Jan 03

ROLLING OUT ROLL BALLOONS

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Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconHead Photo of Graham Rouse with name underneath“Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons™ offer powerful advantages on decorating tasks carried out every day by professionals and amateurs around the world.” 

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WHAT  ARE  ROUSE  ROLL  BALLOONS?

Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons are the products of a “new”, Rouse original paradigm for manufacturing film balloons.

Traditional balloon manufacture stamps film to make INDEPENDENT balloons.

Standard Manufacture of Film Balloons Animation

Standard Manufacture of Film Balloons

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Rouse ROLL Balloon manufacture stamps film to make LINKED balloons.

Rouse Roll Balloon Manufacture Animation

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Quite simple, isn’t it?

Film is rolled out and under the presses. It is stamped to form linked, inflatable chambers. It is separated from the surrounding material and rolled up again. Later it can be unrolled to the length desired and cut off for use.

That is a lot of potential “rolling” so we often call them “ROLL Balloons” even though they may often be “fan folded” for packaging and distribution.  We will also refer to them as “Rouse Pre-Linked Balloons” or “Rouse Balloons” as we write about them here.

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WHAT  MAKES  THEM  BETTER  FOR  YOU?

Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons offer powerful advantages on basic decorating tasks carried out every day by balloon amateurs and professionals around the world. Here is a brief look at two of the most obvious uses of the ROLL Balloons and benefits they offer.

A.  HELIUM FILLED ARCHES

BIGGER – Even when ROLL Balloons are comprised of the same number and sizes of balloons as more traditional clusters, ROLL Balloons give bigger displays because they stretch out and face the viewer.

EASIER – ROLL Balloons are easier to 1. Inflate, 2. Assemble, 3. Transport, 4. Install and 5. Buy. This is because they are already assembled into strings, inflate all at once, resist tangling, set easily into place and will be conveniently available to buy from local businesses.

FASTER – At each point where Roll Balloons are easier they are also faster. They take less user time to 1. Inflate, 2. Assemble, 3. Transport, 4. Install and 5. Buy. ROLL Balloon users get a greater return on their investment of time as well as money.

LONGER LASTING(1) A Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon arch naturally last much longer than latex balloons that form a similar arch. (2) A ROLL Balloon arch has a much longer useful life than independent film balloons that form a similar arch. A normal film balloon arch eventually weakens and is taken down.  A ROLL Balloon arch is easily refreshed through one end and its useful life thus, easily extended.

LOW COST — Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons take approximately the same amount of raw film and manufacture time as an equivalent series of unconnected look-a-likes, yet Pre-Linked Balloons would be sold in connected sets for more efficient packaging, distribution, sales and use.

REUSABLE  — Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons may be easily deflated and rolled up for reuse later. They give repeated value for one investment in balloons.

B. AIR FILLED GARLANDS

BIGGER – Even when ROLL Balloons are comprised of the same number and sizes of balloons as more traditional clusters, ROLL Balloons give bigger displays because they stretch out and face the viewer.

EASIER – ROLL Balloons are easier to 1. Inflate, 2. Assemble, 3. Transport, 4. Install and 5. Buy. This is because they are already assembled into strings, inflate all at once, resist tangling, set easily into place and will be conveniently available to buy from local businesses.

FASTER – At each point where ROLL Balloons are easier they are also faster. They take less user time to 1. Inflate, 2. Assemble, 3. Transport, 4. Install and 5. Buy. ROLL Balloon users get a greater return on their investment of time as well as money.

LONGER LASTING(1) A ROLL Balloon garland naturally last much longer than latex balloons that form a similar garland. (2) A ROLL Balloon garland has a much longer useful life than independent film balloons that form a similar garland. A normal film balloon garland eventually weakens and is taken down.  A ROLL Balloon garland is easily refreshed through one end and its useful life thus, easily extended.

LOW COST — ROLL Balloons take approximately the same amount of raw film and manufacture time as an equivalent series of unconnected look-a-likes, yet ROLL Balloons would be sold in connected sets for more efficient packaging, distribution, sales and use.

REUSABLE  — ROLL Balloons may be easily deflated and rolled up for reuse later. They give repeated value for one investment in balloons.

PLUS — ROLL Balloon garlands may be  wrapped  around some core to form columns, arches, sculptures, etc.

In each case, whether arches or garlands, Rouse ROLL Balloons make your job easier, faster, longer lasting and reusable. These are powerful advantages on basic decorating tasks carried out every day by balloon amateurs and professionals around the world.

C.  BEYOND HELIUM ARCHES AND AIR GARLANDS

We begin here with helium filled arches and air filled garlands since they are so popular. The possibilities are much greater, however. For instance, we can make a variety of self forming columns, arches, spirals and sculptures with customized forms of Pre-Linked balloons that may be inflated with either air or helium.

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THE  OFFICIAL  PLACE  TO  LEARN

This blog is the official place to:

  • Learn more about this new paradigm for making film balloons.
  • Learn about whole new families of balloons made possible by this simple, Rouse original, balloon making technology.
  • Learn new forms of balloon graphics, sculpture and general decorations made possible through the use of these new balloons in combination with other Rouse Original Technologies.
  • Learn what you can do as a balloon consumer, balloon retailer, balloon decorator, balloon entertainer, balloon distributor, balloon manufacturer or balloon licensor to reap the benefits of this “new” technology.

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THE  FUTURE  OF “ROLL  BALLOONS”

The basic concept for these Rouse ROLL Balloons is quite simple. The variations, permutations and ramifications made possible by this simple concept , however, are quite enormous in number and unending in the impact they will have on the future of balloon art, balloon decor and message marketing with balloons.

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“Rouse ROLL Balloons will not be chosen every time, not even most of the time; but they will be an option to be considered nearly all of the time.”
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It is not that these new balloons will replace all current balloons.  That is entirely unlikely.

  • It is likely that over time, these Rouse balloons will cause a shift in the way manufacturers think about what is the most efficient way to manufacture and sell film balloons.
  • It is likely that over time, these Rouse balloons will cause a shift in the preferred configuration of film balloons by distributors.
  • It is likely that over time these Rouse balloons will cause a shift in balloon configurations that retailers prefer and promote.
  • It is likely that over time, these Rouse balloons will cause a shift in the way amateur and professional decorators think about what is the most efficient and effective way to produce their art and their commercial service.
  • It is likely that over time, these Rouse balloons will cause a rise in in the expectations of balloon consumers in the ease, convenience, scale and value they receive for their money invested in balloon decor and messages.
  • It is likely that over time, these Rouse balloons will cause a shift in configuration preferences and a rise in expectations of balloon licensors.

These Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons, their children and grandchildren, their nephews and nieces, etc. will likely become basic, everyday elements to be considered by anyone who wishes to use balloons for art or commerce nearly everywhere around the world.

ROLL Balloons will not be chosen every time, not even most of the time; but they will be an option to be considered nearly all of the time. They simply offer too many efficiencies as well as esthetic and practical variations to be ignored.

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“NEW” is often included in quotes in this article when referring to ROLL Balloons. Rouse ROLL Balloons represent a new paradigm in balloon manufacturing method and offer new balloon forms to the current (2015) balloon industry and balloon public. They were, however, first conceived by Graham Rouse in 1987 and first disclosed publicly in patent documents he filed in 1995. Rouse enhancements of the concept and improvements in the technology lead to his most recent version of related disclosures and claims in a 2006 patent application that was allowed as USA Patent # 7, 491,109 in 2009.
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Thanks for joining me here this time. I look forward to having you back again.

