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Which system is best for me?

Whether you have a good idea of what you're looking for or no idea where to start, this simple guide can help you determine which type of crowd control solution will best serve you and your business.

Retractable Belt Barriers

Retractable Belt SystemsRetractable belt barrier systems are often the most economical way to implement line management and crowd control. If you're looking for a flexible system that is easy to set-up, simple to store and easy to expand or change, retractable belt barriers are ideal.

You'll find these systems everywhere from airports and retail stores to banks and nightclubs and everywhere in between.

We carry the following retractable belt lines:
  • Tensabarrier by Lawrence
  • Beltrac by Lavi
  • Retracta-Belt by Visiontron
  • QueueMaster by Queue Solutions
  • QueueWay Retractable Belt Barriers

You have the option of purchasing a complete crowd control system kit but in most cases stanchion posts with tape are sold individually. There are several options when choosing the color, finish and style of your base, the post and the length and color of your tape. With each manufacturer offering so many different choices for customization, your options are endless!

Post and Rope Systems

Post and Rope SystemsWhen you want to make an elegant impression, post and rope systems bring both style and efficiency to your crowd control. With a variety of stanchion styles, colors and finishes and tons of rope and chain options, it's easy to create a classy crowd control system that compliments your decor.

Post and rope systems are most often used in theaters, hotels and other upscale venues where appearance really matters. The stanchion post and the ropes are sold separately. In most cases you can interchange parts from different manufacturers for these systems.

Wall Mount Systems

Wall Mount SystemsUnits that mount right to your wall are perfect for creating a barrier that can be implemented quickly, as needed. They can be used together or in conjunction with retractable belt posts.

Most often, wall mount systems are used for closing areas that need to be restricted on particular days or points in a day, such as closing a bathroom for cleaning, or blocking an entrance that isn't open late night.

Outdoor Barriers

Outdoor BarriersMade of extra heavy-duty metals and plastics, these systems are built to withstand the elements and control your crowds! Outdoor barricades work hard and stay tough when you need them to.

Commonly used for concert venues, parks, festivals and other outdoor applications.



How is each brand different?

All three of the manufacturers that we carry offer high-quality products and incredible values. There are a few key differences, highlighted in these charts:

Retractable Belt Systems by Manufacturer

Product Line Tensabarrier
by Lawrence
Beltrac
by Lavi
Value Series
by Visiontron
Retractable Belt Barriers
by QueueWay
Base Heavy cast iron base with a pressed steel cover available in all metals and finishes Weighted steel base with a decorative plastic or steel cover plate

Built-in rubber floor protector
Heavy cast baseweight with built-in rubber floor protector

Black ABS scuff proof base cover coating
Full weight base for maximum stability

Built-in, full circumference rubber floor protector
Post A large variety of heavy-duty post designs are available

Most are made of stainless steel, brass or aluminum (metal varies by post)

All posts are available in a full range of colors & finishes
Made of solid steel, stainless steel, brass and aluminum

Available in a variety of designs, colors & finishes

No adaptors needed to attach signage
Made of heavy gauge aluminum

Comes in black painted finish or polished aluminum finish

Built-in adapter for sign frames
Made of heavy gauge steel that won't scratch or dent

Available with a powdered coat or stainless steel finish

Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Belt Durable polyester belt with a fine weave

Available in a variety of colors

Anti-tamper belt clip

Patented centrifugal braking system with twin brake shoes
Available in several colors

Extend from 0 to 7' or 13' (depending on your post)

Slow retract mechanism

Built-in 4-way adapter

Beltloc automatic locking
2" high black belt

Available in a variety of colors

Extends from 0 to 7'6"

E-Z Back mechanism for slow retraction

Built-in 3-way receptacle

Built-in manual locking clip
Made of heavy duty woven polyester

Extends from 0 to 7'6"

Braking mechanism for slow, safe retraction

Locking belt end to prevent accidental release
Integration Lawrence products should be used with other Lawrence products and are not compatible with other crowd control brands Universal belt clip allows integration with all other domestic manufacturer units, however stanchion heights may vary Universal belt clip allows integration with all other domestic manufacturer units, however stanchion heights may vary QueueWay products should be used with other QueueWay products and are not compatible with other crowd control brands
Assembly Shipped in two pieces; post and base

Easily assembled by screwing the post into the base
Shipped in two pieces; post and base

Easily assembled with a simple twist of a key (included)

Once assembled, post becomes permanently affixed to base and should not be unassembled
Shipped in two pieces

Post screws into baseweight by hand, no tools required
Flat packed, 2 stanchions per box

