MCE, Purkeys Offer Shorepower Connections for eTRUs

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Mission Critical Electronics and its Purkeys subsidiary announced a system that connects hybrid electric transport refrigeration units to 480 volts alternating current power.

Huntington Beach, Calif,-based Mission Critical Electronics (MCE) said its SAFX system meets the California Air Resources Board zero-emission reefer and other anti-idling regulations. The system will be sold and serviced through Purkeys.

Among the features: SAFX eliminates the risk of expensive property damage and high-voltage arcing that can happen from accidental drive-away or unattended live wires, according to MCE. When the vehicle brakes are engaged prior to starting the motor, an exclusive auto eject mechanism installed on the trailer instantly ejects the cord, and simultaneously the auto safe feature turns off the power, ensuring safety of people, goods and property. The auto eject product uses the IEC Electronics standard 4-pin pin-n-sleeve connector, with the connection pins on the trailer automatically protected by a weatherproof cover that snaps into place after cable ejection.

“Our auto eject technology, which forms the core of SAFX system, has an exemplary 25-year track record with more than 250,000 installations at Purkeys’ sister company, MCE’s Kussmaul Electronics serving emergency vehicle applications such as fire apparatus and ambulances,” Dale Tompkins, president of MCE’s vehicle power segment, said in a release. — Transport Topics

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