Phillips details R&D expansion efforts

Phillips details R&D expansion efforts

Under the leadership of Dan Forthoffer, corporate director of R&D, Phillips Industries and Phillips Connect are transforming their R&D capabilities to meet the current and future challenges facing vehicle operators in the evolving transportation industry, the company noted in a recent press release. This expanded initiative supports Phillips Industries, Phillips Connect, and Phillips Europe, and works collaboratively across all business units to bring the best solutions to Phillips customers.

Forthoffer focused on gathering engineers from not just the trucking industry, but also from the aerospace (NASA), defense, networking technologies, ADAS, and passenger car industries. Core teams within the new R&D organization are focused on the conceptualization and feasibility phase of product development.

A foundation of the R&D organization is a quality group and a proprietary test regime known as the Phillips Trustmark Quality Requirements Validation Routine. Each product must adhere to the testing regime before launch, preserving and building on the Phillips quality reputation as new products and systems are developed. It combines industry-standard testing and additional testing methodologies found in real-world applications, providing further assurances based on actual field experience.

Forthoffer joined Phillips in 2021 with more than two decades of innovative vehicle engineering experience including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technologies, telematics, advanced control systems in the national defense and aerospace sectors, and advanced research and testing competencies. He earned a B.S.M.E. with advanced energy storage emphasis from Wayne State University in Detroit, and an M.S.A.E.T. (Masters, Alternative Energy Technology Engineering, Joint Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Masters). Forthoffer holds multiple patents for transportation products and methods and is currently chairman of the TMC S1 Future Truck/Trailer Electrical Interface Task Force, an SAE contributor, and a governor of H.D.A.T.C.

You May Also Like

Apollo Tires US opens new Atlanta office

The company said this new office stands as the operational heart of the North American activities.

Apollo-Abhishek-Bisht

Apollo Tires US recently opened its new office in Atlanta. The company said this new office stands as the operational heart of the North American activities. Apollo vice chairman and managing director Neeraj Kanwar led the inauguration of the company’s new office in Atlanta’s King & Queen building.

Peterbilt introduces Digital Vision System-Mirrors

Available on Models 579 and 567, Peterbilt says the DVS-M uses HDR cameras integrated into the mirrors to display video on interior monitors.

Peterbilt-new-Digital-Vision-Mirror-System
Hendrickson acquires Reyco Granning suspension business

Hendrickson expands its suspension solutions portfolio for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles while maintaining brand independence.

ReycoLogo-hendrickson
SAMPA celebrates 30 years

The heavy-duty spare parts company marked the milestone at Automechanika Istanbul. with a specially themed 30th anniversary booth.

SAMPA-celebrates-30-years
HDA’s Colorado Brake & Supply announces acquisition

The HDA Truck Pride member has acquired Pueblo Brake & Clutch, Inc., another local heavy-duty truck parts provider, with 59 years of service.

HDA-Truck-Pride-Pueblo-Brake-and-Clutch

Other Posts

BettsHD, Featherwing offer roll-off refuse fenders

According to BettsHD, the new Featherwing refuse / roll-off fenders are custom-designed for all tandem and tri-axle applications.

Betts-HD-Featherwing-refuse-fenders-combo
Doleco adds custom production services at new manufacturing facility

The Charlotte, NC location will house manufacturing, product testing and warehousing, while offering new custom production services.

Doleco-expands-with-new-Charlotte-facility-exterior-custom-products
Eaton to offer fuses for electric trucks

Eaton says it can increase current capability by either design modifications or paralleling multiple fuses.

Eaton-1400
Daimler announces battery repairing, remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling program

DTNA says the circular economy approach strives to extend the usability of rare-earth materials and products.

Daimler-Truck-North-America-Logo-1400