Monthly Archives: March 2017

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French Gerleman Once Again Named a Top 150 Privately Held Company

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 revenue, including a 72% increase in our solar energy segment. We are committed to new investment in our datacom segment and will be hiring two new employees for sales roles. Operations efficiencies and accuracies within the company continue to improve for an eighth consecutive year, which is an area of pride.

With 248 total French Gerleman employees, including 187 based in St. Louis, we continue to grow and expand with the opening of our sixth branch in Springfield, MO.

To see the full article and entire list of Top 150 Privately Held Companies, you can read the St. Louis Business Journal article HERE.


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

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 about the latest innovation from SolaHD!

The SDU AC-A Series is a cost-effective solution providing ride-through during brief power outages and allows for safe equipment shutdown. This prevents data loss, work interruptions and equipment damage during longer outages, which can save you significant time and money in the long run. Each unit includes easy to wire screw terminations for devices that need battery back-up, such as microprocessor-based or computer based control systems.

The communication port is an exciting feature of the SDU AC- A Series. The port is designed for networked Industrial Ethernet protocols (IoT) or discrete (passive-dry contact relay) I/O applications. It also features an optional communication card that provides flexibility required while saving valuable DIN rail space.

So how can the SDU AC-A Series be used? It’s ideal for a variety of applications and industries, especially those that rely heavily upon robotics, factory automation, PLCs, CNC machinery, conveying equipment and throughout Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments.

Product Features:

  • Lightweight and compact industrial design
  • Communications port for optional Industrial Ethernet protocols or discrete communication card
  • Wide operation temperature range (OC to 50C)
  • Cold start capability
  • Software and cable included for easy installation
  • Simulated sinewave output
  • USB communication port
  • Remote turn-on and shutdown capabilities
  • Two-year limited warranty
  • Panel/wall mount brackets

To see the full list of applications, certifications and compliances, you can download the SolaHD Product Guide HERE.

Are you ready to give the SolaHD AC-A Series, DIN Rail UPS a try? Give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call today, and get ready to experience the industry leading design and advanced technology.


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Vendor Managed Inventory Programs Offered by French Gerleman

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! We can keep your bins stocked, which will reduce costs and facilitate process efficiencies, thereby managing working capital and creating a streamlined plan for success.

We’ve discussed our French Gerleman SOP program in a past post, so you know the benefits to these programs. How do you get started and what does it entail? Watch the video below in which Sean Nolan, VP of Market Development, and Chris Fine, Director of Marketing, discuss the process and what you need to know.

What’s involved in setting up a VMI program?
The setup process might sound complicated, but it’s pretty straightforward. The most important thing is data cleaning. This involves us taking a look at the current information customers have on hand. This might be looking at reporting or speaking with them about what kinds of things they are currently keeping in stock. The thing we hear a lot is that our customers don’t have their arms around this information, and that’s okay! That’s where we come in and can help to create a plan.

How does a customer get started in setting up a program like this?
The first step would be to call your French Gerleman Account Manager to let them know you’re interested. From there, we will bring in a team of folks that will help you work through:

  • What do you currently have in stock today?
  • What do you NEED to have in stock today?
  • What’s moves quickly, what is slow moving and what is critical.
  • What items are dead, what items do you not really need?

We will work with our customers to make sure that we have the right level of inventory on hand, what items we need to have backed up at French Gerleman, and what items we can eliminate altogether. This is something we will discuss together, so don’t feel overwhelmed!

Once we get that completed and items determined, we have created a stock level optimization plan that we have and can use/implement moving forward. This of course can change as business progresses, so it is in no way set in stone, but the plan is put together and we will work that plan together as we move forward.

We focus on many categories with our SOP program, including:

  • Electrical
  • Safety
  • Automation
  • Fastener
  • Power transmission
  • Lube and spray
  • Datacom

If you’re interested in setting up a Vendor Managed Inventory program, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager today! We look forward to working with you to create a plan to keep your company organized, save you time and money and of course, keep your inventory organized!


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Product Spotlight: Mersen Surge Protection

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 surge spikes occur from within a customer’s own facility. Nearly 80% of all surge problems are directly attributed to power disturbances from a facility’s own equipment. So who is at risk for a surge spike? If you have a facility with motors that are stopping and starting, load panels being turned on and off on a regular basis and other potential power disturbances, then you are at risk for damage.

What types of damage can a surge cause to a facility? Can it really be that bad? The short answer is YES and can be described by the 3-Ds.

  • Disruptive: A surge enters an electronic component, which then in turn, interprets the valid logic command. The result is a system lock-up, machine malfunction, leading to faulty output or corrupted files.
  • Dissipative: This is a repetitive pulsing of short duration energy, which results in long-term machine or system degradation, leading to system replacement sooner.
  • Destructive: This is caused by a high-level energy surge that immediately results in equipment failure, or complete destruction.

