New Albany, Ohio - Commercial Vehicle Group, an Ohio-based provider of system solutions for the commercial vehicle market, has launched ComforTEK, a performance flooring system which uses a layer of bonded, flexible polyurethane foam substructures. "This maximises thermal properties for driver comfort and increased operating economy," CVG said.
"Today's truck engines run hotter to meet emissions requirements, which means more heat can be transmitted into the cab through the floor, especially along exhaust routing," said Don Fishel, director of global marketing for CVG. As a result, Fishel said, drivers run and adjust their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) more often to create a comfortable cab environment. Increased HVAC run times can lead to faster component wear and lower fuel economy, he pointed out.
The CVG director said that ComforTEK is designed to allow HVAC to perform more efficiently through a vehicles life, reducing fuel consumption and maintenance. The flooring system will initially be introduced to the Class 8 vehicle aftermarket, the statement said. "We also feel it has excellent potential as a beneficial product for fleets and Original Equipment Manufacturers," Fishel added.
CVG's R&D team measured heat flow paths in the cab and identified hot spots in the floor before evaluating the thermal and acoustical properties of over 56 different flooring combinations using CVG test equipment, said CVG R&D vice president Logan Mullinx.(RD)
PIC: A view of the mats with a CVG FLIR Infrared Camera.