Air Spring Industry for Vehicles & Firestone’s Ride-Rite

Firestone tires has built a reputation of excellence over the years. They are a common household name and the leading brand for tires and automotive services. But innovation has always been at the forefront of the company policy. That’s why Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded Firestone Industrial products back in 1936. Henry Ford needed non-tire rubber components for a variety of parts for his cars. A mere two years later this groundbreaking company created a product that is still used today. In 1938 Firestone Industrial came out with the first patent for a pneumatic air spring, and they called it Air Ride. Air suspension is used in place of conventional steel springs in passenger cars and trucks, as well as in commercial transportation vehicles like buses and tow trucks.  Air suspension is powered by an electric or engine driven compressor. This compressor pumps air to inflate a rubber chamber and raises the vehicle’s body from its axles. This provides a smooth and consistent ride, as the compressor adjusts to bumps in the road to keep passengers from feeling them. This is the superior option over metal springs, due to its fluidity and versatility on the road. Firestone’s air spring systems are designed to maximize safe load carrying capacity, give stability to the vehicles suspension, improve handling, breaking and steering, and reduce wear and tear to the axles. And now, Firestone has taken it a step further. Ride-Rite is their newest version of Air suspension technology, and can improve gas …