Unified Western Grocers has ordered 85 new Utility refrigerated van trailers with Permalogic dome lamp controllers from Phillips Industries. Permalogic, introduced in 2006, is designed to eliminate any chance of accidentally leaving interior trailer dome lamps on by cutting off power to the lamps when the brake pedal is depressed, allowing for full power to the ABS system. Power also is interrupted when there is an under/over battery voltage situation or at a predetermined elapsed time.
Dean Moyer, fleet maintenance supervisor for the Pacific Northwest division of Unified Western Grocers, located in Portland, Ore. – who will be receiving the new trailers for their operation – sees Permalogic “as a really good concept for our fleet because it controls the lights so the driver doesn’t have to worry about them. He can just get in the truck and make deliveries.”
The Permalogic family of products has been developed by Phillips Industries as a power management solution for fleets that use auxiliary trailer products that can overwork the available trailer electrical capacity. Permalogic products are designed to allow fleets to maximize vehicle power and trailer dome lamp life.
Unified Western Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative that supplies independent retailers throughout the Western United States. Unified and its subsidiaries, which generated about $3 billion in sales during the 2000 fiscal year, offer independent retailers resources needed to compete in today’s supermarket industry.