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How Is a Lorry made

Most people will see heavy duty goods vehicles charging up and down the motorways of the country every day. These goliaths help keep the country well stocked with goods and products at all four corners of our fair lands. So what exactly goes into the manufacturing of a lorry?

Most HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) are manufactured from component parts. While they may appear large, the majority of a HGV is a framework. The first step of manufacture is to construct the cab. The cab is where the driver is located and each brand will have its own style. While some companies build their own engines and axels, the majority have the components built by other companies around the world before having them shipped to a central warehouse.

The components are then put together piece by piece as the HGV runs along a conveyor belt. Different groups of workers will build different parts of the lorry as it moves along, ranging from the transmission to the exterior fascia. The most common approach is to begin with a framework that allows the workers to slot in each individual part. Once the interior part is complete, the seats, furnishings and windows are added to the cab.

The HGV is then driven out of the construction line and parked in a separate part of the warehouse where the painting is performed. The axles will be tested and the trailer section of the lorry will be affixed and tested for strength and fit. The HGV will then go through extensive safety checks before the canvas is placed over the stainless steel frame of the trailer that gives HGVs their distinctive box look.

The final parts will be added to the lorry such as the lights, company branding and windscreen wipers. It is at this point that the lorry is ready for use and will be prepared for road worthiness. The tyres will be inflated to a corresponding pressure to ensure of good traction to the road surface, mirrors will be adjusted to enable the driver to see to the rear of the lorry clearly, and a final test of the airbags, horn, and hazard lights will be performed.

The fully finished lorry will then be driven out of the warehouse and delivered to the customer's location where it will begin its life transporting goods across the country and continent. It takes around 3 weeks to finish a lorry from start to end and production delivers sleek, modern vehicles that enrich all of our lives for the better.

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