Stoughton, Electrans announce Auto Connect compatibility

Stoughton, Electrans announce Auto Connect compatibility

The companies say the system can connect truck and trailer air, 7-way electrical, communication, camera and sensor lines, all in 7 seconds.

Stoughton Trailers announced that its dry van trailers are exclusively compatible with Electrans Technologies Ltd.’s Auto Connect system, which automatically connects the truck and trailer air, seven-way electrical and communication lines, all in seven seconds flat.

Through Auto Connect, Stoughton says drivers will no longer need to step out of the truck. According to the company, with a push of a button in the cab, Auto Connect couples the pneumatic airlines, electrical lines and the CAN bus or other communication wiring for sensors and cameras. Stoughton adds that all lines are securely connected and fully operational with signals flowing in both directions through the Auto Connect system, in seven seconds.

An upgraded coupler on Stoughton dry van trailers is designed to accommodate the new Auto Connect system. A slot on the front bolster is specifically designed to house the Auto Connect receiver and protect the receiver from damage, according to Stoughton, who adds that it comes with two airline fittings and an electrical harness to allow for easy connection.

Pictured is a Stoughton dry van trailer equipped with the receiver unit of the Electrans’ Auto Connect system.

“Imagine a driver simply backing up, pushing a button within the cab and seven seconds later driving away with the trailer,” said Jeremy Sanders, chief commercial officer for Stoughton. “This is not the distant future. It’s here now. We wanted to ensure our fleet customers are ready to adopt this technology as the industry moves to gain efficiency, improve safety and pursue autonomous operation.”

Stoughton tells us the Electrans receiver can be installed, connected and ready for in about an hour on new trailers with the optional Auto Connect coupler. Stoughton adds that its dry van trailers outfitted for this feature will be backwards compatible, allowing trucks and trailers to be coupled with legacy connections or the new Auto Connect feature.

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