SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Aerofficient has won the prestigious Frost & Sullivan 2012 North American Trailer Aerodynamics New Product Innovation Award for the Aerofficient Slider, a side-fairing product that automatically expands and contracts when the trailer’s wheel assemblies are moved forward and rearward. The company accepted the award at a banquet in San Jose, hosted by Frost & Sullivan.
“Aerofficient’s innovative Slider technology will be a game-changer, a solution which the trailer aerodynamic market has not seen before,” said Frost & Sullivan researchers. “Fixed-side fairings have been proven to save money, but the Slider technology enhances the trailer even further.”
Researchers noted that during lab and fleet testing, the Slider achieved fuel savings up to 80% in zero wind conditions with a trailer setting of 41 ft., compared to only having a standard side fairing installed. Researchers also found a 7% boost in fuel economy compared to only using a fixed-side fairing, which provides on average 3-5% in fuel savings.
“This astounding boost in fuel economy results in a ROI payback for Aerofficient’s Slider projected to be only one year,” Frost & Sullivan officials said.
Researchers also praised the Slider as “exceptionally lightweight and durable, fabricated from quality materials, and engineered to survive the rigours of long-term use.”
“We are extremely honoured by this award,” said Jim Reiman, CEO of Aerofficient. “Aerofficient is all about customer ROI, so when an independent research firm with the standards of Frost & Sullivan says our products are better than our competitors’ because they yield superior savings and are more durable, it is a validation of our efforts and approach.”