Wabash National has filed a patent for an embedded mounting assembly that supports the installation of large components, such as refrigeration units, on cargo vehicles. The assembly includes a mounting insert embedded in the vehicle’s wall, ensuring structural integrity and safety while allowing for cost-effective manufacturing and installation. The patent claim describes a specific mounting unit with a bolt that extends beyond the bodies of the assembly and is supported within the cargo body’s nose. GlobalData’s report on Wabash National gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Mounting assembly for refrigeration unit on cargo vehicle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Wabash National Corporation

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230173972A1) describes a mounting unit for supporting a refrigeration unit on a cargo body. The mounting unit includes a first body with a first opening, a second body with a second opening corresponding to the first opening, and a mounting bolt that extends beyond both bodies when inserted into the openings. The first and second bodies are designed to be supported within the nose of the cargo body. The first body also defines multiple cavities, and the second body defines multiple cavities as well.

The patent also describes a nose of a cargo body that is made of a composite material with a foam core, an inner surface, and an outer surface with an outer laminate layer. The nose includes a support plate embedded within the outer laminate layer, which has a bolt aperture. A mounting insert is positioned within a hole in the composite material, extending from the inner surface through the foam core. The mounting insert includes a mounting bolt that extends through the bolt aperture of the support plate and beyond the outer surface of the nose. A cover plate is fastened to the mounting insert with a mechanical fastener. The cover plate can be permanently bonded to the inner surface of the nose and may include an insulation gasket between the mounting insert and the cover plate. Multiple mounting inserts can be used in the nose, and the mounting bolt does not extend beyond the inner surface of the nose.

Additionally, the patent describes a method of manufacturing a wall of a cargo body with embedded inserts. The method involves assembling composite beams or panels to form the wall, forming a hole within the inner surface of the wall, inserting a mounting insert within the hole, forming a bolt aperture within the outer surface of the wall, inserting a mounting bolt through the mounting insert and the bolt aperture, and coupling a cover plate to the mounting insert or the inner surface of the wall. The cover plate can be permanently bonded to the inner surface and may be fastened with a mechanical fastener. The mounting insert can be comprised of a first body and a second body, and the mounting bolt only extends past one surface of the mounting insert.

Overall, this patent describes innovative mounting units and methods for supporting refrigeration units on cargo bodies, as well as the construction of cargo body noses using composite materials and embedded inserts. These inventions aim to provide secure and efficient mounting solutions for refrigeration units and improve the structural integrity of cargo body noses.

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