The Keith Walking Floor system is an unloading system. The hydraulically driven drive unit is installed in a trailer and attached to a series of floor slats that “walk” material out the rear of the trailer. Trailers unload horizontally without needing to raise the trailer and eliminating the need for a tipping platform.
Walking Floor systems unload nearly any bulk material, including waste, agricultural commodities, mulch, gravel, etc.
Since 1973, Keith Manufacturing Co. has produced the Walking Floor brand of moving floor unloading systems at its location in Madras, Ore. Systems are used in a wide variety of industries throughout the world to handle bulk materials. Keith Manufacturing Co. encompasses five international locations and has a global network of trailer manufacturers and dealers to service its customers.
Vertical integration allows the company to maintain superior quality control measures and enables the company to manufacture a diverse product line. At the company’s Madras facility, employees design, machine, fabricate and assemble nearly 100% of the components used in Keith Walking Floor systems.
How the Walking Floor unloader is made is fascinating and provides insight into the quality and workmanship that goes into this system. Work Truck toured their facility to share just how these unique products are made.
Step 1: Seal Extrusion
The company has its own plastics department that features both extrusion and injection molding equipment to manufacturer both the seal between the system’s floor slats and the plastic bearings the floor slats glide over.
Step 2: Flooring Department
Extruded aluminum floor slats come in a variety of profiles, depending on the type of material the customer is unloading.
Step 3: Machining
The machining facility at Keith creates the hydraulic valve bodies that control the Walking Floor system.
Step 4: Switching Valve Body
Following machine production, each valve is assembled with hydraulic seals and fittings before being installed into the drive unit.
Step 5: Cross Drive Welding
The structural strength of the drive unit is important for unloading up to 50 tons of material in a trailer.
Step 6: Hydraulic Testing
Each drive and specific hydraulic components are assembled and tested prior to shipping.
Step 7: Finished Drives
Drive units and floor slats are shipped from Madras to locations around the world for installation into trailers.
Step 8: Floor Slats & Trailer Unloading
The finished product installed in a trailer.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online