GOODYEAR AIR SPRINGS
When the need arose in the 1950's for a superior alternative to steel springs for a wide variety of vehicular applications, Goodyear responded. Drawing from their vast rubber technology, Goodyear introduced the rolling lobe type Super-Cushion® air springs in 1957 for use on bus, truck and auto suspensions. Since then the benefits of air springs have become more apparent, and their usage continues to grow.
Today, they are still producing quality air springs, designed for durability, performance and value. Rough ride, vehicle deterioration and cargo damage all result from shock and vibration transmitted from road to vehicle. The suspension system must absorb this shock and vibration. Steel springs, even new lightweight composite springs, have one major drawback. They must be designed stiff enough to carry the maximum load of the vehicle. When a truck is deadheading or is only partially loaded, steel suspension systems are too stiff to allow the deflection necessary to prevent vibration and shock from being transmitted from the wheels to the frame. That's not the case with Super-Cushion air springs. The key is compensating spring rate. Air springs allow for a change in the spring rate, or stiffness, to accommodate load changes. A lightly loaded vehicle operates with low air pressure in the springs, while a fully loaded vehicle operates with a high spring pressure. Changing from low to high pressure is done automatically through special sensing valves. Little wonder that Goodyear's Super-Cushion air springs are found on vehicles as diverse as semi-tractors and trailers, buses, light trucks, RVs, ambulances and passenger cars. Through strict design parameters, Goodyear's Super-Cushion air springs operate dependably in all climates, from frigid Alaska to torrid Southwestern deserts.
Through strict design parameters, Goodyear's Super-Cushion® air springs operate dependably in all climates, from frigid Alaska to torrid Southwestern deserts and in many types of industrial conditions. Little wonder that Goodyear's Super-Cushion air springs are found in a wide range of applications from vehicular to industrial.