ITC Incorporated has called Holland, MI its home since the inception of the company in 1982, but on July 21, the company moved 13 miles east to 3030 Corporate Grove Drive, Hudsonville, MI. While there is regret about leaving Holland, the move to this larger, newly remodeled, more energy efficient facility comes with much excitement.
The new Hudsonville facility doubled our previous footprint and allows for further growth as ITC continues to seek opportunities to better serve its customer base. It will also be a working showroom, with many ITC products highlighted throughout the building.
The new space also gives ITC more opportunities to continue to promote and realize its goal to be an employer of choice. Following reception of the 2016 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” award by the Michigan Celebrates Small Business organization, ITC received the 2017 Most Engaged Workforce award and remains committed to appreciating and recognizing the importance that each employee brings to the organization. A full kitchen and large employee lounge featuring custom designed drywall art created by our contractor, Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals, and large training room for inclusive group meetings, training sessions and employee-centered activities are a few of the added benefits of the new ITC facility.
Partner with ITC, a Trusted, Experienced Industry Leader
Based in the US, ITC has the development and engineering team that understands the technical ins and outs of producing high performing, quality tape light. We approach tape light engineering and manufacturing based on our customer’s specific applications, ensuring performance expectations are always met or exceeded. ITC’s experience and proven performance has gained us a highly-rated reputation as a trusted supplier in several industries, including Automotive, RV, Marine, Office Furniture, Retail Display, and the large Cruise Ship industry. The knowledge we’ve gained working in these industries is used across
other industries to provide unique insights and improvements.
What ITC Does to Make our Tape Light Superior to Competitor’s Commodity Lighting:
It’s easy, we start with the best designs, then we use the highest quality materials and precision manufacturing processes, and a multiple step quality control review to ensure the highest value.
70% of tape light failures happen due to the solder application. Three main factors that affect the solder are, the application, the handling of the solder, and the cleaning of
Solder can be applied to the circuit board by hand or by machine. The quality of the machine is also a factor. ITC uses advanced equipment that ensures a consistent amount of solder paste is dispensed through an aluminum screen, using the same amount of pressure and speed of application, to achieve the correct thickness and spread of paste. The solder is maintained at a consistent temperature throughout a specified production time and left over paste is disposed of properly when temperature or time has expired.
Cleaning the screen at regular intervals is a critical process often neglected by other manufacturers. Dirty or clogged printing screens can adversely affect the solder application and therefore quality of the finished product.
The sealant over high quality LEDs, is applied with precision machinery for consistent, equal application. The sealant on the PCB light engine is a high-quality UV impervious flexible JTF 105 silicone. Giving our Tape Light exceptional protection against cracking in extreme temperature environments [-20ºC to +80ºC].
The sealant is also crystal clear to optimize the optics of the light output. ITC’s tape light passes the stringent LM79 testing which requires each tape light to remain within 5% of its original lumen and color output after 1,000 hours of use.
A common way to reduce cost for tape light is to reduce the copper trace. It is not noticeable when viewing the finished product but it does impact the durability and life of the tape light. ITC uses a heavier copper trace on the PCB than our competitors in order to maintain voltage over the length of long runs and to achieve the same light output from end to end. The heavier trace also prevents accidental damage during installation.
ITC, also uses 18-gauge wire input leads to adhere to RVIA code and the resistor values that are appropriate for 13.6V input as opposed to the common industry standard that uses resistor values for 12V. Thus, when powered by an RV converter at 13.6V the 12V products are overdriven which contributes to failures. The ITC resistors are also specified specifically for the flexibility of the copper trace to prevent cracking and separation.
We don’t stop there; all ITC tape light passes a 2-hour burn-in quality test, a shock and vibration test, and IP66 waterproof testing. This testing is in addition to the checks at each point of the manufacturing process, like the powering of each piece and inspection under magnification.
You Get What You Pay For
ITC packs value into every tape light product we offer. Providing our OEM customers with the assurance of on-time delivery and trouble-free installation, so they can give their customers a reliable and quality lighting experience.
The Merchandise Mart, in Chicago, hosts over 50,000 design professionals and 500 leading companies for NeoCon, the tradeshow of the year. Neocon has evolved over the last forty-nine years into the most recognized and attended trade show in the industry. Along with being a top spot to network and see the latest trends in the industry, attendees have the chance to attended some of the best accredited seminars and listen to some of the most prestigious keynote speakers. Check out our recap of this year’s show and some of our products that made it into the show!
Check out our newest completely redesigned edition of the 2017-2018 Marine/RV Product Catalog, including many great new products and a whole new approach to decorative lighting! ITC understands that decorative lighting is a personal choice, so our 2017-2018 catalog provides you with a peek at just some of our options available to you. We recommend you work directly with one of our highly qualified sales professionals to determine which products and finishes work best for your needs.
