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APOLLO XT: OUR ALLROUNDER, IMPROVED ONCE AGAIN

You have been working with the APOLLO for eight years and have comprehensive overview of all the products on the market. Which features make this PRACHT luminaire special? What are its key properties? 

Andreas Bergen: The market for luminaires is becoming more and more challenging. There is a wide range to choose from. Only those products survive that fulfill the promises they made in advance. It takes more for a luminaire than to just work reliably. A product has to offer unique selling points.

You mean application possibilities that the competition cannot offer?

A.B.:Precisely! In order to obtain a sustainable market position, a product has to be flexible and applicable in various situations. That is exactly what our APOLLO is all about.

Can you name an example of a unique feature that the APOLLO has in store for its users?

A.B.:Actually, there are quite a few. The APOLLO has proven itself successful in the cold as well as in hot environments. It is used in the food, the automotive and the railway industry – just to name a few. But we try to take it a step further than that. We figure out ways to mount the luminaires and ask ourselves if this would increase or decrease the expenses today and in the future. We take interest in our PRACHT luminaires even years after they have been installed at our clients’ site. We examine if our products are ageing resistant. Long story short, we care about the processing. That is one of our focus areas.

In which way?

A.B.: It’s all about the details. For a fast and uncomplicated installation and an error-free continuous usage, details such as the application of variable fixing distances with stainless steel clips or short sealing surfaces made from silicone can be important. Some cases, involving certain objects, might require flat batten luminaires or different variations in terms of cover panels. We try to think in as many ways as possible, always putting our clients’ needs first. Use today to think about tomorrow – an old saying that very accurately describes the situation.

And this luminaire, which has been so successful in the past, is now going to be modified?

A.B.:Time does not remain at a standstill. We try to live what is called a continuous improvement process. Just like people always prefer the new generation car to the older version: more power, more safety, better energy efficiency. That is just the way our society works. You try to further improve the good things and use new insights. As an example, LED technology has had a great impact on the cost-effectiveness of our luminaires. With a strong focus on the processing and features of our products, we ensure their versatility and ease of installation without sacrificing any quality. We are always getting better – not more expensive! This creates additional value for the industry.

So with regards to the design, clients will have to get used to a whole new luminaire…

A.B.: Yes, we are redesigning the product. But there are only slight changes to the look. The main change is a new sealing system with an even higher IP. The mirror reflectors are aligned with the new LED technology and can be inserted on one side. so you’ll need one hand less for the installation. Everything is self-explanatory. We have created a more user-friendly product that is easier to assemble and provides a higher process reliability.


ZUR PERSON: Andreas Bergen (40) begleitet seit 2010 den technischen Vertrieb bei PRACHT und ist heute im Unternehmen Technischer Leiter der Entwicklungsabteilung. Der ausgebildete Elektrotechniker-Meister leitet außerdem das Forschungsinstitut PIT (PRACHT Institute of Technology). Andreas Bergen stammt aus der Region und lebt zusammen mit seiner Lebensgefährtin und seiner 4-jährigen Tochter.

„Wir haben die beste Leuchte von PRACHT noch besser gemacht. Auf diesen Schritt bin ich besonders stolz.“ Prof. Dr.-Ing. Friedhelm Pracht

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