Easily assembled by screwing the post into the base, no tools required
Signage Signs and sign frames are available from Lawrence and attach easily with an adapter (sold separately) Sign frames are available in a variety of designs and snap right into the top of you post - no adapter necessary Built-in adapter to accept sign frames Signs and sign frames are available and attach easily with an included adapter
Warranty Standard 5 year post warranty Standard 5 year post warranty

3 year mechanism warranty
Standard 5 year warranty on all parts Standard 2 year manufacturer's warranty on all parts

Post and Rope Systems by Manufacturer

Product Line Post & Rope
by Lawrence
Post & Rope
by Lavi
Post & Rope
by Visiontron
Base Heavy cast iron base with a pressed steel cover available in all metals and finishes Cast steel base

Built-in rubber floor protector

Available in a variety of styles
Heavy brass baseweight in the finish of your choice (matches post finish)

Base designs vary by post
Post Most are made of stainless steel, brass or aluminum (metal varies by post)

All posts are available in a full range of finishes
Made of stainless steel or brass, depending on the post

Available in a variety of styles and finishes

Classic architectural styles

Steel inner sleeve for superior durability
Made of stainless steel

Durable tie-rod construction

Available with clear coat, polished chrome, satin chrome or smooth black finishes
Rope Sold separately

Available in several colors and lengths

Choose from naugahyde, velour, poly hemp, twisted, braided or tweed ropes

Choose rope hook ends or snap ends in the finish of your choice
Sold separately

Available in several colors and lengths

Choose from foam core, velvet velour, braided, tweed or vinyl ropes

Rope hook ends and snap ends sold separately
Sold separately

Made with heavy cotton core and covered with velour or durable naugahyde

Snap ends available in polished chrome, polished brass or a black powder coated finish

Available in a variety of lengths
Integration Lawrence ropes are universal and can be used with any Post and Rope stanchion Stanchions are equipped with a universal ring to accept most any rope from any direction

Lavi ropes are universal and can be used with any Post and Rope stanchion
Universal belt clip allows integration with all other domestic manufacturer units

Visiontron ropes are universal and can be used with any Post and Rope stanchion
Assembly Shipped knocked down in two pieces; post and base

Easy assembly required
Shipped in one piece assembled (post permanently attached to base) Shipped knocked down in two pieces; post and base

Easy assembly required
Signage Signs and sign frames are available from Lawrence and attach easily with an adapter (sold separately) Removable finial allows certain posts to accept Lavi Radius Corner Sign Frames Unable to accept sign frames
Warranty Standard 5 year post warranty Standard 1 year post warranty (Beltrac Tempest only)

1 year mechanism warranty (Beltrac Tempest only)
Standard 5 year warranty on all parts


How do I order?

We welcome orders of all sizes.

Remember that no matter how small or large your order is, our sales team is here to help you! Feel free to email us or give us a call at 877-636-3673 if you need assistance.

There are several ways to place your crowd control order.

Online
Place a standard online order using our website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phone
Place a phone order with the help of our experienced Customer Service team by calling at 877-636-3673.

Dedicated Sales Representative
Work with a Commercial Sales Representative. Click here to get in touch and we'll get you started.

No matter how you place your order, you'll have to make a few key decisions first:

  • Determine which type of crowd control system is right for you
  • Figure out what kind of layout you will use and how many posts you will need. The rule of thumb for retractable belt systems is to place a post every 6-feet. For Post and Rope systems, stanchions should be slightly closer to one another (approximately 5'7" apart) so the ropes hang properly with a slight dip. Check out the suggested layouts below for some standard layouts and ideas (create a compilation diagram with suggested layouts from kit diagrams)
  • Choose your stanchion posts, including their color and their finish
  • Choose your belt or rope type, depending on what type of system you've selected
  • Don't forget any accessories or signage you might need.


Need Help?
Call or email us at any point in the ordering process, and we'll walk you through it!



How should I arrange my posts?

The following are diagrams of suggested layouts for effective crowd control, using stanchion and tape or post and rope.

6-Post Systems
Suggested Layouts for 6 Post Crowd Control Systems


9-Post Systems
Suggested Layouts for 9 Post Crowd Control Systems


16-Post Systems
Suggested Layouts for 16 Post Crowd Control Systems


20-Post Systems
Suggested Layouts for 20 Post Crowd Control Systems


Can I mix and match brands?

Some of our crowd control products are universal and will work with products from any manufacturer, while many others are designed specifically for a certain brand.

Whenever a product is designed exclusively for a particular manufacturer, it is noted in the product title and description.

To avoid any unnecessary inconveniences, we suggest to sticking to one manufacturer for all of your system components.



When will I receive my order?

Shipping times vary per product and they are listed at the bottom of each product page.

Should you have any questions regarding estimated shipping times or options, give us a call at 877-636-3673.