Firestone’s Ride-Rite & Air Spring Manufacturing and Technology

Air spring suspensions are a type of vehicle suspension powered by a special type of air pump or compressor, through a relatively simple process and design. Simply put, the pump or compressor forces air into bellows, usually made out of rubber due to its flexibility. As the bellows is inflated by the increase in air pressure, it raises up the frame of the vehicle. These air spring suspensions have almost entirely replaced steel spring suspensions in passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses. The purpose of this system is not only to keep the motor vehicle level, but also to improve the way it maneuvers and brakes when weighed or in rough conditions.  The most recent developments in air spring technology have been advances in the process of computerization and the ability to self-level the vehicle. This is particularly useful in buses, as the weight distribution is often quite uneven, due to passengers not spreading out throughout the vehicle. In trucks, this has done quite a bit to help slow down the process of tire wear, reducing costs for distributors of a variety of products. Firestone Industrial Products, founded in 1936, was created when Firestone Tire & Rubber Company decided to purchase a factory and expand its business activities. In 1938, barely two years later, we created the first pneumatic suspension device, called the Firestone Airide Air Spring. Since then, for more than seventy years, Firestone Industrial Products has remained on the cutting edge of air spring suspension technology. Acknowledged worldwide as …

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 …