Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with Products Made in the USA

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Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with Products Made in the USA

In the spirit of patriotism and the Independence Day holiday, we wanted to highlight a few of our vendors who manufacture products in the USA. By supporting companies who manufacture here, you are supporting our strong, American manufacturing workforce.

As a family-owned, Midwestern-based company, we are proud to support American made products like these:

Eaton’s B-Line series manufactures products across the United States, from Massachusetts to Texas. A few of the great B-Line products that are manufactured here in the USA include spring steel fasteners and Flextray™ wire basket, both of which are manufactured in Illinois.

The B-Line series Spring Steel Fasteners are excellent fastening solutions for a variety of electrical, mechanical and datacom applications. They include a broad range of products from the attachment to metal studs, acoustical tees, steel beams, channel, purlins and more. The entire line offers labor-saving solutions to lower the total cost of installation. You can browse the catalog and full product lineup of fasters HERE.

Eaton’s B-Line series Flextray™ Wire Basket Tray is ideal for commercial and data center cable management, in turn providing a flexible means of adapting your tray to fit any job-site application. They help reduce total installation cost through material and labor savings. The new design attaches to the bottom of the tray without hardware and locks into position with built-in tabs. They reduce field fabrication of horizontal fittings by up to 80%! Flextray included enhanced accessories to save you installation time and money. Check out the line of wire basket tray and accessories HERE.

Hubbell proudly supports U.S. manufacturing. Their tradition of quality is apparent in their products, but also in their operations. Just a few of these great product families manufactured here in the USA include pin and sleeve and fire-rated poke-throughs.

Hubbell has taken their highly rated IEC pin and sleeve devices and increased their horsepower ratings, added the switching capabilities of a motor disconnect and wrapped it in a sleek, compact new design. The disconnect button safely opens the circuit and confines any potential arching within contact chamber, making safety even easier. The devices save time and money by working with your existing installed base of IEC 60309-2 pin and sleeve plugs and inlets. Even better, these pin and sleeve connections feature a unique design to handle the most extreme wash down procedures. You can learn more about their pin and sleeve devices HERE.

Hubbell’s SystemOne Recessed 4, 6 and 8-inch fire-rated poke-throughs are designed to maximize installation flexibility and increase ease of use while adding a beautiful cover with an industry-leading load rating. Looks great and works even better! The stunning design matches your building’s decor while maintaining the highest safety with hide-a-way egress doors. Learn more about these fire-rated poke-throughs by downloading the catalog HERE.

Thomas & Betts is proud manufacture products United States and support local jobs. T&B Steel City and Ty-Rap are two of their many products made in the USA.

Steel City EMT fittings, with high-quality steel construction, are ideal for use in projects requiring U.S. manufactured components. The Steel City metallic outlet boxes and accessories provide innovative and efficient solutions for electrical rough-ins.  They save time and labor by shipping prefabricated, ready-to-install assemblies. You can view the Steel City lineup and features HERE.

Ty-Rap high-performance nylon cable ties are weather resistant and increase efficiency by attaching to your belt or convenient location. They feature an innovative design and engineered materials that make Ty-Rap the perfect fastening solution. You can learn more about the Ty-Rap solutions HERE.

Headquartered in Highlight Heights, KY, General Cable was incorporated in 1927. Their long history dates back more than 100 years and they are proud to manufacture many products in the U.S., including: Carol® Brand cord products (GenClean, SuperVutron Supreme); copper building wire (XHHW, THHN in colors, PV); STABILOY® Brand aluminum building wire (Feederplex™, MC, SER/SEU, MHF, XHHW, PV); data communication cables (GenSpeed® and Carol Helix® Brand); and electronic and industrial communication cables.

GenClean is ideally suited for the food/beverage industry. The rubber cord with GenClean jacket technology can substantially reduce the environmental conditions conducive to microbial growth. The GenClean jacket has been tested with many solvents and has proven itself in the toughest of environments. Its super tough jacket construction is built to withstand daily abuse, temperature extremes (-50°C to 105°C) and high-stress industrial environments.  It is abrasion-, cut-, heat-, flame-, sunlight- and chemical-resistant. You can download the GenClean™ brochure HERE to learn more.

SunGen Solar Cables offers an extensive line of low-, medium, high- and extra-high voltage cable products that address the requirements of solar power generation, distribution and transmission.  A complete solar energy solution, SunGen provides flexibility, ease of installation and long term performance. They are also now available in sun-resistant colors. You can learn more about the full SunGen line HERE.

Hoffman has been producing a variety of enclosure solutions for more than 70 years. Their air conditioners and concept style wallmount enclosures are some of their great U.S. manufactured products, including their thermal management products and their CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12 single door enclosures.

Hoffman’s thermal management products offer a variety of enclosure heating and cooling systems that are tailored to your application. Each unit is tested for reliability, is easy to install and maintain and backed by worldwide aftermarket service to keep you up and running. You can learn more about Hoffman’s thermal management solutions HERE.

The CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12, single door enclosures are ideal for machine control applications. They feature streamlined styling, flush quarter-turn latches and a durable, and attractive, finish. They are available in solid or window single-door and two-door landscape, flush-mount and sloped-top version, perfect for application and mounting flexibility. You can download the CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12, catalog HERE.

For more than 160 years, Greenlee has been manufacturing high quality, professional grade tools for wire and cable. Their tools are known to outlast and outperform the competition. Two of their great products that are manufactured in the USA are the CS-8000 Circuit Seeker™ circuit tracer and their G2090 cable stripping tool.

The Circuit Seeker™ circuit tracer promises to locate circuits that other units can’t. It utilizes both visual and audible signals in its ergonomically-designed handset and can trace concealed wires without power interruptions. It can also locate breakers for any circuit, live or open. The Greenlee Circuit Seeker™ is easy to use and extremely accurate. You can download the brochure HERE to learn more.

The G2090 cable stripping tool eliminates the potentially hazardous use of knives when stripping cable with safety and accuracy. Approximately 30% of all recorded jobsite injuries are caused by blade lacerations! Greenlee created the G2090 to help increase safety, accuracy and make the job faster and easier.

So there you have it, just a few of the products French Gerleman carries that are manufactured in the USA. To learn more about these products, be sure to contact your French Gerleman Representative.

We hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!


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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

 

 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.