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Product Spotlight: Panduit VeriSafe Absence of Voltage Tester

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This new product from Panduit is a game-changer in the industry! The Panduit VeriSafe Absence of Voltage Tester automates the voltage verification process for control panels to reduce the risk of exposure to electrical hazards for improved worker safety. VeriSafe conducts the same test procedures required by NFPA 70E to verify that equipment is electrically

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Advantages of Bonitron Regenerative Braking Solutions

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In almost every industry, the old saying “time is money” stands true. This saying is no more true than in the world of Industrial Automation. Processes that require frequent stops or continuous braking create a harsh environment for variable frequency drives (VFDs), causing overvoltage faults that stop production. Integrators are forced to sacrifice valuable time

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Tray Cable – What is it and when to use?

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Efficient cabling system design can take many forms with today’s wide variety of solutions.  Tray cable can be one of the simplest and most effective solutions in your facility today. You might have heard the term “tray cable,” but do you know what it is and when you should use it? The National Electric Code

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Convenient Electronic and Online Options for Your Business from French Gerleman

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Looking for ways to save time, money and ultimately, make your life, and job easier? You have enough on your plate, and we want to help streamline the process and make the experience working with French Gerleman as simple and convenient as possible. That is why we offer a wide array of electronic and online

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Rebuilding Together Day, Year 12: Bringing the Community Together

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At French Gerleman, we enjoy giving back to the communities we serve. In St. Louis, we are passionate about Rebuilding Together and are proud that so many employees and vendors were willing to donate their time, money and products to help others in the community. This was our 12th year participating in Rebuilding Together Day,

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The New OSHA 1910 Regulations — What do they mean for you?

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You may have heard by now that OSHA has updated its 1910 General Industry regulations regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment. These new regulations went into effect on January 17, 2017. What are the changes and what do they mean for you? It can seem a bit overwhelming as there are many changes in

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IDEAL National Championship: How Electricians Become Legends

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Do you have the power to be the best electrician in the nation? Now is your chance to see if you have what it takes! IDEAL Electrical, a leading tool and electrical supply company based in Sycamore, IL, is once again hosting the IDEAL National Championship to honor and showcase abilities of electricians as well

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Reduce Downtime with HydroDuty Washdown Motors

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Introducing the best stainless steel washdown motors in the industry: the HydroDuty from Bluffton Motor Works WEG Group! Designed and manufactured in Bluffton, Indiana, the HydroDuty is designed for dependable operation in harsh, high moisture environments. Typical applications for this motor line include food and beverage processing, car washes, pharmaceuticals and marine applications. Electrical Specifications

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French Gerleman Customer Appreciation Days are Back!

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‘Tis the season for Customer Appreciation Days! We’ve been looking forward to these events and busy planning them for months.  We are excited to share with you our upcoming customer appreciation events! Kansas City Customer Appreciation Day Wednesday, May 3 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 9735 Commerce Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219 If you’re in the

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Our Solar Array: Where are we now?

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In 2013, we launched the French Gerleman Solar Testing and Learning Center. It was one of the largest and most complex solar arrays, designed to test and demonstrate a wide variety of components and technologies, while offering customers an educational environment. Here we are, four years later, and our Solar Learning Center has been a

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How Can 5S Help Your Business?

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Productivity is a key issue in manufacturing environments and our customers are constantly looking for ways to improve their productivity and reduce total costs. 5S is a great way to get a business organized and productive. 5S might sound scary or little different, but it’s one of the most widely adopted techniques in establishing operational

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French Gerleman Springfield Branch Open House

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We’re excited to announce the Grand Opening of our Southwest Missouri Branch of French Gerleman, located in Springfield, MO! Our Springfield branch is our sixth location, catering to the Southwest Missouri (Springfield, Joplin, Branson and more). To celebrate, we are hosting an open house on Wednesday, May 10, to celebrate our grand opening! This facility

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French Gerleman Once Again Named a Top 150 Privately Held Company

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We feel blessed to again be honored by the St. Louis Business Journal as a Top 150 Privately Held Company, ranked #127! Our CEO, Bill French, was interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal on the company’s growth, increase in sales and overall success of the company. French Gerleman finished 2016 with $137 million in

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Product Spotlight: SolaHD SDU AC-A Series, DIN Rail UPS

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Spring is the season of renewal, change and fresh starts. SolaHD is doing just that with the launch of their new SolaHD SDU AC-A Series, DIN Rail UPS. This new series combines an industry leading compact design with enhanced communication, a wide operational temperature range and unique installation options. Let’s dive in to more details

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Vendor Managed Inventory Programs Offered by French Gerleman

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When it comes to inventory, there is a fine line between being adequately stocked, but not overstocked or running out of products. To reduce business costs and overflow of products, it’s important to properly manage your inventory to save time and money. That’s where Stock Optimization Programs (SOP) and Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) can help!

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Product Spotlight: Mersen Surge Protection

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Did you know that power related fluctuations cost US companies more than $80 billion a year? Down machines cost you money, time and resources. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to fix or repair your expensive machinery, for a minimal investment, you can protect your sensitive equipment, or your entire facility, from electrical surges. Most

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French Gerleman Bracketology Battle 2017: Test Your Skills!

