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When It Comes to Motor Repair, You Have Options

Motors are what keep many companies running, so when one needs repair, a quick turnaround is essential. At French Gerleman, we understand minimizing downtime is important, so we make the process as simple as possible for you, and respond quickly.

We offer free pick-up and delivery when you have a motor needing repair. Our delivery fleet is always ready to transport your motor to be repaired overnight or with same day service. This can save you hundreds of dollars in transportation and downtime, and the headache of arranging moving your motors yourself.

Please note, due to variances in our delivery fleet, our free pick-up and delivery offer does have a weight limit which varies by branch. Larger weight motors or father delivery zones may require additional freight charges.  Please contact a French Gerleman team member for additional information.

What is typically included with repairs?

There are lots of reasons a motor may need repair and we address them, ensuring that your motor is cleaned, in working order, balanced, and looking like new when we return it to you.

  • Repair
  • Rewind
  • Paint
  • Balance Rotor
  • Performance Test
  • New Bearings
  • Varnish Windings
  • Steam Clean

When a motor fails, should you repair it or replace it?

If your motor is 25 horsepower and lower, it may be a better investment to purchase a new motor. Consider a cost factor of 60% of the new price when replacing. If a new motor does seem like the best option for you, we have an extensive in-stock inventory and competitive prices. Make sure to contact us for a quote so we can help you get up and running again.

However, often it is more cost efficient to repair your motors. We repair a variety of brands including:

AC Motors
  • ABB
  • Baldor
  • Bodine
  • Leeson/Lincoln
  • Marathon
  • Minarik
  • Reuland
  • Sew
  • Siemens
  • Sterling
  • Teco
  • Universal
  • WEG Electric
DC Motors
  • ABB
  • Baldor
  • Bodine
  • Leeson/Lincoln
  • Siemens

Repairs are also available for clutches, pump motors, hazardous heavy-duty motors, and welding equipment.

Don’t worry, call French Gerleman.

There’s no need to panic if one of your motors goes down. You have options, and you can count on French Gerleman when you have motor repair needs. If you’d like to learn more, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager, or call 314-213-5807 for a quote.

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Registration Now Open for French Gerleman’s Product and Technology Expo

French Gerleman’s Product and Technology Expo is next month, and registration has opened!  You can register online, see who is exhibiting, get directions, and more at Check in for the Expo starts at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and exhibits continue until 5:00 p.m.

Who should attend?

There will be a comprehensive mix of more than 80 industry-leading manufacturers presenting dozens of training sessions covering a variety of topics.

Training sessions will cover topics in automation, industrial network solutions, lighting, power quality, data communication, personal/machine safety, and much more. French Gerleman and our partners have extensive industry knowledge that we’re sharing to help make you more competitive and productive.

If you see yourself in the list below, then you’ll want to come and participate in our exhibits and seminars.

  • Electrical Contractors
  • Plant Managers
  • Engineers
  • IT/MIS
  • Property Managers
  • Purchasing
  • Job/Site Foremen
  • Facility Management
  • Maintenance
  • Production
  • Safety/EHS
  • Operations
  • Business Owners
  • Finance

Don’t wait, register for our Product and Technology Expo today! To register or learn more, go to

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Jan-San Supplies Now Available from French Gerleman

All businesses need cleaning supplies, whether for janitorial purposes or sanitation. Recently, French Gerleman started including distributing janitorial and sanitation (Jan-San) supplies as an extension of our Stock Optimization Program.

What is Jan-San?

Companies often need a baseline of supplies to ensure their employees are properly cared for and to keep their facility running smoothly.

  • Paper Products: paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, toilet seat covers, wipers and more.  We can also help you with breakroom supplies.
  • Skin Care: commonly include hand soap, hand sanitizers and rehydrating lotions.
  • Trash Can Liners: offered in both high density and linear low density in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to fit your needs.
  • Chemicals: typically include cleaners like disinfectants, floor cleaners and degreasers. French Gerleman now offers the complete Simple Green line including the Original Simple Green for industrial applications, Crystal Simple Green for the food and beverage applications and Extreme Simple Green for tough applications. Samples and demos are available upon request. We can provide a site survey of your stocked Jan-San chemicals to identify potentially better solutions for your applications and ways to consolidate the chemicals you use.  Ask us for more information.
  • Equipment: includes vacuums, mops, buckets and more depending on the individual needs of your facility.
  • Hygiene: include feminine hygiene and air care products.
  • Matting: entrance, logoed and anti-fatigue matting solutions to improve facility productivity. French Gerleman has partnered with The Andersen Company, a leader in matting solutions. Ask about our free matting audit.

How it Works

French Gerleman makes it easy by keeping track of your inventory and restocking as needed.  Consolidate your vendors by letting French Gerleman take care of your core Jan-San needs.

For customers that already take advantage of French Gerleman’s Stock Optimization Program, adding janitorial and sanitation supplies is an effortless decision. Not only does it save time, it saves money with better systems, better products and allows you to implement just-in-time inventory.

