Vanguard National dealers and suppliers tour Vanguard’s new 360,000-sq-ft dry-freight van plant in Trenton GA as part of a grand opening held November 3.
Trailer sidewalls are punched and the rivets inserted automatically.
With the rivets in place, boards keep the rivets secure until they can be set by the rivet press, background.
Once the posts are riveted, the extruded bottom rail is fastened to the sheet and post sidewall assembly.
Roof bows are bonded to the roof sheet.
Floors are gang drilled. Screws are automatically placed and driven.
A bank of computers controls each individual function of the automated floor assembly operation.
Vanguard uses the Tog-L-Loc crimping system to secure the roof sheet without having to drill through the sheet. The tool uses a punch and die system to interlock the sheet and extrusion. No fasteners or welding is required.
The roof station allows the Tog-L-Loc tool to run the full length of the trailer. The tool is a product of BTM Company LLC.
Self-propelled cart moves the van laterally from the roof station and on to the finishing line.
A series of rechargeable batteries power the cart on which the trailers ride.
Running gear is assembled upside down and then moved to a turning fixture that places it upright.
Vanguard air lines are color coded for easier diagnostics and maintenance.
Bogey is ready for installation.
Vanguard’s new rear underride guard, now standard on new Vanguard trailers, has passed the 30% offset crash test sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Vanguard recently sent an underride guard such as these to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for use in research being conducted as NHTSA considers more stringent future rulemaking for underride guards.
Trailers continue to move through the multi-stage finishing line. There landing gear and running gear are installed. Vanguard contracts with a third party to apply customer decals.
Every completed trailer undergoes testing to make sure electrical and air systems are functioning properly.
Completed trailers move directly into this bay for water testing. Water from the test is captured, filtered, and recycled.
The yard is large enough to store about 1,600 completed trailers.
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