NEW Covid-19 Resource Center by IFAI

During such uncertain times we are proud to be members of organizations such as IFAI.  They are working to provide information and resources to members of the industrial fabric community and have launched a new resource center for Covid-19 and how it is impacting our industry.  Read more from them below, and visit their website for the most up-to-date information.

Original article by © Speciality Fabrics Review 

March 24th, 2020 / By:  / COVID-19Industry NewsNews

As we navigate through the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, we want to remind you that IFAI is with you every step of the way. We have developed a COVID-19 Resource Center that will be updated daily on recent developments surrounding the virus and our industry. In this Resource Center, you will find up-to-date information on:

  • Government and Agency Information 
  • Financial Information and Assistance
  • Textile Industry Updates and News
  • IFAI Member Updates
  • Products and Equipment

Double Coated Keder

Speciality Fabric Review

February 1st, 2012 / By: IFAI / Products

Introduced to the U.S. market in 2011, double-coated keder is manufactured by wrapping a regular coated fabric around an extruded core and adding a layer of traditional keder fabric on top of it, but without covering the flag. This construction greatly increases the resistance of the keder against wear. The flag has a regular architectural coating, white opaque with PVDF topcoat, making it easy to clean, and any accessories can be welded directly to the flag. Other advantages include better accuracy in panel width, higher productivity in the shop and during installation, longer-lasting panels and fewer required repairs.
Original article by © Speciality Fabrics Review

Welded Keder Product Resists Premature Wear

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April 1st, 2009 / By: IFAI Tools & Equipment

Keder is often the first part of a clearspan panel that needs repair. Eurokeder, a 2200 DTEX, RF (radio frequency) welded keder product from Lightweight Manufacturing Inc. resists premature wear as compared to 1100 DTEX. The fibers in 2200 DTEX are twice as heavy and therefore thicker than 1100 DTEX fibers and have better wear resistance because of their increased size. RF welding used for manufacturing Eurokeder keeps the keder straight and avoids irregular weld puckering on the inside of the keder flag. This contributes to the quality and efficiency of clearspan panels.

For more information, visit our Eurokeder page.

Original article by © InTents Magizine

Our Spotlight on LVEDC

In this, LVEDC 10-profile series, they shined the spotlight on Lightweight Manufacturing, In 2013, LVEDC worked with us and the commonwealth to arrange for $720,000 in PIDA funding. The overall project, which comes in at $1.2 million, allowed us to add up to 10 employees over the next three years.

Lightweight Manufacturing Named a Top Creative and Design Firm in Pennsylvania by Clutch

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Lightweight Manufacturing has been providing materials for tent companies since 2007. We pride ourselves in being able to manufacture high-quality architectural fabric panels and provide accompanying engineering services. Our team is especially excited about the custom Keder products we are equipped to offer. Originally invented to connect sails to wooden masts on sailboats, Keder is used in many tents. We are able to design custom Keder rails and sell Renew Keder, as well as our own variety. As a result of our work, we have been selected for the 2019 Clutch Report as a leading creative and design company in the distribution companies category in Pennsylvania.


Types of Industrial Fabric Welds

April is National Welding month and we want to take this time to break down the types of coated fabric welding we offer, starting off with Radio Frequency (RF) Welding and Hot Air Welding. While at times both can be applied to the same application it does not mean that the methods are the same or that you are choosing the right one for your application. This makes it important to know the difference between the two welds so that you can make an informed decision on which is best for your next project.


5 Step Overview for a Turnkey Re-skin

Eagle Project Participants
  • We received a client request

    Signature Structures, LLC requested our partnership for a  practice facility of a Philadelphia Football team facility that needed replacement of outer fabric and inner liner fabric for a steel frame supported tensioned fabric structure (measurements: 200 ft wide by 280 ft long, with 26 ft tall sidewalls and an arched roof). For logistical and scheduling reasons, the inner liner replacement was done first, and before the new liner was installed, new fiberglass insulation was placed in the cavity. The existing fabric system for both the liner and outer fabric was a large panel system, tensioned with pipes and pockets. The customer requested color stripes every 20 ft up and over the roof for the outer fabric.


Serge Ferrari Success Story at Penn State

Penn State Water Tower Participants

One of the many parts of the $61.6 million dollar renovation and improvements to the water system on Penn State University’s main campus in State College, Pennsylvania, included replacing a large water tower. The 140-foot tower, which supplies water to the campus’s dorms and other buildings, is part of a system that uses over 550 million gallons per year. Construction of the new water tower on the northern section of campus, which began in 2015 and finished in the summer of 2017, includes the addition of a unique shade structure from Serge Ferrari.

Just steps from the Palmer Museum of Art and adjacent to the Stuckeman Family Building, the new water tower includes a seating and stage area covered by Flexlight™ Xtrem TX30-III membrane from Serge Ferrari. The initial design of the tensile structure was a combined effort between Derek Kalp, PLA, ASLA, and Landscape Architect at the Penn State Physical Plant and students at the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, of which Kalp is an alumnus.


Serge Ferrari TX-30 topcoat

We are proud to announce the second anniversary of our new abraiding machine that is specially designed for and certified by Serge Ferrari for use on the TX-30 topcoat architectural fabrics!

TX-30 topcoats are top of the line finishes for architectural fabrics, using cross-linked PVDF. Since the topcoat is not weldable, the abraiding machine is used to remove the topcoat in areas require overlap for welds. The abraided areas are covered by the overlapping fabric so the resulting fabric panel has the TX-30 topcoat over its entire surface.