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Airman Products new device for raising, lowering trailer landing gear

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Airman Products has released its Automated Landing Gear Deployment and Retraction Technology.

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Airman says its device eliminates the manual cranking required to raise and lower a trailer’s landing gear. The 15-lb., electrically-driven unit can be OE-installed or retrofitted in less than 15 minutes, the company says, and is compatible with all existing landing gear makes and models.

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“The fleets we’ve surveyed tell us that shoulder, back and rotator cuff injuries are at the top of their list for workers’ comp claims, and that cranking landing gear up and down can cause or exacerbate these injuries,” Jim Babbitt, vice president of sales for Airman Products, said. “Truck driving is already a physically demanding profession, so our automated system focuses on one primary stressor, making trailer drops and hookup operations safer and faster, while improving the truck driver experience and as a result, driver retention.”

Airman’s Automated Landing Gear Deployment and Retraction Technology also makes it possible to increase lot utilization, by enabling trailers to be parked closer together, the company says. Because no crank arm needs to be accessed, and the controller is mounted just under the trailer apron, tighter trailer positioning is possible.

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AIRman’s Automated Landing Gear Deployment and Retraction Technology is expected to be in commercial production by the third quarter of 2020, and the company can help fleets and OEMs with specification information now, the company says. The product will come with a 5-year warranty standard, and a 7-year warranty is available under a fleet agreement.

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