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2017 National Electrical Code®: Changes in Overcurrent & Surge Protection

Mersen recently released a guide to understanding its changes in overcurrent and surge protection in the 2017 National Electrical Code®. These changes are to increase worker safety and help prevent arc flashes.

Arc flashes are the result of a massive release of energy due to an arcing fault between two phase bus bars, neutral or a ground.  This energy discharge burns the bus bars, vaporizing the copper and thus causing an explosion, which destroys everything in its vicinity and creates deadly shrapnel as it dissipates. Short-circuit current ratings (SCCR) indicate what fault current a system can handle without unacceptable damage in the case of a fault. Proper documentation is essential to ensure the available short-circuit current does not exceed the SCCR and that suitable precautions are in place.

We offer Mersen safety solutions to help you comply with the updated code and increase your workplace safety. Mersen’s guide covers nine key changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code®:

  1. Arc energy reduction

    Any fuses rated 1200 A or higher must have their location documented and available. The fuses must also have a method to reduce clearing time if their clearing time is not already 0.07 seconds or less.

  1. Field marking of available fault current

    Industrial control panels, industrial machinery and motor controllers of multimotor and combination-load equipment must have the date the current short-circuit calculation was performed and available short-circuit current rating (SCCR) documented.  If the available short-circuit current exceeds its short-circuit current rating, they shall not be installed. Elevators must also have the maximum short-circuit current clearly marked.

  1. Branch circuit and ground fault protection for single motor power conversion equipment

    Semiconductor fuses and instantaneous trip circuit breakers must now be installed as a single unit if instantaneous trip circuit breakers are permitted.

  1. Short-circuit current rating for elevator control panels

    Elevator control panels must be marked with their SCCR. If the available short circuit current exceeds its short-circuit rating, elevator control panels shall not be installed.

  1. Surge protection for emergency elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, platform lift, or stairway chairlift

    Surge protection shall be provided if the elevator has been designated as supplying an emergency system load.

  1. Surge protection for critical operations data systems

    A cascading protection scheme should be used throughout the entire operations data system.

  1. Surge protection for industrial machinery

    Industrial machinery with safety interlocks are required to have surge protection.

  1. Surge protection for fire pump controllers

    Surge protection was required previously for emergency systems at distribution level, but are now also required in or on the fire pump controller.

  1. Short-circuit current rating documentation and field marking

    Transfer switches can often have several different SCCR, so the rating based on the protective device and settings shall be externally marked.

Want to learn more about the changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code® or how best to implement them in your workplace? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com to learn about Mersen safety solutions.


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Achieve Green Initiatives & Critical Waste Reduction Goals with Closed Loop Recycling

Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) recycles oil absorbents, wipers and PPE such as gloves, sleeves, aprons, and jackets. CLR specializes in turning these waste streams into three reusable products through their environmentally friendly laundering process.

CLR offers customized solutions, monthly reporting, and scheduled pickup and delivery for provided materials including 55-gallon drums in which to collect the used materials placed conveniently around the facility near the end users.  CLR creates a custom plant layout and service strategy for each individual client to ensure the highest quality service.

The Process

CLR delivers materials and 55-gallon DOT approved collection drums at the facility for use. Once products are fully utilized, they are gathered and placed into the collection drums. Stations can be as simple as a couple drums labeled clean and dirty, to custom racks and distribution solutions built into existing tool cribs. The program is tailored to each facility’s needs. CLR’s customer service rep will utilize the plant layout to restock all clean products to predetermined levels as well as consolidate all collection drums for processing.

The fluids from the absorbents, wipers, and rags are extracted and transported by an EPA-approved oil recycler to a refinery, where it can be recycled as asphalt or industrial grade fuel. The products are then thoroughly laundered and inspected and then packaged and redistributed for future use.  Drums are emptied, steam cleaned and conditioned for reuse according to DOT specifications. Recycling oil absorbents, wipers, and PPE not only helps the environment, it eliminates the need to continually purchase disposable products, and eliminates liability for disposal of these materials.

CLR bundles its products into one simple price, which includes:

  • Reusable products – wipers, absorbents, rags, etc.
  • Full facility service
  • Station by station tracking
  • Laundering
  • Recycling of fluids
  • Drum cleaning
  • Documentation
  • Transportation

If you are interested in recycling your PPE and absorbents, CLR offers a free trial so you can see what results will be. Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail us at info@frenchgerlemanc.om to learn how to get started!

