Two Ohio companies have worked together to come up with a safer, more efficient, and lighter weight solution to the large swing doors found on the new cargo vans. While this concept is not new to the Global market, it is new to the United States. Europe has incorporated this solution onto some of their cargo vans which have to operate in severely confined spaces of metropolitan areas. With the increased congestion in metropolitan areas of United State and on jobsites where space is always limited, a solution like this will prove to increase efficiency of the vehicle while being safer for the vehicle operator. This system also weighs less than the large heavy swing doors by almost 60 pounds which can also increase vehicle payload.
WHAT IS IT?
Buckeye Body and Equipment, with assistance from Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. (under Dover Roller Shutter brand name), has put together for a package to convert the heavy swing doors on the rear of the new Ford Transit Cargo Vans to a rear roll up door. The roll up door package consists of removal of the factory rear doors, installation of the aluminum frame, and installation of the aluminum shutter door. There are no structural or design modifications required to the body. The aluminum frame mounts to the body and the roll up door is installed to the new frame. An electronic locking system has been incorporated for security and ease of access. AXCESS Shutter Door System, produced by Buckeye Body and Equipment is now available for the Ford Transit Cargo Van.
The AXCESS Shutter Door System can be purchased from and installed by Buckeye Body and Equipment. The conversion frame kit is engineered to maximize the van’s existing geometry to ensure the widest, tallest opening possible. The conversion kit is constructed of .120 aluminum laser cut and CNC formed panels to control quality and consistency of the parts. All surfaces are acid washed, and powder coated by computer control providing a durable, high gloss finish.
ROLL UP DOOR
The aluminum shutter door is produced by Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. under the Dover Roller Shutters brand name. It is a coiling aluminum slat door, powder coated white to match the Ford Transit Cargo Van. The roll up door provides a better solution for confined spaces by just coiling inside the vehicle and does not require the swing doors to be swung to the side of the vehicle into traffic and sometime windy environment. An electronic lock is designed into the door providing a two point locking system that requires a key fob to unlock. This locking system is more secure than the normal keyed lock because it is not accessible from the outside. The aluminum shutter door also has seals on all four sides and has independent seals between each slat. The door rolls around an enclosed spring which is designed to open and close over 100,000 cycles. The roll up door is provided as part of the entire kit.
The AXCESS Shutter Door System provides many advantages over the swing doors. Some include:
- Eliminates potential for very expensive door damage due to wind and backup collisions.
- Improves efficiencies of high cycle delivery services.
- Improves operator safety by not having swing doors open in high traffic areas.
- Electronic latches can be integrated in vehicle lock/unlock circuit.
- Low maintenance, high cycle hardware.
- Entire kit is 60 pounds lighter than factory swing doors.
- Opening size is 51” wide x 72” high.
- Integral weather shield with recessed LED load area lighting.
- Allows for installation of inexpensive lift gates vs. very expensive lift gates currently used with the factory swing doors.
The conversion from factory swing doors to the AXCESS Shutter Door System is simple and requires about 6 hours. The installation process begins with the complete removal of the OEM swing open doors, hardware, and electrical harness connecting the doors to the van structure. Next, drill fixtures are placed to predetermined fixed locations to provide absolute placement of the attachment fasteners in the van structure. Holes are drilled and permanent threaded fasteners are installed. A perimeter seal is installed to the van’s structure as well as a bonding / sealing compound providing a dual seal to keep weather and dust out of the cargo area. The conversion system is then installed using all stainless steel and aluminum fasteners. All electrical support circuits are automotive grade with OEM style harness connectors and prewired to a specific color-coding to ensure consistency. Once the conversion system is installed the roll up door and all supporting hardware is installed, aligned, and tested.
The new AXCESS Shutter Door System provides an innovative solution to the factory swing doors on the Ford Transit Cargo Van. The system can be installed quickly and provides efficient, easier, and safer access to the Cargo area from the rear of the vehicle. Upfit your vehicle and enjoy the benefits of this innovative solution.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ray Van Gunten is President of Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. and Dover Roller Shutters. The two divisions of Diamond provide numerous roll up door solutions to the transportation industry. Diamond has worked with Jeff Massey of Buckeye Body and Equipment on the design of the AXCESS Shutter Door System. Ray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jeff can be reached at email@example.com.