Lightweight Manufacturing

 

Our passion for architectural fabrics

Lightweight Manufacturing was founded to serve the fabric structures and tent rental industry with manufacturing of architectural fabric panels and to provide related engineering services.

Since we typically work in a subcontractor role, we will keep your project information confidential and protect your brand name by not marketing our services using your project. Therefore, our website provides only a small glimpse of the range of projects that we can support. Please contact us with information about your potential project so we can review if we can help.

We manufacture fabric skins for permanent tensile structures and frame supported structures, and for temporary aluminum clearspan structures. We also manufacture a range of different industrial coated fabric products such as curtains, tarps, medical products and custom designed industrial products. Additionally, we distribute 2 different brands of keder and the associated aluminum keder extrusions, tensioning, finishing and facade extrusions.

The engineering services provided by Lightweight Design consist of design services for tensile and frame supported fabric structures, and certification for rental structures.

The customers are supported with a deep understanding of available fabrics and their properties, and a wide range of manufacturing services such as computer cutting, slitting and various methods of heat welding such as RF welding, hot air welding, wedge welding and more. Fabric panels with complex shapes are computer designed with software that generates cutting patterns, which seamlessly move from engineering design to the manufacturing floor to be computer cut, welded and finished.

Lightweight Manufacturing is certified by Serge Ferrari to manufacture their new range of fabrics with TX-30 topcoat. This advanced non-weldable topcoat is abraided in areas to be welded using equipment certified by Serge Ferrari.

 

Manufacturing Services

 

 

We offer 100% custom manufacturing of the highest quality fabric panels and products made with industrial & architectural coated fabrics, advanced laminates and films.

We produce panels with the following materials: PVC coated polyester, PE, PVC film, clear fluoropolymer glass, ETFE and Tenara fabric.

RF welding | fabric shop at Lightweight Manufacturing

We offer fabric slitting and computer cutting on our Eastman Eagle C3 cutter.  Welding technologies include RF welding, hot air, hot wedge, hot bar and others.

We are always happy to help you find the best solution for your project.

For a free consultation or quote, please fill out the form below, email sales@lightweightmanufacturing.com, or call (610) 435-4720

Please note that Lightweight Manufacturing will never share your information with any third party or send you unsolicited emails.




Engineering & Design

Engineering & Design Services

Lightweight Manufacturing has structural engineers and design professionals on staff and can assist with specialized structural engineering and design services for tensioned fabric structures.

We offer certification for new and existing fabric structures, along with engineering drawings and sealed calculations to local building code standards.

We provide design of new rental tents and fabric structures, as well as modification of existing designs.

Engineering for tensioned fabric structures

Certifications

Many fabric structures are designed as standardized, modular systems. Both for rental projects and permanent structures, there is a need to certify a standard structure for use in a particular project with its own load requirement. This can be done with drawings or with a combination of calculations and drawings, depending on the regulatory requirements. Certifications for submittal are sealed by a Professional Engineer (PE) certified in the jurisdiction where the project is located.

Fabric stress analysis

We provide engineering reviews and certifications for all different types of fabric structures and rental tents with a PE seal in any US State. This includes reviews of clearspan tents, tensile tents and frame tents.

An engineering package will normally include drawings defining the structure, load assumptions and reactions on the anchoring. It also includes sufficient detail for the calculations so that another structural engineer, or a building inspector, can recreate (portions of) the calculations to verify their validity.

Engineering rendering for custom clearspan fabric structure

Lightweight Design provides complete engineering for permanent fabric structures.  This includes tensile structures and frame supported structures.

We are always happy to help you find the best solution for your project.

For a free consultation or quote, please fill out the form below, email sales@lightweightmanufacturing.com, or call (610) 435-4720

Please note that Lightweight Manufacturing will never share your information with any third party or send you unsolicited emails.




Distribution

 

 

Lightweight Manufacturing distributes Kedermaker,  Eurokeder & keder rails to the industrial fabric industry.

Whether you are an original manufacturer looking for a new wholesale supplier or a rental company needing single rolls of keder for repairs or alterations, we can work with you.

The main advantages of keder are the continuous connection it allows between the fabric and the frame as well as the ability to slide easily. This allows for a faster and safer install as well as better load distribution compared with other methods.

Lightweight Manufacturing offers keder repairs on existing rental fabric panels, or will sell repair keder for use at a rental maintenance facility.

To request a sample to see if our keder will work for you, please fill out the form below, email sales@lightweightmanufacturing.com, or call (610) 435-4720

Please note that Lightweight Manufacturing will never share your information with any third party or send you unsolicited emails.