TRANS-INDUSTRIES was founded in 1972. Management has developed strategic initiatives focused on streamlining operations through cost and headcount reductions and identifying process efficiencies. Additionally, Trans is also ISO/TS 16949 certified and has received numerous quality awards from its customers, including the Mack “Gold Bulldog” award.
Trans product offerings include braces, cab access ladders, grab handles, mirror arms, mirror heads, and steps for Class 7 and Class 8 heavy trucks. Additionally, Trans possesses a wide range of manufacturing process capabilities, which include assembly, bending, coining, drawing, drilling, roll forming, and stamping.
Trans possesses engineering and production capabilities enabling it to operate as a bundled supplier of tubular and metal fabrications in aluminum, carbon, and stainless steel.
The primary products offered by Trans include but not limited to mirror heads and mirror arms used on Mack Trucks; grab handles for Mack Truck, Navistar, and Volvo trucks; braces and steps for Mack Truck and Navistar trucks; and cab access ladders for Kenworth trucks.
Other products manufactured by Trans include accelerator rods, air fairing braces, bumper braces, cab access steps, door reinforcement plates, fender braces, hose tender brackets, radiator braces, refuse truck window guards and ladders, transmission shifter rods, and other tubular braces and brackets.
Tubular products manufactured by Trans include bumper braces, cab access ladders and steps, fairing braces, fender braces, grab handles, hose tenders, mirror arms and braces, radiator braces, refuse truck ladders, tie brackets, and other miscellaneous braces. These products are manufactured using aluminum, carbon steel, or stainless steel tubing with wall thickness ranging from 0.035” to 0.375.”
The manufacturing processes used to manufacture tubular products consist of flattening the ends or center of the part, piercing and trimming the ends of the part, and bending to fit a customer’s specifications. Additional value-added processing performed in-house by Trans consists of assembly, drilling, melding, swaging and threading. These processes are accomplished through the use of drill presses, a hydraulic swaging machine, MIG or TIG welders, an orbital riveter and a turret lathe.
Bending operations performed internally by Trans include horizontal bending with mandrel extractors, die bending, tabletop horizontal bending, and vertical press bending. The bending operations at Trans are capable of supporting tubular diameters ranging from to ½” to 2 ½”. These capacities are designed to service customers who purchase tubing products larger than brake or injector hydraulic lines and smaller than truck exhaust stacks.
Trans produces a wide array of sheet metal components. Many of the products are used in the assembly of tubular products. Products such as cab access steps and ladders, mirror kits and splashguards require a combination of tubular and sheet metal components assembled or welded together.
The mirror heads consist of an extruded aluminum shell cut to length and bright dipped anodized. The aluminum shell is produced from a highly reflective alloy providing an attractive rust resistant product. Trans offers two models of this type of mirror head, one of which is heated, lighted, and contains a logo and the other is a heated and lighted only version. Another mirror head model consists of a stamped mirror shell of which two roll formed channels captivate the mirror glass to the shell. This model is available in anodized aluminum, black powder coat, and stainless steel. The anodizing, hardware, heating elements, powder coating, and wire harnesses for the mirror heads are purchased from third party suppliers. The assembly, drawing, coining, piercing, and roll forming operations are functions performed by Trans. Trans-Industries also produces mirror kits, which include the tubular assemblies necessary to mount the mirror head to the truck door.