Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends and Standards

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Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends and Standards

Last month, at our St. Louis branch, we offered customers the chance to learn about the latest trends and standards within the electrical industry at our Trends and Standards Update. Attendees gained knowledge on the latest innovative products that can help customers stay compliant with standards and the latest trends to help drive safety, technology and efficiency.

These high-level presentations offered cutting edge solutions to help customers stay ahead of the electrical trends and standards.  The seminar offered updates from Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, Hubbell Wiring Device- Kellems and LUTZE.

These presentations covered the following:

Mersen covered SCCR codes and standards, including UL 508A standards. The UL 508A marking confirms that the industrial control panel has been certified by inspection. If the UL 508A’s construction requirements are followed, then a panel builder is eligible to have their panel listed by UL. Mersen also explained short circuit current rating (SSCR) and the importance of properly labeling panels for Arc Flash compliance.

SolaHD has updated its SDU Series DIN rail AC UPS. Their A Series still combines an industry leading compact design with a wide operation temperature range and unique installation options. The SDU provides protection from impulses and power interruptions that could be potentially damaging. This updated product also offers a new interchangeable optional “COMM Card” accessory, that allows communication between fieldbus protocols and industrial Ethernet. SolaHD has also introduced a new CF Relay Card option that has replaced the RELAYCARDSDU option.

Thomas & Betts has created an evolution of compression tools. Their Color-Keyed coding system allows high quality UL-compliant connections at a low installed cost. Thomas & Betts covered the basics on how to properly prepare cable, determine the proper connector, choose the correct tool/die and crimp inspection. They covered how the Thomas & Betts Blackburn Color-Keyed® compression connector system can make inspections and certified installations easier.

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems recently released the first UL Listed pop-up receptacle for countertops. To protect against spills, the receptacle assembly is sealed with patent pending silicone gaskets to repel liquids in both the down and up positions. The countertop receptacle is UL Listed to 498 Section 146 to be water resistant to a half gallon of liquid spilled on the device.

Hubbell also recently introduced both their Advantage Pin & Sleeve product line to promote safety and provide line of site disconnect and their inSIGHT Circuit-Lock™ Disconnects with LED indicators to promote workplace safety and improve troubleshooting time.

LUTZE covered the evolving NFPA 79 standard. The recent changes to this standard aligns with IEC 60204-1. A change to Section 6.6 states that an arc flash hazard warning requires “warning qualified individuals of a potential arc flash hazard” pertaining to emergency stop or emergency off situations. New work space rules for enclosures with feeder conductors have been revised to align with section 110.26 of the NEC. To help users avoid dangerous errors the requirement for “width of working space” has been revised to specify the required opening and clearance into the control cabinet. LUTZE has a variety of cable offerings that meet the NFPA 79 standard.

Be sure to check out our website for information on upcoming events.  If you have questions or would like more information on products or concepts covered in this recent event, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.

 


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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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USB Type-C Charger Receptacles

Exciting news from Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems! They have recently begun production on their new Type-C USB Charger Receptacles.

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In case you haven’t heard, USB Type-C is the latest development in USB technology. It’s a major breakthrough for the USB industry, and is a technological advancement for both data transferring and battery charging. With the new USB Charger Receptacles, you can charge faster and quicker, something we’re always looking for.

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The new design offers Type-C with increased power to 5 Amp and 5 Volts which is an industry first. Hubbell is the first to market a duplex receptacle equipped with not only 2 USB Type-C ports, but to also provide versions with both original USB Type A and Type C combination port receptacles. Having both ports on one device allows for the most diverse charging experience.

The latest and greatest technology is starting to support the USB Type-C charger, such as the latest version of the MacBook. Type-C allows for charging of multiple devices with the same cord. You no longer have to search through the spaghetti mess of cords to find the right one for each device. It also enables the cord to be inserted in either direction, up or down, it doesn’t matter! The USB Type-C can also be used to supply power to devices such as computer monitors, watches and other electronics.

