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Customer Spotlight: Scientific Lighting Products

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  • SLP’s CITADEL family of gasketed enclosures are sealed to protect the electrical components from dust and moisture that exist in many outdoor and industrial environments.

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  • SLP’s CITADEL family of gasketed enclosures are sealed to protect the electrical components from dust and moisture that exist in many outdoor and industrial environments.

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  • Citadel lighting enclosure rolling down the line of the recently installed liquid gasketing manufacturing equipment at MFG Tray.

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In 1969 Koller Enterprises acquired a lighting component business from an East Coast manufacturer and formed a new division, Scientific Lighting Products (SLP). Forty-five years later, SLP products are distributed and used in every corner of the world.

A key driver to their growth, according to President David Koller, is listening closely to what customers want. SLP uses these inputs to fuel new product ideas and improve user experience – which has given SLP a competitive edge in the market.

One of their top selling products is the CITADEL™ family of gasketed enclosures for harsh environments. These fixtures are sealed to protect the electrical components from harmful moisture and potentially combustible dust that exist in places like food processing facilities, commercial kitchens, industrial facilities, parking garages, laundries, and road tunnels.

Upon acquiring the CITADEL product line, SLP intended to make design improvements based on customer inputs. They knew customers wanted a sleek, less boxy, more innovative fixture that was easy to assemble and install.

In 2003 SLP’s VP of sales, Jim Crozier, approached MFG about supplying composite parts. After initial meetings, SLP felt confident in MFG’s competency and a partnership began with a single product. David Koller explained, “MFG showed a willingness to help with our new design, solve problems, and explore improvements to the product. MFG had the expertise and capabilities we needed to create a superior product with competitive advantage.”

The collaboration worked well. MFG’s engineering team discovered ways to reduce cost and weight with the use of a UL-approved composite material that allowed the enclosure to be cross-purposed as a wire-way. This solution reduced overall cost and integrated the unit by eliminating the interior metal box strip. This new design featured improved aesthetics and the ease of installation that customers were seeking.

Eleven years later the relationship has grown, and MFG now produces six different CITADEL models. John Thompson, general manager of MFG Tray, explains, “The partnership with SLP has flourished for many reasons, foremost a common commitment to producing premium goods that satisfy customers. SLP’s success has been mutually rewarding, enabling investment in new machinery, tools and innovations to keep the momentum going.”