With Eaton, it’s a snap when it comes to color-coding cable pathways

With Eaton, it’s a snap when it comes to color-coding cable pathways

When it comes to color-coding your cable pathways, Eaton has two stocked B-Line series solutions that are readily available and easy to install.

Com Dangles Solution

As the only data hanger specifically designed to be used with ceiling wire, the Com Dangle solution easily integrates into the ceiling grid with only tie-off wire where jurisdiction requires.

Made from advanced polymer material, the UL listed, Plenum rated, and RoHS compliant solution is corrosion and chemical resistant.  It features a high strength to weight ratio, and is abrasion and impact resistant over a wide range of temperatures.  And best of all, it’s a snap to install.


J-Hooks & Color ID Clips

Eaton has long been known for its superior J-hook cable management solutions, but now the color ID clips are an alternative to painted J-hook.    The color ID clip is available in a variety of colors and snaps onto the J-hook before or after installation, making visual verification of cable pathways even easier.

Manufactured from material that is suitable for use in air handling spaces in accordance with Section 300.22 (c) and (d) of the NEC, the color ID clips are UL Listed for plenum spaces.  View the video for more information.

Upgrade to color coded solutions for fast and easy visual content pathway verification! Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager to learn more about these products from Eaton’s B-Line series.

Save Time, Space and Lower Installed Cost with Eaton’s B-Line Series 4Dimension Strut System

We have covered Eaton’s B-Line series 4Dimension™ strut system in a past blog, introducing you to this innovative new approach to strut supports. But did you know 4Dimension strut can save you time, space and lower installed cost on MEP support applications? We’re going to take a closer look at the 4Dimension strut system and how it can help your business improve flexibility, maximize space and lower installed cost of supports in mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) facility-subsystems.

Some of the biggest challenges that face owners, designers and installers today are supporting systems. There are several factors that impact job installation time, cost and complexity:

    1. Space limitations and structural obstructions
      The 4Dimension strut provides solutions to solve space limitations and structural obstructions, making those limitations of the past a distant memory. The multi-sided functionality drives flexibility and space saving opportunities. By using a 4Dimension strut as a substitute for traditional back-to-back strut, the overall height of the channel is reduced. The 4Dimension strut dove-tail bar creates an option to build instant back-to-back or side-by-side, meaning that the options are virtually limitless. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?


    1. Frequency of supports and load
      The multi-sided 4Dimension strut offers the flexibility of a back-to-back system with the strength and cost similar to a single sided traditional strut system. The user now has the ability to mount items over and under the channel, therefore reducing the length of the strut required. It also has a higher strength to weight ratio than traditional struts.


    1. Product selection
      4Dimension strut is available in pre-galvanized, hot galvanized dip, Dura Green™, stainless steel 304 and 316. The 4Dimension strut system works with 2 1/2″ diameter pipe and smaller, which is up to 80% of pipe installed in a commercial structure. Even better, it is compatible with up to 90% of current traditional strut fittings.


  1. Labor Costs
    The 4Dimension strut includes innovative trapeze hanger designs that allows for quicker installation and labor savings. The Flip Clip hanger reduces the number of components to install from nine components down to five. The 4Dimension strut system turn and lock hanger reduces the total number of components from nine down to three. The system design allows for options to be pre-fabricated, which can be easier to lift and secure and help speed installation. And, the 4Dimension strut system has up to a 10x faster cutting speed due to material thickness.

To give you a more visual, real life example of the savings with 4Dimension strut, here are two case studies of traditional struts vs. Eaton’s B-Line series 4Dimension strut 4D22 and 4D21.


With the 4Dimension strut from Eaton, you now have the product that will help minimize total installed costs which helps you to be more competitive and profitable! Who wouldn’t want that? To learn more about these case studies, you can download the white paper from Eaton HERE.

Interested in learning more about the 4Dimension Strut system? Check out our product spotlight or give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call.

KwikSplice Aluminum Cable Tray Helps Reduce Cable Tray Splicing Labor up to 50%

Eaton’s B-Line series KwikSplice™ cable tray system utilizes a patent-pending side rail design that helps provide contractors with a lower installed cost solution. The system includes a full line of straights, fittings and innovative accessories that enable labor and materials savings.

