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Protocol is a quarterly publication featuring columns and articles of interest to professionals in the entertainment technology industry on business and technical topics, current standards issues, certification developments, and trade shows.  Since its inception in 1994, Protocol has grown to become the leading source of information for businesses in the field of entertainment technology.

Between its covers you will find a variety of articles on topics ranging from:

  • Business - marketing, insurance, information technologies, accounting, legal issues, and money-saving techniques specific to operating a business in the entertainment technology industry
  • Technology - articles encompassing new technologies and the proper use of existing technologies
  • Industry Developments - track the progress being made in Technical Standards, Certification, and Technical Education
  • News - watch Protocol for information on upcoming trade shows and events, awards, and membership benefits

This edition’s highlights include:

    • “The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Celebrates 10 Years” with highlights by Tim Hansen

    • Miriam Paschetto writes about ballast-anchored guys for stabilizing outdoor entertainment structures

    • Ken Vannice explains “When to Use What Where How—Codes and Standards Untangled”

    • Michael Hesmond describes “Build Your Own DMX Tester”

    • Steven Adelman shares the must read “Best Practices: A Legal Disclaimer”

    • In this edition of “BizQuestions,” David Schraffenberger covers “The Sales Channel Demystified: Explaining the Relationship between Dealers, Reps, and Manufacturers”—it is a great teaser for the Business Resource Group’s session on the same topic planned for LDI.

    • Bill Sapsis shares the insider’s view on writing the first ETCP Rigging exam 10 years ago

    • Bill Groener’s “Soft Sell” column offers insightful thoughts about improving your sales skills by always giving your best effort.

    • Mike Wood’s “Out of the Wood” column tackles the fundamental physical law of etendue—that a light beam can never decrease as it passes through an optical system. Read more in this informative column!

    • “Shadow, Light, and Truth” by Richard Cadena addresses how to calculate the current in a three-phase system—even if there are non-linear loads and loads with a power factor other than unity.

    • “Standards Watch” reminds readers to check those National Electrical Code, NFPA 70 TIAs!

    • This installment of ETCP News is written by Mark Witteveen—he describes the tiers of safety and how ETCP Certification helps define them.

    • Richard Cadena updates readers from PLASA Focus: Kansas City’s show floor and informative professional development program

    • Technical Standards Program News updates the busy progress of PLASA’s TSP program

    • The recent Cine Gear Expo was a busy show for PLASA members as outlined in Production Equipment Rental Group News by Harry Box.

    • Follow the PLASA Foundation News to learn about Behind the Scenes initiatives in both NA and the UK—and see the photos from the UK’s Go-Karting Day for BTS!

    • Read about the successful PLASA Focus: Leeds show

    • NA and EU Directions columns from your regional chairs

    • New PLASA Members

    And much more!


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