Stoughton Trailers, Electrans announce connection technology

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Updated Apr 17, 2024
A Stoughton dry van with an Auto Connect coupler.

Stoughton Trailers' dry van trailers are exclusively compatible with Electrans' Auto Connect system that automatically connects the truck and trailer air, seven-way electrical and communications in just seven seconds. 

Auto Connect is compatible with Tico terminal tractors. With it, drivers no longer need to step out of the truck, Stoughton says. Auto Connect couples pneumatic air lines, electrical lines and the CAN bus or other communications wiring with the push of a button in the cab. 

"Imagine a driver simply backing up, pushing a button within the cab and seven seconds later, driving away with the trailer," says 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." 

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

The Electrans receiver can be installed, connected and ready for use in as little as an hour on new trailers with the optional Auto Connect coupler. Stoughton 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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