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We move everything.


Martin Johannes Trumpf - Project Manager, Bolshoi Theatre Stage Restoration

Creating the right solution for any intelligent motion challenge demands the perfect combination of technology and engineering know-how to satisfy the unique demands of that project. It can mean finding the right, proven products and system, sophisticated application support, forward-thinking and goals-focused project management: our customers set the stage, define the challenge, and we bring all the resources necessary to help move… everything.

It starts with having the right people in place -- like Martin Johannes Trumpf. After six years of restoration, Moscow celebrated the reopening of its world-famous Bolshoi Theater in fall 2011. One of the greatest challenges was completely replacing and upgrading the stage technology. The goal: Provide state-of-the-art machinery for the world famous repertoire of the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet, as well as provide innovative stage systems that now enable the Bolshoi to explore and present new realms of theatrical magic in future.

Martin Johannes Trumpf was one of the Bosch Rexroth “artists” who brought their passion for engineering excellence to bear on this unique project. He led a team of project engineers and stage technology experts to create one of the world’s largest and most advanced stage hydraulic and control systems.

“We did the project planning for the upper and lower machinery of the Bolshoi and developed and installed it. For the theater’s motion technology alone, 600 electric and hydraulic drives were installed, many of which had to be completely conceptualized,” Trumpf said.

Seven moving stages, 22 meters long and weighing up to 70 tons, received new Rexroth hydraulics. Trumpf and his Bosch Rexroth colleagues engineered these stages to operate with smooth, silent motion, at speeds up to 0.7 meters per second. They also incorporated advanced safety technology into the solution: A sophisticated sensor system and numerous software functions in the Rexroth stage control system preclude the possibility of dangerous situations.

The opportunity to merge state-of-the-art technology into the fairytale ambience and beauty of the Bolshoi’s 19th century interiors inspired Trumpf and his team. “Working on such a project, you sometimes don’t know the next challenge. But we are specialists of motion control… it’s what we do,” he said.

“And the chance to see our technology help bring an opera or ballet to life… that’s magic,” he added.