How Tension Fabric Structures are Mitigating Supply Chain Issues

How Tension Fabric Structures are Mitigating Supply Chain Issues

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The advantage of modern technology is that a given product can be used in a variety of industries. Fabric serves purposes other than just making clothes in this sense. It is now used in a wider range of applications, which has given rise to the tension fabric structure idea. Although the idea is still relatively new in the engineering community, it has quickly gained attention for all the right reasons.

More tension fabric structures are being built as a result of their advantages over conventional construction. While the environment of the site where the building is to be built must be considered when building a concrete structure, tension fabric structures can be built in any environment. From extremely hot weather to extremely humid and cold environments. Additionally, the tension fabric is fire-safe. As soon as the source of the fire is eliminated when the tension fabric catches fire, the flames dissipate. The recent advancement in cable technology has also made it possible for tension fabric to be easily incorporated into building designs all over the world. Tension fabric’s internal structure is such that it can easily adapt to its surroundings.

What Are Tension Fabrics Used For? 

Buildings made of tension fabric are frequently used as workspaces, storage facilities, and recreation areas. Due to their large open spaces, high ceilings, and weather dependability, fabric structures are preferred by people who enjoy sports like tennis, soccer, and horseback riding. People frequently search for the largest storage facility they can afford to protect valuable items.

These sturdy steel buildings are made to withstand the harshest environments regardless of the industry or purpose. Fabric-covered buildings from Skyler Structures can be used for a variety of purposes, including animal housing, equestrian riding arenas, material storage, warehousing, protecting expensive equipment, expanding your business office, and much more.

Due to their adaptability, affordability, and access to natural light, fabric buildings are a preferred option for a variety of people and industries. Public works and road maintenance departments now prefer fabric structures over pole buildings and conventional salt sheds as the preferred way to store road salt and sand. In order to efficiently manage massive amounts of material, other businesses that store and process commodities, such as those that produce fertilizer, recycle, make cement, compost, produce potash, and mine, use fabric buildings. For garages, workshops, boat storage, and RV storage, fabric buildings are popular.


What Are Tension Fabrics Used For?




Due to the size of the buildings, tension fabric building installation is a relatively quick and simple process. Often, installing fabric structures takes less than half the time it does for similar steel or traditional structures. Fabric structures have two inherent advantages that accelerate construction, including off-site construction and simple assembly.

These buildings are constructed from prefabricated parts that are produced in a climate-controlled off-site manufacturing facility. As a result, there is no time lost on account of weather delays. Additionally, a site team could be preparing the construction site and foundation while the structural components are being made at the manufacturing facility. In turn, increasing efficiency and downtime.

The construction of fabric structures is remarkably easy, despite their size. Basic connectors are used to bolt together truss segments. Installation frequently takes place over a few days rather than several weeks or months once the components are delivered to the construction site.

The Supply Chain Issue

Everything from new cars to clothing is affected by supply chain issues, which are broadly defined as issues with manufacturers’ access to the materials necessary to complete a product.

What is causing these problems in the supply chain? There appear to be several contributing factors, such as:

  • COVID, which has forced many workers to miss work due to illness and forced employers to move more slowly
  • Delays in shipping–especially internationally–brought on by an abundance of goods and a lack of available ships and crews
  • Increasing inflation, raising the cost of both raw materials and finished goods.
  • Consumer demand changes, as populations emerge from quarantine and acclimate to the “new normal”

Most experts concur that there will be more supply chain disruptions in the near future, probably at least through the end of the year.

How Tension Fabric Can Help

How is fighting supply chain issues achieved by keeping these manufacturing services in-house? In essence, it makes the chain shorter. Process steps, vendor interactions, shipping modalities, and opportunities for building delays are all reduced.

Once you have approved your building designs, we can begin ordering materials and supplies as soon as the next day. We have common construction sizes in stock at our warehouse to further expedite the procedure.

Our team is able to foresee needs thanks to in-house services. Scheduling efficiencies are possible because we are aware of when and where building components must be delivered.

Traditional design-bid-build construction often loses time between phases as parties negotiate roles, schedules, and point fingers. By overseeing every step of the building assembly procedure, identifying potential delays, and working to find solutions, Skylar Structures will speed up the manufacturing process.

Working closely with the designer, engineer, manufacturer, and contractor to develop the most affordable solution while involving as many people as possible is the newest trend in the sector. The operational cost of fabric contains the hidden cost. Most customers want to know how to maintain fabric without having to do any maintenance. The solution is simple: invest in the best fabric and topcoat. The biggest challenge in estimating the cost of a fabric structure is installation, which includes shipping and equipment. Accessibility can have a significant impact on the installation. Equipment prices and availability can change drastically, while shipping costs can change as trucking and gas prices fluctuate.


How Tension Fabric Can Help



Tension fabric structures are a result of innovation, which is one of the industries’ top priorities. The tension fabric serves as the foundation for the advancements made in the textile industry. It has introduced new applications for fabrics used in construction, revealed previously unidentified needs in various sectors, and facilitated the creation of new services for those sectors.

As a market-leading producer of tension fabric structures, Skyler Structures offers top-notch structure solutions to numerous market sectors around the world.