 


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Top 13 Safety Apps That You Need on Your Phone

Smartphones and tablets are a part of everyday life now both personal and work related, so much so that we’ve designed a line of touchscreen-compatible gloves for every industry. While there are some professionals who shy away from these new technologies, industry leaders and trendsetters embrace new technology that can improve their productivity.

This blog is a celebration of those tech savvy safety professionals who want to use every tool at their disposal. Here are a list of some of our favorite safety apps that you should download today.

  1. Dark Sky:

If you are in any industry where weather can affect the job or job site, having a weather app on your device is essential. Unlike the weather app that comes standard with your iPhone or Android device, Dark Sky (Android | iTunes) aims to create a new kind of predictive forecast to now what the weather will be like in an immediate location within the hour.

This app is perfect for anyone working in landscaping, construction or just working under a tight deadline and need to know if the rain will be stopping anytime soon.

  1. Hazmat Emergency Response Guide:

This is the electronic version of the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guide (Android | iTunes). It is a searchable resource; you can do keyword or term searches on the fly instead of flipping through indexes and pages of material to find what you need.
We’ve outlined a pretty good introduction to arc flash with The No-BS Approach to Arc Flash but when you need to know the nitty gritty information, there are two incredible safety apps that you should not be without.

  1. NFPA 70E 2012 Edition:

This is the arc flash code that is distributed by the National Fire Protection Agency. This online edition (Android | iTunes) allows you to browse articles or search by keyword and access important electrical safety news from the NFPA. The app does cost a few dollars but it’s certainly more convenient than lugging around a textbook all day long.

  1. Electrical Edge: Arc Flash Calculator:

Electrical Edge: Arc Flash Calculator (iTunes) is a tool developed to help anyone trying to calculate the potential dangers from an arc flash. Whether you’re an electrical engineer, a safety manager or field technician, knowing the inner workings of electrical equipment is important.

  1. NIOSH Pocket Guide for Chemical Hazards:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health mobile app has entries for 634 chemicals and allows you to search chemical by name, synonym, DOT number, CAS number and RTECS number.

  1. Chemical Safety Data Sheets:

The Chemical Safety Data Sheets app (iTunes) provides the International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC) that are put our by the United Nations Environment Program, the International Labour Office, and the World Health Organization. ICSCs are similar to Material Safety Data Sheets, but are formatted to be a simple, more concise and standard 1 to 2 page document on all pertinent information.

  1. Dropbox:

It might be pretty obvious to suggest Dropbox (Android | iTunes), but everyone should have access to a cloud storage application. Dropbox is considered one of the gold standard cloud storage providers. Having all of your safety policies and documents at your fingertips is a valuable time saver.

  1. DocuSign:

Do not be stuck carrying around stacks and stacks of forms and papers. Docusign (Android | iTunes) is an application that allows you or others sign off on documents using a finger or their stylus. This prevents the need to carry paper and scan it in to send electronically.

  1. OSHA Safety Regulations, Checklists, Audits Reports:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that enforces safety and health regulations in the United States. While OSHA can’t just shut down your jobsite, they can fine you and your company for workplace safety violations. This safety app (iTunes) was designed to help you easily brush up on OSHA safety regulations, create checklists, generate reports, and add photos and comments for reference.

The app covers OSHA regulations for manufacturing, service industries, warehouse, construction and medical/dental fields and serves as a great reference tool for avoiding violations including OSHA’s Top 10 Citations.

  1. Job Safety Analysis:

A job safety analysis (JSA) is a procedure that helps incorporate health and safety principles and practices into a job or task. When completing a JSA, each basic step of the job is outlined to identify potential hazards and recommend the safest way to do the job.

This free Job Safety Analysis app  (Android | iTunes) can be used on-site to create a customized JSA which you can send electronically to your employees on that site. There are also pre-filled options to save you time and you can include photos of the hazards and risks that are present.

  1. Keep Track of Lockout/Tagout Procedures:

Lockout/tagout ensures that dangerous machinery is properly shut off and not able to be started up again until maintenance or servicing of the machinery is completed. Brady Link360 Lockout/Tagout (Android | iTunes) allows you to create well-defined lockout/tagout procedures while standing by the machine. These steps can be shared with your work crew. It also allows you to add photos and diagrams, and share them with other app users.

  1. When You’re Working at Heights:

If you’re working at heights, it’s important to know your fall clearance swing fall distances. While you could spend time to calculate it in your head, Honeywell made this easy-to-use safety app to do all the thinking for you. Miller Fall Clearance app (Android | iTunes) will help you calculate your fall clearance and swing fall whether you’re using a self-retracting line or lanyard and is available in English, Spanish and French.

