Phillips Industries announces new partnership

Phillips Industries (, an innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake interface equipment for the commercial vehicle industry, has  announced a partnership with Innotec, an innovative LED manufacturer, to offer Innotec’s BoardFree LED lights packaged with Phillips’ Sta-Dry trailer harnesses.  

This partnership signifies Phillips’ entrance into the exterior trailer LED lighting market. 

In September 2013, the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) issued RP-704C, recommending a “whole-systems” approach when specifying new trailers to address electrical problems, said Rob Phillips, president and COO of Phillips Industries. 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, he explained The partnership with Innotec "will offer the commercial trailer industry an exceptional product that matches Phillips infamous quality requirements.

"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."  

Sta-Dry harness

Phillips said his company’s Sta-Dry harness systems, available for a wide range of trailer applications, are: 
- Built to take more abuse.
- Handle harsher weather conditions.
- Simple to install and maintain. 

Innotec and their patented BoardFree LED lights fit Phillips’ prerequisite for highly engineered products and they are manufactured in the U.S., noted Phillips. 

"Bundling the new lights with their 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."

New light features

Other features and benefits of the new BoardFree 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," said Philips.

This initial program launch will be for OEMs only, with a planned aftermarket launch by June.