Fieldens supplies wheels for Take That robot
Stowmarket specialist tyre supplier Fieldens has entered the world of stadium-bothering pop music once again, five years after supplying a series of large Bead Cheetah storage cylinders to a Rolling Stones tour. This time Fieldens helped Take That stage their extravagant tour centrepiece; a 60’ robot named OM.
Much of Take That’s performance revolves around OM, whose frame is manufactured from aluminium and covered with fibreglass, the various joints articulated hydraulically. Standing around 60’ high, OM and his rig weigh around 60 tonnes. Built onto an articulated road trailer OM appears in front of the audience horizontally, slides forward, sits up and eventually stands. OM also moves back and forwards during the show, with movement powered by a set of 18 hydraulically driven flanged wheels, designed and manufactured by Fieldens. The wheels have been press fitted with solid 20x8x16 tyres running in guide rails.
Talking of the project Fieldens MD Neil Rosenthal said: “while these projects are by no means the company’s bread and butter they do result in a high level of interest amongst staff and are a moral booster. They also prove to the wider public – our customers that we are an innovative company capable of handling a wide range of projects and can find a solutions to any problem or crazy request that requires tyres and wheels.”
Other media projects undertaken by Fieldens include the Batmobile and Batbike, and quad bikes regularly starring on Scrapheap Challenge.