Monday, November 3, 2014

Trucks Built Your Way!

Colonial Ford Truck Sales ordered a J&J chipper body for their customer’s F550 truck. These custom built bodies come in various sizes and configurations and are most commonly used for landscaping and mulching applications. The aluminum body construction allows owner/
operators to haul maximum payload, increasing
productivity and profitability.
Call today and let J&J put together a 
specification package that meets your needs.

Shively Motors sent J&J Truck Equipment a Dodge Ram 5500 and we installed a aluminum dump body, tool boxes, snowplow, de-icer spreader, and a tarping system. These aluminum dump bodies for one-ton chassis save about 500 lbs. over steel dumps, but offer the same hoist ratings to get jobs done quickly using less fuel.

Why Good Chassis Arrival Dates And VIN Numbers Are Critical

Managing a production schedule is difficult. To salesmen, customers, and individuals that are not involved in work order processing and production planning, it may seem like voodoo and witchcraft, seasoned with a little crazy. It is not. Production planning is based on 4 things:

    1.) Labor availability.
    2.) Raw material availability.
    3.) Long lead time component availability (critical path).
    4.) Chassis arrival date and VIN  (to identify chassis by J&J work order).

To describe something complex, simply, J&J’s production schedule is based on chassis arrival date and the first available production slot (labor) after the chassis arrival date. In certain cases, production may be scheduled based on a long lead time component delivery date (critical path), if that date occurs after the chassis arrival date and after first available production date. J&J has control of items 1 – 3 in the list above. J&J does not have control of number 4 – chassis arrival and VIN. You have control over accurate chassis arrival dates and accurate VIN. 

Bad chassis arrival dates cause major scheduling problems. The first time a chassis arrival date is missed, the corresponding work order rolls back in the schedule one week and a good order (chassis arrived) is pulled forward. If chassis arrival misses the second week, the work order is pulled from the production schedule and placed in “Unscheduled” purgatory until chassis arrival can be validated; then the work order is placed in the next available production slot. The next available slot may be significantly later than the original scheduled date. You may ask, “Why do you do that? It’s not fair.” J&J processes and produces hundreds of work orders a month. Bad chassis arrival dates wreak havoc on the production schedule. Our answer, “It is not fair to customers with work orders that have good chassis arrivals to allow schedule churn for poor communication.”

 What can I do to assure my work orders are produced when scheduled?
•  Provide the best possible chassis arrival date when you place your order with J&J.
• As chassis delivery dates from the OEM become firm, communicate those dates to your J&J sales representative or to the factory.
• Assure your body specifications, chassis arrival, and VINs are firm no later than 3 weeks before scheduled production at J&J.

Help us, help you satisfy your customers and meet their delivery expectations.

Check Out Our Customers!

R.L. Hannah & Sons, a trucking company based in Harrisonville, Missouri, sent J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers this picture of their Peterbilt’s first day on the job with a new dump body. The chassis was mounted with a J&J MH EVO smooth side polished aluminum dump body. R.L. Hannah was founded by Russell Leroy Hannah over 50 years ago with one dump truck. Today his wife, Francis, still runs the company with daughter Sharon Green. They operate a fleet of close to 30 trucks that haul rock, sand, and road salt in Kansas and Missouri.

According to Tim Green,  “This is the first bed I have ever seen that when loaded with 25-30 tons of material the sides didn’t bow out. It didn’t matter, out here where we are, whether aluminum or steel, the sides would bow out but not on this one.”

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

J&J Trailers Going to Work Overseas

Mack Trucks ordered 8 half round dump trailers for their tractors that are going to work in Nigeria. J&J’s half round dump trailers are built with J&J Body Armor which is available in 400 or 450 Brinell hardness with chemical composition, hardness, and yield strength similar to Mil Spec armor plate. J&J Body Armor™ is a wear and impact resistant steel designed for severe duty applications, or light weight steel bodies and trailers that maximize payload and equipment service life. Maximize profit from your capital equipment investment. Cost effective, high strength J&J Body Armor,™ the right steel
for your body.  

Equipment Solutions, located in Curacao, ordered a steel push out trailer that will be used to haul waste to landfills. Curacao is a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and located off the coast of Venezuela.
J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers is one of the few companies who has been manufacturing push out trailers for close to 30 years. Precision engineered to haul waste and sludge.

Full-Service Welding, Hydraulics and Fabrication!

Somerset Welding & Steel is a full-service welding, hydraulics, and fabrication facility. The company offers a wide variety of services, including welding, hydraulics, machining and finishing.

Our engineering staff uses the state-of-the-art software technology and our expert workforce uses the latest robotics, computers, and tooling to manufacture custom products for our customers. We also provide 3D modeling and detailed proposal drawings.

In addition, we have web conferencing capabilities which allow you to easily and conveniently check in with our team to view designs, drawings, and to discuss your projects. These technologies save you time and money.

We partner with our customers to provide them with unparalleled service and support during the entire phase of their project. Somerset Welding clients have been relying on us for over 55 years to provide them with quality products, expert workmanship, and on-time delivery.

The next time your plans call for custom welding and fabrication, give 
Somerset Welding a call. We’ll be happy to provide quotes and drawings.  
800.598.8552 /

NEW Addition to the J&J Product Line!

Liquid Propane Gas Tank
Our Liquid Propane Gas tanks and trailers feature superior
construction and craftsmanship.
We are excited to announce that J&J Truck Bodies & trailers has added Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) tanks to  our oil and gas product line. The tanks are designed and built by our qualified and knowledgeable personnel who  are backed by years of experience in engineering, welding, and fabrication.

J&J tanks are precision engineered to meet DOT regulations and are tested prior to delivery. Depend on J&J to provide you with competitive quotes and to  manufacture to your specification. We are also planning to introduce MC-331 transport trailers and propane service trucks in early 2015.

Let J&J quote your next tank truck.

Think Of It As Refriger-Nation

 According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac another teeth-chatteringly cold winter is on its way across the United States. “Colder is just almost too familiar a term,” Editor Janice Stillman said. “Think of it as a refriger-nation.”

With its traditionally 80 percent accurate weather forecasts, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation.

At J&J Truck Equipment, we have everything you’ll need to maintain safe roadways, parking lots, and driveways this winter. J&J Truck Equipment is an authorized distributor for leading snow and ice equipment brands such as Boss, Fisher, Tenco, ProTech, Henke, and Swenson. Let our knowledgeable, factory trained staff help you select the equipment that meets your needs and your budget.

J&J's product lines include the industry's best offerings of snow and ice removal equipment.

Call Today! 877-455-8785