Until then, I remain your host for Balloons On A ROLL blog.

Graham Rouse
Rouse Technologies LLC
“Advancing The Art & Commerce Of Balloons Worldwide”
With Rouse Original Technologies
Clemson, SC USA.
email: gmr@rousetech.com

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Dec 15

WORLD’S LARGEST FLAG MadeWithBalloons™

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The Power Point frames shown here are drawn from one of two proposals I made in 2013 to build the world’s largest balloon flag. It was intended for the anniversary celebration of the formation of the United Arab Emirates. As it turned out the project was dropped and no one’s proposal was accepted.

The original request for proposals suggested a flag made with latex balloons, so my first proposal included a giant array of Rouse Matrix Systems™, Expand-And-Load balloon frames to hold the tens of thousands of balloons. We would have used strings of double-ended balloons like Quick Link Balloons™ or Link-O-Loons™ together with RMS™. They would have been exceptionally efficient compared to  more traditional forms of  latex balloon construction.

But, even RMS with Quick Links paled in comparison to Pre-Linked Balloons™ for this project.

The projected costs of material were less, but the estimated costs of labor were dramatically less. Imagine inflating, tying, and loading 38,000 latex balloons compared to placing and securing just 138 strings of 276 Pre-Linked Balloons and then inflating them all at once with electric blowers.

All this is before considering the advantages of using film rather than latex in the desert heat and sand. I have had latex balloons die in 15 minutes when exposed to 90 plus degrees Fahrenheit in the sun here in the southern USA.

Use of continuous blowers eliminated the risk of size changes for standard, sealed film balloons one might expect in the desert from temperature changes between night and day. The continuous blower system also promised to minimize deflation risks from the hundreds of tiny leaks one might expect in the manufacture of 38,000 plus film balloons.

Another big advantage for the customer was the option to deflate, roll up and save the flag for reuse.

There was even the option to order additional Pre-Linked Balloons to add on next year and then the next year, etc. so that at a new world record could be set each year at minimum cost.

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR,
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Thanks for joining me here this time. I look forward to having you back again.

Until then, I remain your host for Balloons On A ROLL blog.

Graham Rouse
Rouse Technologies LLC
“Advancing The Art & Commerce Of Balloons Worldwide”
With Rouse Original Technologies
Clemson, SC USA.
email: gmr@rousetech.com

Copyright 2015 by Graham Rouse, Rouse Technologies LLC

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Aug 23

WISH LIST BEJEWELED WALL MadeWithBalloons™ On A ROLL

ROLL Balloon backdrop-room divider made of jewel like inflated chambers

ROLL Balloon backdrop-room divider made of jewel like inflated chambers

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Head Photo of Graham Rouse with name underneathRouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/icon“Bigger, Easier, Faster, Longer Lasting, Low Cost, Reusable Decorations MadeWithBalloons™ are not so far fetched as you might imagine.”

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YOUR WISH LIST
MadeWithBalloons™ ON A ROLL

Do you wish that you could make beautiful balloon graphic backdrops in one quarter of the time it takes now?

Do You Wish that you could hire much less skilled help and still get professional results?

Do you wish you could take down all those balloons, roll them up, store them away and reuse them later?

Or maybe, such thoughts seem so far fetched that you have not even considered the possibility of them, much less, wished for them. BUT:

  • They are possible.
  • They are worth considering.
  • They are worth wishing for.
  • They are worth watching for.
  • They are worth asking for.

 

THIS BEJEWELED WALL
MadeWithBalloons™ ON A ROLL

      • Four elliptical chambers make up each of the roughly square elements connected in long  ROLL Balloon strings for this elegant and glitzy backdrop.
      • It would ordinarily take 360 individual, elliptical balloons to make this design.    ROLL balloons, however, could do it all with only 9 Roll Balloons.
      • With ROLL Balloons you could build this backdrop in much less time than usual and still recover your  Roll Balloons for reuse later.
 As you can see from this example, ROLL Balloons will produce especially dramatic savings in time, energy and labor on larger decorating jobs. 
 
Small shops become able to take on much larger projects with small staff and relatively unskilled temporary help.
 
Larger shops become able to provide more decor for the same price and still earn greater profits on those large jobs. Or, they might simply take on more jobs over the same weekend.

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THE MAGIC OF ROLL BALLOONS™

The Magic of Rouse ROLL Balloons™ is really quite simple.

Traditional film balloons (on the left) are manufactured one at a time in a series where each balloon is independent of the next.

Animations of Standard Manufacture (on left) and Rouse ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right) of film balloons

Animations of Standard Manufacture (on left) and Rouse ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right) of film balloons

Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons are manufactured (on the right) so that each is linked to the next.

The possible variations are quite enormous. The possible benefits, as you can see with the “I + U” balloon graphic, are quite enormous as well.

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GROW YOUR WISH LIST

If a better way to make balloon walls, murals and backdrops was not on your wish list before, it should be there now. But, do not stop there. Stretch your imagination here at Balloons On A ROLL Blog. You will learn more about wonderful possibilities for Advancing Your Balloon Art And Business with ROLL Balloons™.

Your “Wish List” will grow. Your “Watch List” will grow.  And, your “Ask For It” list will grow as well.

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR,
Ballooniverse Mall™

Your “Balloon Frame Rouse Matrix™, R-E-A-L™ balloon frame shapes, icon animationSuper Center™” with balloon frames in more sizes, shapes, grid patterns and proprietary APPS than anyone else in the Ballooniverse.(http://bvsmall.com)

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Thanks for joining me here this time. I look forward to having you back again.

Until then, I remain your host for Balloons On A ROLL blog.

Graham Rouse
Rouse Technologies LLC
“Advancing The Art & Commerce Of Balloons Worldwide”
With Rouse Original Technologies
Clemson, SC USA.
email: gmr@rousetech.com

Copyright 2013-15 by Graham Rouse, Rouse Technologies LLC

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Aug 13

GOLD DOME MadeWithBalloons™ On A ROLL

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“This international award winner from the 1990s can  be  built  more  quickly  and  easily today  if  we JustRouseIt™ with RMS™ & Pre-Linked Roll Balloons™ 

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Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconSTART WITH THE BEST!

TOP AWARD

This large sculpture entry won a top award at the International Balloon Arts Convention. It was a glitzy, space age, 22′ dome of AIR FILLED (no helium required), gold and silver Microfoils from Pioneer Balloon Company. You see the golden glow on the outside.

MIRRORED CEILING & WALLS

The inside of the dome was like 840 convex, silver, security mirrors reflecting the colorful glow of illuminated latex balloons that had been formed into sculptured walls.  The animated figures of curious people passed between the radiant walls and the hundreds of mirrors in the dome. The space was alive with fascinating and  changing images.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Conwin’s automatic cut off regulators enabled us to get accurate and consistent inflation of all our foil balloons. The balloons themselves were held together by the precursor of current Glue Dots.

SOMETHING NEW

Gil Ganz, at our request, manufactured small, two sided adhesive patches for our use in this project MadeWithBalloons™.  He later sold these as standard supplies for balloon artists. Gil has since retired as has his brand of adhesive patches, but the trend to small adhesive patches and “dots” manufactured especially for balloon artists began right here.

 

THEN MAKE IT BETTER!

