Monthly Archives: June 2015

Make Your Life Simpler with Job Site Storage

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 Go: Mobile Job Site Carts
If you’re constantly searching for the right parts or boxes, a mobile job site cart is perfect for you. These carts offer your Electricians complete mobility and flexibility on the job site. Everything they need is loaded on the cart, placed in individual compartments and easily accessible, even on the go. They help cut labor costs, reduce spending and protect products from loss or theft.

With more than 22,000 SKUs in stock and multiple delivery options, we ensure that you have the right electrical products on the job site, where and when you need them.

Another great feature of the Store N’ Go program is as parts are used, we can monitor inventory levels on the mobile storage carts and replenish as needed. Your team can remain focused on the job at hand, and never fear running out of what they need. We’ll even update the Bill of Materials for each project stage.

mobile storage

Two convenient mobile job site cart options for your next project:

Mobile Tool Box
Options include: Drill bits, masonry bits, hole saws, unibits, bit tips, nutsetter, reciprocating blades, bandsaw blades and much more!

Mobile Storeroom
Options include: Conduit, fittings, elbows, connectors, liquid tight, compression couplings, condulets and more.
Also includes:
-High-visibility mesh screen, 3 sided
-Forty-eight smaller, individual compartments, enabling storage of smaller tools and accessories
-Platform for long-handled tools
-Sturdy handle and swivel casters for easy mobility (take on the go!)
-Holds up to 2,000 lbs. of material

Interested in learning more about our mobile job site carts and how to order one of your own? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager today!

Featured Product: SolaHD S5KC Modular Series On-line UPS

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.

SolaHD S5KThe S5KC Modular UPS can be expanded as needed to add capacity and runtime – even while operating in the field. The heavy-duty design features an all metal case with tough metal bezels built for durability in demanding industrial settings. Hot swappable modules and optional redundancy as needed, provides fault tolerance and the ability to maintain the UPS without taking it off-line. Available in transformer based and transformer free models, the S5KC is our most scalable, rugged and dependable UPS for demanding industrial applications.

  • User interface module can be remote mounted.
  • Rugged, industrial design with all metal housing and bezels.
  • Metal bezels provide easy access to integral standard air filter that snap on and off with no tools required.
  • Power modules, batteries, maintenance bypass and distribution house in a single, small footprint cabinet.
  • Can be installed in enclosures as well as on raised floors and traditional flooring.

Scalable from 5 to 20 kVA, the S5KC offers many flexible options by adding a few standard modules. Designed to be fully configured, tested and shipped in the configuration you need, it also has the ability to be easily upgraded in the field to either higher VA ratings (up to 20 kVA maximum), longer back-up time or to add N+x parallel redundancy. Configurations can be cost-effectively upgraded keeping your S5KC Modular UPS current without a large reinvestment in a new system.

  • Get capacity on demand by adding power modules in 5 kVA/4.5 kW increments, with no need to power down.
  • Optional Power A/C Distribution (PAD) provides output distribution, input connection and a rotary maintenance bypass switch.
  • Available in 10, 12 and 16 bay models with or without output transformer.
  • Transformer free models provide flexible input and output voltages for easy integration into an OEM machine.
  • Transformer based models isolate the load from electrical noise and provide

With multiple standard options in a smaller footprint, this new UPS series is ideal for industrial systems, automotive, pharmaceutical, oil/gas, food/beverage and mid-range power protection applications.

SolaHDAsk your French Gerleman representative for information on how the new SolaHD S5KC adapts to your requirements for scalability and availability.




Are You Ready for LED Lighting?

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.


  • Longer lifespan. LED fixtures have a longer life than traditional fixtures. If used in suitable conditions, you could be saving money in the long run, as well as future maintenance and replacement. Well-designed LED lighting fixtures can retain 70% of their initial output for 50,000 hours or more.
  • Environmentally friendly. LED lighting has dramatically higher efficiency and lower power usage compared to that of other common lighting technologies, and unlike fluorescent lighting, there is no mercury to dispose of.
  • Cost effective. By using the Philips Energy Saving LED Calculator, you can see just how much money you could be saving by switching to LED lighting.
  • Lower infra-red and ultraviolet output. This can mean a lower fire risk, especially when you compare to halogen lights.
  • Less heat output. Conventional incandescent lights waste about 90% of their power on heat output. LEDs produce no infrared energy, therefore the beam of light from an LED source is cool.
  • Low energy. High lumens/watts mean less wattage is required than other equivalent sources.
  • Rugged. LED lighting is generally more rugged. There is normally no glass that can break and no filament to damage with vibration.


  • Using LEDs in high ambient environments raises the junction temperature which can reduce both output and life. New fixtures are being engineered to minimize this issue.
  • Solid state devices. LED fixtures are more susceptible to surges and lightning strike. It may be necessary to utilize surge suppression.
  • Emergency lighting. Battery packs are not as easy to integrate as it was for fluorescent. They are available but what limited at the moment, however the market is growing. As LED continues to become more prevalent, this issue will disappear.
  • Variety. Not all fixtures are made in LED as of yet, but as the demand continues to increase, manufacturers will expand to almost all fixtures, or will have a LED equivalent.

The Takeaway:
LEDs are a great choice if you are looking to:

  • Lower energy costs on lighting
  • Lower maintenance costs associated with lighting replacement and repair
  • Be “Green”
  • Integrate controls into your lighting

With every energy efficient option, it is best to research and understand fully before diving in. Selecting the wrong LED for your application may negate any of the technology’s advantages.  This list includes just a few of the factors you should consider when evaluating LEDs for your particular lighting project.

If you have any questions about lighting technology, controls or best practices for LED lighting projects, your French Gerleman team is ready to help. Whether you need turnkey lighting project management or material only, we want to be your LED lighting partner. Please call your French Gerleman Account Manager or contact us to learn more.

And don’t forget, to offset the initial investment in energy efficient products, there are several utilities and organizations in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas that have developed programs offering cash incentives to go Green! Learn more about them HERE.

Avoid Heat Stress Illness This Summer

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 heat stress and their symptoms? Heat stress can result in heat stroke, cramps, rashes and heat exhaustion. Symptoms of potential heat stress include hallucination, chills, slurred speech, confusion, nausea and clammy skin. Heat can increase the risk in injuries resulting from sweaty palms, fogged up safety glasses and dizziness, as well as potential burns from contact with hot surfaces and/or steam.

There are some heat relief products such as cooling vests, towels, sweatbands and hard hat cooling accessories that might bring temporary relief, but there are more precautions to take to help prevent heat stress illness. Heat stress illness prevention is critical to the health and safety of your employees, so be sure to take these steps to help provide every worker and work site with the safest possible conditions.

The first step to prevent heat stress and illness is to educate. It’s necessary to educate yourself and your work team on the signs of heat stress, ways to avoid it and what to do when you feel it coming on. You also must arm them with the proper tools to monitor the situation. Workers should understand the hazards of heat stress, be able to recognize the symptoms, have access to the proper protective clothing and understand how to react to a heat stress situation.

Your safety team needs to provide training and education to their employees on how to deal with heat stress. They must ensure that each work site has access to water and shade.  Schedule grueling work for the cooler parts of the day and monitor workers for signs of heat stress.

As a worker, it’s important to wear lightweight and breathable clothing and take recovery breaks during the day. Be sure to stay hydrated and let someone know if you’re feeling lightheaded or out of breath.

To learn more about managing heat stress illnesses and how to keep your worksite safe this summer, contact our safety hotline 1-800-333-3122, ext. 5867. Enjoy the summer and stay safe!