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Jan 18, 2016

The Phillips Industries Qwik Tech Tips Addresses Cold Weather Air Line Failures

The Phillips Industries Qwik Tech Tips Addresses Cold Weather Air Line Failures

Santa Fe Springs, CA (January 18, 2016) The December issue of the Phillips Industries monthly newsletter, Qwik Tech Tips, tackles cold weather related air line failures.  Phillips explains the causes of these failures, how safety is impacted, and the associated damage to the air lines.  The newsletter offers solutions and ideas to minimize the problems.

Winter weather effects on air lines are especially important to remedy because failures can impair a vehicle’s braking system performance.  If temperatures are too cold and drop below a coiled air line’s working temperature, the air lines can lose their ability to stretch, as well as to recoil.  Without this stretching capability, force is applied to the gladhands and can separate, or even completely pull away, causing loss of air pressure to the braking system.  Additionally, inflexibility in air lines causes kinking which can block air flow to the braking system and permanently damage the air lines.  

The December issue of the Qwik Tech Tips, along with all archived issues, can be viewed and downloaded at  

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About Phillips Industries
Based in Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA Phillips Industries is a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake interface equipment for the commercial vehicle industry.  Phillips is a major supplier and partner to many top OEMs around the world and is a first choice for top fleets.  They have manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Mexico, China and Belgium.  Phillips maintains active memberships in key industry associations including TMC, SAE, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and state trucking associations.  Their manufacturing facilities have received the top quality accreditations including TS 16949 and ISO 14001.