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STEMCO develops new fuel efficiency testing for TrailerTails


Wednesday, July 22, 2015
More than a dozen fleets have tested TrailerTail using the DataLogger with results consistently approximating 4.5 percent, equating to an average mpg improvement of 0.44, according to a STEMCO executive. (Courtesy: STEMCO)
More than a dozen fleets have tested TrailerTail using the DataLogger with results consistently approximating 4.5 percent, equating to an average mpg improvement of 0.44, according to a STEMCO executive. (Courtesy: STEMCO)

LONGVIEW, Texas — STEMCO, an EnPro Industries company, has developed a new fuel efficiency testing technology for TrailerTail aerodynamic equipment.

The real world DataLogger test provides fleets with an extremely fast, precise and significantly less expensive method of testing the fuel efficiency of TrailerTail technology using a fleet’s own truck, trailer and driver in under four hours, according to a STEMCO news release.

The palm-sized DataLogger — developed in partnership with IOSiX — plugs directly into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data.

A STEMCO field technician conducts a controlled test with the fleet’s truck, trailer and driver. STEMCO engineers then analyze the data to precisely break down how much fuel the TrailerTail system will save that specific fleet.

The technology’s testing protocol and filtering algorithm were developed specifically to provide a customized data stream that isolates the aerodynamic variables while minimizing the disruptive effect that inconsistent wind patterns, temperature and traffic can have when comparing different test runs to measure fuel economy improvements, according to Bob Montgomery, vice president of the Innovative Tire & Mileage Solutions group at STEMCO.

“TrailerTail technology has proven in numerous standardized aerodynamic tests that it reduces fuel consumption by over 5 percent at highway speeds,” Montgomery said. “But many fleets really want to know that it will work for them in their specific operation, not just on a test track or in someone else’s fleet. The DataLogger provides a means to prove fuel savings in a matter of hours.”

More than a dozen fleets have tested TrailerTail using the DataLogger with results consistently approximating 4.5 percent, equating to an average mpg improvement of 0.44, Montgomery said, noting that the results are also consistent with fuel savings reported from fleet-wide TrailerTail deployments.

“Historically, trying to find the return-on-investment on an investment such as this has required an enormous financial expense, as well as an intense study of fuel purchases and mileage data over a long period of time,” said Trevor Kurtz of Brian Kurtz Trucking. “In just four hours on a rainy, cold day in December we were able to obtain real fuel savings numbers using the DataLogger test. With over 70 TrailerTails now installed, we are consistently achieving the test results or better.”

Fleets seeking additional information or a DataLogger fuel savings demonstration can contact the STEMCO TrailerTail team at (888) 283-8245 or visit www.TrailerTail.com.

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