Future Line Manufacturing, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA, announced the opening of its latest manufacturing facility.
The 18,000-sq.-ft. facility is designed and equipped to manufacture Future Line’s expanding line of aluminum truck bodies. The new faculty is the fourth expansion, the 22-year old company noted.
Future Line also announced it recently introduced a proprietary boxed extrusion all-aluminum truck platform allowing for reduced mounting height, less debris build-up and additional structural integrity. According to Brett Wilson, Future Line co-owner, “The cross-members of a traditional truck platform, whether steel or aluminum, has been a collection point for all types of road and job-site debris. Our proprietary and exclusive design eliminates this issue nuisance issue and keeps the underside of the platform free from weight-adding and hard-to-clean debris”
“Future Line is dedicated to offering comprehensive small and large fleet solutions and the new proprietary and exclusive Boxed Extrusion truck platforms are a big step in that direction,” he added.
According to the company, two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment are a four-axis aluminum extrusion machine and a Fiber Laser System. “The four-axis aluminum extrusion machine eliminates the need for ‘fixturing’ a platform,” Wilson explained. “The ‘key and tab’ method we use allows us to be much more precise. The Fiber Laser System is a very precise way for us to cut and trim aluminum sheets.”
The new facility also boasts equipment upgrades such as a 200T Press Brake, a CNC Turret Punch Press, Push/Pull and TIG welders and an extrusion up-cut saw.