Portable exhibits are very common nowadays. They are often set up in order to create top quality immersive, interactive and educational experiences for viewers.Portable exhibits have evolved since their first debut and they have a long history of adapting to the unique demands of consumers. This has made them a highly sought-after method as a means to market at trade shows.
The humble beginnings of portable exhibits began almost 50 years ago. Created in the mid-70s, the first-ever portable exhibit consisted of an aluminum frame that featured a self-locking technology and cross bracing. It did not need any type of connectors or fasteners to stay erect. The entire frame was available in a curved form packed in a cylindrical case along with flexible graphic panels.
Incandescent and shelf lights were often packed in separate cases. In order to set them up, exhibitors usually popped open the frame and attached individual square panels that featured grommets on four sides. The first-ever pop-up display was available for use as a ten-foot back wall.
Although the first pop-ups provided users with easy setup and transport, they had a few drawbacks. The primary disadvantage was that an exhibitor was limited to utilizing smaller space sizes.
Pop-up models then expanded from a ten-foot back wall to include tower, tabletop, eight-foot back wall and much larger models. During this period, fabrics also became available in many colors to provide further customization. However, some exhibitors were searching for increasingly modular options that were functional but offered more customization options.
The creation of flat-wall technology allowed them to achieve this. It also let portable exhibits become more reconfigurable and flexible. Internal components included shelving with back-lit boxes and down lighting that could easily be added to modular designs.
Breakthrough Material: Fiberglass
This pop-up system remained popular until the mid-90s until the invention of fiberglass. The new fiberglass model featured magnetic fabric panels and channel bars that could be easily rolled. With this unique system, loop-and-hook compatible graphics that included signage and headers were easily attached to collapsible panels.
Shelves and lights could also be easily incorporated. In addition to being functional and flexible, it was much more practical than the original pop-up.
More Customization Options
Counter-to-case conversion kits were also introduced. This ultimately allowed an exhibitor to convert their portable wheeled cases into a counter. Portable counters that had internal storage also became available on the market at this point. They gave exhibitors increased functionality along with additional customization options.
In addition to this convenience, all of these unique materials could easily be placed in three rolling cases. This enabled today’s portable exhibit systems to offer users more alternatives and customization options than the choice of fabric color.
A Modern Company
One company that provides a wide range of portable exhibits is Excalibur Exhibits. They offer a wide variety of customization options that allow exhibits to not only be portable, but unique in design. This will allow for an easy set-up of an eye-catching display.
Excalibur Exhibits conducts a detailed analysis in order to make sure that they meet clients’ expectations. They will also do their best to learn what an individual client’s vision is and come up with unique ideas to deliver their brand message in a visually appealing way.
About Peggy Swords
Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.