During a press conference held at the Technology and Maintenance Council 2014 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, Phillips Industries announced a partnership with Innotec, an innovative LED manufacturer. The new partnership will offer Innotec’s unique BOARDFREE LED lights packaged with Phillips’ award-winning STA-DRY trailer harnesses. This partnership signifies Phillips’ entrance into the exterior trailer LED lighting market.
In September 2013 TMC issued RP-704C recommending a “whole-systems” approach when specifying new trailers to address electrical problems. Exterior lighting was the only piece of the trailer electrical system not provided by Phillips so the company pursued a partner. Phillips Industries’ choice of Innotec to provide the exterior lights to complete the package takes advantage of Innotec’s world-class reputation, processes and experience. The partnership with Innotec will offer the commercial trailer industry an exceptional product that matches Phillips infamous quality requirements. “Phillips’ product development over the last five years has included many award-winning innovations recognized by the industry for the benefits they provide to fleets,” comments Rob Phillips, President of Phillips Industries. “Our product development is driven by the fleets because we believe it is the best way to help solve industry problems. These new lights follow that same principle; they are designed thinner and stronger than what is on the market today, giving them an overall advantage.”
Phillips’ STA-DRY harness systems, available for a wide range of trailer applications, are trusted at fleets because they are:
- Built to take more abuse
- Handle harsher weather conditions
- Simple to install and maintain
Innotec and its patented BOARDFREE LED lights fit Phillips’ prerequisite for highly engineered products and are manufactured in the U.S. Bundling the new lights with the STA-DRY trailer harnesses will offer fleets a real solution unlike anything currently available in the market. Innotec’s BOARDFREE in-mold technology is a process that eliminates the need for a traditional printed circuit board resulting in an ultra-thin light that has no hazardous waste. Other features and benefits of the new lights are:
- 3D forming to direct light in various directions
- Sealed components completely protected from environmental issues
- Diodes directly mounted to circuitry to efficiently dissipate heat
- Thin profile results in superior strength
By combining Phillips’ popular STA-DRY trailer harness and Innotec’s BOARDFREE lights, fleets will experience the ultimate in compatibility and systems engineering, combined warranty coverage for both lights and harnesses, and a streamlined supply base.
This initial program launch will be for OEMs only, with a planned aftermarket launch by June 2014.