Tent Expandable Modular System (TEMS)
Metal components, including the frame, are manufactured exclusively by
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As a method of providing an organized medium for heavy field shelter, it is recognized that there is no practical alternative. The concept of modular tents dates back to the second world war and because of its flexibility and cost benefits has gained international acceptance.
Why a System?
TEMS evolved by adapting a standard modular tent to meet special requirements, such as vehicle maintenance, field kitchen and mobile hospital. The adaptations with multi-purpose applications were refined and made to conform to an overall scheme, so as not to limit its viability and at the same time retaining economies of scale and universality.
The size and shape of the tent profile have an element of international conformity. They are governed by the stress imposed on the standard
5 cmaluminum tubing that comprises the framework. The tents are self-supporting and free of guy lines. Modules are in increments of 2.5 mlong. A module consists of the canvas covering for the roof and sides and an arch frame with three purlins. A single module to be free standing requires two arches; an additional module requires a single additional arch with a set of purlins. A piece of canvas is called a tent section. Separate tent sections cover the front and rear of a tent.
The sections of tent which comprise the modules come in two sizes: the Main type and the
0.75 mhigher Extended. The Main type has four types of end walls.
Two types of tent sections, namely the Breezeway and Carrefour, allow rows of modules to intersect or cross connect.
The modular tents have had 25 years of development and evolutionary, detail improvement. Cold resistant plastic hardware and UV resistant materials have been tested in service and adopted.
Textile materials have to meet stringent requirements for safety, durability and weather resistance as well as a strength to weight ratio. Canvas materials used have been of polyester / cotton and polyvinyl chloride. Materials may be specified to suit special requirements of climate and color.
Simplicity - Hand pitched, no tools, cranes or pumps
Although the system has comprehensive support documentation the equipment is self explanatory: no training required to install it, apart from rudimentary knowledge of the tried and true 'dutch lacing' attachment method. The canvas does not have any structural tensioning and may be rolled or removed at will. The rugged aluminum frame arch simply unfolds and the three purlins which span the length of a module are inserted by hand and held by cast metal latches. The frame skeleton is made rigid by quick-buckle tensioning straps.
Though not recommended, it has been known for one person to single-handedly pitch a large complex. For an installation crew, generally one person is required per arch. Long rows of modules can be raised progressively.
The equipment has a wide range of uses: from a basic tent, and by adding parts, to an insulated partitioned administrative complex.
- Basic: (outer canvas only) rapid installation for workspace, storage and temperate accommodation.
- Lined: (including insulated flooring) for living and working environments.
- Tropical: open sides with complete insect screen integrity.
- Heat Distribution: an even spread of warm air throughout a complex, through cloth plenums.
- Partitioned: three types of partitions to separate areas lineally, laterally and into segments.