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Product Spotlight: Panduit VeriSafe Absence of Voltage Tester

This new product from Panduit is a game-changer in the industry! The Panduit VeriSafe Absence of Voltage Tester automates the voltage verification process for control panels to reduce the risk of exposure to electrical hazards for improved worker safety. VeriSafe conducts the same test procedures required by NFPA 70E to verify that equipment is electrically safe for servicing. Fifty-five percent of electricians and technical personnel experienced a voltage testing injury or near miss with handheld testers.[1] That’s when Panduit decided there had to be a better way and created the VeriSafe.

What is the significance of verifying the absence of voltage? There were 24,000 electrical injuries in US workplaces from 2003 to 2012. Thirty-five percent of those injuries are due to contact with wiring, transformers or other electrical components![2] The leading cause of those injuries are from performing work without turning off power and verifying a de-energized condition. This is why verifying the absence of voltage is a critical task that is part of almost every job that includes electrical hazards.

VeriSafe is a tester, not just an indicator. It can verify the absence of phase-to-phase and phase-to-ground AC and DC voltage up to 600V circuits. The automated test sequence helps reduce operator error. It uses active visual indicators that convey the status of the voltage inside electrical equipment and panels before it accessed, therefore reducing exposure to electrical hazards and protecting workers.

In just a few seconds, with just the touch of a button, the VeriSafe Absence of Voltage Tester runs several tests: test the tester, verify installation, check for voltage, verify installation and then retest the tester.

There are three components to the VeriSafe: the indicator module, the isolation module and the AVT system cable. The indicator module serves as the user interface is typically installed in the door of the electrical panel. It is designed to keep dangerous voltage away from the user. With the push of a button, it initiates the test process and provides visual indication, making the process simple, quick and safe. The isolation module is located inside the panel with a sensor that leads to the power conductors inside the panel.

To start, you will push the button to begin the test. A flashing yellow LED indicates that a test is in progress. A solid yellow LED after the test indicates the absence of voltage could not be confirmed. Red LEDs indicate presence of AC voltage and green LED confirms the absence of voltage.

VeriSafe is ideal for:

  • Equipment with a single source of incoming power
  • High risk associated with access, including frequently accessed equipment and high incident energy
  • Remote or difficult to access locations
  • Sites with temporary or intermittent power
  • Equipment with stored electrical energy
  • Equipment frequently serviced by third-party technicians

Panduit is the ONLY manufacturer who provides active testing to confirm de-energized voltage and verifies installation. They’re also the only manufacturer with safety functions that meet IEC 61508 (SIL 3) and meets the requirements for installed testers NFPA 70E-2018 120.5 (7) Exception 1.

If you’re interested in learning more or seeing the VeriSafe in action, here is a great video from Panduit showcasing the features of VeriSafe and how it can help reduce the risk of exposure to electrical hazards.

Call your French Gerleman Account Manager today to learn more about this game-changing Absence of Voltage Tester from Panduit!

 

[1] H. L. Floyd and B. J. Nenninger, “Personnel Safety and Plant Reliability Considerations in the Selection and Use of Voltage Test Instruments,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 367-373, 1997.

[2] US Department of Labor, “Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Injuries and Illnesses,” [Online]. Available: http://www.bls.gov/iif/data.htm. [Accessed 16 April 2015].


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Advantages of Bonitron Regenerative Braking Solutions

In almost every industry, the old saying “time is money” stands true. This saying is no more true than in the world of Industrial Automation. Processes that require frequent stops or continuous braking create a harsh environment for variable frequency drives (VFDs), causing overvoltage faults that stop production.

Integrators are forced to sacrifice valuable time for functionality to create a system that operates properly. Bonitron Line Regeneration models are designed to provide continuous energy regeneration, giving the integrator extreme flexibility to push your process as fast as possible. This increases each line’s production by allowing the customer to stop as fast and as often as you want with no process downtime.

To size our regenerative solution, take the horsepower of your VFD and match it to the horsepower of one of our Line Regen models listed below.

The time it takes to complete your process determines the amount of profit made. When variable speed drive systems are required to brake, excess energy is generated that must be removed or the drive system can lose control of the process due to an overvoltage fault.

Bonitron’s Line Regeneration modules and Regenerative DC Bus Power Supplies give you the ability to expand the braking capabilities of your standard 6-pulse VFDs. Bonitron Line Regen models replace the traditional braking transistor and resistor option.