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Our Bracketology Battle is back! The big tournament is right around the corner and we are getting geared up for another great year of our Bracketology Battle. Do you have what it takes? Test your skills for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Sign up is simple, just visit our Bracketology Battle registration page

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LED Lighting Retrofit: Your Path to Savings

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Is your company spending more on lighting than it needs to—both in terms of energy and maintenance?  If so, it’s time to consider retrofitting your lighting to LED and put more of your profits back where they belong—in your business. Retrofitting is a popular topic, particularly among our commercial and industrial end user customers. Converting

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Get Rewards for Your French Gerleman Loyalty

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We wanted to find a way to thank you for your loyalty to French Gerleman and what better way than with an exclusive rewards program! We’re happy to announce and give you a first look at our re-launched Counter Rewards program. We’ve had the Counter Rewards cards in the past, and due to popular demand,

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Two Electrical Expo Events- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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Spring is the season of renewal. A fresh start. Learning, growing and experiencing new things. This year, we will be ushering in Spring by supporting two informational and educational expos. The first event is the Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois (EBMI) Electrical Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. This

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French Gerleman Awarded the ElectricSmarts 2016 Distributor Top 10 “Smarty Awards”

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We’ve once again won a “Smarty Award” from ElectricSmart! The awards were given to the top 10 distributors ranked by content page views on their network. In previous years, we won in the award in the Elite Status Quarter Million View Club, but this year, we made the Half Million View Club! This is a

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Fast and Affordable Custom Enclosures Available at French Gerleman

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Our mission is to find ways to help you be more efficient and profitable.  As a result, we have recently invested in becoming a Hoffman Certified Modification Center (HCMC). We now have the Steinhauer ModCenter, an automated CNC machine capable of drilling, tapping and milling in virtually any shape, size or enclosure material. By working

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USB Type-C Charger Receptacles

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Exciting news from Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems! They have recently begun production on their new Type-C USB Charger Receptacles. In case you haven’t heard, USB Type-C is the latest development in USB technology. It’s a major breakthrough for the USB industry, and is a technological advancement for both data transferring and battery charging. With the new

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French Gerleman to Open New Branch in Springfield, MO

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We’re kicking off 2017 at French Gerleman with the opening of a new branch in Springfield, MO! We’re excited to continue our growth and expand into this new territory. Here are the details on our new branch: St. Louis, MO, January 12, 2017 – French Gerleman, an independent regional distributor of automation, electrical supply, datacom,

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Product Spotlight: Hoffman Filter Fan

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In today’s business age, we rely more on electronics than at any time in history. We live by it, and we die by it. Nothing kills productivity faster than an electronics failure, and nothing causes failure faster than heat. Even with today’s thermal reducing technology, the only true protection from heat is effective airflow. The

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French Gerleman Adopts Two Military Units for the Holidays

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Over the summer, our Columbia branch collected items to send to some active duty soldiers in Iraq.  We were overwhelmed with the amazing support and how many people brought in items to send overseas.  Our Columbia employees reached out to family members and friends for donations and were able to send several boxes of snacks

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Save Time, Space and Lower Installed Cost with Eaton’s B-Line Series 4Dimension Strut System

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We have covered Eaton’s B-Line series 4Dimension™ strut system in a past blog, introducing you to this innovative new approach to strut supports. But did you know 4Dimension strut can save you time, space and lower installed cost on MEP support applications? We’re going to take a closer look at the 4Dimension strut system and

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Manufacturing Matters, or The Internet of Things

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Take a moment to sit back and imagine the future. Look 10 years from now, how does the manufacturing industry look? And are you prepared? Ten years from now, the global manufacturing sector will look completely different than it does today. Every day, advanced manufacturing technology is transforming the global competitive landscape at rapid speeds.

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French Gerleman Helps to Light Veteran Memorials in Quincy, IL

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At French Gerleman, it’s important for us to not only give back to our community, but to also support those who fought to keep us and our country safe. Rick Craven, Quincy’s Branch Administration Manager, was inspired by an email from RAB Lighting detailing a program to light up monuments and memorials for veterans. Rick

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Thanksgiving Celebrations Abound at French Gerleman

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We have a lot to be thankful for at French Gerleman. This time of year, we like to take some time to reflect on the things and people we are most thankful for, and to celebrate the season. This year, we have much for which to be thankful, including our families, friends, wonderful employees and

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PIP Bouton Fuselage™ Line – Protective Eyewear with Foam Gasket

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New Foam Gasket in Protective Eyewear Offers Employees Added Convenience Protective Industrial Products, Inc. (PIP), is an industry leader in consumable personal protective equipment (PPE). If your safety glasses haven’t been making the cut, look no further than PIP Fuselage. Fuselage glasses feature interchangeable temples and headbands to provide added protection. The soft foam padding

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French Gerleman Family Business Award Recap and Thank You

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This past month, we had the honor of attending the St. Louis Business Journal’s Award Dinner for the Family Business Award. This was a wonderful event honoring a few select family owned businesses. Bill French, French Gerleman CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the entire French family. Here are a few highlights from Bill’s

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Switchgear Solutions: What You Need to Know

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Switchgear: The goal is to maximize equipment life cycles and improve reliability with preventive and predictive maintenance of power distribution equipment. Here’s a closer look at Switchgear Solutions. Electrical switchgear is composed of passive and active components. Passive components are horizontal and vertical bus structures. Active components are power circuit breakers, fusible switches, protective relays

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Panduit- Compression Grounding Solutions

