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There are so many different options when trying to choose your convention displays.  You may see material names like Tension Fabric, Truss Displays, as well as brand names like Formulate and Vector.  There are straight displays, but then there are horizontally and vertically curved ones as well.  In addition, you will find 6′, 8′, 10′, and all the way up to awesome and captivating kits designed to fit a 20′ exhibition space.

If you’re looking at your options, then there is a type I’d like to take a minute to talk about.

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Convention Displays

 

Now, if you clicked on the above link, you see it takes you to a page with 3 different products.  It is the curved and straight pop up trade show displays I’d like to talk about here.  (The Aero is a bit different, and warrants a whole other post.)

Convention Displays, Step-By-Step Pop Ups

These convention displays are panels (usually 3 or 4 panels plus some curved endcaps if you want) held on an expandable frame.  Curved or straight, the frame extends easily, held in place by magnetic clips at structurally important places.  To begin with, expand the frame, standing it up in place where you want the display to be.

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Convention Frame – Step One

Secondly, you’ll need to attach magnetic channel bars onto the frame.  The number of channel bars changes with different sizes of frames, seeing that larger frames have more panels.  If you have endcaps to put on, you’ll need to make sure you have magnetic bars on the back (just the left and right side) of the frame as well.  If not, you’ll only need the magnetic bars on the front of the frame.

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Magnetic Channel Bars

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Expand the frame and put on the channel bars

So, after the magnetic channel bars are in place (easy, right?) you’re ready to put on your first panel.  The tops of your panels should have plastic clips that attach to the top of the frame at every section.

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Panels hang in place from hooks, with magnets to hold them in place.

Generally, I like to start in the centre.  Put the middle panel on first, this helps keep your panels straight if you’re on an uneven floor.

 

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Start at the top, working the panel down and onto the magnets.

The other panels go on the exact same way, start at the top and guide the magnets on the back of the panels into place.

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Magnets on the back of the panels hold them in place.

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Keep an eye on the top of the panels, ensuring they are as even as possible.

Finishing the Set-Up

If you find the tops of your panels are uneven, you’re probably on an unlevel surface.  This can cause a shift, subsequently shifting the panels slightly out of position.  If you can move to a different spot, do so.  If so, sometimes just moving the frame back a foot or two can help, depending on the surface.  Additionally, you can gently nudge the top of the frame left or right (again…gently) to try to correct the discrepancy and get the panels flush at the top.  Once the centre panels are set in place, your endcaps can go on, finishing your set-up.

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Endcaps do a great job of sealing the sides of your display

Convention Displays, Extras

To add a little umph to your display, your can add lights or a counter.  Lights slide on to clips already attached to the top of your frame, while the shipping case can be wrapped in graphics for a quick and easy counter.

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A case wrap makes your case into a simple, branded counter.

There are many other pieces that you could add to enhance these convention displays such as flags and retractable banner stands.  These would all simply be based on your own tastes and preferences.  For this post, let’s stick with the convention display itself.  Now, I’ve only really mentioned the basic 8′ display here.  The 8′ and 10′ curved are our most convention displays, though there are quite a few options to choose from.  They all go up the same way, whether you have a straight tabletop display, a 6′ wide curved display, the Gullwing, or the Serpentine.  You can also have panels created to completely wrap around the frame, front and back, using the endcaps to connect both sides.

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A Gullwing Convention Display

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Booked Forms come with a wrap around cover, meaning that the cover (front and back) also includes a back flap.  This flap can be used to insert between the pages so you don’t write on more than one set of pages.

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Carbonless Invoices and Forms

 

Carbonless Invoices

These are forms that are designed to make instant duplicates when you’re out in the field, at a job site, or in the customers home.  You write once on the top form, and the info transfers through to the next one or two pages.  One copy is for you, and the customer gets another.  Easy.

Choose from our list of premade templates, including HVAC, delivery slips, electrical forms, landscaping, and more.  If you need changes to the form, we can do that too.  Alternatively, if you have your own form, that works as well.  These templates all have space to insert in your company’s logo and address.  Send them along to us, and of course you’ll receive an emailed proof before we print anything.

 

Booked Carbonless Forms

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Carbonless Invoices with wrap around cover

 

Our booked carbonless invoices come with a wrap around cover.  This cover has a back flap, which slides in place between sets so you never write on more pages than you need.  The flap is attached to the back cover, so you always have it on hand.  Just make sure the pages you want are on top of the flap, with the rest of the booklet underneath.

For colour you can choose to print in the default black.  For an extra fee you can choose to print in Reflex Blue, or choose 1 or 2 Pantone Colours.

 

Carbonless Inoices with wrap around cover

 

Consecutive Numbering

Numbering your carbonless invoices is a common practice.  These numbers occur in the upper right corner of the forms.  We can start numbering at any number you need, just be sure to let us know where to begin.

So, there you have it.  Carbonless invoices, booklets, and forms in a nutshell.  As always, feel free to contact our experts to answer an of your further questions or concerns.

Pop Up Displays – The Basics

At the simplest level, most pop up displays set up basically the same way.  You have a frame, which needs to be set in place.  This can be a quick process (such as a collapsible frame found in a lot of fabric displays), a bungee or aluminum tube system (think of those poles used for setting up a tent), or a versatile twist and lock system (like that of the truss displays).

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Pop Up Displays collapsible frame

A sturdy, well made collapsible Pop Up Display frame

After putting up the frame, you attach your graphics.  This can be fabric attached by velcro, stretched and pulled over your frame, or PVC panels held in place with magnetic strips.  You can add on some extras, like lighting, monitor mounts, or counters.  Voila!  You are done!  Or…are you?

Pop Up Displays

Whether your display is fabric, laminated PVC panel, an elaborate truss system with overhead signage, or the simplest backdrop media wall, not all pop up displays are equal.

 

Pay Attention to the Details

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White space between panels is sign that something isn’t quite right

Now, we all know how we shop online.  We’re always looking for the cheapest price.  Seems like this is a good mantra, but the old saying, “you get what you pay for” holds true.  If you’re searching for a cheaper option, well, chances are you’re going to end up with a cheaper product.

Please, take some time, and don’t think cheap and affordable mean the same thing.  Often, when you put in a bit more into the budget, you get a LOT more return in quality.

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Some cheaper Pop Up Displays can have problems with their magnets

The cheapest aluminium frame for your fabric display can bend and twist, causing your backwall to sag or ripple.  Pop up displays with magnetic channel bars might not hold tight, or the panels themselves might be cut too narrow, causing space to show between the sections.  If you’ve got a good frame, but the panels have been printed on a cheaper quality panel, they made have shrunk since printing.  It can be frustrating to set up pop up displays like this.

It can make what should be a quick and easy process turn into a chore.

In addition to all this stuff about frames, quality is also greatly influenced by what your graphics are printed on.  Is your fabric printed in the traditional dye-sub method, or digitally?  Do you have issues with banding?  Are the PVC panels thin, or perhaps you’ve saved money by not having them laminated?  All of these things can greatly influence the quality of your product, and the impression you’re giving to your audience.

It Doesn’t Have to Be this Way

I mentioned already that a little more budget could greatly help your quality, and I meant it.  Searching for a mid-range pop up display will mean a product which lasts longer in the long run.  To get the most of your pop up display, to make your display last, ask questions when you buy your display.  How thick is the panel?  Is it laminated?  If you’re getting fabric, find out how it will be printed, if it has a solid back, or how the frame comes together.  It’s alright to ask, it’s what we’re here for.