Yoder Solutions for the Heavy Truck and Trailer Manufacturing Industry

Yoder Solutions for Heavy Truck and Trailer Manufacturers

Yoder has been developing roll forming solutions for structural, non-structural, and trim components for the manufacturing of heavy trucks and trailers since they began rolling off the assembly line. Roll forming automotive components has evolved over the years with the development of advanced and high strength materials. Since martensitic steels were first used in cars, Yoder was developing the equipment and tooling to meet those unique requirements for roll forming sills, rockers, reinforcements, cross members, roof bows, and bumpers along with many other common parts such as running boards, corrugated truck beds, seat tracks, window channel guides, and pillars.

Tube and Pipe Solutions for Heavy Truck and Trailer Parts and Components

The Yoder name is synonymous worldwide with the production of single wall fuel line tubing.  For several decades, Yoder has developed and continually refined its Cold Reducing Tube Mill technology for small diameter tubing. The Yoder W-15-S Cold Reducing Tube Mill System welds a tube up to 1.25” (31.8 mm) diameter and can produce finished diameter down to 3/16” (4.76 mm) diameter. Wall thicknesses range from 0.020 to 0.040” (0.05 to 1.0 mm), but applications up to 0.060” (1.5 mm) have also been done. Typically, the Cold Reducing Tube Mill is set up with a multi-station recoiling system for continuous recoiling of the tubing, but an inline cutoff for producing straight lengths can be included as well.

As required by the application for welding the tube or pipe, Yoder can provide mills with high-frequency induction or contact welders, DC & AC Square Wave Welding (ERW), TIG, and laser. For Tube and Pipe manufacturing, Yoder provides a range of solutions to fit the application:  complete mills, individual machines, mill accessories, tooling, consulting, engineering studies, and retrofits to existing installations. The Yoder WH-series tube mills are application tested to deliver the high-strength, performance-focused tubing required for these structural safety elements. For exhaust tubing, the products are typically a large diameter, light wall thickness, high D/t ratio. Yoder’s experience in tooling design and the precision tube making machines combine to ensure the exact tolerances required for producing exhaust and emission controls tubing.

Roll Forming for Heavy Truck and Trailer

Yoder can also provide other roll forming solutions for crucial roll formed components including posts, floor angles, scuff plates, rub rails, and roof bows which make up the shell of box trucks and trailers. With increased fuel efficiency requirements, these components are more frequently manufactured from light gauge, high-strength materials to save weight. In addition to the structural components, logistics features such as e-tracks and shelving are also roll formed. Yoder can design and build roll forming systems for school buses which require similar roll formed components. Roll forming components for school buses typically requires programmable features including in-line notching, post-cutting to length for flexibility of finished part lengths, hole patterns, and production quantities in order to meet manufacturing needs. Yoder’s experienced engineering team can also design and build metal forming and fabricating systems for over the road and rail transportation vehicles requiring roll forming.

Yoder can accommodate specialized roll forming needs including systems for heavy gauge steel frame roll forming for trucks and railcars. Roll forming machines and tooling are integrated with heavy gauge frame fabrication systems with coil or strip feeding to fit the unique needs of the heavy truck and trailer industry. Yoder’s experienced engineers have the knowledge and understanding to design and build a roll forming system for all transportation needs, from heavy gauge frames for semi-trucks and mass transit vehicles to the safety equipment including guard rails, sign posts, and even barrier system components.

Our application engineering team can help select the appropriate Yoder machinery solution for your heavy truck and trailer application, considering the materials, size, and production needs to fit your business. As the design and manufacturing process of automobiles has evolved over the years, Yoder has provided the equipment that enabled several automotive elements to utilize welded metal tubing for safety and performance including fuel lines, crash breams, and even exhaust systems. For the production of crash beams, bumpers, and frame components, Yoder offers a few methods in conjunction with tube manufacturing including notching, hybrid welding, and heat treating, which can all be integrated.

Yoder Solutions

Roll Forming

For over 100 years, the most respected names across multiple industries all over the world have relied onYoder roll forming machines and systems for their manufacturing processes. And the reason is simple — from our standard machines to our customized systems that are designed and built for your specific application, Yoder solutions can save you money while producing a better product. We also offers a full line of cutoff presses including heavy-duty mechanical presses and our patented Air Press. Learn More

Tube & Pipe Mills

Yoder has long been recognized as one of the earlier pioneers in the welded seam tube mill business. Yoder offers multiple standard tube mills for common product sizes. In addition to the standard machines, Yoder also offers specialized equipment that includes a wide diameter range of metal tubes and pipes; from the 3/16″ (4.76mm) O.D. cold stretch reducing mills to the 28″ OD cage mills. Learn more

Flexible Fabrication Solutions

Yoder’s state-of-the-art flexible fabrication equipment, tooling, and systems increase production capacity and operation efficiency through integrated and streamlined processes, increased automation, and faster equipment. Whether from coil or sheet, Yoder’s flexible fabrication systems can include wing benders, post notching punch systems, walking beam systems, transfer conveyors, hard automation, and more to produce finished parts that are ready for assembly. Learn more

Integrated Systems From Formtek

As a part of the Formtek family of metal forming and fabricating solutions, Yoder systems can be seamlessly integrated with B&K, Dahlstrom, Hill Engineering, Lockformer Custom Machinery, Tishken, and Winpro solutions to deliver optimal results for your operations.

Roll Forming & Flexible Fabrication Systems

Formtek can integrate multiple fabricating processes and systems from B&K, Dahlstrom, Hill Engineering, Lockformer Custom Machinery, Tishken, Winpro, and Yoder to streamline and reduce the labor in your manufacturing operations. Whether it is flexible fabricating or roll formed products, Formtek can engineer and build a complete manufacturing system, from coil or sheet handling through finished product, for your application.

Consolidate Notching and Fastening Operations

The systems can be complex, involving multiple notching, bending and/or roll forming machines with welding, such as the production of office furniture wall partitions. Such systems may eliminate a dozen or more manual operations. Digital controls and batch production capabilities can allow the process to vary position and quantities of engineered features without setup time.

Eliminate Multiple Press Brake Operations

These integrated roll forming and flexible fabrication systems from Formtek can be as simple as manufacturing roof panels or shelves by hand feeding metal sheets into the roll former.

Engineered To Order

Each Formtek System is designed and manufactured to optimize the processing of your products.

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