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How we made an exhibition stand out of foam

03 June 2015

Peli UK Group company, MSA has built an exhibition stand constructed almost entirely from engineered foam to demonstrate its abilities to exhibition visitors.

In short, the thinking behind this was that we wanted to design and build an exhibition stand that would literally demonstrate our product range, our design service and manufacturing capabilities to exhibition visitors. So we decided to make a stand constructed almost entirely from engineered foam, but how did we do it?

Custom Design
Creating a design that displays our services was relatively easy. We have a wide range of foam products which we could incorporate into the design and a large selection of colours and foam densities to choose from.

The challenge was making the separate panels interlock neatly. To do this we created featured jigsaw tabs for the visible joints of the feature wall’s panels, showing the precision of our foam cutting and finish, in addition to strengthening the connection between the stand panels.

Foam Cutting Machines
Many features of the stand were designed to demonstrate the cutting technology we have on site. From a highly complex water-jet cut map of the UK, showing the areas of our business development team, to the laser engraved precision cut Aztec design, visitors to our stand are able to see our manufacturing capabilities up close and personal.

Range of Materials
We wanted to do the same with the range of foam material we stock. Our grid of hexagons on one panel is a combination of the different colours and varieties of foam we use. Our visitors are able to feel the texture and density of the foams we can supply. For the central table, we used cortex plastic legs to lend a subtle nod to the plastic materials we use in the production of returnable packaging.

Tool Control
Our range of colours plays a vital role in designing tool control for our customers. By creating pockets of a different colour in a foam insert, engineers are able to notice immediately when any tool is missing, saving valuable time and money by always transporting their full complement of tools needed for a job. Using some grey tool shapes cut out of foam that fit perfectly into the tool control section of the wall, we hoped to really hammer (sorry) this point home.

Assembly
During the design of the stand components, we had to ensure that it would be easily assembled by our staff attending the exhibition. We also wanted to make it as functional for them as possible, integrating features such as removable panels to store personal effects and business card holders for each member of our nationwide business development team.

We launched the stand at both the Northern and Southern Manufacturing exhibitions. With this in mind, we made sure that using the modular panels, our stand could be assembled and adapted to suit different exhibitions, so it can follow us wherever we go!


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