Queues are Safer Now, Thanks to Trusty Magnets

Designing efficient crowd control queues for many applications can be a challenge. You need to consider space requirements, people flow, wait times, budget and so many other factors. The end goal is to provide your valued patrons an understanding of where to go and what to expect, providing an optimal brand experience. But beyond efficiency and guidance, you also need to ensure that everyone is safe.

Planning for safe, quick evacuation in the event of an emergency is critical.

Every building has plans for emergency evacuations that take multiple codes into account, including both the actual exits and a clear path to reach them from any occupied space. International Fire Code states, “Each secured physical barrier shall automatically retract or swing to an unobstructed open position in the direction of egress…”(1) Panic can ensue when those paths are blocked, resulting in a loss of control, putting everyone’s safety in jeopardy.

To put it simply, queue stanchions with belts or ropes can inhibit your patrons from safely reaching exits in the event of emergencies. They can also block first responders from quickly reaching someone in need of help.

Because of this, international and state level fire codes have adopted quick egress policies from queues in the event of any emergency. So, you need a solution that not only guides crowds around your facility, but also allows them to bypass those defined queues when required.

Visiontron creates a magnetically appealing solution.

The answer turns out to be very simple: magnets. The solution needed to meet two basic requirements:

  1. Securely attach the retractable belt or rope to the stanchion when in use.
  2. Easily break away in emergencies.

Along with the consultation of a Fire Marshal, our engineers went to work designing and testing multiple samples until they came up with a reliable solution. Ensuring that the solution provided uninhibited egress from a queue, Magnetic Breakaway products were born.

Retractable belt stanchion solution:

RETRACTA-BELT® Magnetic Belt Ends create strong connections between the belt and a mounted post, preventing accidental removal from fidgety patrons. However, they easily disengage as a person walks through with any force from the side. The belt then immediately and safely retracts into the post to avoid becoming a tripping hazard. You can upgrade your existing solution without the need to purchase new stanchions. Contact a People Guidance Pro for details.

Classic Post+Rope stanchion solution:

Our Classic Post+Rope stanchions, and any competitor’s products, can be fitted with Magnetic Breakaways. In the event of an emergency, that connection will break under similar force to prevent panic and allow clear access to egress points. The Magnetic Breakaways for ropes are available in three finishes to match existing rope ends and wall connectors. Upgrades to your Post+Rope stanchions are simple. The Magnetic Breakaway is an additional part that joins two ropes at the center, attaching easily to existing snap ends, to provide a panic break solution for doorways and other egress points.

With Hoover Dam, this attraction is undeniable.

The architect assigned to redesign the Hoover Dam Visitors Center requested a quote for an elegant, sturdy line management solution. While the team was impressed with our patented, secure MINI-SOCKET® base mounts that have the smallest possible footprint for a ‘floating posts’ look, there were still concerns about the safety of visitors. They worried that standard belts would not easily provide safe exiting from the queue in event of an emergency.

Our RETRACTA-BELT Magnetic Belt Ends proved to be the ideal solution that made the architect, management and inspecting Fire Marshal happy. Now the Hoover Dam Visitors Center has an efficient queuing solution that not only looks elegant and functions well but will keep their patrons safe in event of an emergency.

1) 2018 International Fire Code; Chapter 10 Means of Egress; Section 1010.3.2 Security Access Turnstiles; Paragraph 5.

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Visiontron — The People Guidance Pros

We at Visiontron believe it’s our job to enhance each and every person’s experience. From small retail stores to the world’s busiest airports, our products and solutions are there to help people get the most from their time with you.

Need help selecting the best products for your location? Get in touch with a People Guidance Pro today at 631-582-8600. We’ve been in the industry for 50+ years and we love to help! Tell us about your current situation. Let’s see if we can solve your challenges together.

Visiontron’s Guide to Guards

Which Guard is Right For You?

Keeping customers and employees separated will create a safe experience for all. Sneeze Guards come in many styles and materials to accommodate any budget and application. Here are some examples.

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Designing the “New Counter Experience”

Please Wait Here

The new counter experience is all about feeling safe. Customers and staff want to know that there are procedures and equipment in place to protect and separate. Emphasize this message throughout the entire customer journey.

Exit This Way

Messaging and equipment are just as important once the transaction is completed. Limit cross-traffic interactions with one-way flows and provide additional sanitizer dispensers near the exit.

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Designing the “New Queue”

The new normal is dictating changes in how we interact and go about doing business while keeping employees and customers healthy. Here are some tips to update or create a more guarded and distanced queue.

This System Works for New Queues of All Shapes and Sizes

These are just some sample floor plan configurations. Contact a People Guidance Pro at 631-582-8600 or Sales@Visiontron.com to discuss options that fit your application. You can learn more about these and other products at Visiontron.com.

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Crowd Control for the “New Normal”

For over 50 years, we’ve been manufacturing products that guide people to ensure a safe, organized journey. See how many of our new and existing products help as the world focuses on a more distanced, guarded and safer path ahead.

