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Panduit and General Cable Offer End-to-End Structured Cabling Solutions, Guaranteed Network Performance & System Reliability

For more than 10 years, Panduit and General Cable have offered a comprehensive line of structed cabling solutions for a variety of institutional, commercial and industrial applications.

How businesses manage their network cable and connectivity can have a major impact on overall system performance and business productivity.  Especially if there is an unplanned downtime due to poor network reliability.

Panduit and General Cable’s combined category 6A, 6 and 5e high-performance copper and fiber systems provide a robust and optimized cabling infrastructure that exceeds electrical parameters for today and into the future.  This world-class partnership provides guaranteed network performance and system reliability for the most demanding network requirements.

The Panduit and General Cable (PanGen®) vision is to provide organizations – large and small – the ability to enable essential business applications.  These solutions are developed through advanced research and development, manufacturing excellence and rigorous performance testing.

 

Four Key PanGen Benefits:

  1. Importance of Structured Cabling – A properly designed and implemented cabling infrastructure is a fundamental strategic asset of every business and institution. Carefully planning a structured cabling solution facilitates the delivery of new services, lower network maintenance costs and increased productivity.

 

  1. High-Performance Solutions – Category 6A, 6 and 5e high performance copper and fiber systems with network connectivity and cables provide a robust and optimized cabling infrastructure that exceeds all electrical parameters.

 

  1. World-Class Installation & Technical Support – Quality installation of PanGen solutions is provided through an extensive network of specially trained and certified installers. Meeting stringent qualification requirements, installers receive continuous training on products, standards and installation practices.  PanGen solutions come with prompt, nationwide technical support for customers from the design stage to post-system installation support.

 

  1. Complete Solution Warranty – All PanGen installations are eligible for the PanGen 25-year warranty*, which offers the following advantages:
    • 100% warranty coverage to repair and replace defective components
    • Compliance with all applicable ANSI, TIA/EIA and ISO standards
    • Backed by an installed channel performance guarantee
    • One point of contact for all inquiries (usapartners@panduit.com)

 

Interested in exploring options to enhance your current network infrastructure? If the answer is yes, we can help.

French Gerleman is an authorized distributor of Panduit and General Cable’s full-line of data communication products and services.  For more information about PanGen® structured Cable Solutions visit pangensolutions.com or contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.  We can schedule a facility walk-through or assessment and help you to determine the appropriate next steps to achieve your data infrastructure goals and objectives.

Content developed in coordination with Panduit and General Cable.

*To be eligible for the PanGen® system warranty, the system must be installed by a Panduit    Certified installer, meet certain requirements, and be registered by Panduit. The PanGen system warranty is subject to various terms, conditions and limitations.


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Harness New LED Technologies in Your Facility

On October 19, we hosted an LED Seminar in St. Louis with presentations from Philips, Acuity Brands and Dialight on emerging lighting technologies and how they can improve your workplace. They each focused on different aspects of how upgrading to LED lighting can improve your workplace from improved light output to new connected systems.

State of the Lighting Industry from Philips

LEDs have made a huge impact on the lighting industry as they are extremely efficient, last far longer than traditional lighting and are capable of being dimmed. LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours depending on the type, which equates to about 25 years in an office.

Upgrading to LED lighting has its costs, as any upgrade does, but there are different upgrade strategies you can take:

  • Simply replacing traditional light sources with LEDs, like changing the lamp in a fixture, will save energy and be more sustainable, but does not provide a new look or feel. It is the least expensive and easiest transition to LED lighting.
  • Installing a retrofit kit to replace traditional panel lighting is a cost effective way to help provide a new look and feel to your lighting, in addition to standard LED benefits, without penetrating the ceiling.
  • Completely renovating your lighting solutions can be higher cost, but will provide a new look and functionality
  • Add Enhanced Controls. Adding control systems to your lighting allows you to adjust for natural daylight, whether or not the building is occupied, and lets you dim your lights, which can add 50-65% more energy savings in addition to the savings that simply come from switching your light sources.

Old technology is declining as LED improves. Issues with LED, such as glare, are being fixed, and LEDs can now come with integrated sensors and be connected into controlled lighting.

The Next Step, Lighting Controls from Acuity Brands

Switching out lamps help save energy, but the next step forward in energy reduction is controlled lighting. Connecting an entire building with an information system converged network creates an IoT building. IoT (The Internet of Things) delivers building services through one holistic IP system.

Lighting offers the ideal platform to enable the IoT in buildings:

  • Ubiquity — where there are people, there are lights
  • Continuous power for additional sensors and devices
  • Processing capability for edge computing
  • Energy savings from a lighting retrofit can help fund inclusion of IoT networking and sensors

A smart LED lighting system can provide the IoT framework to unify your lighting devices, building controls, management systems and networks.  New, smart lighting systems can provide enhanced, customer-focused services to maximize performance, reduce operational costs, create better visual environments and increase energy savings while enhancing user experiences.