Protecting your equipment, and facility, is more important now than ever. At French Gerleman, we carry the Mersen Series SPD units: STXH, STXR, STXP and STXT. Here’s a description of each and how they can help you.

STXH Series:

The Surge-Trap Type 1 STXH is the most compact of the STX series, and meets all requirements for UL1449 Fourth Edition. It is suitable for any 120/240VAC split phase application, and features TPMOV® technology inside, meaning it is the safest product available in its category. Due to the small size, the performance and reliability, the STXH is ideal for HVAC applications and direct mounting to air condition disconnect switches.

Product features and benefits:

  • Designed with the industry leading Mersen TPMOV® technology
  • Compact footprint designed to mate with AC Disconnect Switches
  • LED status indicator
  • NEMA 4X enclosure for indoor and outdoor use
  • Fits 1/2″ knockouts with 18″ leads
  • For use in ANSI/UL Type 1 or 2 SPD installations
  • Features 3 modes of protection (L-N, L-L)
  • 3-year warranty

STXP Series:

The STXP Series offers advanced performance and features over the STXR series, including higher surge capacity and phase LED status indicators. It meets the UL1449 Fourth Edition Requirements and was designed for additional mounting flexibility, including mounting feet and flush-mount capability. Like the others in this line, the STXP features TPMOV® technology inside, making it the safest product available. This product is the perfect fit from service entrance all the way down to an important machine specific control panel.

Product features and benefits:

  • Designed with the industry leading Mersen TPMOV® technology
  • Features enhanced 100kA surge capacity for longer life and higher single impulse withstand
  • Pre-wired with 3′ leads for easy installation
  • Up to 10 modes of protection (L-N, L-L, L-G, N-G)
  • Features a 10-year warranty

STXR Series:

The STXR is the most popular model in the STX range, meeting requirements for UL1449 Fourth Edition. It is ideal for the replacement of obsolete surge arrestors. With a small, compact design and line or load installation flexibility, the STXR series is the perfect fit for branch panels or individual equipment protection.

Product features and benefits:

  • Designed with the industry leading Mersen TPMOV® technology
  • LED status indicator (ON=good, OFF=replace)
  • NEMA 4X enclosure for indoor or outdoor use
  • Fits 3/4″ knockouts with 3′ leads for easy installation
  • Features an optional mounting bracket for surface mount applications
  • Optional audible alarm and remote dry contacts
  • For use in 10 modes of protection (L-N, L-L, L-G optional, N-G optional)
  • Features a 5-year warranty

STXT Series:

The STXT Series is the most advanced of the STX series. It comes standard with EMI/RFI Filtering and surge capacities up to 200kA. It features TPMOV®, with line or load side installation flexibility, making it a great fit for a service entrance, each distribution or for the branch panel.

Product features and benefits:

  • Designed with the industry leading Mersen TPMOV® technology
  • Premium 200kA surge capacity for longer life and higher single impulse withstand
  • Includes EMI/RFI filter for cleaner attenuation
  • Features a mounting hub and mounting feet for installation flexibility
  • Optional audible alarm and remote dry contacts
  • Up to 10 modes of protection (L-N, L-L, L-G, N-G)
  • Features a 10-year warranty

Save time and money and stay protected from unwanted surge spikes and equipment failures with the STX Series from Mersen. Interested in learning more about how they can protect your facility? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager today!


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French Gerleman Bracketology Battle 2017: Test Your Skills!

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 and fill out the form. You will be asked to create an account.  If you participated in previous years, you will still need to create a new account as registrations do not roll over.

Once the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee reveals the 68 teams who have made the 2017 tournament on Sunday, March 12, you’ll be able to log back in to pick your bracket.  Throughout the tournament, you can use your account to check your scores and rankings.

Participants get to select a French Gerleman Bracketology Battle bracket consisting on all NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games AND a total score for the championship game. You will then receive points for each game in which you select the winning team. Your final score for the tournament will be the total of all your points. If a tie-breaker is needed, we will use the total score for the championship game.

Ultimately, your goal is to earn as many points as you can over the course of the tournament. You can submit or change your picks up until the tip-off of the first game of the tournament (excluding the play-in games), which is scheduled for Thursday, March 16.

The brackets with the five highest scores at the end of the tournament will be awarded prizes:

  • Best Overall Bracket: 60 Inch LG 4K Ultra 2160p Smart TV
  • Second Best Overall Bracket: Playstation 4 Bundle (console, extra controller, NBA 17 and $50 Playstation Store gift card)
  • Third Best Overall Bracket: Dell Inspiron 15.6 Touch Screen Laptop
  • Fourth Best Overall Bracket: Fitbit Blaze with extra band
  • Fifth Best Overall Bracket: Apple TV (64GB)

Random Prizes
Didn’t do as well as you hoped on your picks? Don’t sweat it. We’re giving away Amazon Echo’s to five randomly selected participants drawn at the conclusion of the tournament.

For a full list of rules and to register, click HERE.

Best of luck and enjoy the battle!