SEATTLE, January 2013 – Freight Wing has announced a new trailer side skirt, the AeroFlex Composite,
which has been SAE/TMC tested to improve fuel economy by up to 7.45 percent.
The skirts are SmartWay verified.
Made of a pliable composite material, and braced with flexible mounting rods, the
new side skirts provide a clean, smooth appearance while maintaining its flat panel shape.
“It’s a great new addition to our line of aerodynamic trailer fairings,” said Sean
Graham, president of Freight Wing. “It joins our family of side skirts which includes
the AeroFlex DMP (formerly called the AeroFlex 2012) which is constructed of heavy
duty Dense Matrix Polyethylene (DMP). Our new composite model is of the same geometry
as the DMP and gets the same fuel economy benefits as our original model – they’re just
constructed differently. Customers can expect an ROI in as little as 50,000
miles of trailer utilization.”
According to Graham, the DMP model can take the most abuse of any side skirt
on the market thanks to bounce back nature of its plastic construction.
“But, with new innovations in composite material, we’re able to bring to market
the AeroFlex Composite -- a great looking, robust skirt that still is able to
bend from impacts such as bottoming out at loading docks,” he said. “The new
offering gives fleets and owner operators two great skirts to choose from,
depending upon their applications and driving patterns – each with the ability
to improve fuel economy for our customers by 4- to 6 percent in real-world applications.”
Weighing in at 170 pounds, the three-piece AeroFlex Composite side skirts feature an
easy-to-install pressure responsive mounting system, which provide ample support and flexibility.
Thee composite panels are able to handle typical impact situations. “They are also UV protected
and have a low coefficient of thermal expansion – allowing the skirts to hold its flat panel
shape,” said Graham.
About Freight Wing
Seattle-based Freight Wing was incorporated in 2003. The company’s mission
is to provide practical fleet fuel savings through innovative improvements to the
aerodynamic profile of semi trailers. It manufactures and distributes a full line
of fairings, including trailer side skirts, belly fairings, and gap fairings and
customized products for a variety of trucking applications. Freight Wing products
represent the most thoroughly evaluated aerodynamic trailer fairings available to
the trucking industry. Multiple scientific testing projects, to validate fuel
economy improvements, have been conducted by third parties including the U.S.
Department of Energy, the EPA SmartWay Program and Transport Canada. www.freightwing.com
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