Management & Operations

Product Roundup: Seating

Posted on January 10, 2019 by METRO Staff

American Seating
American Seating
American Seating
The non-upholstered INSIGHT-PRIME® and INSIGHT-PRIME+® seating systems feature a reliable, low-maintenance one-piece-module construction with an integral grab handle. INSIGHT-PRME+® adds permanently bonded, color-coordinating inserts. The easy-to-clean and aesthetically enhanced seats feature optimal ergonomic shape and seat pitch for customer comfort. The seating designs are engineered to be lighter in weight to help increase fuel efficiency. The seats  for INSIGHT-PRIME and INSIGHT-PRIME+ are available in all of the same configurations as InSight, including transverse, longitudinal, flip-ups, rear-cross, and back-to-back.

Freedman Seating Co.
Freedman Seating Co.

Freedman Seating Co.
New transition brackets make it possible to install Freedman and FMS Executive Seats onto existing Ford legs in a variety of floorplan configurations. FMVSS-tested with three-point seat belts, this new system allows operators, dealers, and OEMs to upgrade their Ford Transit interior while using existing OEM legs and floor tracks. Freedman even makes it possible to match OEM material with Transit Cloth fabric available in black or gray. Use Freedman’s GO-ES Flip Seat next to the van’s side door to make it easy to enter and leave vehicle. This product is currently available for Ford Transit vans only. The company offers many vinyl coverings, including antibacterial, antimicrobial, and water-resistant styles. Silver ions embedded into material to kill bacteria, or a protective topcoat so stronger cleaning agent can be used.

Seating Trends

◗  Weight continues to be an important factor.
◗  Thinner designs with more hip-to-knee room.
◗  Three-point seats belts.
◗  High performance covers (upholstery), specifically vinyl
(antibacterial, antimicrobial, and water-resistant).
◗  Ergonomically designed inserts and driver seating.
◗  ADA-securement options.
◗  Customer amenities, such as USB ports.

HSM Solutions
HSM Solutions

HSM Solutions
The new lightweight Helium Bus Seat is universally designed for riding comfort. The knee-saver ultra-thin back provides added leg room, as well as lumbar support and comfort. Includes Flexmat and seat springs for added comfort and support. The seat is FMVSS 207/210-compliant and available with two-point and three-point seatbelts or USR (under seat retractors). The Helium seat is ideal for shuttles, tour, and charter buses, as well as paratransit.

USSC Group
USSC Group

USSC Group
The ClearMotion Quiet Ride operator seat features revolutionary technology that cancels road noise and reduces fatigue and full body vibration for drivers by up to 94%. Powered by ClearMotion, this active seat technology can reduce back pain and other injuries associated with full-body vibration. By incorporating smart technology directly into the seat’s base, the ClearMotion Quiet Ride can offset harsh road noise and conditions drivers face on long-distance drives and in and around town.

Key Features to Look For

◗  Customers in the bus and van markets should look for products that exceed safety standards.
◗  Maximizing floor space and aisle width in ADA-securement zones with fold-away seating.
◗  Slim profile, single seating in ADA-securement zones.
◗  Improve maintainability with interchangeable inserts that balance comfort with easy-to-clean design.
◗  Seating options that permit out-of-aisle storage of baby carriages, strollers, carts, and the like.

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