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RVN Exclusive: Progressive Industries Improves PT Surge Protectors

Tue Apr 4, 2017

149132456340706.jpgProgressive Industries has been kept busy since the beginning of the year, when it introduced the new EMS-PT line of portable surge protectors.

The two new models, released at the beginning of the year, have been a big hit with consumers, snatching up product as soon as it hits the shelves.

Progressive Industries’ Operations Manager Joe Casale says the demand for the units has been high ever since the company redesigned the SSP-30XL two years ago and the company took the good response for those products and applied the same revolutionary design to the higher end of the portable units.

“They were a major success. We followed suit with the higher end surge protector and now we’re selling them as fast as we can build them,” Casale says. “A couple of years ago, we analyzed the second product for a complete overhaul and they were on target. We started this 18 months ago and knew we had tremendous success for outdoor cover shields.”

The company has integrated the cover shields into these products as well as updated the technology and redesigned the housing package that is designed to be smoother and nicer and allows for a better dependability and functioning product, Casale says.

The EMS-PT line (Electrical Management System) includes both 50- and 30-amp surge protectors and are replacing the company’s previous PTC models. They are designed to help protect against voltage fluctuations, power surges and incorrectly wired shore power which can cause expensive damage to RV appliances and electronics.

Some of the improved design features of the new line of surge protectors include the following:

• State-of-the-art microprocessors
• All-weather shield assembly
• Rugged pull handle
• Secure locking bracket
• Built-in scrolling digital display
• Lexan Housing
• Lifetime Warranty

The surge protectors come in two varieties. The 5-Mode, 50-amp surge protector measures 6 inches wide by 18 inches tall and 6 1/8 inches deep and weighs 6 pounds in the box.

The 3-mode, 30-amp surge protector has the same dimensions, but weighs 5 pounds in the box.

The built-in scrolling digital display across the top provides the amperage usage reading, along with high and low voltage protection, high and low frequency protection and more.

“The demand for the products has been huge,” Casale says. “It’s one of the most innovative products in the industry. That, and the success of our previous model leading into this one has made it a very desirable product and the production hasn’t stopped since the first of the year.”