Freight Wing has extensive experience in supplying trailer skirting for a wide variety of applications as well as other aerodynamic trailer products to help improve fleet efficiency. As aerodynamics can play such an important role in fuel economy, we are always interested in helping you find new ways to apply this technology.
Freight Wing’s expert design team is capable of providing effective custom solutions and also has the necessary background to help fleets realistically estimate potential savings and operational concerns to ensure the project meets its desired goals.
The Freight Wing Low Rider™ is our 2nd generation commercial skirting design that was introduced after the Belly Fairing and before the Aeroflex design. Freight Wing developed this lower coverage, curved front fairing geometry to improve aerodynamic savings over previous designs. Early in 2006, initial prototype designs were refined in full scale wind tunnel testing at the National Research Counsel (NRC) of Canada. We then proved this new design on the track with a 5.8% SAE/TMC J1321 type II testing result conducted in partnership with Transport Canada at PMG technologies. This kind of performance led to the implementation of several hundred units that are still in successful fleet operation. It also led to other companies rushing into the skirting market with copies of this innovative aerodynamic shape.
The Low Rider is a great design, just not quite as efficient on a cost analysis basis with the 3rd generation Freight Wing Aeroflex skirt. We offer the Low Rider as it offers fleets a very stylish, high performance skirting option that can provide extended service in the proper fleet situation. The construction of the Low Rider is a hybrid of the proven aluminum construction of the Belly Fairing with the flexible lower plastic extension similar to the Aeroflex concept. This dependable skirting system is still an excellent long term value for those that prefer the Low Rider style.
The Freight Wing E-Van Fairing™ is an easy and effective way to apply side skirt aerodynamic improvements to any drop deck trailer. This fairing uses materials and aerodynamic principals developed for the Aeroflex fairing to provide an approximate 2-3% fuel savings with flexible, bash proof plastic panels. This is a lightweight, inexpensive way to achieve fuel economy gains for your drop deck operations. We have put hundreds of these units out in operation over the past couple years and the results have been very positive.
Tankers are excellent targets for trailer aerodynamic improvements due to the high utilization/mileage of these trailers and the long service life of this equipment. Freight wing offers skirting and other aerodynamic treatments for tankers to improve your fuel economy. Freight wing will work with tanker fleets to provide retrofit options and is working with leading tanker trailer OEM’s to provide factory installed options. The typical configuration utilizes the flexible Aeroflex skirting materials and technology and has been successfully applied to many tanker operations.
Flatbed trailer operations benefit from trailer aerodynamics in high mileage situations. The Freight Wing Flatbedder™ was developed to give flatbed fleets the option for aerodynamic improvements. Freight wing will work with flatbed fleets to provide retrofit options and is working with leading flatbed trailer OEM’s to provide factory installed options. The typical configuration utilizes the flexible Aeroflex skirting materials and technology and has been successfully applied to many flatbed operations.
Many container chassis trailers running on high mileage routes will benefit from trailer skirting technology. The Freight Wing Chassis Fairing™ was developed to meet this specialized need. Freight Wing works directly with the chassis operator to fit custom skirting using the flexible and durable Aeroflex panels. Units placed in operation have performed very well with consistent and measureable fuel economy improvements.
The Freight Wing Straight Truck Fairing™ is a great way for highway box trucks to benefit from Aeroflex skirting technology. Any straight truck with a dock level box mounted on cross members is usually an easy fit. Same great performance and durability of the Aeroflex skirt, just in a smaller size. Call Freight Wing to see if your straight truck would work with our system.
You can realize a great return for a very small price with this simple addition to your semi trailer's leading top edge. This fairing works well behind modern, full aerodynamic tractors in high mileage situations where any little aerodynamic benefit adds up over the long run. For many situations with common gap settings, the NXT Gap Fairing™ can provide around a .75% fuel savings by protecting the top edge of the trailer from spillover airflow. For any situations where the top square edge of the trailer is exposed to direct airflow, adding the NXT could provide substantial savings up to 3%. For example, full scale wind tunnel testing at the National Research Counsel (NRC) of Canada showed a 2.5% improvement with the NXT used behind a mid roof tractor. It may be little, but every little bit helps in keeping fuel expenses under control.
You can squeeze that last bit of savings from the back of your trailers with the Freight Wing Rear Fairing.™ Although savings are modest for rear trailer fairings, the Freight Wing Rear Fairing is an inexpensive alternative to larger, more expensive systems that can hinder operations more than they help. No elaborate deployment of this system, just use the doors normally and it’s short enough that you don’t have to worry about folding it up every time the truck stops or the trailer is dropped. Give Freight Wing a call if you are interested in this specialty product and we would be happy to discuss if a rear fairing could work for you.
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