Environmentally Friendly

French Gerleman focuses on suppliers who manufacture cleaning supplies that are safe for employees to handle, as well as being more environmentally friendly. French Gerleman has partnered with Simple Green to supply much of their selection of cleaning supplies. Simple Green’s high-quality, safe products, are often multi-purpose resulting in fewer cleaners for you to inventory.

If you are interested in learning more about how French Gerleman can help you with your janitorial and sanitation supplies, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.

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Register for French Gerleman’s Bracketology Battle!

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is just around the corner, and with it comes our annual Bracketology Battle! Test your prediction skills to choose the best bracket and win some awesome prizes.

Signing up is easy, just go to our Bracketology Battle site to learn more and create an account. If you participated in previous years, you will still need to re-register for this year’s contest, but you are able to use your previous login information.

Once the tournament field is announced on Sunday, March 11, you can login to pick your bracket. Throughout the tournament, you can use your account to check your scores and rankings.  All brackets must be selected prior to the start of the first game in the Round of 62 on Thursday, March 15.

The top five finishers will win the following prizes:

  1. Best Overall Bracket: Samsung 65”Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
  2. Second Best Overall Bracket: Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Bundle
  3. Third Best Overall Bracket: Microsoft Xbox One X 1 TB Console
  4. Fourth Best Overall Bracket: DJ Spark Quadcopter
  5. Fifth Best Overall Bracket: Apple HomePod

What if you don’t make it to the top five? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to win. We’re giving away a Yeti Hopper Flip 8 Cooler to five randomly selected participants drawn at the conclusion of the tournament.

Get ready for the 2018 Bracketology Battle, and good luck!

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A Fresh Look at Waste

Waste production is a vast issue across all industries worldwide. Hundreds of millions of tons of waste are sent to landfills nationwide from businesses alone every year. By taking a fresh look at waste, business can lessen their environmental impact.

Cardboard and Shrink Wrap

Recently French Gerleman has taken a new approach when it comes to waste, focusing on recycling the key sources of waste from our distribution centers, namely cardboard, shrink wrap and pallets. We also recycle materials that you include in your curbside recycling bin like computer paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles.  We even recycle scrap metal, old electronic equipment and used fluorescent lamps.

eScrap Waste

“We started looking at our waste as a commodity and not trash,” said Alex McKie, Director of Logistics.  “Once we did that, we really changed how we handled our waste and started implementing programs that keep it out of landfills.”

By adopting this new approach, each month we divert more than six tons of waste out of the landfill so it can instead be recycled for other purposes:

Our Cardboard Baler

  • Cardboard – 2,170 cubic yards (or 2.25 tons)
  • Shrink wrap – 58,500 cubic yards (or 2.3 tons)
  • Wood pallets – 27,000 cubic yards (or 1.05 tons)
  • Computer paper, cans, plastic, etc. – 7 cubic yards (0.5 tons)
  • eScrap, metal scrap, and copper and aluminum scrap – 0.5 tons

These monthly totals equate to removing nearly 80 tons of waste from the landfill each year.  The next time you toss out a cardboard box or packing materials, think about where it’s going. Know your French Gerleman team is constantly seeking new ways to recycle, reduce waste and find solutions that keep material out of our landfills.

If your company would like to decrease its impact on landfill waste by recycling and need referrals to local services, we would be happy to help.  Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager for information on recycling solutions we offer or referrals to other recycling services.

Recyclable Pallets

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The French Gerleman Motion Summit Recap

Recently we hosted a Motion Summit, a complimentary event at our St. Louis branch covering the latest motion control updates with Rockwell Automation and our other motion automation partners. We demonstrated tools to design, develop, and troubleshoot motion control systems.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are some highlights from the presentations:

Rockwell Automation focused on Integrated Architecture and how it incorporates Motion Control into its Logix controllers.  Utilizing one common Ethernet/IP network, Rockwell is able to connect to I/O, servo drives (CIP Motion) and safety features (CIP Safety) within those servo drives

Rotary motors and actuators from Rockwell’s VP and MP series are designed to meet the needs of various industries, including those with wash down applications. Their Kinetix Servo Drives come in a broad range, from low-power indexing drive to high-power multi-axes drives. iTRAK and MagneMotion systems have Intelligent Track Systems that allow independent control of multiple movers.

Rockwell Automation also has safety built directly into its motion products. The most common safety feature is “Safe Off”, which interrupts gate power to prevent IGBT switching. This allows the drive to be disabled safely without removing power from the drive itself.  In addition to “safe off”, there are advanced safety features such as safe speed, safe direction, and safe position which allow personnel to safely interact with moving parts of a machine while it continues to operate.  For example, to allow a machine to be cleaned or serviced while it is running, safe speed and safe direction features might be enabled on a drive.  This would allow the operator to run the machine at a speed slower than typical production speeds, and in a direction such that he cannot be pulled into the machine, yet still have the machine produce parts. Conventional safety approaches can often hinder productivity, but these advanced safety features allow all of this to be done without losing efficiency.

