New Style Trailer Frame Required Innovative Design & Fabrication Plan
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New Style Trailer Frame Required Innovative Design & Fabrication Plan
New Style Trailer Frame Required Innovative Design & Fabrication Plan

PROJECT: Trailer Frames
PROJECT TYPE: Fabrication – Shipping Supports for Concrete Double Tees
CLIENT: High Concrete


High Concrete is a leading producer of architectural and structural wall panels and the nation’s largest producer of precast concrete parking structures. The company manufactures precast products needed at every stage of a project and is a single source for precast concrete components, systems, service, innovations and answers.

High Concrete needed a partner to manufacture a new style trailer frame designed to haul large concrete double tees for numerous parking structures and building projects. Critical to the function of the trailer frame was the incorporation of a trapeze arm that could pivot on an angle and haul the concrete tees at a specified angle which would eliminate the need for a wide load permit. And, because the trailers were needed for a specific project, High Concrete required an aggressive delivery schedule that had to be met to avoid delays in the project

Because of GSM Industrial’s proven success on other projects that worked with an original design to deliver a turn key product with an aggressive timeline, the GSM team understood the client’s needs and the work and time required to do the job right. That’s why GSM leveled with the customer and only took on half of the order for 60 trailer frames. Not wanting to over-promise and under-deliver, the GSM team had the knowledge and experience necessary to deliver a solution in a timeframe they felt confident in meeting, which was 30 trailer frames. Then, the experienced and certified team got to work to get the job done.


The GSM team worked collaboratively with the customer to make some practical design changes to the pin placements in the trailer frame, which were critical to the pivot of the trapeze arm in getting just the right angle needed to haul the double tees within the strict wide load tolerance of 102”. To add to the challenges already stacking up, GSM had to come up with a solution for a quicker drying paint than water-based paint due to the tight shipping schedule.


Quickly pulling the team together to come up with a production plan, GSM delivered a sample set of trailer frames to the customer and worked with their engineers on solutions to issues that arose. The drawings were revised to address the issues and then GSM got to work on manufacturing the remainder of the trailer frames.
In order to meet the deadline, saws were running day and night and sub-assemblies were utilized to keep the project moving. The build team assembled the trailer frames on fixtures and welding followed AWS standards for structural steel.

GSM proposed an enamel, solvent-based paint as an alternative to the water-based paint. The enamel paint required only one coat (as opposed to several coats of the water-based paint) and took less time to cure. It also provided a better finish to the end product. GSM addressed the environmental concerns of using this type of paint through the use of air pollution control equipment in the shop and a solvent recovery system which collects and disposes of the solvent properly. The switch to enamel paint saved enough time that the 30 trailer frames could be shipped quicker and meet the project deadline without sacrificing quality or the integrity of the frames.


Through collaboration and team work, GSM Industrial delivered 30 trailer frames weighing about two and a half tons each. Critical dimensions were held to ensure the trailer frames would operate correctly and eliminate the need for a wide load permit. By providing an alternate paint solution that was more efficient and had a quicker drying time, GSM was able to meet the aggressive delivery schedule.

While the project was not without bumps, open lines of communication, collaboration with High Concrete’s engineering team, solid project management processes, and GSM’s commitment to do whatever it takes to get the job done right all helped to keep the project on track.

High Concrete was pleased with the overall quality of work and the value the GSM team brought to this innovative project in terms of design solutions, manufacturing, and meeting critical deadlines.

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