Phillips i-Box targets serviceability issues

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Phillips Industries’ new i-Box trailer nosebox — introduced Thursday, March 27, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. — offers improved serviceability and reduced wiring complexity, the company said.

The i-Box, now available for retrofit or OEM installation, will “handle the expanding electronic requirements of today’s trailer,” such as anti-lock brakes, trailer tracking, onboard weigh systems and lighting, the company said.

William Phillips, director of sales for Phillips, says the company developed the i-Box — short for Information Box — at the request of a carrier frustrated by the small working space in standard trailer noseboxes and crammed wires that result in pinching and pullout. The result is a trailer nosebox that is 35 percent larger than conventional styles, he said.

Among the other features of the iBox, Phillips said, are:

  • A hinged lid and weather-proof design;
  • Circuit breakers that can be changed in seconds; and
  • Seven-way QCS Quick Connect Socket for easy replacement.
  • Additionally, Phillips says, the iBox houses the company’s Permalogic Trailer Dome Lamp Controller to automatically control trailer dome lamps, and also has room for flash memory to store things such as trailer schematics and bills of material.

    The iBox can be retrofitted to trailers in 30 minutes or less, Phillips says, and installation schematics are available online at www.phillipsind.com. It is compatible with a wide range of trailer models, such as dry vans, refrigerated and doubles, and nearly all trailer makes, according to the company.