Even as good as this award winning Gold dome is, we can make it even better when we JustRouseIt™ with patented, Rouse Original Tools & Techniques.

1.  Apply R.E-A-L  (Rouse Expand-An-Load) balloon art technology by using Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders.

2.  Apply RAAD (Rouse Advanced Aperture Display) technology by including adhesive between the balloon frame and the balloons to help hold them in place.

3. Anticipate ROLL (Rouse Roll Balloon) technology as we look forward to using Rouse Roll Balloons™ once they are in production “tomorrow”.

4. JustRouseIt™ one more time by using RMS™ graph paper (not patented) to plan our design in  a 3-D, scale model.

All these are Rouse Original tools designed to help you Advance Your Art & Build Your Business MadeWithBalloons™  in this project and in others to come.

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(1) JustRouseIt™ WITH RMS™ SUPER BUILDERS

RMS™ Super Builders are a special version of Rouse Original Expand-And-Load balloon frames designed for 18″ round film balloons. They are just right for building this dome.

We were proud of our sculpture and very pleased that it won an award, but if we were to build it again we would JustRouseIt™ with our latest technology to make the construction task much easier and faster. 

We would still use the Qualatex foil balloons and inflate them with the Conwin automatic cut off regulators, but now we would use Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders to hold the foil balloons in place.

THE BIG TRICK

The big trick to using the RMS™ Super Builders with foil balloons is to make sure the balloons are centered in the Matrix.  That way the  adhesive stripes on the Matrix can do their job . The video below shows exactly what that centering looks like.

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A SMALLER TRICK

A smaller trick, but equally important, is how to get the balloons into that centered position. Eighteen inch, round, foil balloons are larger than most balloon decorators commonly use. They are stiffer and slipperier than most latex balloons. They, therefore, require a little extra effort. They add so much longevity and “glitz, however, that they are worth learning how to get them installed and functioning at their best.  The video below shows my favorite technique for installing those foil balloons into the Super Builders. Give it a try.

 

(2) JustRouseIt™ WITH RAAD™ ADHESIVE TECHNOLOGY

RMS™ Super Builders, just like all the other Rouse Matrix Expand-and-Load™ balloon frames incorporate adhesives on the frames to help hold balloons in place. That is especially important on the very slippery film balloons. You do not have to do anything extra.  It is built in.

 

(3) JustRouseIt™ WITH ROLL BALLOONS TO
MAKE IT EVEN BETTER “TOMORROW”

EASIER & FASTER ROUSE TECHNOLOGY

There is another Rouse Original and patented technology for projects MadeWithBalloons™ that promises to make decorating jobs like this one even easier and faster “tomorrow”.

JustRouseIt™ 20-AT-A-TIME

Suppose, instead of having to inflate all 840 foil balloons 1-at-a-time, you could inflate them 20-at-a-time with just one of those Conwin automatic inflators. Push the button. Hold it until it cuts off and you are are done.

CONVENIENT CONNECTIONS

Suppose that average set of 20 balloons were already connected together. Once you install one of those balloons the next one is right there and ready to be installed without having to chase it down or dig into some loose bag of balloons. That would be easier, faster and more convenient wouldn’t it?

REUSABLE

Suppose you could easily reuse all those long, connected balloons? That would really increase your return on investment, wouldn’t it?

If you wanted to reuse the original design, you would have to untape the valves, insert straws and squeeze each one of those 840 balloons until all the air was out. Then you would still need to pull them apart and cover the taped spots or use solvents to clean off the 5040 sticky spots (6 on each of the 840 balloons).

With the new balloons you would likely just cut off one end of each of the 42 long balloons and roll them up from the opposite end to squeeze out all the air. Stuff them into a duffle bag or box and take them home. Unroll them later for reuse.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE ROUSE ROLL BALLOONS™

These and more benefits are possible with Rouse Roll Balloons™. Roll Balloons™ are not in production yet, but look for them to come.  In fact, ASK FOR THEM NOW from your favorite balloon distributor.  Distributors do not have them yet (July 2015), but if you ask for Roll Balloons™ then distributors will know you want them. Distributors will in turn ask for them from manufacturers. Manufacturers are more likely to make new products like Roll Balloons™ when they know there is an existing demand; yours.

Rouse Roll Balloons™ are connected. This example has connecting tubes that allow air to flow among all balloons in the string (or ROLL).

Rouse Roll Balloons™ are connected. This example has connecting tubes that allow air to flow among all balloons in the string (ROLL).

Simply load one balloon into an aperture (opening) and then load the next balloon of the roll into the next aperture and so on.

MORE ABOUT ROLL BALLOONS™

You can learn more about Rouse Roll Balloons™ at the “Balloons On A Roll” Blog.

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(4) DESIGN WITH AN RMS™ GRAPH PAPER MODEL

ANY DESIGN

Nearly any design you make with RMS™ Graph paper, whether it is flat or a three dimensional model, can be made 24 times as large with RMS™ balloon frames and balloons.

SUPER BUILDER GRAPH PAPER

We did not have this special, honeycomb, graph paper when we planned the original dome, but we would certainly use it today.  

Download a copy for your own planning from: http://rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/SuperBuilderGraphFilm.pdf .

Rouse Matrix™ Super Builder Graph Paper

Rouse Matrix™ Super Builder Graph Paper

THE LAYOUT

  1. The dome is made of six pentagon shaped “umbrellas”.
  2. Each of the pentagons is made of five triangles.
  3. Each of the triangles has seven balloons along each edge.
  4. Sketch out each of the triangles on the graph paper in a row.
  5. Leave one row of balloons empty between triangles to allow for  cutting between triangles.
  6. You will need 30 triangles (6 pentagons x 5 triangles each).
  7. One sheet of graph paper is too small to hold them all so cut out the graph sections from additional pages and tape them together. (2 panels wide by 14 panels long).

 

Super Builder graph paper layout for 30 triangles wit 7 balloon on each edge of the traingle

Cut out and stick together graph paper showing two panels wide and 14 Super Builder panels long. Lay out 30 triangles with 7 balloons along each edge of the triangle. Be sure to leave one row of opening empty between triangles.

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Closer view of layout for Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders to make triangles for Gold Dome.
— The white areas that are 10 openings long and 3 openings tall represent a single RMS™ Super Builder
— The Gray opening are rows of openings that are added when Super Builders are connected.
— Use scissors shown in green to cut out the graph paper triangles to make the model and to cut out the real thing along lines illustrated in red.

 

CUT & TAPE

  1. Cut out the triangles,
  2. trim them and
  3. tape them together on two of the three sides in a circle of five triangles.  Notice that they puff up in the middle to form something like an umbrella.
  4. Use one pentagon as the center.
  5. Tape one point from each of the other pentagons to a different point of the center pentagon.
  6. lift up the center pentagon and tape together the adjacent points of the encircling pentagons.
  7. Your paper dome is up.
  8. You may measure your graph paper dome with a ruler. One inch on the model equals approximately 24″ when you build the real thing.

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FOLLOW THE MODEL

When you build the real thing your project will proceed in a similar way.

  1. You connect RMS™ Builder panels before you open them.
  2. Stretch them open as you load them with balloons according to your graph paper plan.
  3. Leave your empty row between triangles.
  4. Cut around the triangle of balloons with scissors.
  5. If you have a second team/person they can be connecting the triangles to each other in sets of five with cable ties while the first team/person proceeds with loading and  trimming triangles.
  6. You may set a 6′ to 8′ step ladder under the center of the pentagon you plan to use for the center of your dome to hold it up temporarily while you add the surrounding pentagons.

