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Top 3 Reasons to Choose Firefly

The Firefly is the only cable protector on the market that is designed specifically as an entertainment cable protector. If you are a member of the entertainment industry and several reasons to choose a Firefly entertainment cable protector over a standard cable protector. 1. The Firefly entertainment cable protector is more visible in dark areas While […]

What Sets Firefly Apart?

The Firefly is the only illuminated cable protector on the market.It’s summer time and that means concerts and music festivals are in full swing. In the entertainment industry, cable protection is paramount; particularly for temporary venues that don’t have permanent cable and cable protection installations in place. The Firefly is our custom-made cable protection solution for the entertainment industry. The Firefly has many great features, but the most striking are the illuminated ramps. The Firefly has the unique distinction of being the only illuminated cable protector on the market.

Digital Product Spotting: Cable Protectors in Video Games

Our cable protectors are truly applicable in almost every industry, and now they have transcended the digital barrier and can be found in the exciting virtual worlds of several big-budget video games, such as The Division, NBA Live, NBA2K, Hitman, and Grand Theft Auto V.   Grand Theft Auto V Hollywood? Not exactly, but Grand […]

The Top Five Reasons the Best Entertainment Venues Choose Linebacker Cable Protectors

Cable protection is an often overlooked, yet crucial part of safety in the entertainment industry. Here at Checkers, we offer a wide range of cable covers and ramps designed to fit with any application and cable run. Here are the top five reasons why our products are the best fit for your venue:

5. Innovative modular designs fit any cable run

Nearly all of our cable protectors boast modular abilities. This is key for entertainment venues, as different types of events will require different cable lengths and configurations. Our cable ramps can be easily linked end to end by simply snapping our patented connectors together with a light press of a foot or hand. This makes setup a breeze, regardless of the length of cable needed for the event. The Guard Dog cable protector is a great example of this type of product, as its “Dog Bone” connectors allow configurations of any length. Additionally, we offer models that can be linked side by side, in such a way to accommodate an unlimited number of cables. The Yellow Jacket AMS is a great example of this type of product. This flexibility is what gives Linebacker cable covers the edge in the entertainment business.

Gaffer Tape vs. Cable Protectors

Chose cable protectors over gaffer tape to save money in the long run
When it comes to protecting cables at entertainment venues, operations managers have a lot of options to choose from. At Checkers, we pride ourselves on manufacturing our Linebacker line of cable protectors from top of the line polyurethane. This ensures our products will be durable and long lasting, giving them an advantage over some temporary solutions. One of these which is popular in the entertainment industry is gaffer tape. Some of the advantages that gaffer tape offers are its low cost and quick installation. Indeed, you can buy a 50-yard roll of gaffer tape for around $10, which puts the price per foot around 7 cents. Let’s examine a hypothetical scenario:

Checkers is Rebranding!

Checkers is rebranding to feature a power brand structureAs those who have visited our website in the past few days have no doubt noticed, Checkers is rebranding! It all starts at the top of the page with our new, sleek logo and name: Checkers Safety Group. In 2015, we acquired seven different companies, all bringing different safety solutions to the marketplace, and as such, the “industrial safety products” portion of our name had to be altered. “Safety Group” emphasizes our mission: to provide revolutionary product designs and visionary safety solutions that protect people, assets, and the environment.

Checkers Safety Group | Cine Gear 2016

The Firefly will be displayed at Cine Gear 2016Checkers Safety Group will be exhibiting at Cine Gear 2016 from June 2nd to the 5th, in Los Angeles, CA. Cine Gear is the premier annual trade show for professionals in the technology, entertainment and media industries. Not only a trade show, Cine Gear features film series competition screenings, seminars, and master classes, making it a crucial destination all things entertainment. Checkers has become a staple at Cine Gear, displaying our signature cable protectors, including the Yellowjacket for nineteen years running.

Checkers Runs the Colfax Marathon!

Colfax marathon cable protectionDubbed “The Ultimate Urban Tour,” the Colfax Marathon has become an annual Denver event ever since it’s inception in 2006. This year, Checkers sponsored three relay teams of five, as well as several individual runners participating in the 5k and half marathon events. While Colorado claims to offer 300 days of sunshine a year, this was not the case on Sunday, as runners woke to a gray sky and cool temperatures. Not that many minded however, as these conditions were ideal for the long race. Team 2 took home the trophy this year, clocking a time of 4 hours and 4 minutes. We are all very proud of them, they did a great job. As the runners traversed the route, we couldn’t help but spot cable protectors. Nearly every relay handoff point featured a cable protection run, crucial to keeping runners safe.