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Grounding is a critical functioning part of the electrical system. Now, the integrity of your grounding system is dependent upon your connectors withstanding the environment where they are installed. To ensure reliability, maximize safety and speeding up installation ensures that a grounding system will provide you with the greatest value, something that we know is

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French Gerleman Wire Management Solutions and GenClean from General Cable

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At French Gerleman, our expanded wire management solutions help save you time, money and get you the right materials! We are constantly expanding our colored wire offering to help make your jobs more efficient and safe. Not only do we offer the standard black and colored wire and cable, but we also offer various wooden

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MCI-A Cables – Perfect Marriage of AC and MC Style Cables

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What’s the Differences Between AC and MC Cables? The current construction of Armored Cables (Type AC) that is approved by UL 4, has an aluminum bonding wire in contact with the metal armor that provides a low-impedance ground path that is required for the proper operation of overcurrent protection devices. This style cable was in

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ATEX Directive: What do you need to know?

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What is ATEX Directive and what does it mean for you?  As of July 2003, organizations in the EU were required to follow these directives to protect employees from risks associated with explosive atmospheres. Ultimately, ATEX was adopted to protect workers. Should this mean anything to you in the United States? Good question. Local companies

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French Gerleman Named a St. Louis Business Journal Family Business Award Winner

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The St. Louis Business Journal just released their list of Family Business Award winners, and we are excited to announce that French Gerleman has made the list. This is the first year for the award, and we are thrilled to be honored alongside six other local, family owned companies. For nearly 100 years, we have

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Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Liquidtight Fittings

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The new generation of Quick-Connect™ Liquidtight Fittings from Thomas & Betts install up to three times faster than traditional liquidtight fittings.  T&B’s innovative two step push-in technology with a captive sealing ring makes this new line installation-ready — just push and tighten avoiding multiple steps and multiple parts. The new push-in technology is ideally suited

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Noise Mitigating Cable- What Do You Need To Know?

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Mitigating noise between cables used for high speed data communication is a major challenge. Luckily for us, and you, General Cable has come up with a solution! The GenSPEED 10 MTP utilizes revolutionary Mosaic Crossblock technology to shield the cable from other external cable sources without the need for grounding.  This design includes an insulating

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New Outdoor LED Lighting Surge Protection Solutions from Mersen

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LED technology and lighting has taken over the market because of their efficiency, versatility, energy savings and longer life. But why is surge protection needed, particularly in outdoor applications? While they have countless benefits, the technology also has a number of drawbacks, including higher cost of implementation, more complex internal electronics and they are much

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Datacenters – Becoming More Common in Our Workplace, Next Step Solution

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French Gerleman is a proud distributor of Wirewerks with more than 250 SKUs in stock including patch cables, face plates and adapter strips.  They offer a 25-year product and labor warranty as well as local manufacturing and an excellent lead time of custom assemblies.  Wirewerks is extremely customer driven, proudly boasting the mentality that they

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Product Spotlight: Cementex UltraLite 40 Arc Rated Task Wear

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Introducing from Cementex, the new UltraLite 40 Arc Rated Task Wear! So what makes the Cementex UltraLite 40 so unique from other arc rated task wear? It features a break-thru in technology that joins two different materials to form a highly protective garment. This product is light weight, in fact, it is 37% lighter in

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What You Need to Know About LEDs Before Your Next Project

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What is an LED and how does it work?  A LED, or light emitting diode, is a semiconductor diode which has the ability to conduct an electrical current.  The diodes are formed by combining two different semiconductor materials to form a P-N (positive and negative) junction.  When current is applied, the negative moves to one

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Product Spotlight: Hubbell Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

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When it comes to common plugs on small devices like electronics chargers, lamps, appliances and extension cords, they often have flexible blades with sharp edges and burrs that catch in conventional temper resistant (TR) outlets. This can cause damage to the devices and/or safety concerns. Hubbell’s patented technology resolves this issue! Their receptacles are tamper-resistant,

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Product Spotlight: APC Server Room Cooling Solutions

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One French Gerleman customer was struggling with their server room cooling challenge and came to us for some product and service options. Like many clients we work with, they didn’t have an abundance of space in their server room and were looking for alternative, space-saving ideas. In this video, Joe Dody, Manager of the Datacom

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Lower Installed Cost Solutions with Eaton’s B-Line Series Products

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If you’re looking for lower total installed cost solutions, look no further than Eaton’s B-Line series products. In this blog, we will highlight two solutions that can help you save big: 4Dimension strut B-Line series metallic cable tray    4Dimension Strut System – Save up to 50% on Materials and Installation Eaton’s new B-Line series

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Product Spotlight: Greenlee ErgoLab

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The folks over at Greenlee are making history by launching the industry’s first Ergonomics Laboratory!  The Greenlee ErgoLab, based in Rockford, Illinois, offers state-of-the-art equipment to identify the ergonomic value of a tool by using scientific testing, measurement, and analysis.  The laboratory is designed to streamline the decision making process  for utility and electrical tool

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Mersen New Product Launch: Surge Protective Devices

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Your facility is full of expensive, important equipment that you rely on daily. Not only do down machines cost you time, they are expensive and frustrating for your team and customers. That’s why surge protection is a hot topic that you NEED to make sure is addressed. What types of damage can a surge cause

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Don’t Replace – Remanufacture or Repair Equipment with French Gerleman