TENT POLE?

We had never built anything like this before so we included a center pole that was mostly hidden by the inner decorative walls to guarantee that our dome would not sag over the duration of the exhibit.  At one point we did disconnect the pole. The dome did settle but held its own. With the RMS™ framing your dome should be even stronger, but you may want to have a similar center support or a “sky hook” line to the ceiling available “just in case”.

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REVIEW

Even as good as this award winning Gold dome is, we can make it even better when we JustRouseIt™ with patented, Rouse Original Tools & Techniques.

1.  Apply R.E-A-L  (Rouse Expand-An-Load) balloon art technology by using Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders.

2.  Apply RAAD (Rouse Advanced Aperture Display) technology by including adhesive between the balloon frame and the balloons to help hold them in place.

3. Anticipate ROLL (Rouse Roll Balloon) technology as we look forward to using Rouse Roll Balloons™ once they are in production “tomorrow”.

4. JustRouseIt™ one more time by using RMS™ graph paper (not patented) to plan our design in  a 3-D, scale model.

All these are Rouse Original tools designed to help you Advance Your Art & Build Your Business MadeWithBalloons™  in this project and in others to come.

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LEGAL NOTES:

Balloon displays that incorporate overlapping cut expandable frame technology are covered by USA patent # 6,332,823.

Balloon displays that incorporate adhesives and/or a wide range of other techniques to replace or to supplement pneumatic pressure to hold balloons inside apertures are covered by USA patent #7,094,124. Muti-chamber balloons utilizing Rouse Roll Balloon™ technology are covered by USA Patent # 7,491,109.

As of this writing (August 13, 2013) and wherever USA patents apply, that means you may make, use or sell balloon displays that incorporate any of these patented technologies only with official, Rouse authorized components.

Balloon frames must be official Rouse Matrix Systems™ balloon frames rather than other frames. Roll Balloons must be official Rouse Roll balloons or Rouse licensed versions. You may currently (August 13, 2013) use your own choice of standard balloons and other components.

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Aug 10

“WISH LIST” – USA FLAG MadeWithBalloons™ On A ROLL

 
Flag Of The USA Made With 20 ROLL Balloons
Flag Of The USA Made With 20 ROLL Balloons

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YOUR WISH LIST
MadeWithBalloons™ ON A ROLL

Do you wish that you could make beautiful balloon flags, backdrops and other graphics in one quarter of the time it takes now?

Do You Wish that you could hire much less skilled help and still get professional results?

Do you wish you could take down all those balloons, roll them up, store them away and reuse them later?

Or maybe, such thoughts seem so far fetched that you have not even considered the possibility of them, much less, wished for them. BUT:

  • They are possible.
  • They are worth considering.
  • They are worth wishing for.
  • They are worth watching for.
  • They are worth asking for.

 

BALLOON FLAG MadeWithBalloons™
On A ROLL

This flag looks like 254 film balloons that have been individually arranged, inflated, sealed and taped together in thirteen rows.  When made of ROLL balloons, however, it would take just 20 balloons;

  • six white.
  • seven  blue,
  • seven red
  • You have less than 1/10 the number of balloons to deal with and a much easier process for adding  a little gas if the flag gets weak over the weeks and months you might have it up on display.
  • MMMMmmmm  …….   … ?    You might even be encouraged to make and rent out LOTS of these very efficient ROLL balloon flags.
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Sample string of ROLL balloons. All may be inflated at once.

THE MAGIC OF ROLL BALLOONS™

The Magic of Rouse Roll Balloons™ is really quite simple.

Traditional film balloons (on the left) are manufactured one at a time in a series where each balloon is independent of the next.

Animations of Standard Manufacture (on left) and Rouse ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right) of film balloons

Animations of Standard Manufacture (on left) and Rouse ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right) of film balloons

Rouse Pre-Linked Roll Balloons are manufactured (on the right) so that each is linked to the next.

The possible variations are quite enormous. The possible benefits, as you can see with the USA balloon flag, are quite enormous as well.

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ANOTHER LEVEL OF EFFICIENCY

If you plan to display your flag as we have above, that is with only one side showing to the public, then you may add further efficiency to your project. Instead of using

  • a ROLL of red on both sides
  • a ROLL of white on both sides
  • a ROLL of blue on both sides
  • cutting off appropriate lengths of each
  • then sticking stars on appropriate blue balloons

You might use this instead

  • a ROLL that is red on one side and white on the other
  • a ROLL that is blue on one side and blue with star imprints on the other
  • cut off appropriate lengths of each
  • turn the appropriate color or imprint forward

Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames will serve well to hold all the balloons in place no matter which combination of balloons above that you choose.

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Jul 18

WISH LIST “I + U” GRAPHIC BACKDROP MadeWithBalloons™ ON A ROLL

Just 28 Rouse Roll Balloons are used to make this "I+U" design that looks like 1148 balloons.

Just 28 Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon would be used to make this “I+U” design that looks like 1148 balloons. It goes  up more quickly, more easily and with less skilled help than anything available today. Plus, it is designed to be easily deflated and packed away for reuse later .

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YOUR WISH LIST
MadeWithBalloons™ ON A ROLL

Do you wish that you could make beautiful balloon graphic backdrops in one quarter of the time it takes now?

Do You Wish that you could hire much less skilled help and still get professional results?

Do you wish you could take down all those balloons, roll them up, store them away and reuse them later?

Or maybe, such thoughts seem so far fetched that you have not even considered the possibility of them, much less, wished for them. BUT:

  •  They are possible.
  • They are worth considering.
  • They are worth wishing for.
  • They are worth watching for.
  • They are worth asking for.

 

THIS GRAPHIC BACKDROP MadeWithBalloons™

  • This balloon backdrop shows 28 rows of balloons. Each row shows 41 balloons long. That is a total of 1, 148 balloons, or it least it looks that way. You could, in fact, make it that way, but there is a much easier and faster way.
  • You could inflate just 28 Rouse Roll Balloons instead. Each of these special Pre-Linked ROLL balloons would have 41 air chambers connected in a string that look like 41 individual balloons that had been attached to each other after they had been individually inflated and sealed. Each would be red on one side and pink on the other side.
These strings of Rouse ROLL Balloons are red on one side and pink on the other side. A graphic design is made by flipping some red and some pink sides forward.

These strings of Rouse Balloons are red on one side and pink on the other side. A graphic design is made by flipping some red and some pink sides forward.

  • These 28 strings of Pre-Linked ROLL Balloons would be laid out in rows with individual chambers turned to appropriately show the pink or red side forward.  There is more than one way to keep them in place, but we would most likely choose Rouse Matrix™, Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames.
  • The overall display would be approximately 20.5′ long by 14′ tall if we used 18″ square film balloon chambers. We could make the display half those dimensions by using 9″ square film balloon chambers in our ROLL Balloons instead.
  • Each of our strings of ROLL Balloons could be inflated easily and accurately with air or nitrogen using a regulator that included an automatic cut off mechanism when the appropriate air pressure was achieved.
  • As a bonus, A BIG BONUS; you could easily deflate and save your 28 Roll Balloons™ for reuse later.  That is something that is not practical for the 1,148 independent balloons that these 28 Roll Balloons™ replace..