  1. Crosby Sling Calculator:

Need to know if the rig you have set up is adequate enough to lift the equipment you are trying to lift? This little app can help (Android | iTunes). It is designed to take the type of rigging you are using, combine that with the weight and geometry of your lift load and tell you if what you are using for your lift is the right equipment. It does cost $25 but compared to the cost of injuries or damaged equipment, it is money well spent.

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For more information about fall protection or other personal safety products or issues, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.

 


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Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends and Standards

Last month, at our St. Louis branch, we offered customers the chance to learn about the latest trends and standards within the electrical industry at our Trends and Standards Update. Attendees gained knowledge on the latest innovative products that can help customers stay compliant with standards and the latest trends to help drive safety, technology and efficiency.

These high-level presentations offered cutting edge solutions to help customers stay ahead of the electrical trends and standards.  The seminar offered updates from Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, Hubbell Wiring Device- Kellems and LUTZE.

These presentations covered the following:

Mersen covered SCCR codes and standards, including UL 508A standards. The UL 508A marking confirms that the industrial control panel has been certified by inspection. If the UL 508A’s construction requirements are followed, then a panel builder is eligible to have their panel listed by UL. Mersen also explained short circuit current rating (SSCR) and the importance of properly labeling panels for Arc Flash compliance.

SolaHD has updated its SDU Series DIN rail AC UPS. Their A Series still combines an industry leading compact design with a wide operation temperature range and unique installation options. The SDU provides protection from impulses and power interruptions that could be potentially damaging. This updated product also offers a new interchangeable optional “COMM Card” accessory, that allows communication between fieldbus protocols and industrial Ethernet. SolaHD has also introduced a new CF Relay Card option that has replaced the RELAYCARDSDU option.

Thomas & Betts has created an evolution of compression tools. Their Color-Keyed coding system allows high quality UL-compliant connections at a low installed cost. Thomas & Betts covered the basics on how to properly prepare cable, determine the proper connector, choose the correct tool/die and crimp inspection. They covered how the Thomas & Betts Blackburn Color-Keyed® compression connector system can make inspections and certified installations easier.

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems recently released the first UL Listed pop-up receptacle for countertops. To protect against spills, the receptacle assembly is sealed with patent pending silicone gaskets to repel liquids in both the down and up positions. The countertop receptacle is UL Listed to 498 Section 146 to be water resistant to a half gallon of liquid spilled on the device.

Hubbell also recently introduced both their Advantage Pin & Sleeve product line to promote safety and provide line of site disconnect and their inSIGHT Circuit-Lock™ Disconnects with LED indicators to promote workplace safety and improve troubleshooting time.

LUTZE covered the evolving NFPA 79 standard. The recent changes to this standard aligns with IEC 60204-1. A change to Section 6.6 states that an arc flash hazard warning requires “warning qualified individuals of a potential arc flash hazard” pertaining to emergency stop or emergency off situations. New work space rules for enclosures with feeder conductors have been revised to align with section 110.26 of the NEC. To help users avoid dangerous errors the requirement for “width of working space” has been revised to specify the required opening and clearance into the control cabinet. LUTZE has a variety of cable offerings that meet the NFPA 79 standard.

Be sure to check out our website for information on upcoming events.  If you have questions or would like more information on products or concepts covered in this recent event, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.

 


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Arista Industrial PCs – Reliability in Demanding Environments

Do you need a reliable industrial computer or thin client to withstand demanding environments? Arista’s Industrial PCs are durable and ready to perform in tough conditions. That is part of what makes them so popular in automated processes and operator stations.

Since plant environments are not typically clean, Arista designed their industrial fanless PCs to keep out the elements. The fanless design eliminates dust, water and chemical contamination which can cause malfunction. Many of Arista’s Industrial PCs have an IP65 or NEMA 4X rating. While these touch screen PCs do not require input devices, the specialized connectors allow for inputs and still maintain their protection rating.

As your needs grow, Arista keeps up by manufacturing high-performance industrial PCs that provide durability, powerful processing, connectivity and multi-touch capability. Options such as wash-down ready and large format displays make these the first choice for many. And, the wide range of mounting options (panel, wall, pedestal and VESA) provide versatility in installation.

Fanless Panel Mount PCs from Arista are designed to endure the same difficult conditions including vibration, high and low temperature, chemicals, water and dust. If a computer is working as it should, then the rest of the workplace can work as it should.  Arista’s Industrial Panel PCs are designed to minimize downtime, regardless of their environment, and can be integrated into existing processes easily with expansion slots and lots of connectivity options.