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Broken equipment? Before you panic, before you buy new, consider remanufacturing or repairing instead of replacing! At French Gerleman, we offer cost saving remanufacturing services on Allen-Bradley equipment and repair service on thousands of other manufacture’s parts. Whether it’s AC/DC drives, PLCs, servo motors and drives, or robots and controllers, we are your single source

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Product Spotlight: Panduit One-to-One Switch Patching

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One of the key problems we see business data centers encounter is the spaghetti mess of cabling when running patch cords from their servers to their patch panels. Not only does this look disorganized and messy, but can also cause a nightmare when trying to identify a specific cord. At French Gerleman, we are currently

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Power Quality Problem Identification and Mitigation

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The impact of poor power quality is significant.  According to Frost and Sullivan, power related problems cost U.S. companies more than $26 billion per year.  There are a number of different factors that can cause electrical disturbances and one of the main factors can be the user.  This includes wiring and grounding errors, load interactions,

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Electric Motor Bearing Failure and Use of the Proper VFD Cable

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What causes bearing failure to occur between the variable frequency drives (VFD) and electric motors?  What can be done to minimize the potential for failure? For starters, the ball bearing is the connection between the shaft and the motor frame.  There are two rings: an inner ring (which is in contact with the shaft) and

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French Gerleman Gives Back Through Rebuilding Together

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If you’ve never heard of Rebuilding Together, it’s a great organization that we’re proud to be a part of at French Gerleman. Rebuilding Together hosts an annual Rebuilding Day – a single day in the spring where volunteers come together to lend a hand to low-income homeowners in the St. Louis area to improve the

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We Solve a Customer’s Issue & the Result Wins a Readers’ Choice Award

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We often meet customers who are frustrated with a current product they are using and they can’t seem to find a solution. We enjoy helping identify new, better solutions for customers to improve their efficiency and profitability.  Here’s a great testament to our success… About 18 months ago, we had a customer reach out to

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French Gerleman Columbia Branch Spotlight- Standing Together to Support our Families

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You might not realize how close-knit our locations are as part of the French Gerleman family. Our Columbia, MO, branch is located in a city with attractions such as the University of Missouri and The District with unique restaurants and shops as well as many great annual festivals. The Columbia branch features 17 full time

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French Gerleman Product & Technology Expo 2016 Video

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our Product and Technology Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center! We had a great turnout with nearly 400 attendees from more than 200 companies. The Expo show floor was filled with more than 70 booths of vendors and industry representatives. Educational breakout sessions were held on more

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Brady Presents the Five Steps for HazCom for GHS Implementation

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OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) full compliance deadline is fast approaching on June 1, 2016.  At our Product and Technology Expo, Brady gave us a closer look into labels, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) changes, and top questions. To help you gauge your compliance, review the five steps to compliance and key questions and checklists presented

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Success Depends on the Crimp: Understanding the UL-486F Standard for Bare and Covered Ferrules

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If you were not able to attend our Product and Technology Expo, we didn’t want you to miss out on some great information! Panduit hosted a seminar on Understand the UL-486 Standard for Bare and Covered Ferrules. Let’s dive right in! First of all, what is a ferrule? Ferrules are terminals that only have a

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French Gerleman Product and Technology Expo Recap

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our Product and Technology Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center last week! We had a great turnout with nearly 400 attendees from more than 200 companies. The breakout sessions were a great opportunity for our guests to hear from some of our top vendors, including: AFC Cable

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Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Dragon Tooth Insulation Piercing Connectors

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Now you might read that headline and think to yourself, “French Gerleman has gone mad. Why on earth are they talking about Dragon’s teeth?” We haven’t completely gone crazy, but we are in love with Thomas & Betts newest product, the Dragon Tooth Insulation Piercing Connectors. In this blog, we will take a closer look

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Product Spotlight: SolaHD LVGP Transformers

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These transformers from SolaHD might not be new, but they sure are mighty. And as of January 1, they comply with the DOE 2016 standards that can be found in detail HERE.  SolaHD manufactures transformers of unsurpassed quality, and they do so right here in the United States. As an American company, we know that

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French Gerleman: Credit Card Processing

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Did you know French Gerleman offers a convenient credit card payment option for online orders? We offer this option to customers that prefer purchasing by credit card with or without open account terms. With our credit card processing, check out is convenient, flexible and fast. No time to get a purchase order issued for needed

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Build Your Career with French Gerleman

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At French Gerleman, we are in the business of building careers and are often looking for good people to join our team. We work together as a team, and all voices are heard. Our family-owned company offers opportunities for growth, but we’re not too big that it feels “corporate” or impersonal. We offer a wide

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French Gerleman Named a Top 150 Privately Held Company

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We are pleased to announce that French Gerleman has been named a Top 150 Privately Held Company by the St. Louis Business Journal, ranked #115. As a local, family owned and operated company, it’s exciting to see our continued growth over the years. Bill French, our CEO, was interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal

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Ameren Missouri’s New Business Energy Efficiency Program

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Launched on March 1, 2016, Ameren Missouri has a new Business Energy Efficiency Programs. If your business is looking for ways to cut down on energy consumption and would like to take advantage of these incentives, here’s what you will need to know. Custom, Retro-Commissioning and New Construction incentive programs are available to Ameren Missouri

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Product and Technology Expo Schedule of Events

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Just released! Here is the Product and Technology Expo Schedule. Don’t forget to register for this great event. For more info or to register, simply click HERE or visit or last blog to learn more HERE. Tradeshow floor hours: 8AM to 5PM Breakout sessions and classes: 8:00-8:50am: Steinhauer ModCenter- Hoffman Manufacturing Matters- Rockwell Automation From the

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National Account Solutions Delivered by French Gerleman

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As a member-owner of supplyFORCE, a network of local and regional distributors, French Gerleman provides national supply solutions designed to meet your specific needs. Through this consortium, you have access to 2,500+ stocking locations, and the ability to negotiate pricing at the national level. This keeps procurement costs consistent across your organization. Our national account

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French Gerleman Bracketology Battle 2016: Test Your Skills!

