What is Keder and How is it Used?

Keder is a very practical product with a very straightforward function…but, to fully understand even the simplest application, there is a great deal of technical information to master.

A keder is a product that consists of two parts – the keder and the rail. The defining function of a keder is to connect a sheet (sign, fabric, sail etc) to a solid rail.

Keder can also go by the name of beading, cording, piping, welt or welting –  depending on the application and industry.

The creation of keder dates so far back that an official inventor has never been identified. The keder method has been used to hoist a sail onto a mast for years and can be accomplished using very simple tools, materials and techniques.

The term keder dates to early European nomadic tribesmen, to whom we own the derivation of the Germanic word “köder”. 

With modern materials and technology, the practicality of keders been noticed by many and are often used by those in the signage, fabric structure and agricultural industry.

The keder bead is slid through the length of the connecting rail, forming a basic attachment using the resistant force, that would pull the keder out laterally through the slot.

Keders are often used in fabric structures, tents, clearspan structures, temporary buildings, temporary roofs, agricultural environments and scaffold covers. 

Keders are often used to attach awnings to buildings, camping vehicles and boats, as well as on sailboats to attach sails to spars.

Keders are a highly customisable and robust option for signage or fabric structures, offering a long-term solution that is as quick to set up as it is to dismantle.

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