McCain introduces its smallest ever ATC cabinet


One of the USA’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of traffic control equipment has launched a new and tiny, by current industry standards, advanced traffic controller (ATC) cabinet.

McCain Inc. has introduced the Backpack Cabinet, the smallest cabinet in the company’s revolutionary ATC Cabinet Series. Standing just 25in (63.5cm) tall and weighing less than 55 lb (25kg), the cabinet offers the same advanced safety features common to all ATC cabinets in one of the most compact designs currently available on the market, without sacrificing performance.

The Backpack Cabinet features a first-of-its-kind combo input/output (I/O) assembly that offers unrivaled configuration flexibility due to the introduction of universal slots, which can be used for either detection modules or switchpacks. The Backpack also includes unique swing-out assemblies that provide easy access to field wires at the rear of the cabinet.

With a 16 x 15in (40.5 x 38cm) footprint, the Backpack is ideal for central business districts, school zones and downtown areas, the lightweight cabinet can easily be pole or pedestal mounted without the need for a crane or lifting truck, saving agencies both time and money.

Furnished with a single-door access point, the compact Backpack cabinet also frees up valuable sidewalk space and supports city beautification efforts. The cabinet combines the best of rack mount and serial-based designs to meet the needs of current LED traffic signal controlled intersections. The cabinet can manage up to 16 detector inputs and eight-channel outputs, and complies with leading standards on electrical safety, including NEC and NFPA 70E.

The cabinet’s field output termination assembly provides removable contact blocks for easy connections to field signal wires, sockets for flash transfer relays (FTRs), and flash program blocks (FPBs) for output channels. All channels are flashable and programmable. The hermetically sealed high-density FTR features an LED indicator to visually confirm relay is operational and contacts have transferred. The 5052-H32 aluminum casing is available in natural, anodized or powder coated options, with optional anti-graffiti coating finishes. McCain will be showcasing the Backpack Cabinet at several upcoming industry events including: the IMSA Forum and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on August 28-30; the ITS CA Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California, on September 19-20; and the TexITE 2016 Fall Meeting in Forth Worth, Texas, on September 21-22.

Reza Roozitalab, McCain’s vice president of hardware engineering and one of the visionaries behind the ground-breaking design, said, “I could not be more thrilled to bring the Backpack Cabinet to market. Not every intersection requires a bulky traffic cabinet. The combo I/O enables us to offer robust and dynamic solutions for intersections with eight or fewer phase/pedestrian/overlap movements – those intersections generally served by cabinets at least twice the size and without the same safety features.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).