Intamin SLC

Monday, December 11, 2006 12:58 PM
^Like doesn't B&M have the term "inverted" trademarked so no other manufacturer can use it?

Another thing: look at the seating mounts for both the vekoma SLC & the intamin SLC then compare them both to the B&M design.As I mentioned on another board recently the B&M's are rigidly attached to the chassis,where as the SLC's,both vekoma & intamin are not....granted the intamin doesn't have the dampers on either side of the seating coulmn that the vekomas do.

Monday, December 11, 2006 1:44 PM

super7* said:
Yep, Intamin's website says Suspended Looping Coaster...........SLC. Some self-proclaimed "experts" really aren't.

No need for the hostility.

I was not aware that Intamin uses the same naming. The fact remains, however, that the ride most commonly known as the SLC is the Vekoma product.

I develop Retro Games for macOS, iPhone, and iPad when not riding coasters.

Monday, December 11, 2006 3:31 PM
Yea, but the term Intamin SLC is neither wrong nor difficult to understand so I don't see what the issue with using the letters SLC to denote Suspended Looping Coaster is.

On topic though, Intamin SLCs look to be sort of hit or miss. Tornado @ Parque de Atracciones de Madrid looks pretty totally average layout wise... not a whole lot there that's very action packed or interesting in my opinion. Tornado @ Särkänniemi on the other hand looks both quite intense and quite original. After that ride was built I guess I'm kind of surprised to see that more haven't popped up. RCDB doesn't list the price for either existing Intamin SLC, but if I had to guess, I'd imagine that they aren't much cheaper than the similar B&M product, and with B&M's inverted being the more proven, generally higher capacity product, there doesn't seem to be much of an advantage to buying an Intamin SLC over a B&M invert, which may explain it.

To my knowledge, also, B&M's patent for the inverted coaster specifically states that the seats are mounted rigidly to the chassis, which could explain both the naming of Intamin & Vekoma SLC products and the joints connecting the seats to the chassis.

Could someone more knowledged than myself explain the specific differences between Vekoma's & Intamin's trains compared with B&M's, and how they get around B&M's patent?


Monday, December 11, 2006 3:38 PM
rollergator's avatar Part of the confusion comes from the fact that, MOST of the time, each manufacturer has their OWN specific term for each type of ride - even the same element may exist in several mfrs. arsenals under a wide variety of names.

For me, I think either parks have gone crazy asking for, or Intamin has gone overboard marketing...the "hi-tech launched attractions". More to my point, I love what Intamin does with layouts and intensity, esp. with regards to airtime. Seems a shame that almost all of the good "layouts' engineering" (aka Stengel's super-sweet slams) has gotten lost in the shuffle of split-second launch menhanisms....YMMV.


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