Stay safe with Jost

25/10/2017 13:58:55
 
 
Download Press release
English
ImagesClick Image for 300dpi jpg fileStay safe with JostStay safe with Jost

Three-sensor fifth wheels take human error out of trailer coupling and allow the operator to be confident that the vehicle is safe to drive. The technology was pioneered by JOST UK 14 years ago, who here looks at how it has developed over the years and become popular with increasing numbers of fleets both in the UK and around the world.

JOST’s Sensoric fifth wheel is based on its market leading lightweight JSK 36D. All the sensors are incorporated within the structure of the fifth wheel, to create a robust and damage resistant unit.

Paul Clayton, JOST’s UK and Regional and Technical Sales and Support Manager, explains: “Safety has to be paramount with fifth wheel couplings. Special features within the standard JSK36D, include a recessed lock jaw to assist safe coupling, guide bars to ensure the king pin is directed squarely into the mechanism, while a fully supported locking bar gives complete security to the king pin when the mechanism is closed. Once the tractor unit and trailer are coupled, an automatic locking catch ensures overall security.

“Thus coupling is quite a straightforward operation and there is even a spring hook and chain to provide extra security. In addition there is also an option of a Fleetmaster handle. ”

Uncoupling is equally simple, using the JSK36D’s pull cable.

JOST’s Sensoric fifth wheel brings additional operational safety and driver confidence by detecting three separate functions. The first sensor indicates that the skid plate of the trailer has made contact with the main plate of the fifth wheel; the second one shows that the king pin has entered the mechanism correctly; the third sensor, located on the locking catch, provides a final double check.

When all three sensors have been activated a green ‘coupled’ light is automatically illuminated on the sensor console mounted in the driver’s cab. This confirms to the driver that every step of the coupling process has been safely completed.

Once driving has commenced the green light gradually fades away until it is completely out. However, the sensors constantly monitor the fifth wheel during travel, giving the driver confidence that the vehicle remains safe.

“The Sensoric means the driver has one less thing to think about,” says Paul, “so can concentrate on the road, traffic and weather.”

JOST offers several versions of the Sensoric fifth wheels, including cast steel and low maintenance versions. Some vehicle manufacturers offer these as a factory option, which allows them to integrate sensor display within the dashboard rather than fitting it as a separate remote unit.

Jannine Burt, Regional Sales and Fleet Manager for JOST UK, gives her view on the Sensoric fifth wheel: “As you would expect, JOST has designed the sensor system to be incredibly robust and able to withstand the rigour of long hours on the road. The sensors are located in places where they are afforded maximum protection from knocks and bumps, environmental conditions and vibrations. They are also positioned so that they are not likely to be broken during coupling/uncoupling and to discourage deliberate tampering or unauthorised adjustment..

“Our design team also ensured reliable signal transmission by selecting top quality sensors, shielding against signal corruption by electromagnetic interference and maximised compatibility with other electrical and electronic vehicle systems.”

In summary, JOST takes the view that sensors systems are becoming a way of life and are further enhancing vehicle and driver safety and represent another step in the onward march of technology.

Photo Caption 1 - JOST’s Sensoric fifth wheel is based on its market leading lightweight JSK 36D. All the sensors are incorporated within the structure of the fifth wheel, to create a robust and damage resistant unit.

Photo Caption 2 - Coupling is quite a straightforward operation and there is even a spring hook and chain to provide extra security. In addition there is also an option of a Fleetmaster handle. .

About JOST:

JOST is a leading global producer and supplier of safety-critical systems to the truck and trailer industry. The Company offers branded, quality products clustered in three systems: Vehicle Interface (focusing on products required to operate a commercial vehicle combination of trucks and trailers such as fifth wheels and landing gears), Handling Solutions (including container technology and hydraulic cylinders products) and Maneuvering (focusing on truck and trailer axles and forced steering). As the number one supplier of fifth wheels and landing gears globally, JOST is the market leader for Vehicle Interface systems. JOST’s global leadership position is driven by the strength of its brands, by its long-standing client relationships serviced through its global distribution network as well as by its efficient and asset-light business model.

The Company’s core brands “JOST”, “Rockinger”, “TRIDEC” and “Edbro” are well-recognized in the industry and highly regarded for their quality and continuous innovation. With its global distribution network and production facilities in thirteen countries across five continents, JOST has direct access to all major truck and trailer manufacturers and relevant end customers. JOST currently employs about 2,700 members of staff worldwide.

The image(s) distributed with this press release may only be used to accompany this copy, and are subject to copyright. Please contact DMA Europa if you wish to license the image for further use.

Editor Contact

DMA Europa Ltd. : David Bedford
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436 Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315
Web: www.dmaeuropa.com
Email: infoallenquiries@dmaeuropa.com

Company Contact

JOST UK Ltd. : Danny Broomfield, JOST UK Ltd.
Tel: + 44 (0) 1204 528888 Fax: + 44 (0) 1204 531957
Web: www.jostuk.co.uk
Email: danny.broomfield@jost-world.com

 
  [ Back ]  
About the DMA Group Click to Read More