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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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A Quiet Glide and Unistrut® Traveler System

Chuck Adomanis

To avoid the noise typically associated with traveler tracks, the technical designers for the 1997 Yale Repertory Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream developed a system that used P1000 Unistrut® in place of standard traveler track and UHMW glides in place of wheeled carriers to support a pair of tube steel framed flats. This article details construction of the glides.

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FIGURE 1: UHMW GLIDE AND P1000 UNISTRUT® TRACK

UHMW was chosen for its low coefficient of friction and machinability. In constructing the glides, blocks of UHMW were cut to 1½″ × 1½″ × 12″ and then machined down to the ...

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