Type-C Charger Receptacles Features:

  • 15/20A 125V Commercial and Hospital Grade versions
  • Two 5A, 5VDC USB Type-C ports meaning the fastest USB charging to date
  • Green LED light to indicate power to USB ports
  • Vented base for enhanced heat dissipation
  • Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacles
  • USB Ports rated for 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal

Dual Port USB A & C Charger Receptacles Features:

  • Allows compatibility with original USB and next generation of USB technology
  • 15/20A 125V Commercial and Hospital Grade versions
  • One USB A and One USB C 5A, 5VDC port
  • Green LED light to indicate power to USB ports
  • Vented base for enhanced heat dissipation
  • Tamper Resistant Duplex Receptacles
  • USB Ports rated for 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal

Hubbell now offers more USB configurations so that customers can specify and sell/purchase what you need, want and desire. You can download the full product information HERE to learn more about the entire Hubbell family of USB Charger Receptacles or give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call to learn more about the latest from Hubbell.


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Product Spotlight: Hubbell Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

When it comes to common plugs on small devices like electronics chargers, lamps, appliances and extension cords, they often have flexible blades with sharp edges and burrs that catch in conventional temper resistant (TR) outlets. This can cause damage to the devices and/or safety concerns. Hubbell’s patented technology resolves this issue! Their receptacles are tamper-resistant, not plug resistant.

Hubbell heard concerns from customers when it came to their tamper-resistant receptacles and this drove their product development team to engineer a better way. The result? Hubbell created a patented cam action mechanism. When a plug is inserted into a Hubbell tamper-resistant receptacle, the cam will slide the insulating barrier out of the way, a rotating action that eliminates friction creating a more reliable and smoother insertion. The Hubbell Cam Action Technology makes inserting a plug as easy as plugging into a standard receptacle. This new design has been incorporated into the Hubbell Industrial, Hospital, Commercial and Residential receptacles.

Approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns from sticking objects into unprotected receptacles, according to the NFPA. The 2014 NEC Code requires that tamper-resistant receptacles to be installed in:

  • Hospitals and healthcare facilitieshubbell usage
  • Child care facilities
  • Hotels/hospitality
  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Schools and higher education housing
  • New and remodeled residences

 

We are seeing a huge surge in TR receptacles in libraries, lobbies, neo-natal wings, waiting rooms, grade schools, pediatrics and manufacturing plants, just to name a few. The safety and ease of these Hubbell tamper-resistant devices makes them perfect for these applications.

You can view the full line of tamper-resistant receptacles from Hubbell HERE. Have any questions or need help selecting what TR receptacle will work best for your location? Give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call or contact us.


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Product Spotlight: Hubbell Metal Raceway

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Another exciting product launch from Hubbell Wiring Devices!  Hubbell has expanded their line of surface metal raceway.  The HBL 700 series now joins the HBL 500 and HBL 750 series, which are all low profile single service metal raceway products.  Further, along with ivory, white has been added to the offering.   French Gerleman has committed stock, ready for your next planned project.
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The HBL 700 series includes pull wire efficiency with Hubbell’s full 3/4 inch HBL 750 series raceways. They offer enhanced safety with rounded corners on all boxes, eliminating sharp edges. Also maximize your productivity with Hubbell’s unique Handi-Screw. This eliminates difficult to install long screws, creating a shorter, and less cumbersome installation. The one seam construction adds a “clean” look and the box design allows standard wallplates to be mounted flush with virtually no perimeter profile exposed.

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Raceway Features:

  • The HBL 750 series accommodates up to five CAT 5e, three CAT 6 or two CAT 6A cables.
  • For convenience, the raceways offer triple knockouts on boxes, allowing usage with all HBL500, HBL700 and HBL750 series channels.
  • Additionally for quick installations, the prewired, Metallic Raceway family is the PlugTrak and Portable PlugTrak, available with standard, tamper-resistant or USB r

To learn more about Hubbell Metal Raceway, download the PDF HERE, or give your Account Manager a call.

