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 …