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our 2016 Bracketology Battle! Test your skills for your chance to win some awesome prices. To sign up, simply visit our Bracketology Battle registration page and fill out the form. You will be asked to create an account, then you will use your account to log in and check

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French Gerleman to Host Product and Technology Expo at St. Charles Convention Center

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We are excited to announce that we are hosting a Product and Technology Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016! Be sure to save the date, you don’t want to miss out on this free, educational event and opportunity to meet with some of our great vendors. Event Details: April

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Product Spotlight: LUTZE DRIVEFLEX®

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New from LUTZE is their DRIVEFLEX®, the most flexible drive cable in its class! DRIVEFLEX® is a family of drive cables designed to meet the unique electrical challenges in VFD and Servo applications. All DRIVEFLEX® cables use a special formulation of cross linked polyethylene insulation (XLPE), which provides exceptional electrical characteristics while maintaining superior flexibility.

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Meet the Team: Kansas City’s Industrial Automation Specialists

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We’d like to introduce you to Joe LaBella and Dominic Dasta, two Automation Specialists at our French Gerleman Kansas City branch. They provide pre-sale assistance as you select and specify the optimum solution for your application, as well as post-sale technical support.  What makes them different than others in the industry? Let us tell you.

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French Gerleman After Hours Emergency Services

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Expert Assistance, 24/7/365 When it comes to production lines and facility downtime, every minute counts. We provide our customers with after-hours emergency support to help reduce your downtime and save you money. Whether you need an emergency part or the answer to a technical question, we are happy to help! Here’s some info on our

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Product Spotlight: MC Luminary Cables™ from AFC Cable Systems

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This new cable from AFC Cable Systems is built to solve a very specific, and time consuming problem: installation of electronic dimming systems. What’s unique and special with the MC Luminary cables™, is that it contains the lighting and low voltage (dimming) wires in one metal jacket. Therefore, when you install LED lighting, you only

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Product Spotlight: Hubbell Metal Raceway

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Another exciting product launch from Hubbell Wiring Devices!  Hubbell has expanded their line of surface metal raceway.  The HBL 700 series now joins the HBL 500 and HBL 750 series, which are all low profile single service metal raceway products.  Further, along with ivory, white has been added to the offering.   French Gerleman has committed

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First Aid Kit Inventory Management – Made Easy!

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Replenishing your First Aid Kit Shouldn’t Create a Headache First aid kits are something that we all have, but don’t necessarily think about very often. At least, we try not to, because that means we haven’t needed to use them! But it’s important to keep your first aid kits up to date and filled. The

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the New Year

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With the start of the New Year, you might be looking into clean, renewable energy, and reducing your company’s carbon footprint. There have been some recent changes that we wanted to bring to your attention. Congress recently announced their plans to extend federal solar and wind energy tax credits in an effort to generate 50%

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Pro Football Pick’Em Challenge Winners

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Thank you for participating in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! We had more than 450 participants this year and we appreciate your help making this promotion a success.  Congratulations to all of the winners and we hope you will all participate in our next promotion!  Announcing the winners of the Top Five Finisher prizes!  It was a

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French Gerleman Awarded the ElectricSmarts 2015 Distributor Top 10 “Smarty Awards”

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We are excited to announce that we were recently named a “Smarty Award” winner by ElectricSmarts for 2015. The awards were given to the top 10 distributors ranked by content page views on their network. ElectricSmarts is a network created to provide web-based product marketing and education services. Their mission is to enhance communication and provide additional

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Ring in the New Year with French Gerleman

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Happy New Year! Have you made your requisite new year’s resolutions (or at least thought about making one)? Perhaps it’s your goal to lose weight, eat healthier, spend more time with family or so on. But how about a New Year’s Resolution for your business? For 2016, let us help you stay more organized and

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 17 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 16 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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French Gerleman Spreads Holiday Cheer

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In a blink of an eye, here we are at the end of December. At French Gerleman, we wanted to spread some extra cheer this holiday season. Our St. Louis and Columbia branches stepped up this year to help us adopt two families and donate money to a veteran’s organization. Keep reading to learn more

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Control Panel Space Optimization

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On every manufacturing floor, space is at a premium.  Machine designers and builders are continually challenged to reduce the size and footprint of machines to save space. This, in turn, challenges the controls engineer to design and build control panels with smaller footprints or fit more into existing panels, which is a very difficult task.

