When it comes to Murphy's Law, Pratt Industries is always confronted with the customer need to have a longer trailer. No matter what the length purchased, the customer always needs a few more feet to haul the load safely and legally. To respond to this need Bill Pratt and his team created the expandable truss trailer.
Hot-dip galvanizing was the obvious choice as it presented a factory applied coating that is sustainable and meets the innovative needs of Pratt in this application.
Pratt is, and has been, the specialized trailer manufacturer that other trailer manufacturers turn to when faced with difficult applications. As a leader in the specialized trailer market, Pratt is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest technologies that can be applied to their products. When developing the expandable truss trailer the coating choice needed to be durable, reliable, and long lasting. Hot-dip galvanizing was the obvious choice as it presented a factory applied coating that is sustainable and meets the innovative needs of Pratt in this application. A close working relationship between Pratt, their steel fabricator and the galvanizer has led to a smooth, seamless design that conforms to the criteria required for an immersion coating like hot dip galvanizing.
The expandable truss trailer made by Pratt Industries is a semi-trailer that is built for hauling wooden trusses. The trailer is extendable and can be raised by using the galvanized hydraulic neck for easier unloading. It features galvanized steel rollers along the deck of the trailer that are lockable while in transit and can be unlocked to allow the load to be moved and unloaded at a jobsite without the use of forklifts. The truss trailer is also equipped with galvanized rollers at the rear of the trailer that support the trailer when it is fully tilted and being unloaded.
Pratt Industries Inc. was the pioneer in the truss trailer industry and enjoys a majority of the market share. Sold both domestically and internationally, Pratt expandable truss trailers have multiple galvanized components including the bulk head, hydraulic neck, rear bumper, ground rollers, deck rollers, and frame extenders. Galvanizing these components provides superior longevity and durability demanded by the relentless environmental influences to which these trailers are subjected. Hot-dip galvanizing also extends the life of the trailer by years, resulting in lower maintenance costs and providing a more sustainable product than painted trailers.
In the creation of the expandable truss trailer Pratt has created synergy that combines innovative function with outstanding reliability. While most consider initial cost savings, Pratt has employed the concept of long lasting durability by means of hot-dip galvanized steel coupled with useful function that allows for manpower reductions while loading and unloading their trailers. When faced with Murphy's Law Pratt sees opportunity, not obstacle.
Original Equipment Manufacturing
Bridgeman, MI United States
Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Quality of HDG, Sustainability
bulkhead (prevents load shift) , hydraulic neck (raises the trailer), deck rollers, and a-frame style extension supports.
AZZ Galvanizing - Plymouth
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