Instead of dissipating braking energy as heat in a resistor, Line Regen solutions return this energy to the power grid. This reduces demand from the utility, which equates to ample energy savings. Bonitron Regenerative solutions are delivered ready to install with no programming or extra components needed. Access to the VFDs DC terminals and a return 3-phase connection to the AC line are the only installation requirements.  It automatically synchronizes to the frequency of the incoming power line, allowing automatic adaptation to 50Hz or 60Hz. Being efficient and small enough to be integrated into the drive cabinet, eliminates excess resistor wiring, panel space and cooling costs.

Most panels contain multiple VFDs. Each VFD requires their own set of required components: reactor, fusing, breaker and conduit. Implementing the use of a common DC bus system removes the need of components for each individual VFD such as AC breakers, AC fusing, reactor and AC conduit. Removal of these components results in extreme reduction in costs, watts loss, installation time and panel space.

Bonitron’s Regenerative Power Supply rectifies the AC line, supplying DC power to operate VFDs. During a braking event, as the DC bus rises above the AC line peak, the Regenerative Power Supply also redirects current from the DC bus into the AC line to limit the rise in bus voltage and prevent overvoltage faults.

Utilize the Regenerative Power Supply to create a common DC Bus connection that drastically reduces the cost of the panel. To size properly simply add the horsepower of all VFDs to be connected to the common bus and apply a Regenerative Power Supply that rated to the cumulative horsepower.  Use Bonitron’s Regen Cost Savings Calculator to estimate your annual cost savings.

For more information on this or other Bonitron solutions, call your French Gerleman Account Manager or contact us.


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Tray Cable – What is it and when to use?

Efficient cabling system design can take many forms with today’s wide variety of solutions.  Tray cable can be one of the simplest and most effective solutions in your facility today.

You might have heard the term “tray cable,” but do you know what it is and when you should use it? The National Electric Code (NEC) defines tray cables as, “a factory assembly of two or more insulated conductors under a nonmetallic sheath, for installation in cable trays, in raceways, or where supported by a messenger wire.”

Tray cable is a versatile cable that is approved for installation in raceways or cable tray.  Cables come in multiconductor and multipair styles, which means that they can be used for instrumentation/signal, control, power and lighting. Cable tray is used as an alternative to open wiring or electrical conduit systems and is great for cable management in commercial and industrial construction. Cable tray offers many benefits over conduit because cables are easier to access for installation, repair, removal and future development, as well as organization and clean, secure cable routing.

Tray cable is the ultimate all-around cable.  There are types that can be used in both wet and dry environments, in direct burial applications and sunlight resistant to be used outdoors.  Powerful enough to support structure of all sizes, tray cable is used in a wide range of manufacturing, industrial and commercial facilities.  Tray cable comes in a variety of multi-conductor and multi-pair styles that can be used for control, instrumentation/signal, power and lighting.  Insulation types are varied ranging from VNTC (Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable – least expensive), CVTC (Continuous Vulcanization Tray Cable) and ultimately to FREP (Flame-Retardant Ethylene Propylene Rubber – highest quality).  The insulation required depends on the environment and is usually dictated by the end user or engineer.

At French Gerleman, we stock many variations of General Cable Tray Cable in full reels or cut to custom lengths. With General Cable’s FREP® and VNTC®, you have access to the broadest line of industrial tray cable available in the market.

To complement our tray cable offering, we stock fittings and connectors specified for tray cable applications.

French Gerleman’s in-stock tray cable offering:

  • Jacket materials: PVC, XLP, FREP, CPE, LSZH and more
  • Shielded or Non-shielded options
  • Voltages: 300V or 600V
  • Colors: standard and special color codes available
  • Lengths: standard lengths or custom cuts
  • Fittings and connectors in stock

Interested in learning more or getting started with tray cable? Give your Account Manager a call today!


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Reduce Downtime with HydroDuty Washdown Motors

Introducing the best stainless steel washdown motors in the industry: the HydroDuty from Bluffton Motor Works WEG Group! Designed and manufactured in Bluffton, Indiana, the HydroDuty is designed for dependable operation in harsh, high moisture environments. Typical applications for this motor line include food and beverage processing, car washes, pharmaceuticals and marine applications.

