LITEC has recently introduced a new concept in heavy-duty portable roofs - the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System. The MyT Folding Steroid was purpose-designed by LITEC engineers to answer the needs of live event companies that require colossal structures with extreme loading capacities, while optimizing transport costs and reducing storage requirements.
The successful debut of the MyT Steroid Folding Roof System was at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy, which served as both a test build and massive roof structure for an important live concert. The custom made 30 x 15 metre MyT Folding Steroid Roof System was expertly delivered and erected by Massimo Stage, one of Europe’s premier event production and rental companies that specializes in big events.
The modular, self-contained design of the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System consists of heavy duty components that are a hybrid of folding EN AW-7003 T6 aluminium mother grid truss sections, 85cm x 85cm EN AW-6082 T6 aluminium towers and key structural elements in S355 steel like modular ballast bases, sleeve block and safety block.
A ground-breaking feature of the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System is the folding design of its mother grid truss that allows a single person to fold and store a single 3-metre section in less than 3 minutes. This unique folding design decreases each section from 84 x 146 cm to 31 x 146 cm (63% reduction in width!), thus reducing storage space requirements and transport costs.
The unique, folding aluminium mother grid truss sections are assembled without any welding to optimise performance and eliminate any issues relating to weld heat affected zones. This unique construction also creates a 100% serviceable truss, with any damaged or worn parts easily replaceable. With these features combined, the roof system has a remarkable capacity of up to 40-tons with free-span capabilities up to 35 metres with extremely low deflection.
The aluminium towers have a maximum payload of 18,500 kg at 17 meters height and feature 70 x 5 mm main chords, 50 x 4 mm brace / diagonal and a steel fork connection system.
The S355 steel design elements contribute to the distinctive modular and self-contained environment of the MyT Folding Steroid system. Multi-directional sleeve blocks feature a mechanical safety lock system that secures the block from drop and lift when used in conjunction with the safety block. The Safety Block mechanical locking system contains a telescopic tube and easily accessible lever mechanism. A fully integrated tower base support system features a modular steel ballast system with connections on all six sides .
Massimo Stage srl was the first company to purchase the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System after LITEC introduced them to this new structure and its unique design elements. Massimo Stage has been servicing the entertainment industry for over twenty years and takes part in a wide range of events. They offer qualitatively high-standards in the arrangement of space, with maximum safety and reliability as their company’s trademark.
Features of the LITEC MyT Folding Steroid Roof System delivered to Massimo Stage:
- 50-metre stage frontage (including 18 metres of P.A.)
- Colossal 23 metre high and 20 metre deep stage area
- 27,000 kg maximum payload capacity
- Certified operational wind speed of up to 27 metre per second
- Steel sleeve blocks and steel tower base ballasts
- Unique, fully mechanical steel safety block solution
- Fully integrated tower base with a modular steel ballast system (1.2t each)
LITEC sat down with Massimo Stage’s Managing Director Gennaro Chinelli to discuss his company’s initial experience with the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System.
What are the reasons you decided upon the purchase of the Litec MyT Folding Steroid truss structure?
Gennaro Chinelli: “The main reason was to be in a position to satisfy market demand where artists ask for more and more competitive structures with high load capacities and better performance.
What qualities of LITEC MyT Folding Steroid truss are most important for you?
Gennaro Chinelli: Being manufactured with the special 7003 T6 aluminium alloy enables very high load capacities. The MyT Folding Steroid System also allows for quick set up, while guaranteeing high safety standards. Finally, this truss is foldable and that means easier storage thus reducing transport costs.
How did build-up of the structure go in Naples?
Gennaro Chinelli: Despite our lack of experience with the structure, since we only knew it on paper, we had no difficulty with build up even though it was our first installation.
How did the structure perform at the live event?
Gennaro Chinelli: The artist and the crew were amazed and extremely satisfied.
Did the structure meet your expectations?
Gennaro Chinelli: Yes. Totally.
How did breakdown of the structure go?
Gennaro Chinelli: Everything went according to schedule, despite it being constructed in the centre of the San Paolo Stadium pitch.
What are your plans for use of this structure in the future?
Gennaro Chinelli: We have already received several inquiries for this structure for some very important events in Italy and abroad.
Did LITEC provide you with the service you required?
Gennaro Chinelli: Yes. We had impeccable assistance from LITEC. They were real professionals who went above and beyond the call of duty. We received immediate answers and solutions to our problems. They assisted us in fully constructing the structure.
Would you recommend the LITEC brand and its products to other rental and event production companies?
Gennaro Chinelli: Absolutely. LITEC is a serious company, has excellent products with high quality standards, and charges quite reasonable prices.
LITEC Sales Manager Raffaella Scaccia was deeply involved in this project and worked closely with Massimo Stage in the sale, delivery and buildup of the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System. When asked about her participation, she commented: “We are pleased to have cooperated with Massimo Stage for this big project. LITEC have striven to develop a high quality and performing structure that meets our customers’ needs and deliver exceptional service. Our company has always been devoted to doing the best possible work for our clients to ensure creativity, innovation and design. The exchange of knowledge with our business partners is fundamental to achieving mutual success.”
With the MyT Folding Steroid Roof System now officially launched and available on the world market, LITEC looks forward to more and more events being injected with its power.