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THE MAGIC OF PRE-LINKED ROLL BALLOONS™

The Magic of Rouse Pre-Linked Roll Balloons™ is really quite simple.

Traditional film balloons (on the left) are manufactured one at a time in a series where each balloon is independent of the next.

Animations of Standard Manufacture (on left) and Rouse ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right) of film balloons

Animations of Standard Manufacture of film balloons (on left) and Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right)

Rouse Roll Balloons are manufactured (on the right) so that each is linked to the next.

The possible variations are quite enormous. The possible benefits, as you can see with the “I + U” balloon graphic, are quite enormous as well.

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GROW YOUR WISH LIST

If a better way to make balloon walls, murals and backdrops was not on your wish list before, it should be there now. But, do not stop there. Stretch your imagination here at Balloons On A Roll Blog. You will learn more about wonderful possibilities for Advancing Your Balloon Art And Business with Pre-Linked Roll Balloons™.

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Jun 21

WISH LIST CANOPY – MadeWithBalloons™ ON A ROLL

Illustration of 20' canopy MadeWithBalloons™ in a new way that is much faster and easier than traditional methods.

Here is a canopy MadeWithBalloons™ that is designed to go up more quickly, more easily and with lower skilled help than anything available today. Plus, it is designed to be easily deflated and packed away for reuse later.

 

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Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconYOUR WISH LIST MadeWithBalloons™
ON A ROLL

Do you wish you could make beautiful balloon canopies for dance floors in one quarter of the time it takes now?

Do you wish that you could hire much less skilled help and still get professional results?

Do you wish you could take down all those balloons, roll them up, store them away and reuse them later?

Or maybe, such thoughts seem so far fetched that you have not even considered the possibility of them, much less, wished for them.

Your wishes for Bigger, Easier, Faster, Longer Lasting, Low Cost, Reusable Decorations MadeWithBalloons™ are not so far fetched as you might imagine.

 

THIS CANOPY MadeWithBalloons™

  • This balloon canopy has 17 arches, red on top and blue on the bottom. They appear to have 19 balloons in each. Actually, each arch would be one Rouse Roll Balloon™ with 19 connected chambers.  Each of those chambers looks like a separate balloon, but air or helium flows through all of them at once.
  • You could inflate all 19 chambers at once. The chambers would already be spaced, aligned and connected.

String of 19 Rouse Roll Balloons™

  • The four columns each look like 60 smaller balloons that have been in individually inflated, sealed and taped together. Actually, each column would be just one Rouse Roll Balloon™ comprised of 60 chambers.
  • Simply inflate all 60 chambers at once and wrap them around the supporting core.

Rouse Roll Balloons™ in an array of 4 wide and 15 long

  • As a bonus, A BIG BONUS; you could easily deflate and save your 21 Roll Balloons™ for reuse later.  That is something that is not practical for the 563 independent balloons that these 21 Roll Balloons™ replace..

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THE MAGIC OF PRE-LINKED ROLL BALLOONS™

The Magic of Rouse Pre-Linked Roll Balloons™ is really quite simple.

Traditional film balloons (on the left) are manufactured one at a time in a series where each balloon is independent of the next.

Animations of Standard Manufacture (on left) and Rouse ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right) of film balloons

Animations of Standard Manufacture of film balloons (on left) and Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon Manufacture (on the right)

Rouse Roll Balloons are manufactured (on the right) so that each is linked to the next.

The possible variations are quite enormous. The possible benefits, as you can see with the balloon canopy, are quite enormous.

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GROW YOUR WISH LIST

If a better way to make balloon walls, murals and backdrops was not on your wish list before, it should be there now. But, do not stop there. Stretch your imagination here at Balloons On A Roll Blog. You will learn more about wonderful possibilities for Advancing Your Balloon Art And Business with Pre-Linked Roll Balloons™.

Your “Wish List” will grow. Your “Watch List” will grow.  And, your “Ask For It” list will grow as well.

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Apr 11

Roll Balloons – The Price of Bigger, Easier, Faster, Longer Lasting & Reusable

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“The potential is there for end users to pay a price for Roll Balloons that returns to them more value for their investment while still providing more earnings for each level in the distribution chain. “

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rouse-pre-linked-roll-balloon-logo-icon-03-150x150(1)  COST  VERSUS VALUE

Most balloon decorators that have shared their pricing formulas with me say that they charge more for helium filled balloon decorations than for air filled decorations.  They say this is because the helium costs them  more.  One balloon decorator, however, said that he always charges more for the air filled decorations because air filled balloons last longer.  The first set of decorators put the emphasis on cost.  The second set of decorators put the emphasis on value .

I  expect there to be a mixture of these approaches in setting the prices for Roll Balloons as Roll Balloons come on the market.

(2)  THE SHELF PRICE OF ROLL BALLOONS

My guess is that the cost of producing Roll Balloons will be very little more than the cost of producing the single balloons they imitate. Potentially, the cost of roll balloons to re-sellers could be about the same as the single balloons they imitate.

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(3)  ADDED VALUE

On the other hand, I expect the cost of producing a finished, delivered and installed Roll Balloon to be significantly less than the cost of producing a finished, delivered and installed arch made with an equivalent number of single balloons. With Roll Balloons the chambers can all be inflated at once with minimum skill; the balloons are already in place on the line; they resist tangling; they may be refreshed easily, they may be anchored easily, they may even be reused.

It is in that “added value space” between the cost of producing the balloons and the price of the finished display that there is new money to be made.

Vendors who fill that “space” may charge less than a customer would ordinarily expect, because the vendor’s total cost for the finished Roll Balloon decoration is less than a traditional arch.  But, vendors might legitimately charge more instead, because the value of the Roll Balloons they deliver is greater.  After all, the display is Bigger, Easier, Faster, Longer Lasting and Reusable.

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(4)  YOUR PIECE OF THE ACTION

The fact is that

  • Roll Balloons will be cost competitive on the shelf.
  • Roll Balloons will provide higher than normal value as a finished decoration.
  •  Roll  Balloons will be easy and efficient to get from shelf to finished installation.

Manufacturers, Distributors  Retailers, Decorators and Consumers will all want a piece of that action.  Each, at various times will want to (and will be able to) help get Roll Balloons from production to show place.  Each member will want to make money or to save time and money for their roll. Each will be able to do just that.

How much you save or earn for your contribution to this chain of events will depend greatly on the approach (cost pricing or value pricing) taken by you and other members and how much you contribute to that final use.

Manufacturers, Distributors and Decorators have always contributed and earned from balloon arches. With Roll Balloons there is even more value from which they may earn.

With normal balloon arches, Retailers and Consumers are usually left out of the loop because of the equipment and skills required. Roll Balloons make it practical for Retailers and Consumers to participate and to earn or save for their rolls.

Roll Balloons will help attract more retailers to promote and sell balloons and will help more consumers use balloons. All the groups, including the Manufacturers, Distributors and Decorators will benefit  from the resulting growth in balloon awareness and use.  ( See the article ” The Pizza Parable”.)

The potential is there for end users to pay a price for Roll Balloons that returns to them more value for their investment while still providing more earnings for each level in the distribution chain.  That is a winning combination for everyone!

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Apr 11

ROLL BALLOONS & Leaking Profits

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“You know how to get Roll Balloons up quickly; just give them the gas. Here is how to make sure they stay up and looking good.”