Arista’s ARP-3800 series includes both panel mount and all-enclosed units that can be mounted anywhere and meet multiple environmental needs. They are available as either Windows-based machines or ThinManager ready, and all include:

  • Projected Capacitive Touch Screen (Multi-Touch)
  • 8GB DDR3 Memory
  • 21.5″ LCD, 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • SATA DOM, 2.5″ HDD, 2.5″ SSD

See below for individual models’ specifications:

ARP-3821AP-E01

This PC is panel-mounted with either an aluminum or stainless steel bezel to best suit your work environment. It also has an optional external smart battery. Other features include:

  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • 1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • 4 x RS-232/422/485 BIOS Selectable

ARP-3821AX-E01

Need an industrial PC that can fit your work environment no matter what? This PC has versatile mounting options (VESA, wall, pedestal, benchtop) and is stainless steel waterproof! It also has optional WiFi connectivity. Other features include:

  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • 1x USB 2.0

ARP-3821BP-E01

This PC is VESA mount capable and meets IP50 requirements in addition to having the same key features as our other PCs:

  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • 1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • 2 x RS-232/422/485 BIOS Selectable

ARP-3821BX-E01

Meeting IP65 requirements, this industrial PC is VESA mount capable and everything else you need:

  • Dual Gigabit LAN (M12 connector)
  • 1x USB (M12 connector)
  • 1x RS-232 (M12 connector)

To learn more or to place your order, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager today!


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Tolomatic: Electric rod actuator cleans up after hydraulics

Hydraulic cylinders are well-known linear motion workhorses in industrial machinery.   They’re reliable, familiar, capable of high force, and affordable, but they’re not without disadvantages. The leading ones are fluid leaks, large footprint (with hydraulic power unit or HPU), cumbersome changeovers due to lack of programmability, and high maintenance costs.

The introduction of electric high force linear actuators means machine designers now have a choice. An electric rod actuator can replace a hydraulic cylinder and eliminate the need to clean up leaks.

For a thorough look at hydraulic versus electric actuators, download our white paper.

A mess to clean up

A manufacturer was using hydraulic cylinders to press, form, and package face powder and other cosmetics. Problems with position control, speed, accuracy, and repeatability were rampant throughout the process. The machines needed to be cleaned constantly because hydraulic fluid leaked from hoses and pumps. That cleaning meant costly downtime and spoiled product. Even more downtime came when changing to different cosmetic lines or product mixtures because changeover was a time-consuming, manual operation.  Also, a problem: the hydraulic system’s HPU with its main pump and reservoir took up valuable floor space in the production area.

 

The manufacturer wanted an electric actuation system to eliminate the wasted space, costly downtime, and product quality fluctuations caused by the hydraulic system.

A clean, electric solution

Designers chose an RSA50 electric rod actuator with reverse parallel motor mount to replace the hydraulic cylinder. The RSA50 supplies significant force at faster speed and with better accuracy and repeatability than the hydraulic system it replaces. The servo motor/drive of the new actuation system stores each product line’s requirements so they’re readily available. Operators now have a flexible controls platform and can make changes on the fly during production.

The RSA eliminates messy hydraulic fluids, hoses, and pumps, and it frees valuable floor space by eliminating the large HPU. Also, the cost of the RSA solution was within budget, and ROI was significant – daily output doubled and product quality increased.

 

RSA electric rod actuator series

The RSA/RSM line of electric rod actuators includes

  • RSA-ST –– low-to-medium thrust capacity actuators. RSA-ST electric rod actuators deliver accurate, medium force performance making them ideal for replacing pneumatic cylinders. High thrust bearings and internal bumpers deliver heavy duty performance. A rigid, strong aluminum housing allows for easy mounting of switches and sensors.
  • RSA/RSM-HT — heavy duty, high force electric rod actuators for tough environments. RSA/RSM-HT actuators accommodate larger motors and deliver high force with excellent accuracy. These high force linear actuators can be ordered with either ball or roller screws and have enhanced high thrust bearings and heavy duty internal bumpers.

Learn more:

Our white paper, Electric rod actuators vs. hydraulic cylinders: A comparison of the pros and cons of each technology, will give you the information you need when comparing hydraulic to electric actuators. Download it here.

Visit the Tolomatic booth 5837 at the upcoming Pack Expo 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, (September 25-27) to view Electric High Force Linear Actuators.

Source:

Written By: Nick Holmgard, Tolomatic

Blog article resubmitted by permission and in coordination with Tolomatic.


