Real-World Solutions

 
 

Purposeful Innovation

At Wabash National, we work with our customers to create purposeful, innovative products that lower operating costs, enhance productivity, extend equipment life and build in better safety and sustainability. 

DuraPlate

In 1996, our DuraPlate® composite technology revolutionized trailer sidewalls with unmatched performance. With durability and damage resistance that remain second-to-none, DuraPlate applications extend beyond dry freight trailers and truck bodies—delivering a high-performance composite panel solution to a growing body of industries and manufacturers.

Molded Structural Composite (MSC) Technology

The features of our breakthrough MSC Technology is bringing new levels of thermal performance to refrigerated semi-trailers and refrigerated truck bodies, thus revolutionizing operations for refrigerated carriers. To extend the thermal, weight-saving and durability benefits of MSC, we are are also exploring new applications beyond commercial transportation.

Trailer Underride Guards

We engineered our commercially available Rear Underride Guard System—RIG-16—to surpass U.S. and Canadian standards and prevent underride in multiple offset impact scenarios. In addition, we have a prototype side impact guard design currently in testing and development.

Trailer Telematics

We believe predictive analytics are the future of efficient fleet operations. Applying telematics—real-time monitoring and analysis of performance and environmental data—to transportation equipment will allow drivers to increase performance, reduce maintenance and prolong equipment life. Working with leading technology providers, we configure and install these systems to optimize data collection and delivery. 


TrustLock® Plus

Reduce risk of door damage with a more secure, easier-to-operate TrustLock Plus door system. Our proprietary system not only improves door operation for the driver, it locks the door within 3” of the trailer sidewall to prevent door damage when loading/unloading. That’s 50% closer than traditional hook and chain holdbacks.

MaxClearance™ Overhead Door System

Increase usable cargo space, reduce maintenance and minimize downtime with an overhead door system that offers the clearance of swing doors. Our MaxClearance system lifts the door to full horizontal position, locks the door behind the header, and eliminates both door hang and the need for secondary hold devices. The counterbalance assembly features a unique winding gear that reduces spring winding hazards and prevents backlash while eliminating the need for manual winding.

Bonding Technology

Our ground-breaking bonding technology removes the need for metal fasteners—reducing snag points and creating watertight connections. Used in nose, roof, sidewall and component applications, our bonding technology maintains structural integrity and requires less maintenance than traditional rivets.

Trailer Aerodynamics

The first trailer OEM to commercialize its own side skirt, we’ve since developed a wide range of aerodynamic devices to provide maximum trailer aerodynamic and fuel economy benefits to our customers. EPA SmartWay and CARB compliant, our products can improve fuel economy by 5 percent to over 10 percent. 

Upper ID/Aux Stoplights

Wabash National applied the functionality of auxiliary stop light systems—often seen in SUVs—in the ID/Aux Stoplight trailer innovation. Rear ID lights at the top of the trailer shine brighter when brakes are applied, giving motorists better visibility.