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 15 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Winter Storm Preparedness

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In the Midwest, when we hear winter storm we panic. We head to the grocery store for bread, milk and eggs, and storm the hardware stores for ice melt and snow shovels. But how should you prepare your business for winter weather? In this blog we will take a look at ways we can help

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 14 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Featured Product: Hubbell Circuit-Lock Sloped Top Stainless Steel Disconnects

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The new Hubbell Circuit-Lock® Sloped Top Stainless Steel Disconnects are engineered to shed water and debris. They will withstand the harshest environments and frequent wash-downs, as well as outperform wherever sanitary conditions are critical. The nonporous 304 stainless steel enclosures are UL Type 4X, 12 and IP69k and designed to be easily cleaned and stay

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 13 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Improve Your Business by Leveraging FG’s Logistics

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At French Gerleman, we strive to offer our customers the best overall experience.  This includes customer service, creating a streamlined and efficient ordering process and delivering the best products in a timely manner. What makes French Gerleman an industry leader? In this article, we profile how our logistical efficiencies help us improve your experience. Delivery

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 12 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Protect Your Employees from Cold Stress

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In the Midwest, people can be complacent about protecting themselves against cold weather until it is TOO cold. Cold weather can cause serious health emergencies to workers who are exposed to the elements. In our region, cold stress can occur when temperatures drop below freezing and the wind speeds increase, causing the body to rapidly

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 11 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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French Gerleman Introduces eQuote

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We are excited to announce our latest electronic tool to make your ordering process even more convenient – eQuote! We’ve had requests from customers to help streamline the ordering process with an eQuote functionality and, at French Gerleman, it is our goal to offer easy and efficient ordering options for our customers.   Customers with

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 10 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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VFD Cables VS. Traditional Cables for Drive Applications

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Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) cables have been around since the early 1990s in order to help minimize operational issues with VFD systems. The advancements in Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors and technology drives caused a significant increase in the high frequency information output from the drive inverters. That means that traditional power cables had issues handling

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 9 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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The Ergonomics of Hand and Power Tools

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Hand and power tools are a major industry, with an estimated $10 to $12 billion purchased annually. As a common part of our everyday life, and rapidly present in our industry, it’s important to have ergonomic hand tools or power tools that save labor and time on jobs and projects. There are a few ergonomic

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 8 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Featured Product: Mersen’s Medium Voltage Controllable Fuse – Breakthrough Arc Flash Protection

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Mersen’s Medium Voltage Controllable Fuse (MVCF) System is designed to mitigate the arc-flash hazard on the low-voltage side of a medium voltage transformer. The industry’s first fuse to provide normal short-circuit and overload protection while having the capability to open on command, this fuse is a cost effective arc flash solution with minimal installation downtime

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 7 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge!   To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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LED Lighting Retrofits Reduce Labor and Maintenance Costs

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LED lighting continues to be a hot topic, and in our last blog we focused on the energy saving from LED lighting retrofits. But the benefits don’t stop there! Retrofitting reduces installation time and labor costs and your overall investment in maintenance over the life of the fixture. Faster Installation If your facility presents challenging

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 6 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here.. Good Luck!

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LED Lighting Retrofits for Energy Savings

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We have presented the pros and cons of making the switch to LED lighting in a previous blog and we wanted to delve into the benefits of LED Retrofits. Businesses who are looking to become more energy efficient are turning to LED retrofit. By retrofitting traditional lighting fixtures, you are harnessing the efficiency and reliability

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 5 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Fall Protection – Three Key Areas

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“Falls” and “Struck by Object” were the top two OSHA standards violated in FY2014.  They accounted for 386 total deaths in construction in CY 2013 and are considered top two of the “Fatal Four” (falls, struck by object, electrocutions and caught –in/between).  Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save the lives of 478 U.S. workers each

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 4 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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Process Solutions and the French Gerleman Process Summit

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At French Gerleman, we have offered our customers the best manufacturing solutions for more than 90 years. We can provide all your control system and process manufacturing solution needs in one simple place, with friendly customer service representatives who are experts in the field. We pride ourselves on being a one stop shop for our

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 3 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge!   To qualify for our random weekly blog drawing, you must be a registered participant in our Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. You may register by clicking here. Good Luck!

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KwikSplice Aluminum Cable Tray Helps Reduce Cable Tray Splicing Labor up to 50%

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Eaton’s B-Line series KwikSplice™ cable tray system utilizes a patent-pending side rail design that helps provide contractors with a lower installed cost solution. The system includes a full line of straights, fittings and innovative accessories that enable labor and materials savings. The system is ideal in settings such as: Light industrial Commercial Healthcare facilities Education

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 2 Question

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Thank you for taking part in our 4th annual Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge! We have over 450 participants registered this year and we appreciate your help making our promotion a success. We are giving away two prizes each week. The first is to the player who has the best picks each week (the Pick

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Are The Hazardous Locations in Your Facility Safe?

