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.


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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.


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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.


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