Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Stainless Steel Solutions – Conduit and Fittings

Thomas & Betts Stainless Steel products are built to stand up to the harshest environments. Water, salt spray, sunlight, petroleum, chemicals and extreme temperatures are all destructive enemies that can have corrosive, degrading effects on your electrical systems. Protect your wiring with conduit, fittings, cable ties, metal framing, cable tray and accessories made from tough, durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

Thomas & Betts (T&B) offers you the widest selection of stainless steel electrical system components – including many innovative, industry-exclusive products that save you time and money, reduce inventory and solve installation challenges.

Thanks to the growing demand for corrosion-resistant electrical components, T&B has expanded its line of Stainless Steel solutions including conduit and fittings. These products are ideal for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and wastewater processing applications, but can benefit anyone looking for corrosion-resistant solutions for electrical systems.

All T&B’s products in this expansion come in both Type 304 and marine-grade Type 316 stainless steel. Type 304 stainless steel lasts 5x as long as regular galvanized steel does in corrosive environments. Want more? Type 316 stainless steel lasts 8x as long!

New products include:

  • LU Universal Form 8 Conduit Bodies with Covers
  • Type 316 Stainless Steel Liquid Tight Fittings
  • Stainless Steel Drain Adaptor and Ball Valve
  • Type 304 and 316 Stainless Steel Elbows and Nipples

Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic materials and easy to clean. This is because its surface is not cracked or porous, so the chance of it trapping impurities is low. Not only are T&B’s products food and potable water safe, they exceed requirements for wash-down applications and satisfy plant-cleanliness mandates from HACCP, FDA and various state agencies. This is an essential trait to have in the food and beverage market. But regardless of your use for these products, it means less work and more ease of mind for you.

By offering their products in stainless steel, T&B ensures that you have a solution that is resistant to extreme corrosion in harsh environments. In addition to its strength and durability, stainless steel is easy to install and requires very little maintenance.  Their products meet ASTM A-321/SA-312 standards and are UL/cUL listed. Download the new T&B Stainless Steel Catalog HERE.

Upgrade to T&B Stainless Steel components! Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager to learn more about these products and the expanded line from Thomas & Betts!


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With Eaton, it’s a snap when it comes to color-coding cable pathways

When it comes to color-coding your cable pathways, Eaton has two stocked B-Line series solutions that are readily available and easy to install.

Com Dangles Solution

As the only data hanger specifically designed to be used with ceiling wire, the Com Dangle solution easily integrates into the ceiling grid with only tie-off wire where jurisdiction requires.

Made from advanced polymer material, the UL listed, Plenum rated, and RoHS compliant solution is corrosion and chemical resistant.  It features a high strength to weight ratio, and is abrasion and impact resistant over a wide range of temperatures.  And best of all, it’s a snap to install.

J-Hooks & Color ID Clips

Eaton has long been known for its superior J-hook cable management solutions, but now the color ID clips are an alternative to painted J-hook.    The color ID clip is available in a variety of colors and snaps onto the J-hook before or after installation, making visual verification of cable pathways even easier.

Manufactured from material that is suitable for use in air handling spaces in accordance with Section 300.22 (c) and (d) of the NEC, the color ID clips are UL Listed for plenum spaces.  View the video for more information.

Upgrade to color coded solutions for fast and easy visual content pathway verification! Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager to learn more about these products from Eaton’s B-Line series.


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Product Spotlight: Greenlee G6 Turbo 6,000 lb Puller

Greenlee’s new G6 Turbo 6,000 lb Puller offers fast, efficient cable pulls resulting in significant labor savings!

Achieving incredible speed takes the world’s best technology, engineering and intelligence. You have no time for technology that promises to keep you efficient but can’t follow through. Time is money, and Greenlee took that into account when designing the G6 Turbo.

The G6 Turbo is up to 60% faster compared to the competition, which means that you can pull heavy loads at faster speeds with reduced downtime. When you compare the G6 Turbo to the competition, you save on average $2,000 per year vs. the Cannon 6K and $5,200 a year vs. Maxis M6K-M.

Setup is quick – less than 60 seconds! The G6’s unique design, featuring a patent-pending adjustable clamp, was created to enable quick changeovers. Its ergonomic design is great for fast and easy transport and makes the break down process a breeze. Gone are the days of changing a puller midway!

Check out this great video showing the capabilities of the G6 Turbo and how it helps electrical contractors.

Fast cable pulls allow you to cut labor costs, get ahead of schedule and win the next bid. Take back the power of the pull and finish your jobs strong with the GF Turbo 6,000 lb Puller from Greenlee. Call your French Gerleman Account Manager today to learn more!


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Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with Products Made in the USA

In the spirit of patriotism and the Independence Day holiday, we wanted to highlight a few of our vendors who manufacture products in the USA. By supporting companies who manufacture here, you are supporting our strong, American manufacturing workforce.

As a family-owned, Midwestern-based company, we are proud to support American made products like these:

Eaton’s B-Line series manufactures products across the United States, from Massachusetts to Texas. A few of the great B-Line products that are manufactured here in the USA include spring steel fasteners and Flextray™ wire basket, both of which are manufactured in Illinois.

The B-Line series Spring Steel Fasteners are excellent fastening solutions for a variety of electrical, mechanical and datacom applications. They include a broad range of products from the attachment to metal studs, acoustical tees, steel beams, channel, purlins and more. The entire line offers labor-saving solutions to lower the total cost of installation. You can browse the catalog and full product lineup of fasters HERE.

