Great Dane has set up a truck body plant within its trailer plant in Brazil IN. Sidewalls are being produced in the line of the left. Roof production is on the right.
With the exception of some extrusions designed specifically for the new truck body, panels for the Johnson Alpine body share components and production processes with trailers built by Great Dane. Roof, sidewalls, and floor are built in the newly established truck body production area. The front wall is built on the same station that produces Great Dane trailers and then moved to the truck body area. By doing so, Great Dane eliminates the need for an additional press.
Truck bodies and trailers can share the same assembly line. Note the foam evident in the sidewall. Great Dane foams walls in the flat position to better eliminate voids as the insulation expands.
The front wall is about to be secured to the floor. All major components are brought together here to form the assembled van body.
Bodies move out of the main squaring fixture to be finished out.
Lift positions personnel so that everything is safely within reach.
Floors of the Alpine refrigerated van use 3” steel I-beam wax-coated crossmembers on 12” centers. A thermoplastic sub pan helps protect against moisture and chemical intrusion.
Completed vans, whether bodies or trailers, are tested for leaks before being released to customers.
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