Jan-San Supplies Now Available from French Gerleman

Jan-San Supplies Now Available from French Gerleman

All businesses need cleaning supplies, whether for janitorial purposes or sanitation. Recently, French Gerleman started including distributing janitorial and sanitation (Jan-San) supplies as an extension of our Stock Optimization Program.

What is Jan-San?

Companies often need a baseline of supplies to ensure their employees are properly cared for and to keep their facility running smoothly.

  • Paper Products: paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, toilet seat covers, wipers and more.  We can also help you with breakroom supplies.
  • Skin Care: commonly include hand soap, hand sanitizers and rehydrating lotions.
  • Trash Can Liners: offered in both high density and linear low density in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to fit your needs.
  • Chemicals: typically include cleaners like disinfectants, floor cleaners and degreasers. French Gerleman now offers the complete Simple Green line including the Original Simple Green for industrial applications, Crystal Simple Green for the food and beverage applications and Extreme Simple Green for tough applications. Samples and demos are available upon request. We can provide a site survey of your stocked Jan-San chemicals to identify potentially better solutions for your applications and ways to consolidate the chemicals you use.  Ask us for more information.
  • Equipment: includes vacuums, mops, buckets and more depending on the individual needs of your facility.
  • Hygiene: include feminine hygiene and air care products.
  • Matting: entrance, logoed and anti-fatigue matting solutions to improve facility productivity. French Gerleman has partnered with The Andersen Company, a leader in matting solutions. Ask about our free matting audit.

How it Works

French Gerleman makes it easy by keeping track of your inventory and restocking as needed.  Consolidate your vendors by letting French Gerleman take care of your core Jan-San needs.

For customers that already take advantage of French Gerleman’s Stock Optimization Program, adding janitorial and sanitation supplies is an effortless decision. Not only does it save time, it saves money with better systems, better products and allows you to implement just-in-time inventory.

Environmentally Friendly

French Gerleman focuses on suppliers who manufacture cleaning supplies that are safe for employees to handle, as well as being more environmentally friendly. French Gerleman has partnered with Simple Green to supply much of their selection of cleaning supplies. Simple Green’s high-quality, safe products, are often multi-purpose resulting in fewer cleaners for you to inventory.

If you are interested in learning more about how French Gerleman can help you with your janitorial and sanitation supplies, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar Recap

Recently we hosted a Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar covering the product life cycle, preventive maintenance, and planning for future capacity. If you couldn’t attend, here are a few highlights from the seminar.

Electrical systems are essential to almost every other system a building has, and maintenance is required to keep them running properly. All equipment eventually reaches the end of its useful life, but well-maintained equipment lasts 35 years on average, as opposed to 17 years for unmaintained equipment.

Electrical equipment was never designed to go without maintenance.  In fact, when it was installed, you should have received an owner’s manual and maintenance guide.  Loose connections or mechanical parts are responsible for more than 30% of electrical losses, and electrical system components are 3x more likely to fail without preventive maintenance. If in doubt of what proper preventive maintenance for electrical systems includes, refer to the NFPA 70B for details to prevent equipment failures and worker injuries.

Below are key recommended preventive maintenance services according to NFPA 70B:

  • Voltage and current measurements
  • Harmonic voltage and current measurements
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Infrared thermography
  • Visual Inspection

Checking for voltage imbalances, drops and the intended voltage ratings for your equipment can elongate their useful lives. The use of infrared thermography does not interrupt uptime for any of your equipment, but picking up excess heat readings can indicate poor connections or excess load. Qualified, experienced electricians can often visually identify and fix issues on the spot which non-qualified maintenance personnel may not notice.

Visual inspections are incredibly useful in preventive maintenance, although they cannot be solely relied on as the only type of preventive maintenance.  Regular switchgear maintenance should include cleaning, inspecting for physical damage, checking insulation resistance, and reinsulating windings as appropriate. Circuit breakers 225 amps and above should be electrically trip tested to ensure they operate correctly.

An arc flash risk assessment should be included with your regular preventive maintenance. Arc flashes occur when an electrical arc passes through air, phase to ground, or phase to phase, and can cause serious injury and damage. The risk assessment will help you determine if there are any current hazards to address, and estimate further precautions to take against arc flashes by referring to the NFPA 70E.

Finally, an important part of preventive switchgear maintenance is preparation for an electrical system failure. Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) ensure power continuity to maintain process control in the event of a utility power failure. There are many solutions to provide backup of information, power continuity, control panel protection, and surge protection to keep your electrical infrastructure running smoothly.

For more information on the information covered in the Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


Workplace Safety Starts with First Aid

Category : FG News

First aid is crucial—especially in the workplace. It’s important to make sure you have the correct supplies stocked to comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and keep your employees safe. The ANSI 2015 standards for first aid went into effect summer of 2016, updating minimum performance requirements.

First aid kits should be checked regularly to make sure they are fully stocked, but now “fully-stocked” levels may have changed. Reviewing the ANSI 2015 standards gives a good baseline of what you’ll need, but since every workplace is different, appropriate content may be supplemented to fit its needs.

French Gerleman, in partnership with First Aid Only, has a vendor managed inventory (VMI) program which we can regularly inspect and replenish your first aid kits, based on each workplace’s individual needs, while meeting ANSI standards.


