Savannah, GA,
10
August
2012
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07:08 PM
America/New_York

Tectran- Severe Weather Gladhands

Summary


Great Dane's proactive approach to corrosion protection in all of its trailer models includes working with Tectran to develop premium Severe Weather Gladhands. Customer feedback on how harsh road chemicals were affecting this commonly over-looked hook-up point led to the development of new gladhands by Tectran in support of Great Dane's research and development efforts.

Great Dane's proactive approach to corrosion protection in all of its trailer models includes working with Tectran to develop premium Severe Weather Gladhands. Customer feedback on how harsh road chemicals were affecting this commonly over-looked hook-up point led to the development of new gladhands by Tectran in support of Great Dane's research and development efforts.

Great Dane is already installing Tectran's new gladhands on trailer models. This first of its kind corrosion resistant gladhand is now a standard option on vans, reefers and flatbeds in straight and angled versions, depending on trailer design.

Tectran Solutions Severe Weather Gladhands feature a fully anodized body that keeps road chemicals from attacking the outside and the inside of the gladhand. The new gladhands also have wide lipped polyurethane seals that provide for long- term performance and durability. Unlike compression seals that can roll off the body of the gladhand, the wide lip accommo- dates varying dimensions and the polyurethane outlives tradi- tional rubber seals. Polyurethane seals also offer an additional level of protection due to their UV resistance characteristics.

The new Tectran gladhands have the industry's first stainless steel clasp plate and mounting bolts to ensure that dimensional integrity is maintained and the connection is sealed for the long term.

Maintaining clamping force for a true seal is critical. Gladhand leaks caused by corrosion can cause air compressors to run overtime to maintain minimum system pressure, leading to excess fuel consumption.

A stainless steel fine mesh screen in the Tectran gladhands pro- vides advanced protection from harmful dirt particles and other contaminants. The number one cause of failure in ABS valves is system contamination, an expensive component that can be protected effectively by Tectran's serviceable thimble screen.

Tectran polarized aluminum cast gladhands also prevent accidental reverse hook up. The Emergency side has a "tab protru- sion" and the Service gladhand has a "stopper arm" that prevents the two from being connected. Further identification is pro- vided by color-coded seals in industry standard Red and Blue, as well as an "E" and "S" cast in the gladhand head representing Emergency and Service.

The concerns addressed by Tectran and Great Dane in the design of the new Severe Weather Gladhands is helping fight corrosion, cut costs and ensure proper operation of trailer air systems.

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