Seat mechanism on BORG Assimilator fails

Monday, March 19, 2007 12:51 PM
Submitted this to news but until then...

http://www.charlotte.com/112/story/56142.html

From the article it sounds like the mechanism that keeps the seat engaged in the flying position failed, and some sort of other built-in safety feature stopped the ride on the tracks before it entered the loop. 7 employees sent to the hospital, treated and released.

So I guess that's what happens when one of these fails, although I'm not sure I understand what causes the ride to stop on the tracks when the mechanism becomes disengaged. Perhaps someone else could offer some insight? Either way, the ride will likely not open for opening weekend this weekend...

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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:01 PM
It's probably a safety lock-out or some sort. My guess would be this: If the G's going through a loop are say, 4 for a given loop in the laying down position. The same loop, in a seated position may cause a greating amount of G's on a differant part of the body, causing problems. When the ride malfunctions, it stops to prevent this.

Again, just my guess.

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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:06 PM
I would guess that on the train there are some sort of brakes that deploy if the seats are not in the lay down position or the lock fails. I have no proof of this but it just seems logical. *** Edited 3/19/2007 5:06:59 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***
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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:07 PM
There has to be some sort of brake on the train itself that can stop it anywhere on the course. (Unless the bottom of the loop has a brake run.) I never knew coaster trains had brakes on them - learn something new every day!
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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:30 PM
Kings Island Maintenance,

Enjoy your new ride!

-Geauga Lake Maintenance

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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:35 PM
AFIK the vekoma flyers don't have any track mounted brakes aside from the final block brake so there'd be no way to halt the train after it has gone over the lift wether the GAU is locked or not.

I wonder if this will have any effect on Batwing's operational status this year? it could be a serious flaw in either the vehicle design or in maintenance which needs to be corrected before anybody gets injured.

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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:44 PM

Rob Ascough said:
Kings Island Maintenance,

Enjoy your new ride!

-Geauga Lake Maintenance


LOL, well said!


The big question is: Will the employees sue?
;)

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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:44 PM
Seven employees were injured so someone already did get injured. It's now a matter of stopping it from injuring more people.
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Monday, March 19, 2007 2:56 PM
In this post http://www.*************.com/stories_view.php/1947/carowinds_borg_malfunctions_tests.html

It says a safety featured caused the train to "roll-back" to a stop. I'm very curious to know what this "safety feature" is. I had always assumed that if the lay-down locking mechanism failed, the trains would valley because the change in arrow dynamics and wind resistance would automatically slow it down too much to complete the circuit. With no mid-course brake, I can't imagine what feature could be on the ride in order to stop it from attempting to complete the course as usual.

They may be slower and less-intense but, at least this is one thing the B&M flyers don't have to worry about.

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Monday, March 19, 2007 3:08 PM
Scooter, the employees could sue on the grounds of injuries sustained while performing assigned tasks and unsafe working conditions
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Monday, March 19, 2007 3:10 PM
^^ Dang, that S&S takeover at Arrow affects more than we thought? :)
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Monday, March 19, 2007 3:12 PM

RollerCoastin!!!! said:


because the change in arrow dynamics and wind resistance would automatically slow it down too much to complete the circuit.


The ride is Vekoma, now Arrow. ;)

That said, I never caught the pun until just now...

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Monday, March 19, 2007 3:45 PM
I, of course, meant aero. Force of habit caused the error.
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Monday, March 19, 2007 3:49 PM
I've always had a love/hate relationship with BORG. On one hand, it's a fun ride. The loop is awesome and I love the Vekoma riding position way more than the Beemer hanging position. That said, I always took issue with putting a Vekoma POS front and center in the park and now look, it'll probably be a paperweight right front and center of the park for the next couple weeks.
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Monday, March 19, 2007 3:59 PM
ANDY....Force vectors, Arrow dynamics.... ;)

:)

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Monday, March 19, 2007 4:15 PM
That was bad!
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Monday, March 19, 2007 4:21 PM
"...and then the Borg came."
-Malcolm McDowell
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Monday, March 19, 2007 4:35 PM
I am Dyslexic or Borg: "Prepare to have your ass laminated!"
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Monday, March 19, 2007 5:02 PM

Hopman said:
I am Dyslexic or Borg...

Yup...

;)

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Monday, March 19, 2007 5:28 PM
At least it's a really cool-looking giant paperweight! :)
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