East recently exhibited its BST Flatbed Trailer equipped with Road Ready and the Truck-Lite 99 Series wiring harness system at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV).
Released in 2017, Road Ready provides fleets with wireless, remote visibility to their trailers’ location, freight and equipment health in real time. The Road Ready’s hardwired Master Control Unit (MCU) serves as the telematic brain of the system, as well as the Light-Out Detection System (LODS) nosebox and ABS warning sensor.
The East BST at NACV also featured PSI’s TireView tire pressure monitoring system, the Hendrickson TireMaax Tire Inflation System and SKF’s Wheel End Monitor (WEM) system, which all are integrated in the Road Ready user interface via Truck-Lite’s SmartBridge Integrator (SBI).
The Truck-Lite 99 Series harness system has been standard on East’s BST, BST II, MMX and NARROW NECK flatbed trailers since 2018. The system uses a clamp, which serves as the mounting bracket, that wraps around the width of the plug to create a secure connection. Its trapezoidal connection makes for quick and easy installation and achieves proper pin alignment and a positive lock, improving the overall durability of a trailer’s electrical system.
East plans to expand the 99 Series to include dump and refuse trailers in 2020.
“East always strives to be the industry leader in innovation, providing our customers with unsurpassed quality and value with our products,” said Dave Kinsley, vice president of purchasing.
New for 2020, East trailer models now have an option of the Truck-Lite MCU, which sends regular updates to the Road Ready user interface and provides real-time location via GPS. Data plans and additional sensors will be available through Truck-Lite.
“Truck-Lite is pleased to continue its long-term partnership with East, first through harness and lighting systems, and now through trailer telematics technology,” said Jon Stineman, vice president of OEM sales for Truck-Lite.
“Truck-Lite provides the most dependable electrical products to the heavy-duty market and we’re proud to deliver this technology to East customers.”