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MCS follows strict industry standards to offer maximum reliability for your purchased equipment and honor the vehicle integrity of your fleet. Please review our "best practice" policy and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Installation Standard Practices

Component Placement

Installed components will be mounted in accordance with pre-planned designs in a manner that is non-obstructive to vehicle systems. Components will not be mounted in ways that unreasonably restrict driver’s access to vehicle controls. Furthermore; all components will be securely mounted with the proper hardware to prevent the risk of breaking free in the event of vehicle accidents.

Mounting Bracket Installation

Vehicle-specific mounting brackets and hardware will be installed into the proper vehicle types and will be assembled per manufacturer’s specifications. When drilling holes for mounting purposes, care is taken to verify clearance on the opposite side of surfaces to be drilled. Washers and backing plates for support are used where necessary. Equipment mounting brackets will be securely mounted with the proper hardware to prevent the risk of breaking free in the event of vehicle accidents. Adjustable mounts will be configured in a manner that allows the maximum range of motion as is feasible.

Cable Routing

All cables are routed in a manner that allows for cable protection and longevity. Existing vehicle wiring channels are used where possible and special attention is given to keep cable routes away from driver and passenger foot traffic areas. Cables are secured neatly with cable ties and any exposed cabling will be covered with cable loom.

Power Terminations

Power connections are typically made at the vehicle’s main power distribution box using existing connection points. “Crimp-type” terminations are performed using the proper installation tools and are tested immediately following crimp to ensure solid connections. Connections made in the vehicle engine compartment are sealed with heat-shrink tubing. Additional focus is placed on connections to prevent exposed conductors caused by improper terminations. Chassis ground connections are bolted to the vehicle utilizing existing factory ground points (i.e. main ground stud near the battery). Any paint or surface coating is scraped away at the point of ground connection and “star” washers are used for maximum surface penetration.

Antenna Installation

Through-hole antenna mounting procedures will include the use of the proper drill bit and hole saw sizes. Antenna placement is carefully planned to provide clearance on both sides of the vehicle roof before any holes are drilled. Planning also accounts for neat and efficient cable routing once antenna is mounted. Antenna placement will take into account clearance issues on the vehicle roof and will not be obstructed by existing systems in place to allow for maximum sky exposure for the GPS antenna. This includes existing antennas, ladder racks, safety lights, etc. CDMA / GPS roof mount antennas are generally mounted at least 12” from any other existing communications antennas to prevent possible interference. As through-hole roof mount antennas are being installed, verification is made that the manufacturer supplied antenna gasket remains seated in the proper position. This prevents future leaking and moisture problems.