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.Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconKEEP  THOSE  ROLL  BALLOONS  UP  AND  LOOKING  GOOD

You already know that Roll Balloons can be bigger, easier, faster and longer lasting than an equivalent set of individual latex or individual film balloons. Just feed them helium to float them on air. Use  nitrogen (80% of the air you breathe is nitrogen) or normal air to fill Roll Balloons and then hang them as garlands. You are quickly up and  under way with minimum skill requirements.

But, how do you deal with damaged balloons and leaks? Wouldn’t a leak in one air chamber lead to loss of gas from all the connected chambers?  What do you do about that?

If you missed the introduction to what Roll Balloons are, we recommend you pause now and read, “Rolling Out Roll Balloons”. It will get you “up to speed”.

 

(1)  MINIMIZE  LEAKS

(A)  Choose brands and shapes for your Roll Balloons that have given you the best service in the past with individual film balloons.

If certain brands of individual film balloons have given you especially good service with a minimum number of defects, then it is likely that those brands of Roll Balloons will also give you especially good service and have a minimum number of defects.

If certain balloon shapes have an especially good record of holding up under heavy use for you, then choose roll balloon versions of those shapes for your first venture into Roll Balloons.  My personal experience is that simple shapes  with no sharp inside corners hold up best.

(B)  Handle your Roll Balloons with care.

Normal precautions apply. Keep film balloons clean, cool and flat where possible. Do not drop them on gritty surfaces and walk on them or stack weight on them. Handle the valves gently.

Do not yank Roll Balloons or pull strongly on them.  Do not tie them in knots.

If you are going to cut off a length of Roll Balloons and do not have a special connector to use at the end, then tape over the area where you plan to make your cut. This will  reinforce the film and reduce chanced of tears. Most film balloons are strong, but the film tears easily if the tear has a place to start.

(2)  FIND  A LEAK

A.  OBSERVE

When you have a Roll Balloon of the general configuration below with a manifold (the long tube on the bottom) below the main chambers, then it may be relatively easy to spot  the chamber with a leak. This is especially true when the Roll Balloon is stretched out and flat like you see below.

 

 

The gas would flow up and out of the leaking chamber without having much effect on the neighboring chambers.  If the chambers go up and  over in a high arch, then gas from lower chambers may flow up and out of the leaking one.

If the chambers form an arch and only the bottom (say 4) on one end are deflating, then the leak is most likely in the highest one of the four.

B.  PINCH

When you have a Roll Balloon configuration similar to the one below it may be  a bit more difficult to spot the leak.  The gas flows freely and directly from one major chamber to the next.  It may be helpful to pinch the connection between major chambers.  In this way you can temporarily isolate each chamber and more easily see which one is leaking.

 

On a long Roll Balloon you may prefer to start with just a few, widely separated pinch points.  Observe which section begins to go down and then pinch that section into smaller sections.  Repeat this process until you locate the leak.

(3)  ROLL BALLOON MEDIC

A.  BAND AIDES
Sometimes you may get lucky.  If you identify a small leak near the edge of a film balloon, be it a Roll Balloon or a single, you  may be able to seal it with simple, clear tape.  Or, you may heat seal that small area without any major disruption of your overall display.

B.  CUT IT OUT
Other times, band aides may not work for you.  You may need to cut out the defective area and reconnect the new ends.

  • For general consumer sales, I would expect defective Roll Balloons of this type to simply be returned for exchange.
  • For professionals, I would expect at least two types of accessory “repair kits” to be available.
    • The first would be small lengths of film tubes to be inserted into both of the new ends of the Roll Balloon and then heat sealed into place. This would reconnect the broken Roll Balloon and allow gas to flow freely among the reconnected chambers.
    • The second type would be light weight fastners to connect the newly sealed ends without gas flowing between the two sections.

 (4)  BUFFER  STRATEGY

For balloon professionals,  I suggest that you make a practice of cutting your Roll Balloon arches a few units longer than you think you will need. These extra chambers can act as a “buffer” to help you deal with a variety of potential problems.
A. This will give you extra length in case you decide to make your arch a little taller or wider.
B. This will give you extra length in case you do cut out a chamber.
C. This will give you extra gas in case of a slow leak.
D.  This will give you an extra resource to prepare for temperature changes.

A.  LONGER ARCH
If you do, literally, have a long roll of balloons then you may be able to take the whole thing with you, inflate as much as you need and then roll up the excess at one end and camouflage it.  If you have to cut the roll ahead of time, then including some extra units gives you flexibility in setting your final display.

B. BACK UP CHAMBERS
If you should have to cut your arch ahead, then having extra chambers in the length also means you can cut any bad unit/s you discover on site and make up the difference easily from the extra that you included.

C.  REFILLS
If you discover that you have a slow leak, but you are not sure just where it is, there are at least three things you might choose to do to make sure your display of Roll Balloons stays up and looking good:

  • One is to give the arch a shot of gas at the last minute before the show begins. This is easy to do through one end of the arch with Roll Balloons.
  • Second, you might have someone check on things during the event and add gas as needed.
  • Third, you might use those extra chambers that we recommended in a way that can automatically refill the main arch with gas lost from a slow leak. Extend that extra length out in a hidden area on the floor. Inflate them. Gas from the chambers on the floor will float up and into the arch as gas leaks out.

D.  TEMPERATURE

  • If you are trying to prepare for a significant temperature drop during the life of your display, then those extra chambers may also prove useful. Use large rubber bands or long twistee balloons wrapped tightly around the extra chambers that are filled with gas on the floor. The rubber bands will squeeze the chambers and force gas up into the weakened arch and keep it looking tight and fit.  If you had an arch of many independent balloons there would be little that you could do to revive them from their wrinkled look during the event . If the temperature goes back up, the expanding gas will be forced back into the extra chambers.
  • In a similar way, you can use extra chambers to prepare for an anticipated significant rise in temperature. The procedure is much the same, but this time the rubber bands are around extra chambers with only the minimum of gas in them. As the heat rises and the gas expands, the gas now has somewhere to go and still remain under enough pressure to keep the arch looking fit.

(5)  SPECIAL ROLL BALLOON CONFIGURATIONS

While I expect the first and most popular Roll Balloons to be long, single balloons that look like a lot of connected, independent balloons, there will surely arise many other configurations of Roll Balloons as well.  Some of them will be especially effective at dealing with potential leaks.  They are most likely to be Roll Balloons that provide individual, self sealing valves for major chambers of the Roll Balloons.

A.  CONNECTED BUT SEPARATELY INFLATED CHAMBERS
This type of Roll Balloon is a single balloon in the sense that it is made from continuous film, but each major chamber is inflated and sealed separately.  It makes it very easy to spot leaking chambers and prevents leaks from spreading.  It retains the advantages of having the chambers already connected and properly spaced.  But, it gives up the ability to inflate and deflate all chambers at once.

Rouse Roll Balloon with each major chamber inflated and sealed separately

Rouse Roll Balloon with each major chamber inflated and sealed separately

 

 

This type Roll Balloon could be produced without the self-sealing valves (show here as vertical gray strips), but self-sealing valves are a convenience that customers have come to expect in film balloons large enough to float on air.

A.  MANIFOLD BELOW THE MAIN CHAMBERS
The form of Roll Balloon shown below looks like the first Roll Balloon diagram under (2) FIND A LEAK above, but each of the major chambers now has a self-sealing valve added to it (shown as a vertical, gray strip).  All the chambers can be inflated at once through the manifold (the horizontal tube at the bottom).  Each chamber seals separately. This make it easy to spot one with a leak and prevents a leak from spreading.  This form of Roll Balloon does sacrifice the ability to deflate chambers without damaging the balloon.