Electrical Specifications

  • Three phase design
  • 2, 4 and 6 pole motors (3450,1725, and 1140 RPM)
  • 208-230/460 volt
  • Continuous duty
  • Insulation system Class F inverter duty
  • Encapsulated windings
  • 60/50 & 60 HZ
  • IP66 Rated
  • 0 & 1.15 service factors

Mechanical Specifications

  • Frame types: face mounted NEMA 56C face, 143TC, 145TC, 182TC and 184TC
  • Rigid or no base
  • TEFC or TENV construction
  • Double-sealed ball bearings
  • Stainless steel shaft

The HydroDuty features an industry-leading warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship, AND includes water intrusion! If water enters the motor and causes it to fail, the motor will be covered under warranty. This warranty makes this product unique –  Bluffton will guarantee that the motor won’t fail because of water ingression inside the motor.

The bearing system in a washdown application is typically the first thing to fail because of the high-pressure spraying the motor endures. The HydroDuty features a triple seal system with an external stainless steel slinger that helps deflect the water from getting past it. Behind that is a check seal that flattens when the motor starts up to keep the water from getting past that section of the motor. Inside of that section there is a third portion of protection – a Viton oil seal that fits against the sealed bearing. With this design, Bluffton provides excellent protection of the bearings, both from the front and rear.

Another key feature of this motor is its full winding encapsulation which prevents water from getting to the electrical system. It also makes the motor inverter duty. The windings are 100% protected with this insulation system. Its SprayGuard encapsulation provides superior protection from water, chemicals and condensation.

The HydroDuty motor includes O-rings on both end shields. This prevents any water that might get past the end shields from entering the frame. The center cavities of the end shields drain diverting moisture away from the bearings. The O-rings have an expanded shell on both ends providing a greater surface area to prevent moisture entry. The press fit end bells, with water blocking O-ring, ensures NO moisture intrusion.

In typical industry conduit boxes, the lead entry hole is a weak point in preventing moisture ingress into a motor. Not with HydroDuty! Their epoxy encapsulated conduit box is completely sealed. This prevents moisture intrusion through the power lead entry.

The HydroDuty also features a waterproof splice kit to keeps connections dry. Its the technology used in submersible pumps. The waterproof splice kit must be installed for warranty to be valid.

The final key feature is the patented Gortex breather vent. The breather vent is press fit into the end shield and allows air to be exchanged internally to the motor. This prevents oil and water contamination inside the motor.

The superior sealing system and encapsulated windings  the HydroDuty provides will help reduce, or eliminate, the two primary causes of all motor failures. This ensures optimal motor performance and decreases unnecessary downtime, which improves profit.

Try HydroDuty motors in your most challenging washdown environment applications. Because it is built for the toughest environments, you should see a decrease in your unnecessary downtime thus increasing production and plant efficiency. Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager to learn more about this industry leading washdown motor.


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How Can 5S Help Your Business?

Productivity is a key issue in manufacturing environments and our customers are constantly looking for ways to improve their productivity and reduce total costs. 5S is a great way to get a business organized and productive. 5S might sound scary or little different, but it’s one of the most widely adopted techniques in establishing operational stability and sustaining continuous improvement.

5S is a lean methodology derived from five Japanese words.  It is designed to reduce waste and optimize productivity through better and more effective organization. The five categories of the 5S are Sort (Seiri), Set in Order (Seiton), Shine (Seiso) Standardize (Seiketsu) and Sustain (Shitsuke). In 5S, visual devices such as red tags, floor marking tapes and shelf labels are used to ensure everything has a place, and that everything remains in its place. This not only keeps everything clean and organized, but also helps you to see what you have, what you need and what is getting low, ultimately, helping you to save time and money.

With some help from our friends at Brady, we will detail each of these 5S pillars, explain the process and how these guidelines for a visual workplace can benefit your company.

Step One: SORT

The first step is as simple as going through what you have and determining what you want and need to keep, and what you can get rid of. This includes sorting through all tools and materials, only keeping the essentials. Anything that doesn’t make the cut, discard! This will keep your workplace clutter and hazard free.

Step Two: SET IN ORDER

Did you know that 75% of knowledge is gained through visuals? The second step in 5S is to look for ways to reduce any sources of waste and errors in your facility, and in the process, make it more visually instructive. By adding visuals to the workplace, employees have the information they need to effectively do their jobs, cut down on wasted time and be more effective.

