Monthly Archives: May 2018

Are You Compliant with New Wiring Devices Standards?

No matter the industry, you cannot be too safe when it comes to electrical wiring. The National Electric Code (NEC) is regularly updated to stay at the forefront of safety. Any hazards must be evaluated and have preventative control implemented. This includes identifying threats, creating a plan and training employees on following through. Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems offers a variety of key products, rated for the new NEC standards.

Advantage™ Series Switch-Rated Pin & Sleeve Devices

Advantage™ Series Pin & Sleeve Switch-Rated Devices meets NEC Requirements for both motor and branch disconnecting. Available in both 30 and 60 amp, the series can be used with existing IEC Pin & Sleeves, which makes it flexible and provides cost savings. There’s no doubt when you’ve made a successful connection, because when the shuttle is locked into place, LEDs illuminate.

Most importantly, Hubbell’s Advantage™ Series is designed to be clean and safe. The products can withstand extremely hot temperatures, and being sprayed at high pressures from various angles. The devices are designed for superior water ingress protection and can withstand the toughest environments.

Watertight Devices

Hubbell’s line of Watertight Devices include plugs, connectors, and receptacles; FD boxes and angled adapters; portable outlet boxes and covers; straight blade devices; Twist-Lock® devices; duplex receptacles; and spare parts.

These devices are ideal for harsh, wet conditions including water treatment plants, food/beverage processing, agriculture, outdoor entertainment and factories.

XClamp Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

The most recent NEC changes were in relation to electrical receptacles.  Tamper-resistant receptacles reduce the risk of injury by preventing foreign objects from making electrical contact. Hubbell’s line of XClamp Tamper-Resistant Receptacles are ideal for use in residential, hospitals, childcare centers, hospitality guestrooms and increasingly in schools, waiting rooms and retail.

According to NEMA, over a 10-year analysis in the U.S., more than 24,000 children under the age of 10 were treated in emergency rooms for receptacle-related incidents. Hubbell’s X-Clamp meets the NEC to help make receptacles safer. In new branch circuits NEC will allow AFCI receptacles as alternate to AFCI breaker. Dorms now also require AFCIs.

If you’re interested in learning more about these or other Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems products,  contact us or your French Gerleman Account Manager.  You can visit our website to purchase or check current stock and pricing on Hubbell products.


Community Involvement: Rebuilding Together

French Gerleman has partnered with Rebuilding Together for the past 13 years for their Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together is a nationwide volunteer organization with a St. Louis chapter, and the day is dedicated to rebuilding or fixing houses to improve the well-being of the homeowners.

Rebuilding Together has a great vetting process for homeowners, so that they can help those who need it most. They choose homeowners who love where they live, but aren’t able to address safety concerns around their house. Rebuilding Together often helps with the elderly, disabled or with low-income households.

The French Gerleman volunteers are assigned to a homeowner and given a list of projects to be completed on Rebuilding Day.  This year, we were assigned a home in Maryland Heights, MO, near our corporate headquarters, with a key goal to address a deck safety concern. Someone had previously tried to repair it, but failed to do so correctly. Since the volunteers are only available to be there in person for one day, there was a lot of preparation involved in the project.  This included drawing up plans for the deck and submitting it to city to make sure it met code ahead of Rebuilding Day.

In addition to rebuilding the deck, our volunteers replaced the basement sliding door with new waterproof French doors and cleanup the landscaping.

French Gerleman’s partnership with Rebuilding Together first started after a customer who was involved with the organization brought it up to one of our sales team members. They thought it was a great idea, so a couple of volunteers from French Gerleman went the first year, and it’s been growing ever since. This year there were 13 volunteers.

“It’s great when you finish up the project and the homeowner asks for a hug; they’re always so appreciative of the work we’re able to do for them,” says Bob Anderson, who was the House Captain for the project. “They are always such nice people, and we are able to come away from the project with some truly great experiences.”

You can learn more about Rebuilding Together on their website.


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Why Should You Choose Ergonomic Tools?

 Years of labor can take their toll on workers, but long-term injuries can be minimized with the use of ergonomic tools. That’s why Greenlee is devoted to improving their tools to be more ergonomic to enhance the wellbeing of those who use them.

What are ergonomic tools?

Ergonomic tools are designed not only to decrease injuries, but increase productivity. Ergonomic tools can minimize general soreness, physical wear and tear, and lengthen the careers of workers by improving their health. When tools are optimized for usability, the job gets done faster with less physical strain.

What are the effects of ergonomic tools?

The use of ergonomic tools has been proven to positively impact not only the lives of workers, but also the bottom line of companies. A major utility switched to ergonomic tools and saw a 100% reduction of lost work day cases, a 62% reduction of OSHA recordable cases and a 10% work efficiency improvement saving 25,504 hours of work. Their annual savings came to $7,353,248.

How does Greenlee help prevent injuries?

First, Greenlee looked into what was causing the injuries. The primary culprits were force, repetition and posture. These three components damage tissue, wears down tendons, ligaments and joints, and increases fatigue and the potential for injury.

This damage accumulates over time, resulting in scar tissue, joint damage and loss of range of motion and strength. These injuries almost never fully heal, and can result in inability to work as people age. The workforce is aging as a whole, and it is important to prevent such injuries that can plague workers even after retirement.

Greenlee launched industry-first ErgoLab, which used Electromyography Testing and test-based result to compare their tools, and design them for worst case scenarios. Greenlee aims to reduce occurrences of rotator cuff tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, elbow epicondylitis, low back pain and knee bursitis.

Greenlee’s ergonomic tools feature:

  • Improved grips
  • Decreased weight
  • Improved center of gravity
  • Battery power
  • Improved user posture

Their battery tools are designed to extend users reach to diminish shoulder strain, and their general tools decrease forces that can cause carpal tunnel. Not all injuries can be prevented, but these can be lessened with the use of ergonomic tools, and Greenlee is a good place to start.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about Greenlee’s ergonomic tools, contact us or your French Gerleman Account Manager.


French Gerleman Product and Technology Expo Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to the St. Charles Convention Center for our Product and Technology Expo last week! We were excited to see lots of familiar faces, as well as some new ones! All in all, we had more than 400 people attend.

We also had 91 exhibit booths representing 77 different companies that guests were able to visit. The day was busy with activity, and it was great to see all the good interactions between exhibitors and guests. Our Product and Technology Expo provides customers with a chance to meet manufacturers face-to-face, new and established, and build relationships with them.

Manufacturers including Rockwell Automation, Philips, Mersen and Guardian Fall Protection presented 48 free training sessions for our guests to attend, covering great topics around automation, electrical, lighting, datacom and personal safety. Both the exhibits and the training sessions offered a good variety of manufacturers and topics.

It’s always amazing to see people from so many different industries come together to learn more about the products we provide and get updates on the latest technologies. Our goal was for attendees to walk away better educated on topics pertinent to their jobs and on the products and services French Gerleman offers to help their companies improve their efficiency and profitability.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped make it such a great day, we look forward to hosting another Product and Technology Expo in 2020!