Firestone Industrial Products says its Airide Integrative Air-Damping System offers an effective, lighter-weight alternative to standard cab-mount suspensions, providing the functionality of an air spring and shock absorber in a single part.
The system is comprised of an exterior bellow made of natural rubber that encompasses a proprietary, shock-absorbing module.
Preliminary testing indicates a notable reduction in the transmission and frequency of vibration when compared to traditional air spring/shock absorber or air-spring/hydraulic-damper configurations.
It has the potential for an “unprecedented level of comfort that significantly reduces driver fatigue,” the company says. And since the system reduces vibration inputs in the cab structure, it adds that there’s less strenuous wear and tear on cab mounting points.
Firestone says it’s also taking steps to help reduce overall vehicle weight through lighter primary air-spring options. These next-generation air springs are said to offer weight reductions of up to 3 lb per spring.
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