Modular exhibition systems are a fantastic display solution for exhibitors who need a display stand which can fit in a number of different spaces. However, unless you are a display stand aficionado (like the team here at Display Wizard) you probably will need some tips on the best system for you.
This guide outlines the main types of modular exhibition system so you can decide which is best for you.
What is a modular exhibition system?
A modular exhibition system is made up of a number of customisable components, which can be erected and dismantled easily by the exhibitor.
A modular display stand has the advantage of simply reconfiguration without the need for a new system, making them an ideal choice for exhibitors who attend multiple shows.
Modular display systems are most widely used at trade shows, exhibitions and conferences as they can be used in a shell-scheme or for space-only stands.
They are mainly utilised for individual exhibiting spaces although many of them could be adapted to be larger backwalls for award ceremonies or other presentations.
- Modular display stands
- (Re)configurable display stands
- Connectable display stands
- Linkable display systems
- Trade show modular signage
Why use a modular exhibition system?
Cost-effective for regular exhibitors
Modular display systems are generally at the higher end of the price bracket for exhibition stands and so wouldn’t generally be cost-effective for exhibitors who perhaps only attend one or two shows per year.
However, if your company attends multiple shows throughout the year and require a different-sized stand for each of these, purchasing one modular stand and adapting it for each show could reduce your cost dramatically. They are also far cheaper than hiring or buying a large custom-made exhibition stand, which usually requires extra costs on the build and breakdown of the stand which would need to be done by an external agency or supplier.
No tools required for assembly
Unlike larger custom-made exhibition stands, modular display stands don’t require a range of specialist tools and knowledge to assemble. They are designed for assembly by the end-user and so can help you keep your whole exhibiting process in-house.
However these stands do have a number of components and as a result are more difficult to set up than conventional display stands. Therefore for most of these systems it is recommended that you read the assembly instructions carefully, watch example videos and, if possible, trial the assembly process before your event.
Modular display stands can be configured to accommodate almost any features you require to make your stand more attractive. These can include LED TV stands, spotlights, cupboards, literature stands, shelving and much more.
The design process for a modular stand is far more collaborative than a conventional ‘off-the-shelf’ display solution as you will work with a supplier to discuss the dimensions of your ideal stand along with any different configurations you may need for different shows. This design process should also include consideration of additional components such as AV equipment and ideal lighting.
Types of modular exhibition system
The Twist banner system is one of the most popular modular displays that is available. A single Twist banner stand looks the same as a conventional banner stand, however the key difference is that these printed displays can be linked together to form larger backwall-like displays.
The configurations with a Twist system are endless: from a straight or curved backwall to a multi-tiered or circular shape. The Twist systems also accommodate LCD screens and are a light, portable option for any exhibitor on-the-go.
Pop up display stands are one of the most common exhibition displays, but many people don’t know they can also be linked together to form L-shaped, curved or U-shaped backwalls. Despite the expandable frame being able to fit inside a small carry case, pop up stands can still accomodate small LEDs, literature stands and shelves although the load-bearing capacity is not that high. For a more versatile load-bearing pop up a system, see the Vario D400 Pop up system.
Pop up stands are very easy to assemble without tools, the frame literally ‘pops up’ to form a large backwall on which you can attach your polypoprolene or fabric graphics using hooks and magnetic strips. Pop ups are not as versatile as some of the other systems as the individual frames cannot be attached, instead the print media bridges the gap between the individual frames.
Exhibition Hanging Structures are the most effective way to literally stand out above the crowd at exhibitions.
Printed onto a lightweight fabric, with 360 desgree exposure, these suspended ceiling banners are an ideal display solution.
Completely bespoke shapes and sizes are available for an even more individual display.
The LINK2 banner system is the world's first seamlessly linking roller banner system.
Combining the simplicity of a roller banner with the adaptibility of the Twist display, the Link2 is a verstaile display solution ideal for exhibitors attending a number of different shows throughout the year.
The stand can be used as a conventional single banner stand or joined together for a larger, more bespoke display.
Centro modular displays are one of the most modular displays available, with a large range of accessories and extras available.
Made up of a linkable aluminium frame with clip-in graphics, Centro displays are a high-end display solution that will be able to attract premium customers.
There is no limit to the configurations avaialable with TVs, iPads, doors and literature holders all easily intergrated into the display stand.
Vector modular displays are made up of aluminium panels with easy clip-on fabric graphics.
A number of accessories can be added such as TVs and display plinths, whilst the assembly is straightforward with just an Allen key required.
The T3 Exhibition system is made up of a series of interlocking aluminium tubes which are fitted together using a tool-less twist and lock system. This system allows for various panel heights, 3D columns, TVs and hidden panels to be built onto the stand.
This stand has a characteristic curved end panel which gives the stand a multi-aspect design to attract people to your area. There are a number of pre-existing designs for different-sized shell schemes which can be utilised for the stand whilst you can also work with a supplier for a completely bespoke design.
Gantry modular stands are an aluminium truss system that displays fabric graphics inside its latticed, visually appealing frame. This is the most durable and weight-bearing modular display system out there – best suited for displaying heavy items of machinery or vehicles if required.
The heavy-duty gantry frame means you can easily hang plasma screens, projectors or large lighting systems from the stand.
Designing your modular exhibition system
Designing a modular display system is a crucial aspect of your stands' success, as you need to take into account the different configurations you may need for different events.
Many exhibitors who have modular stands for various shows have one ‘key’ panel or frame which displays their logo and contact information with a number of supplementary panels/frames which can be added to suit different sizes of stand spaces.
Because of these considerations it is best to work closely with your supplier for the best design, although if you read about how to design an exhibition stand along with the product spec. you may be able to come up with your own design.
Looking after your modular exhibition system
To ensure modular exhibition stands become a good investment you’ll need to ensure you get to re-use your system time and time again. The hardware on the systems are generally very durable and also carry 5, 10 or even lifetime guarantees.
Therefore the wear and tear on a modular stand usually comes on the graphics. We recommend our guide on how to extend the life of an exhibition stand for a few tips on best practices.
Which supplier should I choose for my modular exhibition system?
Display Wizard are very experienced exhibition stand suppliers who can help you every step of the way with your stand to ensure you get the right solution for your needs.
- With an in-house design team we can help you create maximum impact
- We offer re-prints so your graphics can be simply exchanged
- Cheap UK mainland delivery on all of our modular exhibition stands!