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Aerofficient announces permanent side fairings for HD trucking


Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The new side fairing will provide customers superior aerodynamics and yield a high return on investment and low total cost of ownership, Aerofficient officials said. (Courtesy: AEROFFICIENT)
The new side fairing will provide customers superior aerodynamics and yield a high return on investment and low total cost of ownership, Aerofficient officials said. (Courtesy: AEROFFICIENT)

GRAPEVILE, Texas  — Aerofficient said Tuesday it has begun production of new aerodynamic fixed side fairings for the heavy-duty trucking industry.

The fairings are high-quality durable panels produced from an engineered injection molded automotive-grade TPO plastic, a material well-known in the automotive and transportation industries for its durability and light weight, according to Jim Reiman, CEO of the Lincolnshore, Ill.-based manufacturer.

The announcement came during a news conference held in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition under way here.

During the news conference, Reiman also announced a long-term partnership with US Xpress Enterprises to provide Aerofficient’s fairings to US Xpress’s truckload service fleet.

“This new side fairing will provide customers superior aerodynamics and yield a high return on investment and low total cost of ownership,” Reiman told reporters. “The hinged six-panel design was subjected to rigorous testing to validate the design and durability.  The side fairing is lightweight, tipping the scales at just over 100 pounds per side, and possesses a design life of 10 years and one million miles of use, Reiman said.

Featuring multiple patented and patent-pending elements, the side fairing’s hinged design permits the fairing to clear a 24-inch-high obstruction without damaging the fairing.  The bottom panel of the fairing has a 180-degree swing and is able to bend inward 90 degrees as well as outward 90 degrees.  This flexibility permits real-world use and allows the fairing to clear obstructions without damage.

The company also offers an optional landing gear wrap configuration for refrigerated trailers to shield reefer fuel tanks and increase the effectiveness of the side fairings, which are designed to provide 10 years of life.

“We started our business by asking operators what they wanted in a side fairing product.  We got three very clear answers: durability, lightweight, and durability,” Reiman said. “Industry executives want to save money, not spend money fixing broken fairings.  We heard our customers’ message, and believe we’ve delivered a product that exceeds their expectations.”

Soon to be announced, Reiman said, are the Aerofficient slider fairings, which expand and contract when the bogies are moved; a front gap fairing and rear fairing.

US Xpress, a provider of transportation services throughout North America, purchased the fairings because of the product’s key features — durability, light weight and simple installation, according to Max Fuller, co-chairman and CEO of US Xpress.

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“Aerofficient came to us and requested a list of features that fleet owners require when purchasing a fairing product,” Fuller said.  “The two primary requirements that we specified were durability and light weight.  We also specified several operability requirements, including the capability to be installed on fully loaded trailers and used in intermodal operations.  Aerofficient met all of our requirements.” 

“US Xpress and Max Fuller in particular have aided our company enormously by articulating the requirements of fleet operators and assisting us in testing our products,” Reiman said. “They know what is required for a product to be successful, and demand that such be delivered.  We are deeply honored by their selection of our company and our product to meet their trailer fairing needs.”

For more information, visit www.aerofficient.com, call (855) 237.6669 or e-mail info@aerofficient.com.

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