Energy-efficient LED lighting is being transformed into a smart, connected platform for data-driven applications. As a result, companies can derive more value from their LED systems beyond energy-efficiency and high-quality lighting.  Smart applications can help enhance employee safety and security, improve parking management, leverage location analytics and propel operations to the next level.

Evaluation & Selection of LED Fixtures from Dialight

When choosing LED solutions for your workplace, you have to consider the safety standards your lighting must meet. Different standards apply to different environments, such as industrial verses a hazardous location.

The 2017 NEC NFPA70 Code Book is the standard for all such safety ratings. When it comes to lighting safety in general, heat must be considered – both how much heat the lighting emits and how much it can withstand from the environment.

Why upgrade to LED? Overwhelmingly the top reason is safety, followed by energy reduction, maintenance reduction and the reduction of overall operational costs. LED systems use less energy and last longer require less maintenance, making your workplace safer and more efficient.

Whether you are looking to make your workplace safer, or you are looking for an integrated control system, LEDs are your path ahead. If you have further questions, connect with your French Gerleman Account Manager for more information.


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Make Your Workplace Safer with A-SAFE Barriers

Industrial barriers are meant to protect, whether it is racks, pedestrians or equipment, but all too often these barriers just take the damage themselves and need to be replaced, or even damage the vehicle which impacted them. A-SAFE manufactures flexible, polymer-based safety guardrail systems which flex on impact and return to their original shape, offering huge cost savings. Before installation, customers have their sites surveyed so that every solution is tailored to each facility’s needs. After the site survey, a custom proposal is provided with CAD drawings before installation.

These flexible barriers are made from Memaplex™, a three-layered material made of eight blended polyolefin and rubber materials.  Developed and exclusively manufactured by A-SAFE, it is designed specifically to dissipate impact and return to its original shape. It also wipes clean, does not corrode or flake, and is resistant to chips, cracks, cold and chemicals.

 

These barriers are ideal for use in many applications including:  food and beverage, airports, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, and parking lots.

Types of barriers include:

  • Column, Wall and Rack Protection
  • Pedestrian and Traffic Segregation
  • Height Restrictors and Bollards
  • Curb Barriers and Wheel Guides
  • Lift and Slide Gates

 

When traditional barriers are compromised, the force of the blow transfers directly to the base, ripping the barrier out of the floor, meaning you not only have to replace the barrier, you have to repair the floor. Since A-SAFE barriers are flexible, they absorb the shock, minimizing floor damage. This can provide dramatic long-term cost savings over traditional barriers.

Interested in lowering your costs while protecting your profits? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com for more information on A-SAFE barriers today!


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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.

Now that you have all of these new apps to make your job easier and keep your employees safer, why not get a FREE sample of the S18TAFGFN pictured below?

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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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New Teal Ethernet Cat5e Cable from LUTZE

Reliability is one of the most important features any product can have, especially in a manufacturing environment. Reliability in data transmission has become increasingly critical. LUTZE has come out with a new Ethernet cable to help provide the reliability you need. LUTZE’s new flexible teal Cat5e Ethernet Cable is specially engineered to provide long-term protection and uninterrupted data transmission.

This new Cat5e AWM 600V Ethernet cable (part#104349) introduces a teal-colored PVC jacket (RAL 5021). This teal jacket has a matte, adhesion-free surface for ease of use. The Ethernet cable has maximum flexibility due to its 22/7 copper stranding. Its small outer diameter (OD) also aids flexibility and accommodates applications where easy routing is a requirement.

With Lutze’s new cable, there is no need to separate wires internally in machinery and electrical panels, thanks to its AWM 600V rating. This makes installation safer, easier and less expensive. The cable features 100% foil and 85% braid shielding for protection from harmful electrical interference, is capable of speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and has a bandwidth of 100MHz per Cat5e. This cable can also go directly into the power limited section of a cable tray because of its PLTC listing.

These features make this Teal Ethernet Cat5e Cable perfect for anyone installing Ethernet cable industrially who are looking for functionality and ease of use. LUTZE’s new Teal Ethernet Cat5e Cable cuts costs in both material and labor, and is quick and easy to install.

Other features include:

  • UL AWM 2570 600V external use allows for installation alongside 600V power cables in accordance with NFPA 79 and UL508A, Clause 29.5.1A
  • Per NEC article 800, UL listed Type CMG allows for installation in communications cable trays
  • Per NEC article 725, UL listed Type PLTC allows for installation in power limited cable trays

If you need an Ethernet cable that provides flexibility, reliability and is easy to route, the LUTZE Cat5e AWM 600V Ethernet cable may just be the perfect fit for you. Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager to learn more about this capable Cat5e Cable.


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Are You Correctly Applying Line & Load Reactors on VFDs?

Today’s electronic equipment requires clean, consistent power for optimal performance.  The presence of power distortions between VFDs and motors can damage equipment, jeopardize productivity, and decrease profitability.

We see line and load reactors are often applied on AC variable frequency drives (VFD) without a solid understanding of when and why they should be used. VFDs solve a host of industrial motor control issues, but can introduce power quality problems to the electric grid and/or the VFD-controlled motor.

