Muskegon, Michigan, September 27, 2017 – SAF-HOLLAND, a leading global manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products, introduces the Retrofit Kit for its new automatic fifth wheel lighting system – Electronic Lock Indicator (ELI-te™). The HOLLAND ELI-te™ is designed for safety-minded fleets to help drivers consistently ensure a proper coupling on their fifth wheel.
Designed for HOLLAND FW35 Series Fifth Wheels, the ELI-te™ uses state-of-the-art components to ensure robust performance in an easy-to-install, economical product. A long-life, application-specific electronic control module is mounted directly to the fifth wheel top plate, and features electrical output capability to support connection with remote indicators. With the new Retrofit Kit for the ELI-te™, fleets looking to immediately add its safety features to their FW35 Series Fifth Wheels can easily acquire the kit through SAF-HOLLAND Original Parts Aftermarket Distributors and Dealer. And, the plug-and-play technology makes it easy to install. In addition to the Retrofit Kit, it’s also available as a replacement top plate or as a complete fifth wheel assembly to replace non-HOLLAND fifth wheels.Dropped trailers are an expensive and preventable situation so ELI-te™ is ideal for fleets looking to enhance safety. When a trailer kingpin is properly coupled to an ELI-te™ equipped fifth wheel, four high-intensity white LED lights automatically illuminate the kingpin and lockjaws making inspection easier. A failed coupling attempt triggers daytime-visible red flashing warning LED lights on both sides of the fifth wheel to alert drivers that the vehicle is not ready for motion.“The lights make it easy for drivers to positively confirm that they have coupled correctly, and warn them if they have not. It’s a new generation of safety,” said Tom Bronz, Director of Sales - Aftermarket. “The ELI-te™ fifth wheel coupling assistant helps drivers get it right.”For a non-drilled top plate, the kit can be ordered with an optional Drilling Tool Kit. 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 aftermarket retrofit installation.