Ridge Corporation Teams With FlexSys, Inc. to Advance Aerodynamic Technology

​​​On June 16, 2017, Ridge Corporation teamed with aerospace technology company FlexSys Inc. to apply their advanced technology to aerodynamic devices used in the trucking industry to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. FlexSys, a Michigan-based company, has been developing advanced aircraft wing technologies with the Air Force Research Laboratories for the past 16 years and has validated their concepts through ongoing NASA flight tests on a Gulfstream business jet (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvlucywvtd4). The patented technology involves variable-geometry control surface mechanisms that use the inherent flexibility of aerospace materials to continuously reshape optimal aerodynamic profiles.  

“Ridge’s goal is to incorporate this new technology as a complement to our own engineering expertise and our ability to quickly move new technologies to market”, said Ridge Corporation’s CEO Gary Grandominico. The two companies have agreed to join forces to combine the latest aerospace technologies with the real-world requirements of the trucking industry. “We have found a strong partner in Ridge Corporation and are looking forward to applying our technology to the field of truck aerodynamics,” said FlexSys COO Dave Hornick. The team’s goal is to produce resilient, low-complexity, cost-effective devices that improve fuel saving over currently available technologies.

"Ridge's goal is to incorporate this new technology as a complement to our own engineering expertise and our ability to quickly move new technologies to market."

Gary Grandominico, President

About Ridge Corporation:
Ridge Corporation was incorporated in 2004 by Gary Grandominico, Ray McDonald and Dominic Grandominico to provide the transportation industry with engineered solutions backed by sound manufacturing processes. Ridge’s advanced materials solutions have been continuously improved by materials R&D, investment in human resources, and the development of advanced manufacturing systems. Ridge prides itself on giving its customers an edge in materials performance day after day.

Ridge Corporation, an Ohio based company, uses advanced materials to produce engineered solutions for multiple industries including all modes of freight transport. Using high performance materials coupled with proprietary manufacturing techniques, Ridge delivers a wide variety of design solutions that not only meet, but often exceed, customers’ expectations.

About FlexSys, Inc.
FlexSys Inc. was founded in 2000 by Dr. Sridhar Kota to develop and commercialize his patented design of a shape-morphing adaptive control surface of an airfoil. As a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan (1987-present), Dr. Kota initiated research in compliant mechanisms in the 1990s and pioneered the bio-inspired concept of Distributed Compliance. FlexSys developed proprietary software for creation and optimization of compliant systems and successfully demonstrated the application of compliant design methods for aerospace, automotive and other applications over the years. Today, FlexSys is an established world leader in shape-adaptive structures.

For more information please contact Gary Grandominico, President for the Ridge Corporation via email: gary.grandominico@ridgecorp.com or via phone: 614.421.7434.

Source: Ridge Corporation