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2020 END OF YEAR CLOSURE SCHEDULE

2020 End of Year Closure Schedule: 

11/26/20 – Closed for Thanksgiving

11/27/20 – Closed for Day after Thanksgiving

12/23/20 – Last Day of Product Shipping for 2020

12/24/20 – 01/03/21 – Closed for Holidays

01/04/21 – Reopen for 2021

IMPORTANT COMPANY DATES 2020

Please note the following COMPANY CLOSURE dates:

11/26/20 – Thanksgiving Day (Thurs)
11/27/20 – Day after Thanksgiving (Fri)

COUPLING SAFETY BULLETIN

This Safety Bulletin provides important information in order to maintain safe trailer towing operations. It specifically addresses improper practices which causes damage to products and may lead to accidents, due to abuse and/or poor maintenance practices.

Premier has been made aware that some operators are impacting (beating) the coupling latch systems with hammers and other blunt force objects, in their effort to determine whether the coupling latch system is locked-closed. Please be aware that this practice is completely unsafe and unwarranted. These acts will actually cause damage to critical safety components as well as compromise their future function, therein initiating a potential malfunction and accident.

Premier’s various literature, including the documents attached to couplings titled Installation, Inspection, Operation and Maintenance Guide specifically addresses this issue on the ATTENTION page, stating: (10) NEVER STRIKE ANY OF THESE COMPONENTS WITH A HAMMER OR ANY OTHER DEVICE.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Premier highly recommends that all operators of the equipment which utilizes the couplings be trained on the proper use of the coupling models they are using.  Additionally, if intentional impacting of any latch system is a known activity within your fleet, we firmly recommend that all couplings be examined by a qualified mechanic to check for damage and proper operation, prior to further use.  

SUMMER MAINTENANCE

As we enter summer, it’s a great opportunity to easily address some Preventative Maintenance (PM ) on couplings and drawbar eyes, in your operation . . .

The previous winter and spring conditions are now behind us but they were often associated with wet roadways that result in heavy road grime build up that typically has deicer agents suspended within it.  At a minimum, both of these being present on your couplings and drawbar eyes will reduce their useful service life but a more serious issue could be looming if not taken care of.

The Bad

Road grime is abrasive and will actually act as a sanding agent that can literally grind away at the coupling pintle and drawbar eye loop. Because deicers can be sticky, they actually help promote the road grime in clinging to the surfaces. Furthermore, deicing agents can be very corrosive, which will negatively affect the operational functionality. The potential serious loom can be the road grime buildup covering up damaged components that go unnoticed.

The Solution

A quick summertime cleaning, inspection and lubrication is the way to go. Remove the bad by cleaning the coupling and drawbar eye thoroughly with a non-corrosive liquid detergent and stiff bristle nylon brush. Once dry, they can then be inspected closely for any worn or damaged components. Premier has wear gages available for all of our couplings and drawbar eyes, which allows for a simple check of the cross section of the pintle horn or drawbar eye loop. The beauty of these wear gages is that they are simple to use and they are in alliance with Federal out of service limits, so you are testing the same way as would be done by an inspector. When all is determined to be good with the coupling, it’s now time to apply lubrication to the pivot points of the latch system. Some couplings have lubrication ports that deliver the lube right to the lubrication point, so this task is very simple. Always consult the manufacturer for what they recommend and make certain any lubricant is kept away from the coupling and drawbar eye contact points. If any lube ends up in this area, clean it off thoroughly as the lube will attract road debris and, once again, start the abrasive sanding process.

An early summer season cleaning, inspection and lubrication will result in longer component life, improved functionality and peace of mind, knowing that these critical components have been inspected and are up to the task ahead. And let’s be honest, it’s kind of nice to get outside and perform a thorough cleaning when the weather is nice.

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AUTUMN IS UPON US

Time to prepare for the cold, wet, winter months. The beginning of autumn is a good time to address coupling/pintle hitch maintenance, before the inclement weather conditions make maintenance a more difficult task.

Start by thoroughly cleaning the coupling/pintle hitch with a non-corrosive liquid detergent and a stiff bristle nylon brush. After the coupling/pintle hitch has dried, it can be closely inspected for any worn or damaged components. Parts kits are available to replace worn latch components. Be sure to inspect critical body areas for damage or fractures. If such issues are found, the product may need to be taken out of service.

Premier Mfg Co has wear gages available for all of its couplings/pintle hitches. These allow for a quick check of the amount of wear in the cross-section of the pintle hook. The beauty of these wear gages is that they are simple to use and they are in alliance with the Federal out-of-service-limits, so you are testing the same way as would be performed by an inspector. For coupling/pintle hitch brands other than Premier, please follow the specific manufacturer’s recommendations for out-of-service-limits, as these do vary by manufacturer.

When everything is determined to be good with the coupling, it is now time to apply lubrication to the pivot points of the latch system. Some couplings/pintle hitches have lubrication ports that deliver the lube right to the lubrication point, making the task very simple. Always consult the product manufacturer for specifications of what they recommend and make certain that lubricant is kept away from the pintle hook and drawbar eye contact points. If any lube gets in or on these areas, clean it off thoroughly, otherwise the lube will attract road debris, which will accelerate wear.

Premier Mfg

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