Rouse Roll Balloon with a manifold below and self-sealing valves for each main chamber

B. MANIFOLD INSIDE THE STRING OF CHAMBERS
With this general configuration of Roll Balloon the manifold is in line with the main chambers instead of below them.  This makes manufacture more complicated, but produces a clean look and, when the manifold is centered, it allows the chambers to float nicely for canopies and vertical walls.  It does make it easy to spot leaking chambers and prevents leaks from spreading. This form of Roll Balloon does sacrifice the ability to deflate chambers without damaging the balloon.

Rouse Roll Balloon with manifold and self-seallinig valves in line with main air chambers

 

C. VALVES BETWEEN CHAMBERS
The general configuration of Roll Balloon shown below looks a lot like the one shown under B. PINCH under (2) FIND A LEAK near the beginning of this article.  In this case self-sealing valves (show as horizontal, gray strips) have been added. This will make it easier to spot leaking chambers and it will greatly reduce the risk of a leak spreading.  Gas that is under significant pressure to the right of a leaking chamber can still flow toward the leak.  It is possible to deflate this configuration of Roll Balloon; just roll up the balloon starting from the right end.

Rouse Roll Balloon with direct connections between chambers and self-sealing valves in the connections

Rouse Roll Balloon with direct connections between chambers and self-sealing valves in the connections

 

(6) SUMMARY

First, minimize the potential for leaks by selecting Roll Balloon in shapes and from manufacturers that have served you the best in the past.  And, then take good care of your Roll Balloons.

Second, stretch out your Roll Balloons to observe them for leaks.  If necessary, temporarily pinch connections between major chambers to isolate a leak.

Third,  you may be able to patch small leaks with clear tape or by heat sealing a small area.  Other times you may need to cut out the defective area and reconnect the new ends.

Fourth, make a practice of cutting  your Roll Balloon a few units longer than you think you will need.  These extra chambers can act as a “buffer” to help you deal with a variety of potential problems including leaks.

Fifth, make use of special Roll Balloon configurations when you have a situation that is especially sensitive to leaks.
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Apr 03

ROLL BALLOONS & California Law

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“You CAN use Rouse Roll Balloons safely and legally in every state of the USA.  Here are considerations to help that happen all the time.”

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Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconROLL  BALLOONS  WITH  MODIFIED  METAL

Metallic coatings on film balloons can be a hazard if filled with lighter than air gas and released into the environment.  The metallic coating can conduct electricity that could harm someone or could short circuit power lines and kill electrical service to substantial business and residential areas.

(A) REMOVE THE METAL
The metallic coating serves to add “Glitz”to balloons.  It also serves to hold in the gas better than the underlying film by itself.  When we remove the metal, we remove the dangerous electrical conductors that are addressed by the California balloon law. But, in most cases, when we remove the metallic coating we also compromise the float time of the balloons.

One exception I know of is the film produced by Takarakosan in Japan for the Qualatex Bubble Balloons. This film not only holds helium very well but has elasticity that is uncommon with film balloons and withstands higher pressures than are normally used with film balloons.

I have also recently seen film balloons by M&D and by Anagram that appear to have no metallic coatings and hold gas well.  If these three companies have such films, then others should have access to similar films that would be good for Roll Balloons and excellent for avoiding problems with California balloon law.

Balloons made with more standard films may not float as long without their metallic coating , but may still be used productively in Roll Balloon forms.  It is so easy to add gas to strings of Roll Balloons that giving them a shot of gas every few days instead of every few weeks is not such a big deal. These Roll Balloons still retain their status as Bigger, Easier, Faster, Reusable and Longer Lasting than their latex competitors.

(B) GAPS IN THE METAL
There is another step that can be taken at the manufacturer level to reduce the risks associated with metallic coating on film balloons. There can be gaps left in the metallic coating within the string of  inflatable chambers. This break in the conductive coating should reduce risks while minimizing the loss of float time for the balloons.

The gaps in metallic coating are not likely, however, to eliminate the need for other precautions. We could still have a floating conductor of electricity on the loose even though it be somewhat less hazardous.

(C) METAL COATINGS INSIDE
In similar fashion, metallic coatings on the inside of film balloons could retain the glitz and enhance float times while reducing hazards associated with metallic coatings. I do not know the intricacies of applying metallic coatings, but my expectation is that the technical difficulties associated with leaving gaps and/or applying the coatings internally have so far been a considerable barrier to these approaches.

Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconROLL  BALLOONS  WITH  WEIGHTS

When Roll Balloons do include electrically conductive materials then they should include weights to keep them from accidentally floating away and becoming a hazard.

(A) THE FIRST ROLL BALLOONS
There are very many variations possible in the configuration of Roll Balloons. Each will have it’s own advantages and questions related to the California balloon law. I expect the first and most popular configuration of Roll Balloons to be a simple series of inflatable chambers where the gas can flow freely among all of the chambers.  Even though such a Roll Balloon might be quite long, it will still be just one balloon.

(B) CONSUMER ROLL BALLOONS
For the consumer market, I expect these basic Roll Balloons to be sold in prepackaged sets from 5 to 11 units (mock balloons) long. I expect them to have basic weights built into the ends. Consumers should be advised on the balloon, on the packaging and in person of appropriate safety precautions for the balloons.

(C) ROLL BALLOON ACCESSORIES
It should not take long before a new market develops for accessories to these Roll Balloons.

  • Decorative weights to add on or to replace the basic ones that come with the balloons
  • Clamps, adhesive tabs, Velcro, etc. to anchor the balloons where simple weights might not be satisfactory
  • Connectors to join ends of prepackaged Roll Balloons to make larger arches.
  • Audio “buttons” to add relevant music, speech, etc. to the display
  • Stick on lights or even strings of mini lights to add to the display

(D) ROLL BALLOONS FOR PROFESSIONALS
Balloon professionals certainly can make use of the prepackaged, consumer,  Roll Balloons with the weights built in. Balloon professional are likely, however, to prefer longer versions of Roll Balloons with no weights built in.  This way they could “roll out” whatever length they need for a job, cut it off and add appropriate anchors of their own.

Sign Here
I would expect suppliers of such, unweighted Roll Balloons to require a signature of purchasers that they have read, understand and will abide by relevant safety precautions and legal requirements associated with the use of the balloons. It would also be prudent to include a copy of appropriate safety precautions and relevant legal requirements with each set of long Roll Balloons.

Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconTHE CALIFORNIA BALLOON LAW

The law in the state of California is the most restrictive in the USA. It has become the standard for safe practices with lighter than air metallic coated balloons.  The following is reproduced from the International Balloon Association web page: http://www.ibaonline.net/IndustryLegislativeIssues/CaliforniaBalloonLaws/tabid/111/Default.aspx .

CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES THAT STEPS BE TAKEN TO PROTECT ELECTRICAL POWER LINES FROM DAMAGE BY FOIL BALLOONS AND OTHER METALLIC BALLOON-RELATED ACCESSORIES. THE FOLLOWING STATES THE PENAL CODE THAT DETAILS THE EXACT WORDING OF THE LAW.

