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Wabash National Reports Decrease in Repair Times by 50 Percent Using LORD Structural Adhesives

Published on 2009-04-23. Author : SpecialChem

Wabash National - one of the leading manufacturers of semi-trailers in North America - has reported savings of 50 percent in repair times using LORD Fusor® Aftermarket Repair Adhesives.

LORD Corporation - an industry leader in engineered structural adhesives, coatings, electronic materials and vibration/motion control solutions - signed a long-term agreement with Wabash National® Corporation in spring 2008 for the supply of LORD Fusor® Aftermarket Repair Adhesives as well as LORD® Engineered Adhesives. The adhesives are being used to replace traditional techniques in the assembly and repair of trailers. In addition to supplying adhesives, LORD has and will continue to provide customized training and procedures to Wabash National Trailer Centers, as well as Wabash National's dealers, fleet customers and owner-operators.

"LORD Fusor adhesives and procedures have been used in the dry freight/refrigerated van industry for more than a decade," said Jim Perritt, LORD North America Sales Manager for Auto/Truck Aftermarket. "Off-road down-time and costs are significantly reduced when LORD Fusor adhesives are used in place of traditional patching and repair techniques."

Timothy Jackson, LORD Regional Manager, stated that using adhesives has proven to cut repair time, enabling the trailer to get back on the road faster. Further, adhesives, as compared with traditional fastening methods, reduce the weight of the trailer, resulting in better fuel economy. The use of adhesives also results in a better work environment. Wabash's previous repair technique required more labor and the use of a noisy rivet gun, he said.

According to Kevin Creegan, LORD Regional Manager, during the last few months, Wabash has outlined their most common repair procedure needs. In response, LORD developed step-by-step procedures to be used by all locations across the country.

"As trailer manufacturers search for ways to reduce repair cycle time, our expertise with adhesives in the aftermarket will be a great asset," said Creegan. "LORD adhesives eliminate leak points, improve aesthetics, increase strength and rigidity, as well as eliminate galvanic, under-bond and general surface corrosion via proprietary LORD metal-bonding chemistry."

Two Wabash National Trailer Centers in Dallas, Texas and Scranton, Pa., implemented the procedures and products first. According to Jack Scarff, Director of Service Operations for Wabash National Trailer Centers, the Dallas operation has already reported a 50 percent savings in repair times since integrating LORD Corporation's products and procedures. Other centers will be integrating the products and training procedures during the next year.

After conducting extensive benchmarking exercises, Wabash selected LORD from a broad pool of adhesive and sealant manufacturers. LORD was selected because of their long and successful track record in structural bonding applications in the automotive, truck body and trailer industries, their technical expertise in truck body and trailer construction, as well as their extensive aftermarket and repair organization.

About Wabash National

Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National® Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of semi trailers in North America. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dump trailers, truck bodies and intermodal equipment. Its innovative core products are sold under the DuraPlate®, ArcticLite®, FreightPro™ Eagle® and Benson™ brand names. The company operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries; Transcraft ® Corporation, a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck, dump trailers and truck bodies; and Wabash National Trailer Centers, trailer service centers and retail distributors of new and used trailers and aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.

About LORD Corporation

With headquarters in Cary, N.C., USA, and sales in excess of $700-MM, LORD Corporation is a privately-held company that designs, manufactures and markets devices and systems to manage mechanical motion and control noise and vibration; formulates, produces and sells general purpose and specialty adhesives and coatings; and develops products and systems utilizing magnetically responsive technologies. With manufacturing in nine countries and offices in more than 15 major business centers, LORD Corporation employs more than 2,500 worldwide.

Source: LORD Corporation

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