Innovation through design and detail
The new generation of Custom vehicles benefit from the latest 3D frame modelling allowing a more accurate integrated built body and chassis design.
Reduced weight and finer tolerance allows Custom to use less steel but achieve the same strength.
New generation body panels have been 3D modelled to allow parts to fit precisely and accurately to the frame. This accurate design means lighter body panels with increased strength, that are faster to fit with enhanced appearance. Weight is also reduced on in non-impact areas of vehicles, whilst material thickness has been increased for high impact areas.
The CB80 is the first low floor city bus to achieve a ‘car like finish’ to panels, headlights, screens, etc. The accurate tolerance of panel and frame design means panels fit easily and can be replaced quickly.
Parts are no longer manually produced. The new generation body parts are computer designed and formed on a five axis router. Frame components are all shaped using a laser cutter to achieve a high quality result. It doesn’t matter if it’s the part you buy now or in 20 years time, it will still fit, it will be the same and it will look perfect.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is the best technology to achieve optimum balance between low tare weight and a 25 year design life. Builders not using FEA are only guessing if their body/chassis combination can sustain a 25 year design life. There is no substitute for technology and expertise, both of which Custom are proud to offer Australian operators.
New generation external skirt panels are high resistant ‘pultruded’ fibreglass that allow high impact without fracture, distortion or drooping.
Skirt panels are specially shaped to provide quick installation or replacement. They can be made to company colours, with the same colour being throughout the thickness of the material, saving operating time and money.
New ducting material, with ‘hinge-less’ design, provides access to new ducting designs using a new pivoting system. The ducting, lights and stanchions in the new generation CB80 are a fully integrated feature saving on weight and components.
Fibreglass roof and front rear headers have been modelled with 3D technology, providing higher strength with lighter weight.
New plastics are now available for use in the bus industry, and the new generation Custom buses are the first to utilise them and provide cost savings to Australian operators. The latest high impact plastics are available for front and rear corners in the high impact zones. These parts are similar to fibreglass parts, but take three times the impact without fracturing.