Semi-Trailer
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CASE STUDY

Kentucky Trailer needed a better way to move their trailers through various production stages.

 

THE SITUATION

Kentucky Trailer is the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. In 2009, as the company was preparing to open a state-of-the-art facility for mixed model trailer production, they began to reassess their method of moving trailers through the various production stages. Previously, they had always used a linear, in-the-ground track which required four to five workers to move each trailer and limited the number of trailers they could fit in the facility. The company decided they needed a more flexible option. They turned to the versatility of air casters.

 

THE SOLUTION

Our Solution
Airfloat satisfied Kentucky Trailer’s need by using Air Skids. The trailers were put on Air Skids, allowing for omnidirectional movement around the manufacturing facility.
How They Work
Airfloat air caster products are powered by plant air supply, and float the load on a thin film of air. With air caster technology, 1,000 pounds can be easily pushed with 1 pound of force.
What they Provide
Air Skids provide the ideal versatile, modular system that can be customized to match practically any load configuration and weight - which was ideal since trailer length various in their facility.
Air Skids provide the ideal versatile, modular system that can be customized to match practically any load configuration and weigh.

The Result

Airfloat has helped Kentucky Trailer improve productivity, enhance worker ergonomics and safety and maximized the use of their floor space. With air casters, two to three workers can easily move 20,000-pound trailers in any direction—even in spaces too tight for fork trucks to maneuver. Plus, since air bearings are easily reconfigured they can be used on any application in the facility with ease.

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