up with a solution or comprehension inside his head. He can also design a circuit in his head and takes more time to draw it out for others to see than it took to think it up.
Rich likes to create new gizmos, gadgets, and solutions as a design and would rather have Troy actually assemble it.
One puzzle Rich was quite proud of solving was an unusual impedance problem with a surround sound speaker array and only one amplifier channel to drive this 10 speaker array. He needed to get 8 ohms out of ten 8 ohm speakers. Now those of you familiar with the problem can appreciate how difficult that can be with 10 speakers. However he solved the problem and got exactly 8 ohms out of the array. You see, this speaker array was wired poorly and originally had read 20 ohms at the amplifier and they were getting severe distortion out of the surrounds. Anyone that knows about amplifiers knows that the efficiency of an amplifier drops severely the higher the impedence of the speakers. So, a 300 watt amplifier rated at 300 watts with an 8 ohm load will only be about 80 watts with a 20 ohm load (let's not get picky with the math, it's a rough figure). The amplifier was clipping with the old 20 ohm load. However, once the impedence of 8 ohms was connected to the amp (with the same amount of speakers, but just wired properly) it was completely efficient and handled the high output with no problems, and it sounded great.
|Troy and Rich once put together a computerized and fully automated projection booth with two very simple and mid-eighties vintage Atari 130XE computers that were networked together. They monitored films for alarms and started films automatically, kept schedules and printed them, and even told which letters to bring out to the marquee, taking into account the letters already out there from the old message so the person only needed to take what was needed. Troy and Rich wrote the software to do this. Rich designed the interface circuitry and Troy assembled it into a symphony of flashing lights and wire. It was the most amazing thing to see operate and it made life a lot easier for management at the theatre and for the projectionists.|