The Anatomy of a Rope Stanchion

A rope and stanchions set up is one of the most effective ways to control crowds available. There are many different types and styles of ropes and stanchions, so they can match any event, any venue, and any configuration that a business needs to keep people safe and retain control over crowded situations. If you’re in the market for a rope and stanchion setup, it may be important to know the anatomy of a rope stanchion to better understand how they work.

What Are the Parts?

A stanchion basically consists of three parts: the base, the post, and the head. The base will usually be heavier and have a base cover. The part that connects the base to the post is called a wedge. The post can be made from a variety of materials, usually plastic or metal. Some posts will have a place to add a rope at about the middle of the post. The head might contain a retractable belt with a spring mechanism that allows the belt to be stored economically with the stanchion. It will also have a place where belts can be attached. On retractable belt heads, this connector is called a spline.

Why They Work

A movable stanchion and a velvet rope or tiny chain couldn’t stop anyone who wanted to move it. However, a rope and stanchions setup for crowd control is effective because it’s commonplace in American society. People know what the rope and stanchions mean, and they follow the rules of etiquette in regards to them. Standing in line at the bank, at amusement parks waiting for a ride, and at a concert venue waiting to get in, the rope and stanchion guides people to their place in line based on their order of arrival. IT also helps people to know where the beginning and the end of the line are, and for private transactions, a clearly marked queue, or line, can keep people away from the counter.

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