First Aid Only has released an overview of the new ANSI standards, listing what is now required for first aid kits in the workplace. Items include:

  • Adhesive Bandages and Tape
  • Antiseptics
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Breathing Barriers
  • Burn Treatments
  • Cold Packs
  • Eye Coverings
  • Eye Wash
  • First Aid Guides
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pair Exam Gloves
  • Roller Bandages
  • Scissors
  • Sterile Pads
  • Trauma Pads
  • Triangular Bandages

These components are required in varying sizes and amounts depending on whether your workplace requires a Class A or B kit. In fact, there are four types of kits, some of which are meant to be portable vs stationary, and their level of durability. First aid supplies are organized by color in unionized kits.

Deciding which type, class and quantity of kits are best for your workplace is important, and many different factors should be considered including the potential risks and number of employees. If you have questions or are interested in our First Aid VMI program, contact your local French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.


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!


First Aid Kit Inventory Management – Made Easy!

Replenishing your First Aid Kit Shouldn’t Create a Headache

First aid kits are something that we all have, but don’t necessarily think about very often. At least, we try not to, because that means we haven’t needed to use them! But it’s important to keep your first aid kits up to date and filled. The last thing you want to happen in case of an emergency, is open your first aid kit only to realize you’re out of what you needed.

That’s why we’re announcing a new French Gerleman Featured Service: First Aid Kit- Managed Inventory Program.

This program is perfect for industrial or construction applications and is a great way to stay organized in the new year. Whether you are looking to implement a new safety kit program for your business or you’re simply interested in a reliable partner to take over management of an existing program, we can help!

Program Benefits:

  • Monthly inspection and replenishment (includes check, clean and organize)
  • No minimum purchases or service charges
  • Customize your program and safety kit content
  • Keep your existing safety kits and products
  • Reps are not paid on commission
  • More cost-effective than national programs

For more information on our First Aid Kit Managed Inventory program, contact Steve Williams, Safety Division Manager, at 314-213-5859 or swilliams@frenchgerleman.com.

If you’re just looking to reorder items for your first aid kit or pick up a new one, just visit the first aid section of the FGOrders.com site HERE.


The Five Divisions of French Gerleman

At French Gerleman, we offer a wide range of innovative products and supply chain solutions. Our product depth can seem overwhelming.  To make it easier to understand, we have broken it down into the five divisions of French Gerleman. For your convenience, we are five distributors in one!

To give you a little history on how our divisions developed, we began with Automation and quickly grew into Electrical Supply.  More recently, we have expanded into Datacom, Power Transmission and Personal Safety.  The diverse products we stock and represent grew from our need to help our customers centralize their purchasing. Realize profitability improvements by using our extensive inventory to your advantage.

Our large, local inventory and vast supplier network allows customers to consolidate their purchasing resulting in less paperwork, reduced inventory, lower procurement costs and improved profitability.  Our financial strength allows us the flexibility to invest in inventory, technology, logistics, and talent resources allowing us to quickly react to changing market conditions.

In the following paragraphs, we will break down each division to give you a better idea what is we do and how we can help your company improve its efficiency and profitability.

Automation
At French Gerleman, our automation team offers dependable products, new and advanced software technology and convenient technical support for any shop-floor to top-floor solutions. We provide the expertise needed to ensure your confidence and operational excellence. The French Gerleman factory-trained automation product specialists are willing and prepared to make sure your automation investment translates into improved efficiency and productivity that will ultimately increase your bottom line. We offer more than 30 of the world’s leading brands of factory automation equipment including, but not limited to: industrial computers, programmable logic controllers, AC and DC drives and power products, machine safety and much more.

Electrical Supply
French Gerleman is one of the largest full-line electrical distributors in the region. Not only do we have the staff, inventory and structure to serve you well, but we realize that your success depends on receiving high quality products and service. Our goal is providing our customers the best customer service possible. We offer an extensive array of electrical products supported by experienced specialists. Because we invest heavily in local inventory and offer efficient delivery options, you can trust us to have the products you need, when you need them.

Datacom
We understand how frustrating it can be to call multiple places to find everything you need for your data communication projects. With French Gerleman, you just have to make one call to our Datacom Hotline! We serve a variety of markets including commercial, construction and industrial. With French Gerleman, you can count on us as your single source provider for products, training, services and solutions. Are you struggling to plan, design, manage or implement your data, voice or video communications? Our staff RCDDs provide design assistance to companies who need help in developing RFPs (requests for proposal) and specifications for their structured cable systems.

Power Transmission

It takes just one call to find everything you need for your mechanical power transmission projects. We serve a variety of markets including: Commercial, Mechanical, HVAC, and Industrial.  We harness the power of our manufacturing partners and our team of experienced specialists to provide you with a total power transmission solution.  Count on French Gerleman for a complete line of products, services, training and solutions.

Safety
Looking for a wide selection of personal safety and machine safety products, services and solutions for your business? French Gerleman has access to one of the largest and most comprehensive inventories of safety products in the region! You can enjoy the convenience of a single-source provider for all your safety needs, from personal safety and protective products for your employees or the safety option for your equipment. We can help you determine the right product for company and use with one simple phone call.

Have any questions about our products or services? Feel free to give us a call at 866-808-4240.  Our sales team is happy to lend you a hand!