Areas of focus include:

  • Organizing equipment
  • Establishing safety measures
  • Creating procedures
  • Establishing product quality standards
  • Creating effective inventory and material handling

Step Three: SHINE

Step three simply put means CLEAN. By eliminating dust, dirt and sources of contamination/debris and inspecting your equipment in the process, you can improve the safety and productivity of your facility. Once you get your workplace clean, create a plan or process to ensure you can maintain its appearance and use preventative measures to keep it that way.

Step Four: STANDARDIZE

Next, you need to expand your efforts and create best practices to make the improved workplace a standard. To do this, it’s important to have clear and consistent visual controls, roles and responsibilities. This includes job scheduling boards, employee schedules and check sheets, supply checkout boards, safe state visuals and Lead Daily Management (LDM) boards.

Step Five: SUSTAIN

This step is all about ensuring that employees understand that workplace organization is a top priority. It is a goal to continually improve the workplace.

PLUS

Safety is built into the 5S structure by identifying potential hazards, risks and creating preventive safety processes to keep your workplace operating at 100% and helping to keep your team safe.

Through our French Gerleman Stock Optimization Program, we can help you to implement the 5S structure and get your facility to optimum productivity. We have many products and solutions, such as our Job Site Storage Mobile Carts, that can help get you and your employees stay organized. You can also learn more about how Brady utilizes 5S with their products HERE.

If you’re interested in learning more about 5S or how to increase your company’s productivity, give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call today!

Source – https://www.bradyid.com/en-us/standards-and-compliance/lean-visual-workplace/5s


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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 all of the way down to each distribution and/or 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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LED Lighting Retrofit: Your Path to Savings

Is your company spending more on lighting than it needs to—both in terms of energy and maintenance?  If so, it’s time to consider retrofitting your lighting to LED and put more of your profits back where they belong—in your business.

Retrofitting is a popular topic, particularly among our commercial and industrial end user customers. Converting existing fixtures to LED, either through the swapping of lamps or a fixture retrofit, is a way to transition to LED technology without the full financial investment of purchasing and installing new fixtures.

The demand is strong, and there are many manufacturers offering a cost-effective retrofit solution for just about any existing fixture.  Here are some options to consider:

Step into LED with a lamp retrofit.

The most economical move into LED technology is to swap your current lamps from conventional light sources to LED.  LED lamps can improve ambiance, energy efficiency and reduce maintenance.

  • Philips InstantFit is a truly compatible plug and play LED tube lamp that performs as expected, so you don’t have to go back and waste time and money redoing a job, and can instead focus on growing your business. Available in a variety of sizes and wattages, popular types include T8, 4-Pin Long Compact, U-Bent T8, and 4-Pin Plug-in.
  • Transform your environment while reducing lighting-related energy costs with Philips “Screw-in” LED lamps. The line includes popular A-type, candle, globe, MR16 and PAR lamps – all with smooth dimming technology.

Get rid of your florescent strip fixtures.

Linear fluorescent technology represents an estimated 80% of the installed equipment and 72% of total annual energy consumption for commercial lighting making it the perfect candidate to upgrade to LED with a retrofit. Universal Lighting Technologies’ EVERLINE® LED Retrofit Kit simplifies the transition from fluorescent to LED.  The EVERLINE® Retrofit Kit converts 2’, 4’ or 8’ fixtures to LED lighting.  The kits include everything needed for simple installation and are available in 2,300 lumens to 6,000 lumens with an 82 CRI and CCTs of 3500K, 4000K and 5000K.

Troffer Retrofit Kits

Are you looking for an affordable way to use LED lighting to cut back on energy costs, but don’t have a huge budget? Upgrading your traditional fluorescent in-grid ceiling troffers may be easier than you think.

    • The Universal Lighting Technologies LED General Purpose Fixture is a recessed prismatic LED Luminaire. Designed for replacement of fluorescent troffer and parabolic style luminaires. The GPA Series is installer friendly and comes in standard sizes for grid lay-in applications. Designed as an economical option for lighting indoor spaces with T-Grid ceilings, its high efficacy and excellent uniformity make it a great choice for most office and classroom environments.
    • Lithonia Lighting’s BLT Relight Series provides quick, easy installation into most
      existing luminaires. It provides look, feel and performance of a full fixture replacement at a fraction of the cost – reducing installation cost and materials. The BLTR series also provides control options to further enhance your space.