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Visiontron Creates a Magnetically Appealing Product that Satisfies International Fire Code

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The architect assigned to redesign the Hoover Dam Visitors Center requested a quote for an elegant, sturdy queue solution. We quoted our Premium ADA-compliant Dual Line RETRACTA-BELT® posts with our patented MINI-SOCKET® base mount, which has the smallest possible footprint and looks really sleek.

Hoover Dam had concerns that the belts would not easily open to provide safe exiting from the queue in the event of an emergency, so our expert engineers went to work on designing a magnetic Breakaway Belt compatible with our RETRACTA-BELT products. They had built and destroyed, rebuilt and then destroyed less, multiple samples until they
finally had a reliable solution that provided uninhibited egress from a line. Satisfying the architect, the Fire Marshal and Hoover Dam, the order for custom stanchions with Breakaway Belts was placed.

We’ve since added Breakaway Belts as an upgrade to our standard RETRACTA-BELT product line, which can work with several of our base options for a variety of installation and aesthetic requirements. To be compliant, customers can easily upgrade existing models to save the cost of replacing an entire stanchion.

Thanks to Hoover Dam, Fire Marshals everywhere will give customers using RETRACTA-BELT posts Breakaway Belts two thumbs up!

Crowd Control Products Featured: RETRACTA-BELT Posts & Accessories


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for 50+ years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK Airport

JetBlue selected Visiontron to outfit their state-of-the-art, 26-gate terminal at JFK Airport with indoor and outdoor RETRACTA-BELT® posts, Q-PANEL® rigid systems, Baggage Sizers, and custom signage.


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

Visiontron Introduces New Line of High-Quality, Low-Cost Crowd Control Products

Visiontron Corp. is proud to launch Visiontron PRIME, a new full line of Crowd Control stanchions and accessories. The RETRACTA-BELT® PRIME and PRIME Classic Post+Rope product lines were developed to meet customer’s demand for a high-quality, low-cost way to maintain crowds.

Retracta-Belt Prime 10' Retractable Belt Crowd Control Stanchion

“We’re excited about this line because each item is economically priced, and features technology and materials that will outperform any other low-cost stanchion on the market,” says Joseph N. Torsiello Jr., President of Visiontron Corp. “We’re not aiming to be the cheapest post on the market, we’re aiming to be the best product at the right price point.”

Classic Velvet Crowd Control Rope for Prime Line Posts
Prime Classic Post and Rope Crowd Control Stanchion

RETRACTA-BELT PRIME stanchions feature 10’ belt lengths – 43% longer than other posts in the industry – with a slow and safe brake, standard rubber floor protectors to prevent floor scuffing, hundreds of post finish colors including plated brass, belt end upgrades and more. PRIME Classic Post+Rope stanchions are the elegant queueing solution for higher end look and feel. Three post top styles and hundreds of post colors offer endless combinations for an upscale queue line to match any décor. All this combined with Knocked-Down shipping, a standard Three Year Warranty and competitive pricing makes Visiontron PRIME a serious contender in the low-cost stanchion market.

Prime HD Crowd Control Sign Frame with Adapter and Inserts

Visiontron PRIME launch coincides with the introduction of exclusive EVERstraight® PRIME Technology, developed by Visiontron engineers to keep posts straight. Leaning posts are a major problem in the industry because they create sloppy and uneven queue lines, while also reducing the life of the post. Visiontron analyzed other posts and corrected their flaws to deliver a product that remains straight.

Visiontron stanchions and other products are frequently purchased by airports, amusement parks, casinos, banks, industrial plants, arenas, stadiums, venues, government buildings, retailers, casinos, cruise ships, theaters and the safety industry.


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

Visiontron Introduces a Green Crowd Control Post for Environmentally Conscious Customers

Visiontron responds to customers looking for Green products with the RETRACTA-BELT® Utility Post. Recyclable aluminum, a RECYCLED-RUBBER base and innovative packaging minimize impact on the environment as well as your wallet.

15' Retractable Belt Outdoor Utility Crowd Control Safety Stanchions

Visiontron, a premier, U.S.A. manufacturer of crowd control products, proudly announces the new environmentally friendly Utility RETRACTA-BELT Post. This green stanchion is manufactured from recyclable aluminum and features a RECYCLED-RUBBER base. Each recycled rubber base prevents one tire from being sent to a US landfill. In addition, the RETRACTA-BELT Utility Post ships knocked-down, 2 per box in a recycled box to minimize packaging materials while maximizing freight efficiencies.

Lisa Torsiello, (former) President of Visiontron states, “We are proud to offer a crowd control post to our customers who are concerned about the environment… every little bit counts and we know there are customers who realize this.” The stanchion’s base has the universal recycled symbol imprinted to show your customers that you care to select green products. The base’s integrated carrying handle allows five posts and bases to be stored in a 14” x 14” area when not in use.

Aluminum is considered more of a green material and can be easily recycled at the end of its life cycle. Its lighter weight saves fuel during transportation. This retractable belt model is offered with the industry standard 7’6” belt length. A 15’ belt length is available so you can use less posts to cover the same distance.


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT crowd control stanchions, traditional post and rope queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.