Eliminate the worry and headaches caused by poor power quality from VFDs by using solutions from MTE. Their products are designed to absorb everyday power line disturbances that can damage or shut down VFDs and other sensitive equipment.

What is a Reactor?

Essentially a reactor is an inductor. Physically, it is simply a coil of wire that allows a magnetic field to form around the coil when electrical current flows through it. More loops give a higher inductance rating. Typically, a ferrous material such as iron is added as a core to the winding. This concentrates the lines of magnetic flux making a more effective inductor. Reactors can be applied to both a VFD’s input and output, but the reasons for application differs.

Harmonic Distortion

VFDs create waveforms that contain harmonic distortion. Harmonics can cause many problems such as: increasing the utility current required to power the system resulting in the need for larger wires, transformers and circuit breakers; increases the motor’s operation costs; causes the overheating of components; inaccurate power measurements; nuisance trips; and telecommunication interference.

Adding an input line reactor helps reduce the creation of harmonics by smoothing out the input waveform. Another reason to add an input line reactor is to help protect the input semi-conductors from transient voltage spikes. This is very important on drive systems that do not utilize an isolation transformer. Compared to the overall cost of a VFD installation, an input line reactor is a small investment to help protect a VFD and provide a reduction in total harmonic distortion.

Peak Voltages & Rise Time

On the output side of a VFD, reactors are used for very different reasons. VFDs vary the speed of a motor by simulating a sinusoidal waveform with pulse width modulation (PWM). The PWM waveform is essentially a square wave created by fast switching on/off of the output semi-conductors (IGBTs). With every on/off transition there is a momentary voltage spike of up to 1400 volts. These spikes can create issues such as reflected wave, corona, and capacitive coupling. Applying an output reactor helps to smooth out the PWM waveform, reduce the voltage spikes and reduce common mode voltage. A reduction in voltage spikes and common mode voltage can help to reduce motor insulating heating and the creation of bearing currents.

Common Mode

Another issue that VFDs can create is common mode voltage which can cause a motor to break down over time. Common mode is created due to an imbalance of voltage in the three-phase output with respect to ground. This voltage seeks a path back to ground or the source it was created (in the case of a VFD, the DC bus). Many times this path to ground is through the motor bearings which can cause arcing and pitting in the bearing raceways and ultimately bearing failure. Applying an output reactor, or dV/dT filter, helps to balance the three-phase output thus reducing the common mode voltage.

The dV Sentry™ Filter from MTE is a revolutionary solution for motor protection. With its unique all-in-one design, the dV Sentry provides common mode reduction, peak voltage protection and rise time reduction. Its small footprint and easy terminations make installation faster and easier. It runs quietly and radiates less heat than previous filters.

French Gerleman stocks MTE line and load reactors. If you have further VFD related questions, please contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


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Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems Advantage Series Pin & Sleeve Devices

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems always provides quality Pin and Sleeve connections, and now they have even more to offer! Hubbell’s new Advantage™ Series Switch-Rated IEC Pin and Sleeve devices are the highest performing for harsh environments. They are now available in both 30 and 60 amp.

As the name implies, this series has many new advantages. The Advantage™ Series is capable of mating with existing IEC 60309-2 pin and sleeve devices, so you don’t have to worry about how it will fit with what you’ve already installed. Connections are color coded by voltage to help easily matching them.  The pin and sleeve devices are designed for superior water ingress protection so it can withstand the toughest environments.

Having trouble checking your connections? The Advantage™ Series has long-lasting, highly visible green LED lights on both sides of the device. They light up to verify when the devices are properly connected. There is also an unswitched feed-through ground pin which provides continuous ground engagement.

In harsh environments, labels and markings can often wear off. The Advantage™ Series has their product ratings laser-marked into the devices so you never have to worry about identification washing off. The compact, sleek design makes the ergonomic device simply to keep clean. For food processing facilities, this is a great feature. Another new feature is the spring-loaded disconnect button, which can be easily used with gloved hands.

Further advantages include:

  • Impact Resistant Cover Arm
  • Spring-loaded Cover
  • Heavy Duty External Cord Grips
  • Pocketed Recess for Screws
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Robust and Durable Housing

An optional pilot pin is also available on all 60 amp devices. This pin is smaller than the ground and phase pins. It is designed to be the last contact in the sequence, and the first to break before the main break.

More Advantages, Higher Standards

Not only does the Advantage™ Series come with more features, they are all designed to meet higher standards. All switch-rated plug and connectors are tested to UL 2682 standards. The Advantage™ Series exceeded standards, setting new benchmarks for mechanical and electrical performance. Their standards far exceed most application requirements, so you can rest assured it is the ideal solution to meet and surpass your needs.

The Advantage™ Series also passed NEC® Section 430.102(B), IEC 60309-1 and -2 and the IP69k water and dust test. We can say for certain that the pin and sleeve devices can withstand extremely hot and high pressure water.  They are also protected against dust and other contaminates even in the most extreme conditions.

Want to learn more about Hubbell’s Advantage™ Series Pin and Sleeve devices? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager today!


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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.