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Solutions for the Entertainment Industry

Vehicles in amusement park rides today are much closer to automobiles than rollercoaster cars. These vehicles feature a vast array of quality, safety, and reliability systems and components that require comprehensive engineering, manufacturing, and quality support. Add in investments of hundreds of millions of dollars and announced deadlines that must be met, there is a lot on the line. That’s why some of the most recognized designers and manufacturers in the Entertainment Industry trust us to handle the motion and control systems on the amusement park attractions they build for their customers. Our ability to discern errors relating to the electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and lubrication systems within the first stages of development equate to real cost savings and help to accelerate the development cycle from initial concept to launch, and beyond.

Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality Support

Sometimes a manufacturer of an amusement park ride starts with a fresh set of blueprints for a new attraction. At other times they may be provided with plans that are inconsistent or otherwise incomplete. Morrell/Stegner is able to analyze these plans and ensure all of the systems and components are correctly configured before manufacturing and assembly begin. By managing the pertinent documentation we keep all parties up to date on the entire process, thereby saving significant costs and aggravation. Throughout the entire process our teams interface with our customers’ internal quality control protocols allowing us to amplify the entire development cycle with efficient workflows and gains in productivity. As a fully certified engineering and build source we are able to provide extensive documentation and certification of every aspect of a program we are responsible for. We also work with our customers and ship kits (or modules) for each defined phase of assembly. Maintenance schedules complete with spare parts and back-up systems are available to maximize performance throughout the entire lifecycle of the ride.

Power Distribution Panel Design & Build

Power distribution is the foundation of performance, safety, and reliability. Morrell/Stegner leverages decades of electrical engineering experience in the most challenging industrial environments to provide power distribution solutions to our customers. We design and build controls-reliable power distribution panels utilizing space saving designs, reduced weight, redundant safety protocols, and built-in diagnostics. Incorporating only the most robust industrial-grade components available, our certified design and build capabilities equate to power distribution panels that are “finger-safe” and manufactured to NFPA 70 and NFPA 79 standards. Considering the high voltage/high current necessary to power these vehicles, power distribution solutions from Morrell/Sterner accommodate virtually any amusement park attraction’s system requirements.

Electrical Control Panel Design/Build

The most exhilarating rides at amusement parks today are extremely complex in order to satisfy the expectations of their guests. In other words, simply moving in one direction is no longer the only option. Vehicles in these rides often have multiple points throughout the experience where cars accelerate, decelerate, and change course depending on the overall ride programming. Morrell/Stegner brings decades of electrical control panel design and build capabilities complete with safety override technologies to prevent breakdowns and address safety concerns. The panels we design and build for the entertainment industry control everything from acceleration, braking, directional control, and seat harness systems. Due to the stringent expectations regarding safety and reliability, each panel we ship is individually tested and certified along with all of the individual circuits and drives that comprise its contents.

Cable Assemblies/Wiring Harnesses

Modern amusement park rides are compelling and multidimensional. This explains the expanding number of cables, wires, and wiring harnesses required to make all of the various systems and components throughout the vehicle work in concert. Our experience in the most regulated industries on the globe have positioned Morrell/Stegner as a perfect choice to serve as a single-source provider of these crucial electrical components. We are able to color code, serialize, test and document each wire and related connectors individually. The design and engineering approach at the beginning of a project ultimately streamlines the manufacturing and assembly processes to assist in timely delivery. These activities also are a great asset relating to ease of maintenance. Our documentation allows for recording system and component performance over time, enabling for upgrades to be made in the future based on real world performance.

Braking Assemblies

Some rides are stationary and are programmed to move up or down and side-to-side on motion platforms based on what is occurring on the screens and sound systems that surround them. Other rides are based on tracks and are powered and controlled by a rail. Regardless of their movement, braking assemblies are required to operate when intended in order to maximize the rider’s experience. Morrell/Stegner has the hydraulic engineering expertise and the fully certified design and build proficiencies to serve as the logical choice for the production of braking assemblies. Each braking assembly we provide our customers is individually tested, documented, and certified. We also match mark all fasteners and assist in the development of quality control and maintenance protocols to enhance the performance and longevity of the vehicles that our braking assemblies are applied.

Pneumatic Safety System Control

In the rare event of a system breakdown due to either a power outage or mechanical failure, it is imperative for safety harness systems to remain operative while the rest of the ride is not functional. Morrell/Stegner provides redundant pneumatic safety system control solutions that actively monitor air pressures of on-board accumulators and communicates via ethernet to the ride’s central control system. Depending on the configuration of the attraction, Morrell/Stegner will design and build centralized and decentralized pneumatic safety system controls to satisfy our customers’ stringent safety requirements. From retrofitting pneumatic safety control systems onto existing amusement park attractions to incorporating these systems into new platforms, Morrell/Stegner’s pneumatic engineering, design, and build capabilities have proven to be valuable asset to our customers.

High Efficiency / Custom Electric Motors

Amusement park attractions require unique propulsion solutions that are durable and efficient while providing smooth and quiet operation through precise motion control. Matching the right electric motors to the function of the overall ride experience demands custom designs for synchronous, asynchronous, and direct current electric motors. Morrell/Stegner has fostered outstanding relationships with premium manufacturers of electric motors around the globe that specialize in designing, engineering, and building custom electric motors that perform in concert with a myriad of on-board systems. From initial prototype support during the development phase to assembly through the entire lifecycle of the attraction, we are also able to provide maintenance schedules, spare parts and back-up systems necessary for years of trouble free performance with a focus on keeping uptime at optimum levels.

Morrell/Stegner is perfectly positioned to serve as the single-source provider of everything relating to the motion and control function of traditional and contemporary amusement park attractions. For over 40 years our design, engineering, prototyping, testing, documentation and certification expertise have played an integral role in manufacturing automobiles, airplanes, tanks, and now, amusement park rides. Our ability to respond to issues from concept to completion and beyond is recognized by some of the largest names in the entertainment industry as indispensible to the completion of a successful project.

Whether you are in the beginning stages of ride development or have recently been contracted to build vehicles for a new attraction based on another firms plans, we encourage you to contact us today: Our involvement will allow your organization to concentrate on your core strengths while we focus on our own.

Solutions for Amusement Park Attractions:
  • Engineering Support
  • Manufacturing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Control & Panel Design
  • Custom Cable Assemblies
  • Wiring Harnesses
  • Braking Assemblies
  • Custom Motion Platforms
  • Observation Wheel Drives & Controls
  • Customized Attraction Drives & Controls
  • Roller Coaster Launchers
  • Power Distribution Panels
  • Pneumatic Safety Controls
  • High Efficiency/Custom Electric Motors
Engineering, Manufacturing, and Quality Support:
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Pneumatic Engineering
  • Lubrication Engineering
  • 100% Testing – No Batch Testing
  • Redundant Safety Systems
  • Serialized Cable Assemblies
  • Creation of Test Procedures
  • Sub-Component Testing
  • Fastener Match Marking
  • Electrical System Design
  • Component Selection
  • Control Reliable Circuits
  • Kitting
Build, Engineering, and Quality Standards:
  • UL Certified
  • NFPA
  • CE
  • CUL
  • OSHA
  • ISO 9001:2008
  • 2003 ISO 9000/2000
  • 2004 TE 2000
  • 2006 ISO 9001:2000
  • 2009 ISO 9001:2008

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