The technology of inflatable products update

Since John Scurlock created the first inflatable structure in 1959, we have seen the emergence of many companies that come up with new designs and technologies. This has led to the inflatables product industry rapid growth. There is no doubt that these manufacturers have pushed the boundaries of inflatable market. Today the market goes wide and beyond the traditional market and we have seen new products that have revolutionized the way people live and do their businesses. Constant research and trials have seen the introduction of structures that was not possible until now. If you are new to inflatables, you must be asking yourself how they are made.

Among simplest, but complicated technologies in the world

Inflatable technology is among the simplest, but complicated technologies in the world. It involves an amalgamation of art, design and engineering production to create products that deliver exceptional performance. Typically, inflatable products are produced in three categories, namely, airtight and non-airtight. Airtight maintain shape for some time before they are inflated again and non-airtight will always need a blower to stay inflated. In most cases, airtight products include inflatable toys like swimming floating devices, and beach balls among others. While on the other hand, non-air tights products include tents bouncers among other products.

Airtight inflatables

The manufacturers use high frequency welding to attach the fabrics to each other, thus creating a smooth and complete single piece. On the other hand, products that are considered as High-end airtight inflatable for instance, water raft, their use requires that they have stronger bonds that is why glue is used instead of welding. Welding machines have limitations, which makes this technology suitable for small sized products. The mould and machine setup is strongly recommended for all airtight products since it always makes airtight products last longer.


Non-airtight products

Sewing and patching are commonly used for non-airtight products. These products require a lot of labor, particularly when doing giant inflatables. This is because all pieces are manually stitched together. The best thing about this technology is that it is best suited for big jobs. For instance, inflatable bouncers, structures and advertising inflatable products.


Materials used to make inflatables

Most big inflatables manufacturers such as Tobbox use all kinds of tested and proven fabrics, which are durable enough to withstand their specific usage. These companies ensure that the materials are appropriate for malting as well as have good airtight characteristics, which is vital in holding pressure. Most companies use 0.18MM to 1.00MM or thicker PVC material or PVC/PU coated nylon material. For instance, Tobbox uses 0.50-0.60MM PVC/PU coated material to produce their inflatable bouncers. On the other hand, they use Hypalon, which lasts longer than PVC especially when used in direct sunlight. However, Hypalon is mainly used to make inflatable boats due to its excellent resistance to tearing, tension and breaking properties.


Current models of inflatables are as a result of years of development of a very new inflatable technology. That is why we are having more rigid, durable and easy to install products, which can withstand extreme weather. At the same time, they maintain all the properties needed for inflatable structures, for example, speed of deployment, lightness and environmental friendly.