Along with the quality products that have become industry standards, ITC has released a number of new products. Below, is just a sample of some of the new products you do not want to miss:
For the past few years, ITC headquarters has been heading toward our current situation of “busting-at-the-seams”. ITC employees have been making the most out of every possible space in the Holland facility, by sharing office spaces, reducing the office footprint sizes to squeeze in more people, and jockeying for conference room time as we continued to grow the ITC Team. After an in-depth search, ITC is so excited to announce we finally found that perfect space to call our new home! 3030 Corporate Grove Drive, Hudsonville MI, about fifteen minutes east of our current building, is where ITC will put out our new sign and start down a new path full of growth. ITC is preparing the new building with a complete remodel, gutting the outdated mauve cabinets and counters, taking down walls, building out new space for production and test lab, as well as adding a large common area to support teamwork and collaboration. The last piece of the puzzle is a good size investment in equipping the building with the best and latest technology to streamline our daily customer responses.
ITC receives Most Engaged Workplace award on May 4, 2017. ITC was honored in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Companies to Watch from Michigan Celebrates Small Business and as an alumnus of this award was invited to participate in the 2017 awards. Chosen from over 600 alumni, ITC was selected as the first recipient of the Most Engaged Workplace Award, from Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Mike Camarota, ITC’s President, accepted the award at the 13th annual event in Lansing, Michigan, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
The Most Engaged Workplace Award is based on three areas, commitment to the community, supporting an environment of team work and collaboration, and competitive advantages. At ITC, we know that small contributions can have a big impact on not only the local community but on the attitudes and fulfillment of our employees.
Team members are encouraged to express ideas and contribute to their success and that of other team members and the company. The philosophy of sharing is key to the culture as well, with profit sharing bonuses, Star Performer awards, as well as support and understanding of individual’s personal needs and situations. The culture also has a community approach with monthly company organized activities including group lunches and holiday celebrations. We also have regular company performance information sharing and celebrate our achievements as a team.
Employees are also supported and encouraged in their volunteer efforts. Our employee staffed Sharing and Caring Committee works with all employees, whether it’s for a monetary donation or non-monetary donation of time and talent, to support many diverse needs in our communities.
One of ITC’s core values is to “create an atmosphere of mutual respect and commitment with employees.” The leadership appreciates and promotes listening, respecting, and valuing all team members, customers, and suppliers. The open and approachable atmosphere at ITC is family oriented and team members are made to feel included in the family.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a partnership of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Business Network. “The companies selected this year give us an understanding of Michigan’s successful entrepreneurial ecosystem,” says Jennifer Deamud, Director of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center. “These companies are significant drivers of our economy. In addition, they play a critical role in their communities as job creators.”
Inspired by the anti-war movement, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson realized he could use the energy from the movement for more changes. His plan was to mix that energy with public consciousness about air and water pollution and power environmental protection onto the national public agenda. With a staff of eighty-five republicans, democrats, liberals, and conservatives, he promoted his national teach-in on the environment across the country. Finally, on April 22, 1970 the advocates took their voices to streets all over America, along with twenty million other Americans. This massive coast to coast rally brought about more than awareness about a healthy and sustainable environment; by the end of 1970, Earth Day was responsible for the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, giving a huge boost to worldwide recycling efforts and helping pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Each Earth Day victory is huge, but each new year also brings to light new and existing struggles, such as the research around climate change and a divided environmental community. Celebrated by more than a billion people worldwide, the fight for a clean environment continues every day. This history brings us to Earth Day 2017, with the Earth Day campaign of “environmental and climate literacy”, which focuses on the concept that the foundation for progress is education.
The history is great, but I’m sure what you really want to know is how to celebrate! There is no right or wrong way to celebrate. Whether this is your first official celebration, or you can’t remember a time when you didn’t celebrate, how you celebrate is up to you. Maybe you haven’t started a recycle bin, maybe you need so
me more trees in the back yard, or maybe your goal is to learn all about the idea behind Earth Day. Here’s a list of a few ways to make your earth day a little earthier:
Recycle not only your everyday plastics and glass, but also your e-waste (computers, TVs, etc).
Learn how to grow your favorite produce.
Start by growing your favorite herb in a window pot, then move on to your favorite veggies in the backyard.
Plant a tree or two or donate to The Canopy Project to help them reach their goal of planting 150,000 trees (https://donate.earthday.org/events/trees-for-earth/e76443)
Make a pledge as a part of the A Billion Acts of Green: A few examples are getting rid of plastic bags, start a work carpool, or start your own garden (http://www.earthday.org/take-action/)
Build a bird feeder and hang it out in your yard- just don’t forget to keep it full!
Pick up litter around your neighborhood or organize a group and do it together
Make a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three out of only locally grown food
Spend the day technology free
Educate yourself about what Earth Day is all about
Whether you participate or not, it’s always fun to go outside and enjoy the fresh smell of spring renewal, and it’s the perfect excuse to revamp your landscape to native and drought tolerant plants!
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The ITC Radiance X2 is the first bezel free rectangular overhead in the industry! The bezel free design prevents shadowing to provide uninterrupted illumination, and blends in with headliners for a seamless appearance. The X2 provides double the illumination of a “regular square overhead” resulting in fewer required installed lights. Available in three LED color options to fit into any design.