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  • Aug 20, 2019

Press Release: A.L.P. LexaLite® Adds New 240-Ton Silicone Press

A.L.P. Lighting Components, a leading global manufacturer of lighting components and kits, has added to its capacity with a new 240-ton injection molding press.  This new equipment augments A.L.P.’s existing capacity of 180-, 240- and 660-ton presses, all of which run Moldable Optical Silicone (MOS).  The new press features a shot size up to 9 ounces, mold bases up to 24” x 24” ,and can produce parts up to 20” x 20”.

Optical silicone has valuable properties for lighting, automotive, and other demanding applications.  Optical silicone parts are impact and heat resistant while being less susceptible to degradation from UV.  Silicone also is known for its refraction, reflection, and diffusion properties, along with self-mounting and self-gasketing features.

A.L.P. has replenished its silicone resin inventory, recovering from recent supply chain issues felt throughout the injection molding industry.  “We struggled with the same shortages that everyone else did,” explains Tim DeYoung, A.L.P. LexaLite’s Director of Operations.  “Fortunately, we now have a good inventory of raw material, and we are ready to take on new business,” he adds.

A.L.P. has a long history as a premier supplier of custom injection molded components for lighting, automotive, medical, marine, point-of-purchase, and other industries.  A.L.P.’s expert team can collaborate on product design engineering, tool design and maintenance, innovative fast-track tooling, as well as offer materials expertise, production efficiencies, and distribution options.  A variety of secondary operations and finishing services also are available, including UV coating, metalizing, laser cutting, and assembly.  In addition to custom molding, A.L.P.’s LexaLite brand offers a comprehensive catalog of proprietary indoor and outdoor optical reflectors, as well as numerous high-performance LED fixture kits.

A.L.P. is an international leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of lighting components and components for other technical industries. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive line of products for OEMs and the aftermarket. For custom projects, our unique “360° Solutions” suite of custom services enables us to collaborate with customers at every stage of a product’s life cycle. Our core commitment is to provide superior service and product performance to every customer.


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  • Sep 10, 2018

Press Release: Mark Uhler to Represent A.L.P.’s Edgelit Panel Line

(Niles, IL) – A.L.P. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Uhler as Manufacturer’s Representative for LexaLite® brand edgelit panel products.  Mark will be calling on OEM customers nationwide to promote edgelit panel products and A.L.P.’s extensive edgelit manufacturing capabilities. A.L.P. LexaLite’s edgelit program now features a number of standard tools, a new 1650-ton molding machine, secondary laser cutting operations, and intellectual property to support this growing market need.  A.L.P. is currently the only North American manufacturer capable of injection molding both 1’x4’ and 2’x2’ edgelit panels.

Mark previously held a similar role with Rambus, in which he successfully developed several edgelit panels.  Prior to that, Mark was a Sales Director with Cree, a role in which he established working relationships with numerous lighting fixture OEMs.  Mark’s degree in Electrical Engineering, combined with his specialized edgelit experience, makes him a strong resource for edgelit development projects.

A.L.P. is an international leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of lighting components and components for other technical industries. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive line of products for OEMs and the aftermarket. For proprietary projects, our unique “360° Solutions” suite of custom services enables us to collaborate with customers at every stage of a product’s life cycle. Our core commitment is to provide superior service and product performance to every customer.


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  • Sep 5, 2018

Press Release: A.L.P.’s Recruit™ LED Fixture Kit Highlighted in Eneref Report on Sustainable Circular Economy

Niles, IL, (September 5, 2018) – The Recruit™ wall mount security fixture kit from A.L.P.’s LexaLite® brand, was recognized as a more sustainable approach to lighting systems in a new report by Eneref Institute (www.eneref.org). The report was part of Eneref’s campaign to increase the recyclability of LED luminaires. Eneref Institute is a research and advocacy organization for sustainable development with an initiative to inspire solutions that promise an earth-friendly economy through socially responsible sustainable development.

The Recruit LED wall mount security fixture kit is an attractive, contemporary looking system with a thermally conductive polymer housing. The 8”x 8” footprint can accommodate customer supplied LED arrays, several driver options, and a photocell, putting it in the “small” size class.

As part of Eneref’s campaign to inspire solutions that promise an earth-friendly economy, Eneref Institute’s report examined opportunities to replace aluminum component parts in LED luminaires with polycarbonate, with the overarching goal of reducing the environmental footprint of the lighting industry. According to the Eneref report, thermoplastic heat sinks have environmental advantages over aluminum because the energy needed to recycle thermoplastics is one-fourth that of aluminum.

The report goes on to explain that, compared to the same volume of aluminum, polycarbonate requires less energy to ship, because it is less dense and therefore weighs less, as exemplified by the lightweight Recruit.

“It’s not surprising that an innovative industry leader, like A.L.P., would be an early adopter of polycarbonate heat sinks,” explained Seth Warren Rose, Founding Director of Eneref Institute. “Done responsibly, drilling for petrochemical hydrocarbons—the raw material of plastics—can be less destructive to the environment than mining for aluminum,” Rose explains.

According to the Eneref report, optimizing the design by consolidating components of the same material streamlines both the manufacturing and recycling of luminaires. With fewer components made from fewer materials, the purchasing, shipping, and warehousing processes are simplified. Polycarbonate, a thermoplastic, can be economically recycled into secondary, post-industry applications.

DOWNLOAD ENEREF REPORT: http://eneref.org/report-details/employing-polycarbonate-components-to-design-sustainable-luminaires/

A.L.P. is an international leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of lighting components and components for other technical industries. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive line of products for OEMs and the aftermarket. For proprietary projects, our unique “360° Solutions” suite of custom services enables us to collaborate with customers at every stage of a product’s life cycle. Our core commitment is to provide superior service and product performance to every customer.


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  • Jun 21, 2018

A.L.P. Adds New Edgelit Panel Equipment

A.L.P. Lighting Components, manufacturer of LED lighting components and fixture kits, has added to its industry-leading capacity to produce molded edgelit lighting panels.  Taking advantage of Rambus closing its Brecksville, OH facility, A.L.P. purchased a 1,650-ton press, molds and other equipment to be installed in its Charlevoix, MI plant.  A.L.P.’s LexaLite® brand has been at the forefront of edgelit technology for more than three decades, with preeminent production resources, expertise, and mold inventory.  A.L.P. is currently the only North American manufacturer capable of injection molding both 1’x4’ and 2’x2’ edgelit panels.

By using standard molds with custom inserts, A.L.P. can quickly and inexpensively manufacture prototypes and low-volume production runs.  Standard sizes include 48” x 12”, 24” x 12”, 24” x 8” and 24” x 24”.  For large production orders, A.L.P.’s expert tooling and engineering teams can develop high volume tooling based on customers’ specifications for size, light source, light output pattern, thickness, and aesthetics.  A.L.P. also has in-house CAD modeling and photometry testing resources.

Edgelit panels have gained increasing popularity for maximizing and retrofitting in-ceiling lighting.  Flat edgelit panels are very thin, offering the versatility of mounting on a variety of surfaces including walls and ceilings, as well as providing the option of cable suspension.  They are often considered “shadowless” because they produce broad, even light.

“We work closely with customers to meet all requirements for performance, cost, and speed to market,” states Tom Barnes, Vice President and Business Unit Manager for A.L.P. LexaLite.  “By further investing in edgelit molding technology, A.L.P. can respond even more quickly to the needs of a rapidly changing lighting marketplace,” Barnes concludes.


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