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TEAM Industries receives 10th patent

Team Industries, headquartered in Bagley, has been awarded its 10th patent for the electronics and control algorithm for its SmartLocker electronic traction control differential system. Submitted Photo

TEAM Industries was awarded its 10th patent (Patent No. 7,810,601), for an All Terrain or Utility Vehicle Having Selectable Drive Configurations and Method.

This patent describes the electronics and control algorithm for TEAM's SmartLocker electronic traction control differential system, which represents a breakthrough in traction control for light automotive, recreational and off-road vehicles.

The SmartLocker (also covered by U.S. patent No. 7,278,945) provides an automotive type 4-wheel-drive system that provides true all-wheel drive automatically and on the fly. The SmartLocker is programmable and, with TEAM's SmartLocker Automatic Electronic Disconnect (patent No. 7,591,355) will automatically select 2-wheel drive, 3-wheel drive, or 4-wheel drive as needed.

On surfaces with good traction, a vehicle equipped with the SmartLocker system will stay in 2-wheel drive with a turf-friendly, easy steering, open differential. On slippery surfaces, the system will detect the amount of slip and automatically decide whether to send power to the front wheels and decide how tight to lock the differential(s).

"The SmartLocker provides the most elegant and sophisticated traction control system available," said Micah Ricke, TEAM's director of product development.

TEAM's SmartLocker differentials (front and rear) are presently being evaluated by several original equipment manufacturers for use in ATV and utility vehicles and will debut in the spring of 2011 on a major OEM vehicle. Visit TEAM's website at to learn more about its SmartLocker technology.

TEAM Industries, headquartered in Bagley, has six locations in Minnesota and North Carolina. TEAM has been developing performance and reliability enhancing components for original equipment manufacturers since 1967. For details, visit or the TEAM Facebook page at