SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Phillips Industries has introduced the Dual Pole QCS2 Quick-Change Socket with what the company calls superior corrosion protection for dual pole applications such as liftgate systems.
It joins the family of weather-proofing products designed to solve the challenges the industry faces with corrosion.
Any open connection on a vehicle is susceptible to corrosion, including the liftgate connection, according to Megan Vincent, marketing manager. Corrosion build up in the liftgate connection can be even more devastating than in the seven-way connection, because it requires a larger amperage draw which increases the chemical reaction.
Corrosion can “choke” the charge to the liftgate leading to possible downtime when there is not enough power to cycle the liftgate, or can even create the potential for a thermal event, she said.
To combat this, the Dual Pole QCS2 was designed with the same corrosion fighting technology as the original Phillips QCS2, initially developed for the seven-way connection when fleets began seeing the impact of harsh deicers introduced to treat the roads.
“The Dual Pole QCS2 consists of a dual pole harness boot, completely molded to the liftgate harness cable, which grips the easy to plug-in socket and holds it in place,” Vincent said. “The socket, with non-corrosive housing and a completely sealed inner cavity, blocks moisture and contaminants between the plug and socket union, keeping corrosion out! An additional feature this product offers, that other dual pole sockets on the market today do not have, are offset pins. Pins that are offset prevent accidental arcing. With a longer negative pin and shorter “hot” pin, the connection is grounded before power is circulated through the system on the positive pin, thus avoiding the potential for any sparks.”
The Dual Pole QCS2 is currently available from Phillips authorized dealers for dual pole connections on the tractor side, with the boot in a 6 o’clock angle position in 2- and 4-gauge options.
Vincent said for the “ultimate protection against corrosion,” companies should consider combining the dual pole QCS2 socket connection with the WEATHER-TITE M2 dual pole liftgate electrical assembly to keep corrosion out and liftgates cycling for on-time deliveries.
Based in Santa Fe Springs, Phillips Industries is a manufacturer of electrical and air brake system components, as well as electronic solutions for communicating vehicle data to fleets and their drivers for the commercial truck and trailer industry.
For more information, visit www.phillipsind.com.
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