After many initial field tests and user feedback, ARRI started serial production of the new LED luminaire Orbiter, that is being shipped to customers all across the world. Orbiter is an extremely bright and powerful, directional LED fixture with an output similar to that of the corresponding HMI systems. With its changeable optics, Orbiter can transform into many different types of lampheads including projection (profile), open face, and soft light. All systems in Orbiter are completely have been designed with versatility in mind. The features include a fast processor, ample memory, expanded connectivity, a built-in array of sensors, and weatherproof housing.
Orbiter’s new six-color light engine with a red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED delivers a wider color gamut, more accurate colors, and most importantly, higher color rendition across the entire CCT range. Skin tones look natural. Orbiter has a larger CCT range of 2,000 to 20,000 K with ultra-high color rendition across all color temperatures. The combination of three dimming techniques provides smooth dimming down to zero without color changes or jumps.
The Quick Lighting Mount (QLM) in Orbiter allows for optics with vastly different properties to be attached to the fixture. The high-output, directional beam of the open face optic is ideal for throwing light long distances. The high precision of the projection optics creates a perfect circle of light that can be shaped with cutters, focus, and gobos, while the dome optic provides omnidirectional, soft light, great for illuminating large spaces.
Orbiter is manufactured at the ARRI Lighting factory in Stephanskirchen, Germany, that works closely with a partner network of companies from the region, which was already established for the production of the SkyPanel. Orbiter comes with an extended three-year warranty as well as five years for electronic parts. Spare parts will be available for ten years.
The headquarters and the entire Camera Systems division are relocated from ARRI’s historical location in Munich’s Tuerkenstrasse to Munich’s Parkstadt Schwabing. Inspired by the architecture of American film studios, the new ARRIAL at Herbert Bayer Strasse 10 provides 17,500 square meters (over 188,368 ft.) of net-floor space for offices and an additional 15,000 square meters (over 161,458 ft.) of storage, usable space, and parking. The building consists of two spacious, interconnected building blocks for the production and offices with more than 600 workspaces. The parking spaces in the underground parking levels are equipped with e-charging stations and the bicycle parking space for employees also provide charging facilities for e-bikes. The electricity for them is produced by solar panels on the roof while any surplus energy is fed into the network.
At the opening on October 6, 2020 ARRI Executive Board members Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser and Markus Zeiler, the Managing Directors of ARRI Cine Technik Stephan Schenk and Walter Trauninger, and the members of the Supervisory Board Dr. Carolin Stahl and Christoph Stahl welcomed Judith Gerlach, Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs.“With around 1,400 employees and numerous branches worldwide, ARRI is truly a global player,” sums up Executive Board member Markus Zeiler. “With this new building, ARRI is committing itself to Munich as a production and innovation location in the future.”
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