DALLAS — Hendrickson says it has built a better bumper for heavy duty vehicles.
The Bumper and Trim unit’s new Aero Guard technology is the culmination of an intensive four-year development program, Hendrickson leaders explained Wednesday during a press event ahead of the Great American Trucking Show here.
Aero Guard combines state-of-the-art resin technology, proprietary injection molding processes and patented design to create the industry’s first heavy-duty, aerodynamic and lightweight non-metal bumpers, according to the company.
Introduced initially for the International ProStar tractor, the bumper employs heavy-duty structural ribbing and an extra-thick fascia in a unified structure to provide cold-impact durability down to minus 40 degrees while improving strength, engine cooling and ground clearance.
Made from fully recyclable materials, the bumper is aerodynamic and light weight for excellent fuel economy, Hendrickson said.
Designed as a molded-in-color, two-piece, middle-split bumper, the Aero Guard is engineered to work with the factory tilt mechanism and can be installed and replaced easily with no down time or paint costs.
The technology Hendrickson used to make the bumper is a unique combination of material, process and design that make it possible to incorporate large structural ribs into thermoplastic injection molded parts without creating unsightly sink marks. The patent-pending technology can find use not only in bumpers, but also in side fairings, sun visors, hoods and other plastic parts requiring structural support — opening up a wide range of product opportunities, Bumper and Trim manager Jeff Zawacki explained.
By eliminating extra components such as support structures, hardware and braces, the technology also results in less design time and cost up front, plus less repair time and cost down the road, Zawacki added.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a global manufacturer and supplier of truck, tractor, bus and recreational vehicle suspensions and heavy-duty springs; trailer suspensions, controls and nonintegrated axles; truck and trailer lift axles, and bumpers and trim components to the commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 95 years. Visit the main Hendrickson web site at www.hendrickson-intl.com
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