Fairfax truck and trailer bodies are unique.
They are a custom-built monocoque seamless frameless moulded composite construction using VART (Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer) process.
The manufacturing process is not a traditional panel process. Instead, the two side walls, roof, front and rear walls are vacuum moulded in a continuous operation to provide a complete one-piece body shell.
The technique, unique to Fairfax Industries, has been refined from an original patented process and has now been developed to such an extent the company is widely recognised for its use of Advanced Composites Technology (ACT).
Our unique (optional) FACT floor (Fairfax Advanced Composite Technology) has no steel in the base frame. Choosing this option increases structural and torsional strength, adds to thermal insulation and reduces vehicle weight.
- Fairfax Industries operates an internal Quality Assurance system applicable to each product manufactured.
- Fairfax Industries manufactures all products to detailed engineering drawings.
- All engineering undertaken is designed to the best industry standards and built with strict adherence to appropriate certification standards set by NZ regulatory bodies.
- Certification is completed by in-house personnel with approval being sourced for critical engineering from external specialists when necessary.
- Each product is quality controlled throughout construction with all engineering drawings appropriate certifications and QA build/inspection sheets retained on individual build files.
- Each product has a unique serial number which can be used to trace the product build file to provide all relevant information for products that have been built from the inception of the company.
PROPERTIES OF A FAIRFAX BODY
- Torsional rigidity: ‘a tube doesn't twist’
- Structural strength:
- curved corner transfers stresses to walls and roof better than any square corner, and is virtually indestructible.
- Roof strong enough to carry 23 tons of meat off roof rail
- Cannot leak as there are no joins
- Cannot rust as there is no frame
- Thermal performance of refrigerated bodies: no metal framing to conduct heat; resin-entrapped polyurethane is the highest performing insulator. Our method is proven to reduce refrigeration loading compared to competitive products, in rail containers in Australian Nullabor desert (interior temp -25°C, ambient +45°C)
- No conventional beam chassis means low maintenance, lower vehicle weight and wider spaced landing legs (for stability)
- Latest axles, brakes and suspension as required by customer. Unique design to evenly spread loads across multiple axle
- Lightweight - therefore higher payload
- Cannot leak heat or moisture - has no joints, bolts or rivets to leak, or metal to conduct heat
- No metal in body to fracture, twist or fail
- Clean, smooth and flat interior - no interior beams to intrude.
- Composite structure is a ‘single membrane’. Conventional alum/insulation/liner have differing expansion coefficients and allow sweating, leaking and pest infestation.
- Easy to repair composite construction.
- Lowest cost of ownership proven in the long-term.
- Longevity: in daily use for over 25 years.