Inaugurated in 1989, the Opera House “L’Opéra Bastille” in Paris, France is a modern theater designed by Carlos Ott. It houses a main auditorium with 2,745 seats, a 500-seat amphitheater and a 230-seat studio theater – all set on a huge area of more than 160,000 m2. What is even more intriguing than the sheer size of the opera house visible to visitors, is the view behind the scenes. Backstage, there is a unique stage system that is used to move and switch out entire stage sets with complete decoration – and a control system with WIKA Mobile Control components and software is right in the middle of it.
WIKA Mobile Control's official French dealer ESCAL systèmes et services took on this project. The goal was to develop a control system for loading and unloading a high rack. Functioning like a chest of drawers, the system can be used to store and retrieve entire stage elements – even automatically if required! The central operating element for the user is an intuitive and user-friendly console. The touch display is used for loading and unloading, selecting operating modes and checking important safety variables.
WIKA Mobile Control system elements include a vSCALE D6 console and a cSCALE S6 control unit with five CANopen interfaces. The vSCALE console boasts a 12” high-resolution display, 1024 MB RAM, 8 GB NAND Flash and an IP65 protection rating. The cSCALE used for the Opera project controls all processes behind the scenes with a 32-bit/500 MHz CPU and customized programming. In combination with various safety functions outside the actual WIKA Mobile Control System, it enables the safe maneuvering of enormous loads and efficient processes behind the stage. The control cSCALE S6 is the tailored control solution for mobile machinery and offers the full range of modularity. The base module is individually extendible up to 400 I/Os! Available with either IP20 or IP66/67 protection rating, the control can be installed in switch cabinets as well as withstanding the most adverse environmental conditions.