Freight Wing's 2012 AeroFlex side skirt is redesigned at 30 lbs lighter than previous models and only 150 lbs total. The company says customers are seeing 4-7% fuel savings using the product.
SEATTLE, Wash. — Freight Wing has launched its AeroFlex 2012 side skirts.
“Fuel-efficient, lightweight, durable and affordable are what best describe our new generation side skirts,” said Sean Graham, president of Freight Wing. “With the reduced price of the AeroFlex 2012, the return on investment is often less than 35,000 miles of trailer utilization.”
According to Graham, Freight Wing customers are seeing a 4-7% improvement in fuel economy, depending on their application and operating speeds.
“With our latest generation AeroFlex side skirts we deliver great fuel economy performance, only in a redesigned package that is 30 lbs lighter at only 150 lbs total, yet just as durable as our original AeroFlex side skirt,” said Graham.
Using a dense matrix polyethylene material – a custom-engineered automotive plastic – AeroFlex 2012 side skirts were designed for extreme conditions, according to the company. “Simply put, the material we use is the most durable, most flexible and lightest weight on the market,” Graham said. “They’ve been tested to withstand temperatures beyond what any trucker would ever encounter – from minus 103-degrees Fahrenheit to 158-degrees Fahrenheit. Plus they have excellent ‘shape memory’ – able to return to their original form after large impacts better than any other material we’ve tested. That’s critical for long-life performance and years of productive service.”
According to Graham, the AeroFlex 2012 also incorporates a new mounting clamp system that is easier to install and maintain. “We still use fiberglass rods, which provide ample support and flexibility – allowing the three-part skirt panels to bend in or up, should they have a side impact, or if they bottom out. But the mounting system attaching the rods to the trailer has been improved to prevent slipping during extreme impacts, and therefore the adjustment of rods to maintain fairing alignment.”
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