CALIFORNIA FOIL BALLOON LAW

(a) No person shall sell or distribute any balloon that is constructed of electrically conductive material, and filled with a gas lighter than air without;

  (1) Affixing an object of sufficient weight to the balloon or its appurtenance to counter the lift capability of the balloon.
  (2) Affixing a statement on the balloon, or ensuring that a statement is so affixed, that warns the consumer about the risk if the balloon comes in contact with electrical power lines.
  (3) A printed identification of the manufacturer of the balloon.

(b)  No person shall sell or distribute and balloon filled with a gas lighter than air that is attached to an electrically conductive string, tether, streamer, or other electrically conductive appurtenance.
(c)  No person shall sell or distribute any balloon that is constructed of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than air and that is attached to another balloon constructed of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than air.
(d)  No person or group shall release, outdoors, balloons made of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than air, as part of a public or civic event, promotional activity, or product advertisement.
(e)  Any person who violates subdivision (a), (b), (c) , or (d) shall be guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00). Any person who violates subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d) who has been previously convicted twice of violating subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(f)  This section shall not apply to manned hot air balloons, or to balloons used in governmental or scientific research projects.
In simple layman’s terms, this means:

All foil balloons in California must be individually weighted to keep them from flying away.

Foil and Latex balloons mixed in a bouquet must be weighed individually to keep them from flying away.

Do not use metallized string or ribbon when attaching a foil balloon to a weight.

Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconSUMMARY

Roll Balloons that are filled with lighter than air gas are likely to be very popular. Manufacturers can make Roll Balloons without metallic coatings and avoid problems with California law.  Making the metal-less Roll Balloons will also reduce risks in areas where California laws do not apply.

Since metallic coated balloons do tend to float longer and since there are currently so many popular designs with metallic coatings, it is very likely that many Roll Balloons will also have metallic coatings. They should be weighted to secure them from floating away.

It is likely that the first versions of Roll Balloons will be metallic coated single balloons that are shaped to look like many connected balloons. California law would require at least one weight on each of them, but normal use would have the Roll Balloon anchored on both ends. Consumer market Roll Balloons of this type are likely to be sold with weights built in.  Professional market Roll Balloons are likely to be sold with the professional purchasing the balloon uninflated and assuming responsibility for its use.

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Feb 24

ROLL BALLOONS & The Pizza Parable

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“Amateurs and low price competitors can help to build your balloon business.  The Pizza Parable illustrates how.”

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Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconTHE PIZZA PARABLE

Quite some years ago, I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina in the USA.  Every

"American Classic" burger, cola and fries made with ballons by Vicky Kimble

Whether you serve up Italian food as in our Pizza Parable, or balloons as in Vickie Kimble’s “American Classic” you must contribute some “added value” above the ordinary in order to excel and thrive. Read more from Vicky on “Thinking Outside The Box” with balloons in her Making It With Balloons Network article at http://miwb.net/blog/?p=853.

once and a while my wife and I went to a favorite, local Italian restaurant. It was a little out of the way and the prices were not cheap, but the food was great, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was a relaxing change from the hectic pace of our busy days.

On one occasion I spoke to the manager to thank him for a wonderful evening.  I also asked him how business was since the new pizza chain had moved in down the road at the shopping mall.

“Business is very good!”, he said.

“When I heard they were moving in, I was worried” he told me, “but they have actually helped my business.”

He went on. “I knew they would have a larger advertising budget. They built in a more convenient location for drive in traffic and they get walk in traffic from the mall that we never get. Plus, their prices are lower.”

“I think we have lost a few customers to them that used to be regulars, but they were ones that rarely spent much.”

“Overall, our business is up, and I think we have the new pizza chain to thank for much of that increase.  Their advertising, promotion and visibility have stimulated an increase in demand for Italian food in our area.  It would not surprise me if even sales of Italian food at the grocery stores have gone up.”

“But, when it comes to Italian food, we have a bigger menu, we have a great chef, an excellent service staff and a wonderful atmosphere for diners to relax and enjoy the experience. If you don’t mind me boasting a little bit; ‘We are the best in town!'”

“Yes, you are,” I agreed.

“Thank you,” he replied.  “And thank you for dining with us this evening. Do come again.”

“In fact,” he continued. “Take this gift card with you.  Bring it with you when you return and enjoy wine with your dinner on us.”

“Thank you,” I said. “We’ll do that.”

And we did….  ..     .

LOW PRICE COMPETITORS

Has your small balloon business done well over the last years despite the shrinking economy, the entrance of large department stores and party store chains and even grocery stores adding balloons to their offerings? Chances are that it has not been your low prices, great advertising budget, or high traffic location that has pulled you through.

It is more likely that, like our favorite Italian restaurant, you are providing some significant added value for your customers. It is also likely that you have reaped the benefits of the “big boys” using their great advertising budget, high traffic location and low prices to promote balloons in the minds of a broader audience in your community.

If you don’t mind a little boasting, it is likely that “YOU are the best in town” at something important for your balloon market.

AMATEURS

As Italian foods appear more frequently in advertising and in the news, it will be natural for the do-it-yourself amateurs to gather spaghetti and sauces and microwave dinners and serve them to family and friends. Some of these amateurs will never grace the doors of our favorite Italian restaurant. They will, however, spread their interest in Italian food to others who will become great prospects for our favorite dining spot

In a similar way, you can expect an upsurge in do-it-yourself balloon activity as your low price competitors do their thing. Do not whine about it. Celebrate it. Nurture it. Help each amateur succeed in their small way as they spread an interest in balloons to others. 

But, be sure to also show them the difference you can make for them and their friends as a balloon professional.

ROLL BALLOONS

We have received questions from balloon professionals who have a natural concern about these new Roll Balloons in the stores of their low price competitors and in the hands of the amateurs those competitors will supply.

After all, these Roll Balloons will make many forms of balloon decorating bigger, easier, faster, low cost, longer lasting and reusable for all those low skilled, do-it-yourself amateurs. Won’t  amateurs begin doing things for themselves that professionals do now?

Yes they will!

The bar will be raised for what consumers can do for themselves with balloons.  And, the bar will be raised for what professionals must do to get and keep the business of those same consumers.

BEING PROFESSIONALS

But that is always the job of professionals in creative and growing media. You must take ordinary latex balloons that anyone can purchase locally and turn them into something special. You must take those simple message balloons that are available everywhere and make them flatter the egos and satisfy the aesthetic tastes of senders and recipients. You must take an ordinary birthday party and turn it into a memorable event.  You must do more for event decor than inflate balloons to fill the room. You must use balloons to inflate the image of the customer and guests in the minds of the people that fill the room.

When you do these things, it will help your business for consumers to have and use all those cheap latex balloons, all those simple message balloons and even all those bigger, easier, faster, low cost, longer lasting and reusable Roll Balloons. Those amateurs will be spreading their interest in balloons and helping build a bigger balloon market for you.

After all, YOU are the professional. YOU are the one who can take any of the balloons that amateurs have and turn them into something really special.  “YOU are the best!” And, there is always a market for excellence.

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If you missed the introduction to what Roll Balloons are, we recommend you pause now and read,  Rolling Out Roll BalloonsIt will get you “up to speed”.
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Thanks for joining me here this time. I look forward to having you back again.

Until then, I remain your host for Balloons On A ROLL blog.

Graham Rouse
Rouse Technologies LLC
“Advancing The Art & Commerce Of Balloons Worldwide”
With Rouse Original Technologies
Clemson, SC USA.
email: gmr@rousetech.com

Copyright 2012-15 by Graham Rouse, Rouse Technologies LLC

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