Phillips Industries Employs CDC Safety Guidelines Reconfiguring Manufacturing Operations to Maintain Supply of Critical Commercial Vehicle Components
Santa Fe Springs, CA (April 13, 2020) After a temporary 72-hour shutdown, Phillips Industries reopened their California facility with a significant overhaul in mind. For nearly two weeks, Phillips implemented a comprehensive plan for reconfiguring its manufacturing facility to incorporate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. By doing so, they are protecting the health of their employees while maintaining a supply line of critical commercial vehicle components. Phillips Industries produces electrical and air-brake interface components that are necessary to keep trucks and trailers operating.
While many vehicle OEM’s have ceased building new vehicles during this unprecedented time, Phillips’ dealers throughout North America must still have the availability of Phillips products to meet the service and replacement needs of their commercial fleet customers.
Both the EZTrac and EZTrac Plus hardware devices are powered by the tractor through the ABS or brake circuit. However, the EZTrac Plus will also draw power from its built-in battery, allowing for geolocating, even when there is no power supplied by the vehicles electrical system. Installation of either device requires no splicing or re-wiring, plugging directly in-line to the standard ABS harness. The EZTrac with STA-DRY® Harness is IP67 rated, protecting the internal technology from entry of moisture and corrosion causing contaminants.
Some of the changes Phillips Industries has made include:
– Thorough sanitation of the facility, which takes place throughout the day to ensure a virus-free environment for all employees.
– A reconfigured production floor so employees can maintain a safe distance from one another.
– Adjustments to daily production lines throughout with less personnel density.
– Necessary safety equipment, such as gloves and facemasks, are provided.
– The production staff is an assembling of volunteers; only those employees willing and able to work.
– The administrative staff will continue to work from home. All necessary communication technology has been made available to them so that they may support Phillips’ customer base.
“When the State of California issued a stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020, our first thought was the safety of our employees, which we considered our number one priority. We initiated an immediate temporary shutdown to protect our employees and abide by state requirements,” stated Rob Myers, president of the aftermarket division. “The other important consideration we have is that our customers rely on getting the products they need from us, so they have the availability of parts necessary to keep trucks moving and delivering critical supplies. To meet both these goals, we undertook measures that both address the safety of our employees while also continuing to produce essential parts for our industry.”
Rob Phillips, president and COO added, “Within hours of the temporary shutdown, Phillips was deemed by the State of California to be an essential business that could stay open. We looked at this as an opportunity to enhance our best practices and adopt the new CDC guidelines into our operations. Our teams at all facilities, USA, Mexico, Canada, Poland, and China, worked around the clock to make these workspaces safe for all employees. We are happy to be safely up and running again and supporting the industry we love.” Phillips continued to say, “These are unprecedented times we are living. The challenge for us, which we like to call “opportunities for improvement,” is how this will impact future production when this pandemic slows. We don’t want to go back to business as usual. We’re spending this time to innovate our manufacturing processes and make permanent safety improvements to our facilities. We want to be ready for all future challenges.”
Production schedules at the Phillips facility will be adjusted regularly to manufacture parts that are in the highest demand.
Please visit us at www.phillipsind.com to learn how Phillips products can make a difference in your operation.
About Phillips Industries
Since 1928, Phillips Industries has been recognized as a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake system components, as well as electronic solutions for communicating vehicle data to fleets and their drivers for the commercial truck and trailer industry. Phillips’ products are standard on nearly 100% of Class 8 trucks, more than 50% of all trailers manufactured in North America, and can be purchased at virtually all premium distributors. Phillips has manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, China, and Europe. Phillips maintains active membership in key industry associations including American Trucking Association, SAE, Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association and various state trucking associations. Their manufacturing facilities have earned the top-quality accreditations including ISO/IATF 16949 and ISAO 14001 as well as multiple prestigious customer awards from Daimler, NAPA, and many others. Visit www.phillipsind.com for more information.