A.C. Entertainment Technologies Distributes PLASA Innovation Award-Winning StageSmarts smartPDU

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) was recently appointed as the UK-exclusive distributor for Swedish-based StageSmarts AB’s smartPDU intelligent power distribution system, which received a PLASA Award for Innovation at this year’s show in Olympia, London, UK.

The appointment extends AC-ET’s portfolio of innovative and leading power, distro & dimming brands for all entertainment applications, including touring, theatre, education, and TV / Studio.

AC-ET’s UK Sales & Purchasing Director, Jonathan Walters, commented: “We are delighted to add StageSmarts to our portfolio. As a company always looking for the next true innovation in entertainment technology, the smartPDU really stands out as a game-changer in its product category – something which both the PLASA Awards judging panel and visitors to our stand seemed to agree with.”

The PLASA Awards for Innovation aim to recognise and reward new product ideas and are independently, impartially judged by an invited team of industry experts. They commented on the smartPDU: “It’s a simple time and space-saving power distribution solution that will be welcomed by many rental companies.”

StageSmarts AB was founded in 2015 by Erik Davidson and Mats Karlsson, who between them have over 50 years of experience of using and developing entertainment technologies. Mats Karlsson commented:

“We developed the smartPDU because we believe that given the size, complexity and value of today’s show entertainment technology systems, a ‘fuse-box in a flightcase’ just doesn’t cut it anymore. There’s been an overwhelmingly positive response to the smartPDU from customers, who like its mix of easy to change connectors, real-time data monitoring and other safety features. To receive the PLASA award is a bonus to an already excellent show.”

With AC power distribution being at the heart of any modern event, StageSmarts developed the smartPDU to provide a new level of exceptional functionality, intelligence, quality, reliability and safety. It helps users to keep track of the load situation at any moment, protecting their connected equipment and crew and, when needed, assisting them in quickly diagnosing and sorting out problems.

For complete clarity and peace of mind, the load status can be monitored next to each channel’s circuit breaker, as well as remotely via any device with a web browser, even for multiple smartPDUs. Industrial grade magnetic circuit breakers throughout ensure correct and reliable operation even in the harshest conditions. In addition, the smartPDU features fully distributed RCD functionality for maximum electrical safety and minimum disruption in case of a fault. The units are easy to set up and use, output connectors can be changed quickly and all the main types of connector, including Socapex, Harting and Powercon are accommodated. The smartPDU meets or exceeds the requirements in EN 61439-1, BS 7671 and BS 7909.