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There are a multitude of truss options for building an exhibit for your tradeshow effort. Truss has become very popular because of its versatility, ease of use, re-configurability, load bearing and look. The real question is, what type do you choose?

To make it simple you have two shapes to choose from: Square or Triangular. Square truss has a box shape (when looking end on) with four cords while triangular truss has a triangular shape (when looking end on). Both have high degrees of load-bearing, but square truss is simpler to work with because of its shape. Triangular truss gets a bit complicated when attaching piece by piece, especially at the connections and when making a bend. Square truss simply bolts on to the next pieces, without much concern when making a turn.

Most truss is powder coated steel, although aluminum truss exists also. We prefer steel truss over aluminum because it affords more color choices, has greater load bearing, square truss rental orlando and is usually less expensive to purchase. Also steel truss has no electrical restrictions, as you simply manage wires with nylon ties.

The most important consideration after choosing the truss shape that you desire, is the size of box or triangle. Truss is sized based on the dimensions of the sides. For instance box truss can be 3,6,10 or 12 inches wide on each side, as can triangular. Larger truss sides result in a larger look and thus are generally used for larger displays. The most common is 6" and 12" (triangular also). We find that display larger than 10x20' usually afford themselves to larger 12" truss over 6".

Once you have chosen the shape (box or triangular) size (3,6,10,12 inch) then you need to determine the type of truss connection that will work best for you. This is critical! Standard trade show truss displays must be put together at each cord with a connector of some type. For instance box truss must be connected piece by piece at each of four cords by using an allen wrench or some other tool to tighten the connection at each piece. This can be very time consuming, but this type of truss is less expensive than the systems that offer a quick connect device. The more expensive truss utilizes a bracket that allows each piece to be attached with a hand tightened wing nut, making set up take one fourth the time conventional truss takes. The increase in price is usually very worth the money when the cost of show labor is concerned. Also, this type allows for your own marketing team to set the booth up without using show labor at all. Another consideration is that you don't have to worry about tools which are frequently forgotten or lost. We have found that the easiest most user-friendly box truss that exists today are the EZ six and EZ 12 systems offered by Midland Display Products.

Truss shape, truss size, truss material and truss connection system are the considerations most important to your trade show truss exhibit. We have found that (by far) the easiest and most flexible choice proves to be six or twelve-inch steel box truss using the no tools connection system. There are no other trade show displays on the market that are more straightforward.