Unique Mud Flap Design Showing Positive Results
Unique Mud Flap Design Showing Positive Results In Spray Suppression and Increased Fuel Economy
Fresno, CA (September 12, 2011) Spraydown Aero Guard System, a uniquely designed 3-dimensional mud flap brought to the U.S. commercial vehicle market in 2010 through a strategic alliance between Spraydown USA and Betts Spring is showing positive results in fuel savings, spray suppression and reduced emissions during fleet road trials, track and laboratory testing in Europe. Spraydown USA products are manufactured domestically by Engineered Profiles, LLC, at their facility in Columbus, OH.
As the name implies, the vertical aero vanes manufactured into Spraydown mud flaps re-direct spray down through the pockets smoothing airflow and reducing drag, resulting in substantial fuel savings. Standard two dimensional mud flaps disrupt air flow, contributing to turbulent air flow patterns surrounding today’s heavy duty vehicle. Additionally safety is enhanced because with Spraydown flaps, 98% of spray is directed back to the road and out of the driver’s view.
Since Spraydown was introduced in Europe more than four years ago over a million miles of vehicle on-road and track testing has been performed. The results, supported by research and laboratory testing, indicate an improvement in fuel economy in the range of 1.5 to 3 percent by replacing standard mud flaps with Spraydown Aero Guards. Testing also showed 95% suppression of spray from vehicles outfitted with Spraydown, resulting in a 43% improvement in visibility enhancing both driver and motorists’ safety. After testing Spraydown on their vehicles, Cooperative Group, a U.K. company operating 700 trailers and 1000 power units with a similar duty cycle to many U.S. fleets is now specifying the Spraydown Aero Guard System on all new trailers. Nigel Sim, Fleet Service Manager explained why “We have seen how a small change to Spraydown mud flaps can make a significant impact towards improving safety and reducing operational costs.” Today, Spraydown Aero Guards are installed on an estimated 4.5% of new trucks and 9% of new trailers built in the U.K.
Spraydown Aero Guards are available in 24”, 27” and 30” lengths in both straight and angled down configurations and are easily installed. Visit www.spraydown.com for more information
About Betts Spring
For over one hundred forty (140) years and during six generations of continuous family ownership, Betts Spring Company has practiced daily the mission of its founder and decorated spring maker William Michael Betts I – “Building Well, Serving Better”. From its proud beginning as the first spring manufacturer in the Western United States, Betts has evolved into a diversified manufacturing and distribution company servicing the requirements of heavy duty trucking, automotive and industrial clients with innovative, patented solutions, products and services made in the USA.
For more information, please visit www.bettspring.com.
About Spraydown USA
Spraydown USA is a unit of Engineered Profiles, LLC, a state-of-the-art, custom-profile extrusion and manufacturing services company, who has a sixty-year (60) track record with the design and manufacture of products that simply perform better, functionally and aesthetically.
The Spraydown Aero Guard System was first launched in Europe in 2007 and is proudly manufactured in the United States. An innovative replacement to traditional mud flaps used by commercial vehicles, the Spraydown Aero Guard System is making a big impact towards reducing carbon footprint through reduced fuel consumption and improving road safety by reducing the spray produced by heavy duty trucks in wet and inclement driving conditions.
For more information, please phone (614)754-3750 or visit www.spraydown.com.