We’re excited to carry this expanded, complete offering of Hubbell Raceway!  Call us, go online or stop by one of our sales counters to order today for your next project!


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Featured Product: Hubbell Circuit-Lock Sloped Top Stainless Steel Disconnects

The new Hubbell Circuit-Lock® Sloped Top Stainless Steel Disconnects are engineered to shed water and debris. They will withstand the harshest environments and frequent wash-downs, as well as outperform wherever sanitary conditions are critical. The nonporous 304 stainless steel enclosures are UL Type 4X, 12 and IP69k and designed to be easily cleaned and stay clean.

Consistent with best practices in hygienic design, virtually all horizontal surfaces have been eliminated to minimize harbors for dirt and debris. This product has been certified by NSF International for hygienic applications in food and beverage processing. The compact and installation friendly design is the perfect balance of form and function, allowing for ample wiring space and hassle free installations.

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  • Available in 30A, 60A and 100A and accommodates up to two auxiliary contacts
  • 15º sloped and rounded top aids run-off by minimizing horizontal surfaces
  • Label-less cover is embossed with “ON” and “OFF”
  • Compact footprint allows for ample wiring space and hassle-free installation
  • High visibility red OSHA lockout/tagout handle is protected by a full shroud
  • Fixed offset ¼” mounting feet meet NEC® airspace requirements for metal enclosures
  • Cover cannot be removed when switch is in the “ON” position
  • Captive cover screws won’t fall out

Circuit-Lock Sloped Disconnects from Hubbell are ideal for food/beverage, pharmaceutical, meat processing, conveyor and corrosive applications.

Ask your French Gerleman representative for information on the new Hubbell Circuit-Lock Sloped Top Stainless Steel Disconnects.

 


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What Do the Changes to Self-Test GFCIs Mean to You?

Unless you are an electrical contractor, you might not have heard about UL 943 and the necessary transition to self-test Ground-fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). We’re here to break it down and make it simple to understand!

What is it?

The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Standard 943 for GFCIs requires manufacturers to include a new function for all ground fault receptacles (GFRs) being built after June 29, 2015.

What does that mean?

The new functionality required by the UL means that each GFR must automatically monitor the GFCI circuit/functionality periodically every three hours or less. It must also automatically test within five seconds of power to the device.

New 2015 GFCI Requirements

Standard 943: June 29, 2015, changes:

  • “Automatically” monitor GFCI circuit/functionality “periodically”
    • Automatically test within five (5) seconds of power to line and load terminals
    • Periodically means every three (3) hours or less
  • If the unit can no longer provide GFCI protection, it must comply with the following
    • “Deny Power” (trip with the inability to reset)
    • Trip with the ability to reset, subject to the next auto-monitoring test cycle
    • Visual and/or audible indication as permitted by UL 943
  • 30.8 visual and/or audible indication
    • GFCI must visually or audibly indicate that it does not go to power denial

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What is changing for the customer?

The external changes are very minimal. There are no changes in wiring or method of installation, nor are there changes in user interface or physical size. The only physical external changes are an added power indicator and an added trip indicator.

The internal changes are moderately major. They include:

  • New microcontroller/programmed for auto monitor
  • Major component additions to printed circuit board for filtering, diagnostics and monitoring
  • Single printed circuit board changed to a double sided PCB
  • Added power LED board
  • Added electronics for trip indicator (solid red when tripped)
  • 100% new tooling across all lines for internal design changes

You can still buy and install the current generation of GFCIs until the inventories are depleted, but manufacturers will no longer produce the previous generation of GFCIs after June 29.Hubbell_SelfTestGFCI

Hubbell’s Got Your Back

With Hubbell’s Self Test GFCI Patented Technology, the GFCI receptacles continually test and monitor for “people protection capabilities” automatically. This patented safety feature includes disconnecting power to the receptacle if critical components are damaged. Give your French Gerleman representative a call to learn more about the full line of Hubbell GFCIs or to place your order!

