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Behind the Scenes at Baconinflate – the development process

Published on 16/04/2014

If you are interested in our product selection and are considering using inflatable structures for your next event, we have put together a basic guide so that you can understand the process in full.

At Baconinflate, we understand the importance of making a unique impression at events and exhibitions. Our dedicated team works hard to fully understand your brand and deliver high quality structures that represent your brand perfectly.

If you are interested in our product selection and are considering using inflatable structures for your next event, we have put together a basic guide so that you can understand the process in full.
1. The Proposal/Brief

For the proposal/brief to be communicated effectively, the following key points should be considered and discussed. This will save time and avoid any misunderstandings and possible disappointments at a later date.

• What primary function is the ITS (inflatable temporary structure) to achieve?
• What type of ITS is being considered to achieve the objective? Is this realistically feasible?
• How many people are to be in the ITS at any one time?
• Where is the ITS being sited and on what surface? (E.g. grass, hard-standing, snow)
• If any, what method of anchorage has been considered? (E.g. ground anchors, tether lines)
• How long will the ITS be expected to be continually inflated in situ and what impact does this platy when considering its suitability?

2. Design

If the design is proposed at the concept stage there may be areas that need to be addressed that require professional input as to feasability, such as:
• Will the design provide a suitable number of clear exit points?
• Has the design taken the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) into consideration?
• Does the design allow for the need to be anchored or ballast weighted?
• What is the chemical makeup of the coating upon the selected fabric?
• If digital print is being applied, is the fabric’s profile designed to provide a decent adhesion level and does the chosen fabric have the necessary tensile qualities to construct an ITS?

3. Specification

When a new design is being created, there are various manufacturing and engineering questions to be answered for the specification of the ITS to be correct.

Relevant calculations will need to be carried out in order to give validity to any assumptions that have been made within the design process. If the ITS is of hybrid form (metal structure and inflate pressurised wall sections), has the load bearing correlation between the two elements been assessed?

An engineer’s report would also need to include a definition as to what limitation of use the ITS would have with regard to public safety. Anchorage of the ITS is of paramount importance. This report should stipulate which weight/loads are required, giving clear directions as to where this weight is to be position and how it can be dispersed. These details cannot be compromised.

Suitable fabric will also need to be specified to construct the structure given the external wind forces applied to the outer surface. In addition, the tensile forces created within the structure, when pressurised, demand that the appropriate materials are selected.

4. Manufacture

Manufacturing the structure to a suitable quality given the nature of it’s use. Stitching, HF welding, hot air sealing and adhesive bonding are all types of manufacturing process that we use. The size of seam, quality of threat and integrity of weld can be compromised if cost cutting is introduced to meet a budget.

Any type of cellular wall inflatable relies completely on the method of constraint, i.e. panels or single tie, holding each surface apart and, in turn, creating the thickness. This matter will need to be given consideration in the previous three areas of process.

5. Testing

At Baconinflate, we always offer the highest quality products so testing these products is an important element of the process. Areas that we will consider are:
• Has the ITS undergone actual load testing to confirm capabilities?
• Has the ITS been tested externally and exposed to quantifiable weather?
• Has consideration been given to the install and derig procedure to enable a method statement to be written?

For further information into the process or if you have any questions, please contact your nearest global partner or UK HQ.