Got illuminated signs? Upgrade their lighting.

Now signs can be seamlessly converted from existing fluorescent to LED technology. Universal Lighting Technologies’ EVERLINE® LED Sign Tubes are an LED outdoor replacement solution for T12HO or T8HO lit signs. Designed for fast and easy installation, the Sign Tube uses the existing RDC sockets with minimal modification. It features 90° adjustable RDC style endcaps for correct lamp orientation in vertical or horizontal installations, regardless of how the socket was originally installed.

Think “outside” for even more retrofit opportunities.

Retrofits aren’t just for indoor applications. The Lithonia Lighting KADRD-LED retrofits any existing 100 – 400W metal halide or high pressure sodium KAD into a high-performance LED luminaire, while realizing typical energy savings up to 70% with expected service life up to 100,000 hours. The KADRD-LED retrofit door simply replaces the existing KAD door containing the glass lens and installs in minutes.  Part of the Contour® Series luminaires, the KADRD offers traditional square dayforms with softened edges for a versatile look that complements many applications.

Hazardous locations deserve LEDs, too.

It’s important for hazardous (classified) work sites to be equipped with proper lighting for their classification. Ratings are used by engineers and architects to determine where specific fixtures should be used under the specific conditions. Currently, there are a handful of classifications for explosion-proof LED lighting.

Dialight offers fixtures for installation and use in hazardous (classified) locations including: Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups A, B, C, and D; Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, and G; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G; and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2, in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.  Their Vigilant Industrial Solutions and SafeSite Hazardous Area Solutions offer a variety of LED retrofit and replacement products for classified spaces.

Start on your path to savings today! With LEDs you use up to 90% less energy than traditional sources and the longer lifespan reduces maintenance needs – saving you both time and money.  In addition, you may be able to take advantage of utility incentives available in most areas by retrofitting your facility’s lighting with LED.

Along with our manufacturer partners, French Gerleman can help you improve your facility with solutions to improve lighting efficiency and save on annual utility expenses.  Our lighting team is well versed in LED lighting products for use in commercial and industrial facilities.

To learn more about these products to for help with your next lighting project, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.  Our lighting team can help you identify any applicable utility incentives in your area and help with LED solutions to meet your project’s specifications.


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Fast and Affordable Custom Enclosures Available at French Gerleman

Our mission is to find ways to help you be more efficient and profitable.  As a result, we have recently invested in becoming a Hoffman Certified Modification Center (HCMC).

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We now have the Steinhauer ModCenter, an automated CNC machine capable of drilling, tapping and milling in virtually any shape, size or enclosure material. By working with existing CAD files, you can easily order enclosures modified to your specifications from our local inventory, which dramatically improves lead time.

For in-stock enclosures, the typical turnaround is as little as one to three days, including local delivery. Previously, the lead time could be three weeks or more when ordering directly from Hoffman. No more waiting!

No measuring, no drilling and no cutting in the field. It doesn’t get any easier!

Benefits include:

  • Precise, clean holes and cutouts completed more quickly and accurately.
  • Easy to order – we can quote a solution from your designs or existing CAD files.
  • No human errors or mistakes. If you end up modifying your own enclosure and make a mistake, you have to purchase a new enclosure and start over. We guarantee your custom enclosure will match your approved drawings.
  • Reduces risks from manually cutting with power tools.
  • Allows you to redirect your skilled personnel to other, more profitable tasks.
  • Lower project costs due to reduced labor and faster turnaround.

Key capabilities of our HCMC:

  • Modification of enclosures up to 93″ tall by 86″ wide or back panels up to 92″ tall by 94″ wide
  • Can cut virtually any shape, size or material, including stainless steel, fiber glass, aluminum, plastic and composite
  • Drilling
  • Tapping
  • Milling
  • Paint removal for electrical grounding

We are excited to offer this option to incorporate your specified modifications, all while taking the guesswork out of your estimates and cutting down turnaround time. We make holes and cutouts easy so you can focus on your business.

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Chip Green, our French Gerleman ModCenter Specialist, is a trained technician in charge of our HCMC. When we asked him what was so special about this machine, he said, “this is a game changer for enclosures. It makes our customer’s lives easier and they get the product they need, when they need it.”

Ready to partner with French Gerleman to help quickly, accurately and safely modify enclosures? Give your Account Manager a call to learn more about our enhanced enclosure modification capabilities.