 

Source: Hubbell Wiring Device- Kellems


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Honoring the Fourth of July With U.S. Made Products

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In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, we wanted to write a blog that focuses on products manufactured in the USA. What better way to celebrate Independence Day? T&B says it best, “American innovation and hard work produce a current like no other.” When you connect with companies who manufacture in the USA, you connect with American jobs, products and people.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed in 2009 and intended to stimulate the U.S. economy by injecting $787 billion in spending and tax cuts. For federal, state and municipal projects funded by the ARRA, there is a preference for the use of U.S. domestic products. The following companies are all “Buy American” compliant:

Thomas & Betts

While Thomas & Betts has a global operations, their American workforce is more than 4,900 strong! Its U.S. plants produce a wide range of components that improve the transmission and distribution of electrical power. T&B’s Distribution Center, located in one of the top distribution regions in the country, ships 85,000 products a day to keep industry powered up. T&B has manufacturing plants in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts and Tennessee.

T&B Steel City, manufactured in the USA Steel EMT Fittings, are high-quality steel construction, ideal for use in ARRA projects requiring US manufactured components. To learn more about the available sizes, you can view their sales brochure HERE.

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Hubbell has a wide range of products available for your next project, all manufactured in the U.S.! They range from ground fault receptacles, switches, occupancy sensors, lighting controls, network wiring, cable protection products and more. For a full list of products available from Hubbell that are “Buy American” compliant be sure to download their PDF HERE.

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SolaHD has a complete line of energy saving transformers that are compliant with the “Buy American” provisions of the ARRA. They are manufactured in the U.S., are compliant to NEMA TP-1 standards, single and three phase availability and are high efficiency for low cost operation. To see the full list of features and benefits and to learn more about products available from SolaHD, you can download the PDF HERE.

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General Cable products are manufactured in America to build America. At General Cable, they provide cutting and paralleling services as well as pulling eyes for easy installation. They offer great products including STABILOY® Brand aluminum building wire as well as copper building wire and Carol® Brand cord products. They are perfect for portable power during construction. To learn more about the products available from General Cable, you can download their Manufactured in America PDF HERE.

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To learn more about products that are manufactured in the USA or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, contact your French Gerleman representative. From all of us at French Gerleman, we hope you and your families have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday!

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Featured Product: Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices

We all know that mixing water and electricity does not turn out well, so if you’re looking for superior watertight wiring devices, look no further than Hubbell!  This new line has a wide range of watertight devices are the perfect solution for your industry.

Here are a few applications for Hubbell’s Watertight Series Devices:

Water Treatment
Hubbell devices are made to withstand the most abusive environments such as water treatment plants.

Food and Beverage Processing
Each Hubbell device is rated to withstand harsh, wet environments common to food and beverage facilities meeting stringent UL and NSF requirements.

Agriculture
Mud, standing water and abuse are no match to these rugged engineered devices. Put them to the test!

Outdoor entertainment
Power is delivered consistently when the show must go on. Perfect for concerts, fairs, runs and other outdoor events.

Factory
Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices are ideal for delivering power to all types of industrial machinery and equipment.

 

Hubbell’s products stand apart from their competitors:

  • NEMA 6 and IP69 rated for superior water resistance
  • National Sanitation Foundation recognized
  • Keyed interior for easy installation
  • Hubbell’s patented Gotcha®ring and collapsible bushing yields the industry’s best strain relief
  • All stainless steel hardware and corrosive resistant connection points
  • Smooth body design minimizes collection points simplifying the wash down process

 

HUB_Watertight_GroupThe full line of Hubbell’s Watertight Series Devices includes:

  • Plugs and Connectors
  • Lift Covers
  • Bushing, Cone Seals and Closure Caps
  • FD Boxes
  • Angled Adapters
  • Portable Outlet Boxes
  • Covers for Portable Outlet Boxes and Panels

 

Interested in learning more about Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices or in placing an order? Give us a call at 866-808-4240, we’d be happy to help!