The system is ideal in settings such as:

  • Light industrial
  • Commercial
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Education
  • Government buildings
  • Data centers


“Installation time and complexity are critical elements in construction environments,” said Patrick Keller, Product Manager, Eaton’s B-Line division. “This industry-first design allows for a quicker installation and reduces hardware, helping customers improve the bottom line on their construction projects.”

The KwikSplice cable tray system features a splice retention groove I-beam side rail which allows installers to easily guide and snap the splice plate into position. With just two bolts, the installer can secure the connection, and still maintain structural integrity and electrical grounding.

Additional accessories, such as the universal fitting, feature a tool-less splice design and easy side panel removal that allows installers to create a horizontal bend, horizontal tee, or horizontal cross. The engineered I-Beam design of the cable tray reduces labor during handling and installation.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Light-weight aluminum construction
  • Patent pending I-beam splice retention groove to secure splice connection
  • Splice maintains structural integrity and electrical grounding
  • Rated for NEMA 12A and NEMA 12B load classes
  • UL, CSA and IEC approvals
  • Full line of labor saving accessories and fittings
  • Standardized ¼” hardware
  • Manufactured and stocked in the U.S. and Canada

Ask your French Gerleman representative for information on how the KwikSplice system can help you reduce labor costs on your next cable tray project!


Complementary Support and Design Tools from Eaton’s B-Line Business

CoSPEC™ Specifier Center

With nearly 100 different CAD, BIM, and graphic formats, customers can easily select, view and download B-Line products in 2D and 3D.

TrayCAD™ Software

This cable tray design software is intended to minimize design time and associated costs. It assists contractors and engineers in developing project designs and making purchasing decisions by incorporating the full cable tray breadth of products from Eaton. The free add-on software works with the latest versions AutoCAD® to create a 3D representation of the cable tray system and builds a full bill of materials once the cable tray layout is complete.

On-Line Calculators

Helps calculate the potential material and labor savings in your project by utilizing the KwikSplice cable tray system.

eLearning Videos

Eaton’s B-Line business offers a variety of eLearning product and services videos from basic to advanced.

Take-Off Services

For large project bids and final detailed drawings, Eaton can provide the details you need to quickly help you estimate costs and a bill of material. For custom requirements, B-Line’s team of sales engineers can help with advanced quotes and custom solutions as required.  Contact your French Gerleman representative for additional information.


Featured Product: 4Dimension Strut System from B-Line by Eaton

We’re excited to introduce the latest product from B-Line by Eaton, the 4Dimension Strut System! This new strut from B-Line is truly a game changer in the industry. Save up to 50% on material and installation time with this revolutionary new strut design.

4Dimension gets its name from the unique, four-sided design that allows use of all four sides, cutting down on cost, install time and labor. We’ve been counting down the days until this exciting new launch and wanted to share the news with all of you.

This innovative new strut system from B-Line changes how contractors and installers build and install support systems for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, data centers and HVAC in commercial and industrial spaces. After using the 4Dimension Strut System and seeing its benefits first-hand, contractors and install specialists will be singing its praises.

The revolutionary 4Dimension strut profile design and innovative accessories help contractors and installers compress project schedules, reduce material costs and increase configuration flexibility- without sacrificing load.

4Dimension Support Photo

How 4Dimension Strut Will Save You Money:

  • Two- and four-sided functionality delivers up to 50% savings on materials and installation time
  • Functional replacement for multi-layer trapeze and back to back strut systems, with considerable cost and material savings
  • Two trapeze solutions designed to provide up to 50% reduction in installation time
  • Helps save space and weight by fully utilizing all four sides



4Dimension Strut System’s Innovative Features:

  • Two- and four-sided functionality with versatile modular design
  • Superior strength and lighter weight for ease of transport, cut and assembly
  • Innovative fitting solutions with virtually hundreds of possibilities; and compatible with more than 90% of current strut fittings and accessories
  • Ideal for new and retrofit accessories
  • Two unique trapeze solutions
  • Three new alternative to welded back to back strut
  • SH hole accepts 5/8” hardware
  • Meets or exceeds MFMA standards

How can you say no to cutting costs and saving on installation time and space? 4Dimension strut is now in stock, for more information or to place your order, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or click here to request more information.