Commercial Vehicles Equipped with eCoupled™ Technology Transform Jobsite
ATLANTA, GA – February 25, 2008 – Increase mobile workspace efficiency with eCoupled™ technology – wireless power that eliminates power cords and battery chargers on the jobsite. Fulton Innovation and Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products are introducing eCoupled technology to wirelessly power Leggett’s mobile workspace surfaces and storage areas.
Leggett’s use of eCoupled technology transforms ordinary work and storage surfaces into wireless charging centers. The company will debut its new eCoupled-enabled work trucks at the 2008 Work Truck Show in Atlanta, Feb. 25 - 28.
“Wireless power simplifies on-the-road charging maintenance for the commercial truck industry by eliminating the need for portable charging devices and electrical outlets,” said Ross Haith, Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products. “Our vehicles with eCoupled technology enhance the mobile workspace so our customers can work more efficiently at the jobsite.”
As part of an exclusive partnership with Fulton Innovation, Leggett will integrate this groundbreaking technology into its vehicle interior shelving systems, rugged docking stations, and vehicle mounts. Demonstrating the robust and broad range of eCoupled-enabled applications, the work truck infrastructure will be used to wirelessly charge or power everything from low-powered devices like cell phones and flashlights, to a medium-power Lenovo™ ThinkPad® laptop computer, to an assortment of high-power Bosch Cordless Power Tools.
“We’re very excited about our partnership with Leggett & Platt,” said David W Baarman, lead inventor of eCoupled technology and Director of Advanced Technologies for Fulton Innovation. “Their implementation of eCoupled technology promises to change the way workers interact with their vehicles at the jobsite. This embodiment will have a profound effect on the work truck industry as a whole.”
Leggett commercial and specialized vehicles equipped with eCoupled technology will hit the market by 2009.
eCoupled technology includes an inductively coupled power circuit that dynamically seeks resonance, allowing the primary supply circuit to adapt its operation to match the needs of the devices it supplies. The technology communicates with individual and/or multiple devices in real time, assessing power requirements, the age of the device and battery, and charging lifecycles. This innovative, patented communication protocol allows for the optimal transmission of power to maintain a device at peak operating efficiency.
eCoupled technology overcomes the limitations of spatial rigidity, static loads, and unacceptable power losses. It intelligently adapts to multiple loads – from milliwatts to kilowatts – and spatial configurations while maximizing energy transfer efficiencies by as much as 98%, making eCoupled technology comparable to hardwired connections in terms of energy costs.
eCoupled technology’s smart approach provides one of the safest operating systems in the marketplace. Through its identification protocol, eCoupled technology has the ability to authenticate any eCoupledenabled device within range. If a device or object is not recognized immediately, the primary coil will NOT turn on and supply power to it thus maintaining a safe operating environment.
eCoupled technology is a revolutionary new development from Fulton Innovation, a division of Alticor Inc. Fulton Innovation is dedicated to commercializing new and innovative technologies that improve the way we live, work, and play.
The engineers behind eCoupled have been developing and perfecting the technology for over 10 years. The technology has been incorporated into Alticor’s water purification devices for over six years, with over 1.5 million devices sold in over 36 countries worldwide to date.
Alticor Inc. employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, including over 450 engineers and scientists. Alticor has sales in excess of $7 billion annually, and operates its world headquarters in Ada, Michigan with affiliates located in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide.
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