Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Fast and Affordable Custom Enclosures Available at French Gerleman

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).

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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 with existing CAD files, you can easily order enclosures modified to your specifications from our local inventory, which dramatically improves lead time.

For in-stock enclosures, the typical turnaround is as little as one to three days, including local delivery. Previously, the lead time could be three weeks or more when ordering directly from Hoffman. No more waiting!

No measuring, no drilling and no cutting in the field. It doesn’t get any easier!

Benefits include:

  • Precise, clean holes and cutouts completed more quickly and accurately.
  • Easy to order – we can quote a solution from your designs or existing CAD files.
  • No human errors or mistakes. If you end up modifying your own enclosure and make a mistake, you have to purchase a new enclosure and start over. We guarantee your custom enclosure will match your approved drawings.
  • Reduces risks from manually cutting with power tools.
  • Allows you to redirect your skilled personnel to other, more profitable tasks.
  • Lower project costs due to reduced labor and faster turnaround.

Key capabilities of our HCMC:

  • Modification of enclosures up to 93″ tall by 86″ wide or back panels up to 92″ tall by 94″ wide
  • Can cut virtually any shape, size or material, including stainless steel, fiber glass, aluminum, plastic and composite
  • Drilling
  • Tapping
  • Milling
  • Paint removal for electrical grounding

We are excited to offer this option to incorporate your specified modifications, all while taking the guesswork out of your estimates and cutting down turnaround time. We make holes and cutouts easy so you can focus on your business.

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Chip Green, our French Gerleman ModCenter Specialist, is a trained technician in charge of our HCMC. When we asked him what was so special about this machine, he said, “this is a game changer for enclosures. It makes our customer’s lives easier and they get the product they need, when they need it.”

Ready to partner with French Gerleman to help quickly, accurately and safely modify enclosures? Give your Account Manager a call to learn more about our enhanced enclosure modification capabilities.


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USB Type-C Charger Receptacles

Exciting news from Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems! They have recently begun production on their new Type-C USB Charger Receptacles.

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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 USB Charger Receptacles, you can charge faster and quicker, something we’re always looking for.

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The new design offers Type-C with increased power to 5 Amp and 5 Volts which is an industry first. Hubbell is the first to market a duplex receptacle equipped with not only 2 USB Type-C ports, but to also provide versions with both original USB Type A and Type C combination port receptacles. Having both ports on one device allows for the most diverse charging experience.

The latest and greatest technology is starting to support the USB Type-C charger, such as the latest version of the MacBook. Type-C allows for charging of multiple devices with the same cord. You no longer have to search through the spaghetti mess of cords to find the right one for each device. It also enables the cord to be inserted in either direction, up or down, it doesn’t matter! The USB Type-C can also be used to supply power to devices such as computer monitors, watches and other electronics.

Type-C Charger Receptacles Features:

  • 15/20A 125V Commercial and Hospital Grade versions
  • Two 5A, 5VDC USB Type-C ports meaning the fastest USB charging to date
  • Green LED light to indicate power to USB ports
  • Vented base for enhanced heat dissipation
  • Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacles
  • USB Ports rated for 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal

Dual Port USB A & C Charger Receptacles Features:

  • Allows compatibility with original USB and next generation of USB technology
  • 15/20A 125V Commercial and Hospital Grade versions
  • One USB A and One USB C 5A, 5VDC port
  • Green LED light to indicate power to USB ports
  • Vented base for enhanced heat dissipation
  • Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacles
  • USB Ports rated for 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal

Hubbell now offers more USB configurations so that customers can specify and sell/purchase what you need, want and desire. You can download the full product information HERE to learn more about the entire Hubbell family of USB Charger Receptacles or give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call to learn more about the latest from Hubbell.


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French Gerleman to Open New Branch in Springfield, MO

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, power transmission and safety products and services, is excited to announce the opening of a new branch in Springfield, MO, at 764 North Miller. This expansion into Springfield is the company’s sixth branch. The Springfield branch is expected to open in late March of 2017.

Catering to the Southwestern Missouri area, the Springfield branch will offer products and services covering automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and personal and machine safety.  French Gerleman is the exclusive distributor of Siemens Automation in Western Missouri and Kansas.

Located near I-44 and Chestnut Expressway, the facility will include office and warehouse space, as well as a large in-house sales counter open to the public.

About French Gerleman:

French Gerleman is the region’s leading supplier of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products and services to industrial, commercial and construction markets.  Based in St. Louis, MO, French Gerleman has locations in Kansas City; Quincy, IL; Columbia, MO; and Washington, MO. With nearly 100 years in the industry, French Gerleman is a recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2016 Family Business Award. For more information, visit www.frenchgerleman.com.

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Product Spotlight: Hoffman Filter Fan

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 full line of Hoffman brand filter fans is built to keep your business moving. With superior performance and numerous options, these filters are designed with your productivity in mind.

From industrial automation to automotive assembly, from material handling equipment to food and beverage process controls, Hoffman Filter Fans have been an industry leader for decades.

UL/cUL Listed and made with rugged UV-resistant plastic, the Click-Fit design makes installation a snap. The rope gasket in a molded channel ensures a tight seal with the cabinet. The shallow depth means it will fit almost anywhere. And the Easy-Grip tab ensures easy filter replacement. You can even choose black or light gray grill cover.

With over 90 models to choose from, Hoffman has the filter fan to fit your needs. Top or side mount with AC and DC power, standard or reverse flow, with no tools or screws required for assembly. Reversible airflow models mean there is no field modification needed, which means shorter installation and improved turnaround times.
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French Gerleman is ready to support you, with many models already in stock, ready to ship to you today.

Backed by a one-year standard warranty with unsurpassed customer service, Hoffman Filter Fans are the solution for all of your electronics cooling needs. So the next time you need filter fans, make your first stop your last stop. Give your Account Manager a call to learn more about the Hoffman Filter Fans.