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I’m sure you are reading the title of this blog and are thinking to yourself, “well of course, safety is our main concern!” As much as we all hope that this is true, the reality is that some of these hazardous locations might come as a surprise, you might be using the wrong products or

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Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion – Week 1 Question

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This is the first week of Pro Football Pick ‘Em promotion. Throughout the 17-week football season, we will be giving away two weekly prizes ($50 gift cards). Each week, the person who picks the most correct game winners for the week will win a $50 gift card. For an extra chance to win a $50

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Sack the Competition: Pro Football Pick ‘Em Customer Promotion

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You’re invited to make game predictions throughout the 2015 Pro Football regular season for a chance to win great prizes from French Gerleman! There is no cost to enter, what are you waiting for? Prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers at the end of the season.  In addition, two weekly prizes will

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French Gerleman’s Washington Branch Celebrates 15 Years

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French Gerleman, an independent distributor of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products, is pleased to announce the 15th anniversary of their Washington, MO, branch. French Gerleman’s Washington Regional Operations Center serves the I-44 and Highway 50 corridor. This location offers the full depth and breadth of the company’s product and service solutions

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Streamline Purchasing Efficiency with French Gerleman’s New Procurement PunchOut

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French Gerleman announces a new feature of our eCommerce website, www.fgorders.com, to supply PunchOut enabled catalogs. What is a PunchOut? In simple terms, it automates ordering directly from an internal procurement system while delivering a modern shopping experience.  PunchOut allows customers to find and select products while its connection fills in the information necessary to

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General Cable’s Cable Featuring GenClean™ Jacket Technology Withstands the Rigors of the Food/Beverage Industry

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We’re excited to introduce you to General Cable’s Carol® Brand Rubber Cord featuring GenClean™.  General Cable’s Carol Brand is the most recognized name in flexible cords for temporary power. But what exactly is GenClean™? GenClean is a proprietary new jacketing technology developed by General Cable for rubber portable cord used in the food and beverage

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Solar Rebates: Renewable Energy for Missouri

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French Gerleman prides itself in offering the latest and most accurate information regarding automation and electrical needs to its customers. In doing this, we have made it our goal to become well versed with three major electrical utility companies in Missouri: Ameren Missouri, KCP&L and Empire Electric (Joplin, MO). All of these work with their

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Meet Code Requirements with Mersen’s Fused Coordination Panelboards

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Mersen’s Fused Coordination Panelboard (MFCP) is designed to meet requirements defined by the National Electrical Code (NEC) to protect critical power operations. The MFCP provides a simple 2:1 coordination ratio with upstream Amp-Trap 2000 fuses, eliminating the need for a costly short circuit current study. Panels are provided with a default short circuit current rating

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Getting – and Keeping – Kids Interested in STEM

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is the key to manufacturing innovation. We’re in the business of innovation, so it’s important to us to see more kids going into the STEM fields. A recent study done by Georgetown University found that America isn’t producing enough students trained in the STEM fields to fill jobs

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Product Spotlight: 5 SQUARE® Box from Thomas & Betts

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Thomas & Betts has introduced a new line of 5-inch square boxes ideal for low voltage cabling systems and alarm devices.  The new 5 SQUARE® Boxes more than double the cubic-inch capacity of a standard 4″-square deep box, making it faster and easier to route wiring and make terminations in the box. The 5 SQUARE®

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What Do the Changes to Self-Test GFCIs Mean to You?

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Unless you are an electrical contractor, you might not have heard about UL 943 and the necessary transition to self-test Ground-fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). We’re here to break it down and make it simple to understand! What is it? The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Standard 943 for GFCIs requires manufacturers to include a new function for

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Honoring the Fourth of July With U.S. Made Products

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In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, we wanted to write a blog that focuses on products manufactured in the USA. What better way to celebrate Independence Day? T&B says it best, “American innovation and hard work produce a current like no other.” When you connect with companies who manufacture in the USA, you

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Make Your Life Simpler with Job Site Storage

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You’ve heard the saying “time is money” hundreds of times, but how can you save time and money? Let us help! With the French Gerleman Store ‘N Go mobile storage carts, you will have a convenient and secure job site storage solution, saving you money and plenty of time for your next project. Store ‘N

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Featured Product: SolaHD S5KC Modular Series On-line UPS

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SolaHD’s new line of single phase online modular uninterruptible power systems (UPS) are designed to protect equipment, people and products by providing conditioned power during normal operation and automatic battery back-up during power failures. The S5KC Modular UPS can be expanded as needed to add capacity and runtime – even while operating in the field.

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Are You Ready for LED Lighting?

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A popular trend we’ve all heard about is the transition to LED lighting. Of course, there are countless benefits to LED lighting. Here is a list we pulled together of the positive aspects of LED lighting and possible challenges you might face with switching. Benefits: Longer lifespan. LED fixtures have a longer life than traditional

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Avoid Heat Stress Illness This Summer

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The days are growing longer, the sun is shining bright and the temperature is slowly rising. Summer is nearly upon us! As the mercury levels continue to increase, it’s time to start thinking about heat stress and how to avoid heat stress illness. First of all, what are some of the illnesses brought on by

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Understanding and Avoiding an Arc Flash Hazard

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More than 2,000 workers per year are sent to hospitals and burn centers with injuries due to arc flash injuries. That is a shocking number. But how can you avoid a terrible hazard like this from occurring at your facility? Before you can understand how to avoid an arc flash, you must understand the problem.