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Hazardous Locations: NEC 2017 Code Updates

A hazardous location exists when a manufacturing, storage or handling process provides a fuel, consisting of a flammable gas vapors, combustible dust or combustible fibers are or may be present in the air in sufficient quantities to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures.

Appleton recently released their National Electrical Code® Review. The Appleton experts have reviewed the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) and have developed a guide to reflect the code changes that keep you, and your employees, safe. You can download the guide from the Emerson website HERE.

Appleton has products that address these new requirements.

Appleton offers a variety of options in cable connectors and cable glands. The TMC2/TMC2X are suited for NEC cables MC and MC-HL. Both feature true 360 degree grounding and a compact design and are NEMA 4X/IP66 rated.  The TMC2 can be used in Class I Div 2, Class II and Class III. TMC2X features quick sealing liquid resin (cures in <30 minutes) and its design permits disassembly.  TMC2X is rated for use in Class I, II and III environments.

TC Tray Cable Glands are for indoor and outdoor use tray cables as well as extra hard usage cord in ordinary, wet or hazardous locations. They are Class I Div 2, Class II Div 2 and Class III Div 2 compliant. They feature a displacement seal that allows for a tight seal on cable inner bedding, as well as a removable insert in each gland that allows for fitting to terminate the widest range of cables available in a single hub size.

Appleton offers a variety of lighting options for hazardous locations.  Since fixtures produce heat, they must be selected with an appropriate “T” rating for the specific classified location.  Appleton Mercmaster LED, CodeMaster LED and Areamaster LED fixtures offer a variety of lighting options for area or flood lighting.  Download the Appleton Lighting Catalog for detailed product information.

Interested in learning more about the new NEC requirements and Appleton products for hazardous locations, download Appleton’s NEC® 2017 Code Review or give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call for a copy today!

 


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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!


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The New OSHA 1910 Regulations — What do they mean for you?

You may have heard by now that OSHA has updated its 1910 General Industry regulations regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment. These new regulations went into effect on January 17, 2017. What are the changes and what do they mean for you? It can seem a bit overwhelming as there are many changes in the regulations (which is a 513-page update), so our friends over at Guardian Fall Protection pulled together a list of the most impactful updates and what they mean for you. You can check out Part 1 of their guide HERE and Part 2 HERE.

One of the most wide-ranging change is the addition of personal fall protection systems and safety nets as an option for protecting workers from falls. By expanding the standards to allow more options to protect the worker, OSHA will allow employers and workers to use the system that they feel will protect them the best and is most suitable for the specific situation.

With the new regulations, training is huge. Workers will be even more knowledgeable about fall protection hazard identification and mitigation with new training standards.

Another big change affects fixed ladders. All existing ladders taller than 24′ must have a cage, well, ladder safety system or personal fall arrest system in place by November 19, 2018. There are a lot of changes when it comes to ladders, so be sure to stay ahead of the game and check out the changes HERE.

Rope descent systems and anchorages are also addressed in the new regulations. OSHA now requires that before use, “the building owner must inform the employer, in writing, that the building owner has identified, tested, certified, and maintained each anchorage so it is capable of supporting 5,000 pounds in any direction.” Somewhere around 487,500 buildings will require annual inspections and decennial certification. Make sure your anchorages have been inspected and certified!

This is just a small snapshot of the OSHA changes, be sure to check out Guardian’s breakdown of new regulations. If you have any questions, give your account manager a call!


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IDEAL National Championship: How Electricians Become Legends

Do you have the power to be the best electrician in the nation? Now is your chance to see if you have what it takes!

IDEAL Electrical, a leading tool and electrical supply company based in Sycamore, IL, is once again hosting the IDEAL National Championship to honor and showcase abilities of electricians as well as award more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The IDEAL National Championship features several categories for competition: Individual-Professional, Individual-Student/Apprentice, Team- Professional, and Team- Student/Apprentice.

The Qualifying Round challenge requires competitors to demonstrate both mental problem-solving and physical skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting stripping, terminating and testing on a preassembled electrical platform. Does this sound like something you could master? Time to sign up!

We are excited to host local Qualifying Round events at several of our upcoming Customer Appreciation Days! Mark your calendars:

  • St. Louis, MO – Thursday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 1p.m.
  • Quincy, IL – Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 1p.m.
  • Washington, MO – Wednesday, September 13, 11 a.m. to 1p.m.
  • Columbia, MO – Friday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

If you are interested in competing, go to IDEALnationals.com to register and search for your local Qualifying Round event. We can’t wait to have all the legends-in-the-making compete at our Customer Appreciation Days!