Eaton’s B-Line series Flextray™ Wire Basket Tray is ideal for commercial and data center cable management, in turn providing a flexible means of adapting your tray to fit any job-site application. They help reduce total installation cost through material and labor savings. The new design attaches to the bottom of the tray without hardware and locks into position with built-in tabs. They reduce field fabrication of horizontal fittings by up to 80%! Flextray included enhanced accessories to save you installation time and money. Check out the line of wire basket tray and accessories HERE.

Hubbell proudly supports U.S. manufacturing. Their tradition of quality is apparent in their products, but also in their operations. Just a few of these great product families manufactured here in the USA include pin and sleeve and fire-rated poke-throughs.

Hubbell has taken their highly rated IEC pin and sleeve devices and increased their horsepower ratings, added the switching capabilities of a motor disconnect and wrapped it in a sleek, compact new design. The disconnect button safely opens the circuit and confines any potential arching within contact chamber, making safety even easier. The devices save time and money by working with your existing installed base of IEC 60309-2 pin and sleeve plugs and inlets. Even better, these pin and sleeve connections feature a unique design to handle the most extreme wash down procedures. You can learn more about their pin and sleeve devices HERE.

Hubbell’s SystemOne Recessed 4, 6 and 8-inch fire-rated poke-throughs are designed to maximize installation flexibility and increase ease of use while adding a beautiful cover with an industry-leading load rating. Looks great and works even better! The stunning design matches your building’s decor while maintaining the highest safety with hide-a-way egress doors. Learn more about these fire-rated poke-throughs by downloading the catalog HERE.

Thomas & Betts is proud manufacture products United States and support local jobs. T&B Steel City and Ty-Rap are two of their many products made in the USA.

Steel City EMT fittings, with high-quality steel construction, are ideal for use in projects requiring U.S. manufactured components. The Steel City metallic outlet boxes and accessories provide innovative and efficient solutions for electrical rough-ins.  They save time and labor by shipping prefabricated, ready-to-install assemblies. You can view the Steel City lineup and features HERE.

Ty-Rap high-performance nylon cable ties are weather resistant and increase efficiency by attaching to your belt or convenient location. They feature an innovative design and engineered materials that make Ty-Rap the perfect fastening solution. You can learn more about the Ty-Rap solutions HERE.

Headquartered in Highlight Heights, KY, General Cable was incorporated in 1927. Their long history dates back more than 100 years and they are proud to manufacture many products in the U.S., including: Carol® Brand cord products (GenClean, SuperVutron Supreme); copper building wire (XHHW, THHN in colors, PV); STABILOY® Brand aluminum building wire (Feederplex™, MC, SER/SEU, MHF, XHHW, PV); data communication cables (GenSpeed® and Carol Helix® Brand); and electronic and industrial communication cables.

GenClean is ideally suited for the food/beverage industry. The rubber cord with GenClean jacket technology can substantially reduce the environmental conditions conducive to microbial growth. The GenClean jacket has been tested with many solvents and has proven itself in the toughest of environments. Its super tough jacket construction is built to withstand daily abuse, temperature extremes (-50°C to 105°C) and high-stress industrial environments.  It is abrasion-, cut-, heat-, flame-, sunlight- and chemical-resistant. You can download the GenClean™ brochure HERE to learn more.

SunGen Solar Cables offers an extensive line of low-, medium, high- and extra-high voltage cable products that address the requirements of solar power generation, distribution and transmission.  A complete solar energy solution, SunGen provides flexibility, ease of installation and long term performance. They are also now available in sun-resistant colors. You can learn more about the full SunGen line HERE.

Hoffman has been producing a variety of enclosure solutions for more than 70 years. Their air conditioners and concept style wallmount enclosures are some of their great U.S. manufactured products, including their thermal management products and their CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12 single door enclosures.

Hoffman’s thermal management products offer a variety of enclosure heating and cooling systems that are tailored to your application. Each unit is tested for reliability, is easy to install and maintain and backed by worldwide aftermarket service to keep you up and running. You can learn more about Hoffman’s thermal management solutions HERE.

The CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12, single door enclosures are ideal for machine control applications. They feature streamlined styling, flush quarter-turn latches and a durable, and attractive, finish. They are available in solid or window single-door and two-door landscape, flush-mount and sloped-top version, perfect for application and mounting flexibility. You can download the CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12, catalog HERE.

For more than 160 years, Greenlee has been manufacturing high quality, professional grade tools for wire and cable. Their tools are known to outlast and outperform the competition. Two of their great products that are manufactured in the USA are the CS-8000 Circuit Seeker™ circuit tracer and their G2090 cable stripping tool.

The Circuit Seeker™ circuit tracer promises to locate circuits that other units can’t. It utilizes both visual and audible signals in its ergonomically-designed handset and can trace concealed wires without power interruptions. It can also locate breakers for any circuit, live or open. The Greenlee Circuit Seeker™ is easy to use and extremely accurate. You can download the brochure HERE to learn more.

The G2090 cable stripping tool eliminates the potentially hazardous use of knives when stripping cable with safety and accuracy. Approximately 30% of all recorded jobsite injuries are caused by blade lacerations! Greenlee created the G2090 to help increase safety, accuracy and make the job faster and easier.

So there you have it, just a few of the products French Gerleman carries that are manufactured in the USA. To learn more about these products, be sure to contact your French Gerleman Representative.

We hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!