TAMPA, Fla. — Phillips Industries has unveiled its Sta-Dry Tracker, a new electrical socket technology that the company says will significantly upgrade and improve the connection between the tractor and trailer, saving fleets downtime and money.
The announcement came at a news conference the American Trucking Associations Technology and Maintenance Council meeting here Sunday.
When a truck/trailer combination is required to move in tandem into a tight space creating a severe angle between them, the chance of expensive and time consuming damage to air and electrical cables, the nosebox, connectors and gladhands is possible, according to Bob Phillips, company president.
Simply increasing cable length to account for this not a good option as each added foot of cable adds cost, plus a sagging cable that will rub on the deck plate causing damage and drawing attention with during inspections.
“We believe the answer is a swivel electrical socket, the Sta-Dry Tracker that will allow the cable to simply follow the movement of the truck,” Phillips said. “It will accommodate a turn up to 80 degrees (40 degrees left or 40 degrees right) and will automatically disconnect if, in the unlikely circumstance, the turn exceeds that angle.”
The common damages associated with a jackknife pullout are averted and you can simply reconnect the electrical cable, Phillips said.
“We've wanted to build this for years, but we could never find the method to make it functional without compromising the copper wire” he said “Finally our engineers figured it out and we think this product can be a real game-changer because it simply saves fleets money with only a minor modification to their equipment. It pays for itself over and over again.”
Phillips said features of the Sta-Dry Tracker include:
• Allows 80 degree turning without damaging the nosebox, cable or plug
• When combined with swivel gladhands, like the Phillips Swinger Gladhand, the entire air and electrical lines are safe
• The shroud protects the swivel from icing in extreme cold weather
• The patented QCS2 is waterproof, stopping corrosion from entering the electrical system
• 70 percent of people are right handed, the Sta-Dry Tracker allows driver to plug cable in and take out using right hand versus feeling ergonomically awkward while using left hand
• Extended cable automatically disconnects when pulled to the extreme, preventing damage and permanent loss of connectivity
• Multiple wire and cable entry from bottom
• Three- year warranty
The swivel Sta-Dry Tracker socket has been tested to over 600,000 rotating cycles, well beyond any imaginable working condition, and performed without constraints.
For more information, visit www.phillips.com
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