ORLANDO, Fla.—After a successful seven-year test of a prototype shop, Josam Products Inc. has begun offering turnkey frame and alignment shops. The Orlando-based marketer of frame and alignment equipment and training programs has operated the test shop as a sales and training center providing customer support, but said it can be reproduced in total or customized to suit specific needs.
The average metropolitan area does not have a good, professional, modern truck frame and alignment facility, Josam said, but rather one or more shops that have been in business for 25 to 40 years with equipment dating from the era in which it opened.
``The fire is gone. Customers perceive this atmosphere and will flock to a fresh one,'' the company predicted.
Because the business of frame and alignment or chassis service is a specialty with unique needs, Josam said it has approached those needs with a fresh outlook. It claims it has re-invented the frame shop and tools, taking it from a ``pit'' with a heavy ``iron'' environment to the present with floor-level grids and aluminum frame tools on wheels.
The company said its new shop offers aluminum axle correction tools ``in minimally intrusive installations'' that are user friendly and extremely productive. ``New, computer-guided laser tools make short work of the most difficult alignments. Inductive heaters, 40-ton C-clamps, spinning lasers, and hydraulic play detectors are unknown anywhere else in the industry,'' Josam said.
The Orlando prototype—with its modern design, drive-through bays combined with the most advanced tooling available—``is recognized as the No. 1 shop of its type'' in the U.S., Josam said.