The tension fabric system we use to build our exhibition stands consists of an aluminium framework and tension fabric graphics. The aluminium frame is made from lightweight aluminium profiles that are cut with CNC technology and aluminium bending machinery. Within the frame, dual plate connectors distribute mechanical loads to the frame corners, allowing the frame to stay ridged.
The tension fabric is a printed graphic which has a silicone edge sewn onto the outside of the print. This edge fits within the frame through a profile channel and stretches the fabric across the frame. This creates tension on the graphic and allows for a crease free display.
They are the perfect solution for all types of exhibition stands. From simply dressing a shell scheme space, to producing space only stands with walls up to 4m high and seamless graphics to virtually any length. Whatever your requirements and space limitations, tension fabric systems are a cost-effective choice.
To help you with your decision here are a few points for you to consider, when thinking about purchasing your next stand.
These systems really are the ideal solution for exhibitions. Due to the flexible design of the system, they can be used to fill any floor space – no matter how limited. As well as the shape and size, we can customise the design to include:
- Meeting PODS
- Specialist lighting
- Monitors and TV Screens
The integral system channel allows the easy attachment of accessories, meaning you can purchase one display and customise it for various purposes and events. The freestanding panels are available in double or single sided varieties.
Custom built stands made from copious amounts of MDF and timber do look amazing but when you see them dismantled and smashed up, to head off to create landfill, you see the advantages of tension fabric systems. As you will see from our gallery of stands, with the right creativity it is difficult to really see the difference between these types of stands.
The main difference is the reusability and being environmentally friendly. The aluminium frames can be reused for decades. The graphics are comparably small, compared to rigid Foamex panels and fold up to the size of a bed sheet.
Another advantage of building stands using a tension fabric system is how simple it is to build and take down. Stands can usually be built without the use of specialist rigging equipment or the need for large teams of installers. We often build stand using only 1 or 2 installers. Even with 3m high walls, raised floors, lightboxes and storage areas stands can normally be built within a day.
The graphics fit by pushing the silicon edging, that is sewn into the graphic edges, into a channel on the framework. As the graphics can be printed up to 3.2m wide by any length, backwalls and towers can be produced with a seamless graphic. We regularly produce backwalls that are 10m wide in just one section.
When tension fabrics first started being printed for exhibitions the resolution was pretty low. The latest dye-sublimation printers produce much higher quality graphics on materials that if produced properly are wrinkle free and flawless. Leaving you with stunningly crisp imagery to wow your visitors!
One of the best uses of tension fabric systems is when LED’s are inserted into the framework to create lightboxes. Clients are often surprised by their affordability, as they are often perceived to be suited to cosmetic companies with large marketing budgets. They have now become increasingly affordable and are simple to incorporate into any exhibition stand design.
The aluminium frames can be free-standing or built into backwalls. Our range of profiles also allow them to be single-sided or double-sided wall, used as a tower or even as hanging banners. We can even produce them in different shapes, including; circular and various polygon shapes. The graphics are printed onto a similar material but uses a thinner fabric that allows light through.