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Featured Product: Thomas & Betts – Blackburn® Hex-Flex® Die System

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The growing popularity of flexible-conductor cable, commonly referred to as flex cable, has created challenges and headaches for installers. Due to the nature of flexible conductors, in certain applications, the traditional hex-style crimp leaves the connection vulnerable to a reduction in pull-out ratings. The indent-style crimp works better than the hex-style crimp, but creates the

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National Electrical Safety Month – Effective Lockout Programs

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Did you know that May is National Electrical Safety Month? It’s a campaign sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to promote electrical safety in the home, school and workplace. According to the ESFI, raising awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing injuries and death in the home and workplace. This week’s

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French Gerleman Debuts New Wire Cutting Area Layout

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With the recent increase in popularity of colored wire, French Gerleman’s wire inventory investment has more than tripled.  Because of the added SKUs, we realized we were quickly outgrowing the original layout of our Wire Cutting Department in our Corporate Headquarters and Regional Distribution Facility in St. Louis. We’re excited to announce and debut the

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Spring Showers Bring Power Surges

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Electrical power surges and disturbances happen — especially during this time of year. While we may wish to cross our fingers and hope for the best, it’s important to recognize that power issues will happen and understand their impact in order to deploy the best solution to protect your facility. Power surges occur from many

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Control Panel Security Risks

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Cyber-attacks have been big news recently with companies of all sizes suffering breaches and vandalism.  While the importance of data center security is well publicized, have you taken the proper steps to protect your control panels? Enclosure security is important, and necessary, to not only protect your control panel and its valuable information, but to

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New Web-based Ordering Platform

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To continue providing excellent service and selection, we have enhanced and re-launched fgorders.com, our web-based ordering platform! Our new website is one of the many ways we bring value to our customers by allowing you to place orders and utilize its other features at your convenience. Why did we upgrade our e-Commerce site? We wanted

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Featured Product: eWON Cosy Industrial Routers

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  Are you tired of traveling on-site for customer support? With eWON’s Cosy, that is a thing of the past. The eWON Cosy (COmmunication made eaSY) is an industrial VPN router designed to offer easy remote access across the internet, to machines and installations on customer sites or in the field. OEMs and System Integrators

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Wanted: Top Talent to Join Our Team

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Do you want to build a career with a distribution leader? French Gerleman’s commitment goes beyond our products and services to the very heart of our business — family. We’re in growth mode and are looking to hire team members companywide. Types of candidates we hire include: Outside and Inside Sales, with emphasis in Automation,

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Featured Product: Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices

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We all know that mixing water and electricity does not turn out well, so if you’re looking for superior watertight wiring devices, look no further than Hubbell!  This new line has a wide range of watertight devices are the perfect solution for your industry. Here are a few applications for Hubbell’s Watertight Series Devices: Water

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Bracketology Battle 2015

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Streamline Construction Projects with Prefabrication

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You might have heard the term “prefabrication” floating around, but what is it really and what are the benefits to electrical contractors? Why should electrical contractors consider prefab products as an option? In the electrical contracting business, parts of the job that were once completely built and installed on-site, are now predesigned and fabricated off-site.

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Featured Product: 4Dimension Strut System from B-Line by Eaton

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We’re excited to introduce the latest product from B-Line by Eaton, the 4Dimension Strut System! This new strut from B-Line is truly a game changer in the industry. Save up to 50% on material and installation time with this revolutionary new strut design. 4Dimension gets its name from the unique, four-sided design that allows use

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What Do Falling Oil Prices Mean for Clean, Renewable Energy?

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Most people see the falling oil prices and celebrate the fact that they aren’t breaking the bank just to fill their gas tank. But others see the dropping oil prices as a threat to the entire clean energy economy. What the public believes is that the price of oil represents the price of energy. This

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The French Gerleman Stock Optimization Program (SOP)

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One of the best ways to reduce business costs is to properly manage your inventory.  Keeping your bins adequately stocked – but not overstocked – ensures you have product you need to maintain your operations and reduces your expense of carrying too much inventory. French Gerleman’s Stock Optimization Program (SOP) will bring these savings, and

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The Five Divisions of French Gerleman

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At French Gerleman, we offer a wide range of innovative products and supply chain solutions. Our product depth can seem overwhelming.  To make it easier to understand, we have broken it down into the five divisions of French Gerleman. For your convenience, we are five distributors in one! To give you a little history on

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French Gerleman’s Kansas City Branch Celebrates 20 Years with a Holiday Open House

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KANSAS CITY, KS, November 21, 2014 — French Gerleman, an independent distributor of electrical, automation, datacom, power transmission and safety products, is pleased to announce the 20th anniversary of their Kansas City branch. This has been a big year for the Kansas City location as they recently hired a new vice president, the first VP

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French Gerleman Donates to Sweet Celebrations

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ST. LOUIS, MO, November 20, 2014 – French Gerleman’s St. Louis team collected and donated 13 boxes of items to Sweet Celebrations, a volunteer organization that provides birthday parties to homeless children in the St. Louis area. The birthday parties include cake, ice cream, gifts, party games and goody bags. The employees of French Gerleman

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French Gerleman Hires Nolan as VP of Market Development

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ST. LOUIS, MO, October 7, 2014 — French Gerleman announces it has hired Sean Nolan as vice president of market development. He will lead French Gerleman’s national account business and expanded offering of products and services. Nolan comes to French Gerleman with extensive supply chain and product sales experience. Prior to French Gerleman, Nolan was

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French Gerleman Celebrates 90 Years of Service

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June 2013: St. Louis, MO – French Gerleman, an independent distributor of electrical, automation, datacom, power transmission and safety products, is celebrating 90 years in business, signifying a momentous milestone for the St. Louis-based firm. As a fifth generation, family owned business, French Gerleman has remained at the forefront of progress, creating new opportunities and

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