Flow Control Valve: What is an Air Suspension System and What Are Its Benefits?

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The first air suspension system using a flow control valve was first developed by the United States during World War II for their heavy bombers. From this, the first self-levelling air suspension system was developed for use in less heavy aircraft and cargo trucks. Today, the air suspension system offers several benefits for drivers who drive vehicles that carry heavy loads.

The purpose of an air suspension system

An air suspension is a vehicle suspension that is powered by an air compressor (or an electric pump for more expensive vehicles) that pumps air into flexible bellows that are made of a type of reinforced rubber. This suspension system replaces the traditional leaf or coil spring suspension system in heavier vehicles. Some air suspension systems even use airbags made of a mixture of rubber and polyurethane. The compressor inflates the bags to a certain pressure that acts as the suspension springs.

This suspension system is used to have a smooth and constant driving quality. So, basically, the air suspension system replaces all traditional suspension systems in low-riding trucks, trains, passenger buses, tractor-trailers, and other heavy trucks and vehicles. Even sports suspensions use air suspension systems due to the heavy punishment that sports vehicles encounter.

The benefits of air suspension systems

  • Generally, drivers feel more comfortable especially in heavy vehicles because of the reduction in vibration, harshness, and noise on the road that can cause driver fatigue and discomfort.
  • There is less wear and tear on the suspension system because of reduced vibration due to the heavy vehicle.
  • System components on heavy trailers will last longer because there is far less vibration.
  • The air suspension reduces the propensity of short wheelbase trucks to bounce over rough terrain and roads when the truck is empty.
  • Heavy vehicles are now better suited to any road surface and even high corner speed turning because of the air suspension that provides a better grip that also increases transport capabilities.
  • Air suspension keeps vehicles hauling heavy loads consistent by keeping all wheels even, reducing body roll even on curves and corners.

MasterMac2000 and Univer

Original flow control valve systems and sub-bases distributed by MasterMac2000 have been manufactured by Univer since 1980. Univer’s high standards with its pressure control valves, compact valves, flow control valves, and air valves means that their products can be used for all industrial applications including heavy applications. Contact us today for more information on 07 3344 4711 or take a look at all our product lines at https://mastermac2000.com.au/.

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