Monthly Archives: November 2011
Yesterday, we made our debut at the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA®) 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago. This annual forum focuses on the advancement of the radiology profession.
Featherlite has a large 53 ft. medical trailer on display at the event, and it’s open for tours. It’s the largest mobile radiology unit here!
Some facts about the RSNA Meeting:
- RSNA has more than 48,000 members in 137 countries.
- Last year, more than 58,000 people attended the meeting, including over 27,000 professionals from more than 100 counties.
- It has been held consecutively in Chicago since 1985.
So if you’re at RSNA 2011, stop by Booth 2538, and let us give you a tour of the Featherlite medical trailer!
Mobile Video Display Trailers
Featherlite client Daktronics received their new Featherlite trailer recently, and it has us asking, “where’s the popcorn?” In all seriousness, though, the trailer features an 8’ x 12’ TV that extends up from the top of the trailer. There is also cargo space within the trailer for a sound/speaker box to provide audio for the display.
More photos: http://tinyurl.com/7bw3fhb
Daktronics is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays using LED technology. Daktronics will use this trailer in their marketing as it enables them to easily travel to a college or university, for example, to demonstrate their product.
And while these particular trailers include a TV or scoreboard as their main focal point, Featherlite has found that LED video displays or kiosks are popular add-ons for specialty trailers. They are a great way to capture attention and traffic and easily pass on advertising and marketing messages to customers!
Race transporter length
We heard a few rumblings this weekend in California following NHRA’s last race of the season there. A few teams had their race transporters detained because they were longer than the California law allows. Fortunately, for those teams with Featherlite race transporters, this wasn’t an issue, since Featherlite does not build trailers over 53 feet to comply with these laws and to help teams avoid issues like these. Each state’s law is different, of course, so the lesson is to know each state’s laws and plan and design your trailer accordingly. We hope any issues for teams were resolved for the time being to allow them to get back home.
Race transporters in season
It’s November and it’s hard to believe, but NASCAR is in its final weeks of its race season. But here at Featherlite, the 2012 season is just starting for us. Race teams are placing their new orders or scheduling their transporters for service or updates, as you can see in these photos of Featherlite race transporters in production! One is early in the process while the other’s exterior is progressing along fairly well and will be moving to the Interiors facility. This is where a work area, including cabinets, workbenches and a lounge, will be installed.
Featherlite builds all its trailers from the ground up. How long does it take to build a transporter? It varies by the design, but typically Featherlite customers can expect on average to have their specialty trailer within 8-15 weeks.
Typically the structure is completed in 2-4 weeks and the interior in 2-5 weeks. The project begins with the planning and development of drawings and specs, which can take a few weeks. After the trailer’s interior is finished, paint and graphics are completed along with a final quality audit and cleaning.
We’ll be keeping an eye on specialty trailers as they progress through our plants and look forward to sharing some of the details with you!
This year’s SEMA Show is in its final days. It’s an annual event for Featherlite and is a good opportunity for Featherlite’s Specialty Sales Managers (SSMs) to meet with others in the race and automobile industries. Held inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, Featherlite is displaying a 53 foot race transporter at this year’s show. Here’s a look at the trailer early this morning before attendees entered the exhibit area.Attendees not only get to see some of the hottest products in the industry, but SEMA also offers educational seminars, product demos and other special events. It’s a trade-only event and not open to the general public, but it still attracts over 50,000 people annually over the four days.