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

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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.

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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.


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Lower Installed Cost Solutions with Eaton’s B-Line Series Products

If you’re looking for lower total installed cost solutions, look no further than Eaton’s B-Line series products. In this blog, we will highlight two solutions that can help you save big:

  • 4Dimension strut
  • B-Line series metallic cable tray

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 4Dimension Strut System – Save up to 50% on Materials and Installation

Eaton’s new B-Line series strut system, 4Dimension strut, is truly a game changer in the industry. Its unique, multi-sided design allows use of all sides, helping cut down on cost and install time, while saving space.

Features:

  • Multi-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 B-Line series traditional strut fittings and accessories
  • Ideal for new and retrofit accessories
  • Two unique trapeze solutions with time savings up to 50% on many applications
  • Three new alternative to welded back to back strut, an ideal solution to welded back to back
  • SH hole accepts 5/8” hardware
  • Meets or exceeds MFMA standards

Learn more by visiting the 4Dimension website or view the video.

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Structural Steel Savings with Eaton’s B-Line series Metallic Cable Tray

B-Line series metallic cable tray systems are engineered to provide the best strength to weight ratio, allowing installers to gain significant savings by reducing the number of structural steel supports required to install the system.

The most significant cost driver associated with cable tray installations is the cost of the supports which can range anywhere from $300 to over $5,000 per support depending on the complexity and location of the project.

Supports can be a significant cost.

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When assessing the potential to eliminate structural steel supports, Eaton recommends focusing on three key design considerations for any project – (1) straight section span, (2) fittings support locations and (3) supports to allow for thermal expansion.

  1. Increase Straight Section Span

Transitioning from 10 feet spans to 20 or even 40 feet span, by utilizing longer lengths of cable tray, reduces the number of structural steel supports on straight section runs by 50 percent or more.

  1. Reduce Required Fitting supports

Eaton’s B-Line series cable tray is engineered to provide more flexibility in selecting the proper supports location for fittings. In addition to this robust design, B-Line has conducted extensive testing to provide several options to support Horizontal Bends, Tees, Crosses, and Vertical Bends which reduce the fittings supports anywhere from 50% to 66% as compared to other systems.

  1. Supporting Expansion Splice Locations

Proper thermal expansion and contraction is key to any cable tray installation.  Eaton’s patented B-Line series heavy duty expansion splice eliminates the need to install additional supports within 2 feet (600 mm) on each side of the expansion location when it is placed at ¼ span. 

By incorporating Eaton’s B-Line series metallic cable tray and one or all three structural steel savings solutions above, customers can help eliminate a substantial amount of labor and structural steel on any given project and can save millions.

Where do we go from here? If you want to learn more about Eaton’s B-Line series solutions and how they can help save you money, be sure to check out their presentation from our Product and Technology Expo HERE, or give your account manager a call today.


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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

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“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.