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SmartTruck unveils Pup Trailer Aero System at ATA conference

The new system’s components are made in the U.S. of durable polyethylene plastic – a 100 percent recyclable material used in many truck and marine applications.

The Trucker News Services

10/8/2012

LAS VEGAS — SmartTruck introduced its latest trailer aerodynamic system Oct. 8 at the 2012 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition. The new system is specially designed for 28-foot Pup trailers, delivering fuel savings up to 9 percent.

“Pup trailers present a similar challenge to 53-foot trailers,” said Mike Henderson, CEO of SmartTruck. "We are applying the same UnderTray design strategies that have worked so well on 53-foot trailers, using our CFD analysis techniques to understand the different flow field that exists with the pups. We are applying that knowledge to the adaptation of our UnderTray system to provide similar performance for pup operators. The pup UnderTray systems will have the same ruggedness and durability with very quick installations that our customers have come to expect."

The new system’s components are made in the U.S. of durable polyethylene plastic – a 100 percent recyclable material used in many truck and marine applications. The system includes an aero rain guard for the top rear edge of the trailer, a nose system for the front of the trailer, side fairings and a forward UnderTray for use on straight-frame pup trailers. Different systems are available for both straight frame and drop frame pup trailers.

Users can expect real-world savings delivered by the system components to be:

• Drop-Frame Trailers

• Aero Rain Guard and Side Fairings – 2 to 3 percent

• Aero Rain Guard, Side Fairings and Nose System – 4 to 5 percent

• Straight-Frame Trailers

• Aero Rain Guard and Side Fairings – 2 to 3 percent

• Aero Rain Guard, Side Fairings and Nose System – 5 to 6 percent, and

• Aero Rain Guard, Side Fairings, Nose System and Forward UnderTray – 8 to 9 percent

Building on its aerodynamic background in the aerospace, motorsports and automotive industries, SmartTruck is bringing the next generation of aerodynamic products to the trucking industry. SmartTruck is headquartered in Greenville, S.C.

For more information, visit the SmartTruck website at www.SmartTruckSystems.com.

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