Checkers Safety Group | NAB 2016

nab artCheckers Safety GroupCheckers Safety Group will be exhibiting at this year’s NAB Show from April 18th to the 21st in Las Vegas, NV. Boasting over 1,700 exhibitors and over 100,000 media and entertainment professionals, NAB unleashes the entertainment industry, showcasing dynamic innovation and cutting-edge solutions. With nine different pavilions, each featuring a focus on a different emerging technology, NAB is home to the most exciting trends in the industry.

Film Set Safety

Checkers cable protection for film set safetyWith the bright lights and flashy special effects, it’s easy to forget that film sets are just as much work sites as construction zones or factory floors, and as such, film set safety is imperative. This recent article from OH&S reminds us of this, reporting on charges against Foodles Production Ltd over an incident that resulted in an injury to actor and national treasure Harrison Ford during the filming of “The Force Awakens.” Fortunately, Ford escaped the film with only a broken leg, far better off than his character, Han Solo. Still, this unfortunate accident highlights some of the safety hazards in the entertainment industry, hazards that we here at Checkers offer solutions to solve. Below are some of the innovative products we’ve designed with the entertainment industry in mind.

Check Out Our New Checkers Catalog!

New Checkers CatalogWe are excited to announce that we have a new Checkers catalog for the 2016 year! Last year, Checkers grew exponentially, with AlturnaMATs, SVE, Zigma Ground Solutions, Firefly, GNR Technologies, Superior Manufacturing Group, and Terraplas all joining the Checkers family. As you can no doubt imagine, our catalog had to undergo substantial changes. Today, we’ll be going over some of those changes to help you find the solutions you need. To start out, you’ll see we’ve changed our color coding system. In last year’s catalog, we had a different color for nearly every product page. This year, we’ve streamlined the organization in the new Checkers catalog to make it easier than ever to find exactly what you need.

Checkers Safety Group | The Rental Show 2016

Checkers Safety Group will be exhibiting at The Rental Show from February 22nd to the 24th, in Atlanta, GA. This year will be the 60th annual show for the ARA, and to commemorate this historical event, special displays will be set up around the convention hall with pictures and memories from past shows. For those without a nostalgic […]

Checkers Industrial | ATSSA 2016

Checkers is exhibiting at ATSSA 2016Checkers Industrial Safety ProductsCheckers Industrial Safety Products will be exhibiting at the 46th annual ATSSA Traffic Expo from January 31st to February 2nd in New Orleans, LA. The premier event for roadway safety professionals, ATSSA 2016 will be hosting over 200 exhibiting companies this year and featuring a wide variety of cutting edge traffic safety solutions. Drop by the Checkers booth, #2013, to get a look at our innovative line of beacons and barricade lights, as well as our newer products from our GNR line.

Checkers Industrial | NPE 2016

Checkers will be at NPE 2016Checkers Industrial Safety Products will be exhibiting at NPE 2016 from January 27th to the 30th, in Charlotte, NC. All the latest and greatest equipment, tools, products, and services designed explicitly for the paving and pavement maintenance industry will be on display at NPE, including new additions of concrete and landscaping exhibits. It won’t be all work and no play at NPE however, as attendees will be treated to the exclusive NASCAR Night, a networking and entertainment experience at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. You can find us in booth #1065, where we will be displaying a variety of our exciting products, including our GNR parking lot solutions.

First Look: Firefly Illuminated Cable Protector

With the newest addition to our cable protector family, the Firefly Illuminated Cable Protector, Checkers continues to bring innovation to the cable protection market. Illumination is the name of the game with the Firefly, as this unique cable protector features battery powered LED lights, available in either red or blue, molded into its all-weather polyurethane side ramps. […]

Cine Gear Expo 2015

Checkers Industrial Safety Products will be exhibiting at Cine Gear Expo on June 5th- 6th at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Cine Gear Expo has been the premier Film, Video, and Digital Media Expo for the entertainment industry for 19 years.

NAB Expo 2015

Checkers Industrial Safety Products will be exhibiting at the NAB Expo on April 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV. The NAB show brings broadcasting professionals together from all over the world for the largest annual broadcasting event.