SAF-Holland has introduced ELI-te, a new automatic lighting system to help drivers consistently ensure a proper coupling on their fifth wheel. The Electronic Lock Indicator technology-enhanced ELI-te Fifth Wheel Coupling Assistant is available as an integrated option on the Holland FW35 series fifth wheels.
According to SAF-Holland, the ELI-te fifth wheel was designed to assist drivers with inspections, to bring greater awareness to a trailer mis-coupling issue.
When a trailer kingpin is properly coupled to an ELI-te equipped fifth wheel, four high-intensity white LED lights mounted within the fifth wheel automatically illuminate the lock jaws. This assists drivers with the visual safety inspection process by directing their attention to the critical connection between the lock jaws and kingpin.
If a coupling problem is detected, daytime-visible red LED lights will begin flashing from both sides of the fifth wheel to alert drivers that the vehicle is not ready for motion. By reinforcing standard inspection procedures, ELI-te encourages drivers to consistently and independently recognize and resolve serious hazards and be truly confident in their ability to move cargo safely.
“With ELI-te, there are warning lights that attract attention—if they flash, you’re going to see them—to reduce the risk of incidents caused by mis-coupling, we increase the confidence of the driver by helping them recognize an issue before it becomes costly,” said Bryan Redeker, SAF-Holland’s product manager of fifth wheels for the Americas region. “It’s a visual system that doesn’t require significant experience or training to recognize—if you see red flashing lights, something isn’t right.”
Sensors and shatter-proof lamp modules are combined with the system’s sealed, one-piece electrical harness, which is one-connector assembly that requires only a low-current connection to the vehicle electrical power. For converter dolly applications, the electrical connection is designed to be compatible with ABS status signals. The complete system provides enhanced operation safety and efficiency for the fleet, and allows for efficient installation at the OEM or aftermarket retrofit, according to the company.