They demonstrated their Motion Analyzer Sizing Software that makes it easier and more efficient to size and optimize motion control systems.  Rockwell also demonstrated the Load Observer and Dynamic Notch Filter features of the Kinetix drive which dramatically reduce the tuning process and automatically compensate for dynamic loads.

 Nidec-Shimpo is an Encompass Partner of Rockwell Automation, and an ISO 9001, ISO 14001 certified manufacturer.  Their products include high precision servo gearboxes, such as inline planetary, right angle planetary, right angle worm, rotary indexing, and pancake gear sets. Their gearboxes are lubricated for life, and active centering is standard on all products, allowing horizontal installation on equipment.

LUTZE covered the standards that need to be considered when choosing VFD cables, most notably the new standards outlined in NFPA 79 2018. What are the NFPA changes, and how do they affect VFD cable?

Paragraph in the NFPA 79 2018 Edition states that “electrical conductors and equipment supplied by power conversion equipment as part of the adjustable speed drive systems and servo drive systems shall be listed flexible motor supply cable marked RHH, RHW, RHW-2, XHH, XHHW, or XHHW-2.”  This may eliminate using THHN cabling if NFPA 79 is required.

To make sure you comply with the new NFPA 79 standards, check the cable’s specification sheet to make sure it has one of the above designations. These ensure the cables are rubber high heat resistant, water resistant, and/or crosslinked high heat resistant. Avoid any designation that begins with T, as it stands for “thermoplastic” and should be avoided.

What cables would LUTZE recommend using considering this? DRIVEFLEX VFD cable is the most flexible in its class, easy to strip, route, and terminate, safer and more efficient. DRIVEFLEX VFD cable also has the lowest capacitance, highest impedance, full shielded, reduces shaft voltage, bearing failures, and nuisance tripping. Not to mention, it is also code compliant with the new NFPA changes.

LinMot specializes in linear motors, guided actuators, and servo drives. their linear servo motors reach speeds greater than 200 inches per second, with forces up to 610 pounds. They are tested out to two billion cycles, and have high energy savings compared to air cylinders. They also offer a unique combination linear-rotary actuator which has both a linear and rotary motor in one package – ideal for capping applications.  LinMot also integrates the safe torque off feature in their servo drives.

MTS Sensors is recognized as an industry leader in sensing technologies and solutions that enable feedback control for automation and safety applications. They make precision absolute linear sensors with resolutions of 5 micrometers and lengths up to 787 inches.  They offer a variety of output signals which include an Ethernet/IP interface for seamless integration with Rockwell controllers.

In industrial markets, MTS Sensors provides rugged and reliable sensors which can reduce maintenance costs, increase uptime, and enhance safety. Examples of temposonic industrial markets include machine/tool, steel, paper and wood processing, plastics and rubber, wind, metal forming, food and beverage and medical equipment.

Tolomatic is an Encompass Partner of Rockwell Automation that manufactures both rod and rodless mechanical linear actuators.  They offer a variety of solutions in linear motion using both ballscrew and belt-drive technologies.  Food-grade applications would benefit from their USDA-approved, stainless steel, IP69K washdown-rated actuators.  They also demonstrated their online sizing software for properly selecting an actuator and highlighted their “Your Motor Here” feature which is a library of motor adapters for over 100 different servo motors from a variety of manufacturers.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these products or the information covered in our recent Motion Summit, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.

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Save the Date for French Gerleman’s Product and Technology Expo

Are you looking to learn more about new automation technology? What about best safety practices? Or new electrical or lighting trends?  At our Product and Technology Expo, you can learn about those topics and more!  The Expo will be held on Tuesday, April 24, at the St. Charles Convention Center.  The event will kick off at 8 a.m. and run to 5 p.m.

More than 80 industry-leading manufacturers will be exhibiting and educating you on new products. We will host 30+ breakout sessions covering the latest topics driving your industry related to automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety. If you attended our Product and Technology Expo in 2016, you know how beneficial it was, and this one will feature new topics and technology.

Why Should You Attend?

Here are three reasons why YOU should attend French Gerleman’s Product and Technology Expo:

Get informed

With so much new information being released, it can be difficult to keep current. What better way to learn than to hear about it, or see it, in person? We have 30+ education breakout sessions planned for the Expo, so you can pick the topics most relevant to you. There will also be product demonstration and 80+ exhibits for you to soak in.

Meet your manufacturers

Manufacturers play a crucial part in your business by providing the quality products you need. This is your chance to meet them face to face, and learn just how their products can help your business be more efficient and profitable.

Make connections

The Product and Technology Expo provides an opportunity to make connections with others in your industry. Don’t pass up this opportunity to network and learn from people, who just like you, strive for excellence.

Learn More

The Expo is FREE to all those who attend. If you’d like to learn more, visit our website at We will release additional details, including specifics on the breakout sessions, on the website as they are finalized.  Expect registration to open mid-March.  We hope to see you there!