Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Stainless Steel Solutions – Conduit and Fittings

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Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Stainless Steel Solutions – Conduit and Fittings

Thomas & Betts Stainless Steel products are built to stand up to the harshest environments. Water, salt spray, sunlight, petroleum, chemicals and extreme temperatures are all destructive enemies that can have corrosive, degrading effects on your electrical systems. Protect your wiring with conduit, fittings, cable ties, metal framing, cable tray and accessories made from tough, durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

Thomas & Betts (T&B) offers you the widest selection of stainless steel electrical system components – including many innovative, industry-exclusive products that save you time and money, reduce inventory and solve installation challenges.

Thanks to the growing demand for corrosion-resistant electrical components, T&B has expanded its line of Stainless Steel solutions including conduit and fittings. These products are ideal for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and wastewater processing applications, but can benefit anyone looking for corrosion-resistant solutions for electrical systems.

All T&B’s products in this expansion come in both Type 304 and marine-grade Type 316 stainless steel. Type 304 stainless steel lasts 5x as long as regular galvanized steel does in corrosive environments. Want more? Type 316 stainless steel lasts 8x as long!

New products include:

  • LU Universal Form 8 Conduit Bodies with Covers
  • Type 316 Stainless Steel Liquid Tight Fittings
  • Stainless Steel Drain Adaptor and Ball Valve
  • Type 304 and 316 Stainless Steel Elbows and Nipples

Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic materials and easy to clean. This is because its surface is not cracked or porous, so the chance of it trapping impurities is low. Not only are T&B’s products food and potable water safe, they exceed requirements for wash-down applications and satisfy plant-cleanliness mandates from HACCP, FDA and various state agencies. This is an essential trait to have in the food and beverage market. But regardless of your use for these products, it means less work and more ease of mind for you.

By offering their products in stainless steel, T&B ensures that you have a solution that is resistant to extreme corrosion in harsh environments. In addition to its strength and durability, stainless steel is easy to install and requires very little maintenance.  Their products meet ASTM A-321/SA-312 standards and are UL/cUL listed. Download the new T&B Stainless Steel Catalog HERE.

Upgrade to T&B Stainless Steel components! Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager to learn more about these products and the expanded line from Thomas & Betts!


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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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Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Liquidtight Fittings

The new generation of Quick-Connect™ Liquidtight Fittings from Thomas & Betts install up to three times faster than traditional liquidtight fittings.  T&B’s innovative two step push-in technology with a captive sealing ring makes this new line installation-ready — just push and tighten avoiding multiple steps and multiple parts. The new push-in technology is ideally suited for high-volume OEM applications and is compatible with both UL and UA type liquidtight.

In most electrical installations, critical electrical components are protected by a NEMA rated enclosure. These enclosures are like a fort, protecting the castle from any damage or exterior threats. Fittings play a key role in preventing liquids and dust from penetrating the enclosure and maintaining its appropriate NEMA rating.

The T&B Liquidtight fitting line is the end-all for liquidtight and dust-tight connections. You benefit from their expertise and the integrity that their liquidtight and dust-tight connections offer.  Fittings are available for a variety of conduit systems as well as portable cord.

T&B fittings and cable protection systems are made to the highest quality standards and can be specified to meet any customer requirements. If you need it a certain way, they can make it work for you.

Not only do T&B fittings meet the highest standards, but they also offer the largest and most technologically advanced liquidtight fittings in the industry.

Here is a quick overview on the materials and features of the T&B Liquidtight Fittings:

Available materials: Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum and non-metallic (PVC, Nylon and Thermoplatics)

See how T&B’s Quick-Connect™ Liquidtight Fittings install up to 3x faster:

Features:

No Moisture Pooling: The distinctive pumpkin-like (perfect for Halloween) appearance and unique gland nut on T&B Liquidtight fittings deflects water away from the connector and prevents pooling.

Double-Beveled Sealing: T&B Liquidtight fittings feature unique sealing mechanisms made from high-temperature rated thermoplastic in a distinctive blue coloring. The foolproof design prevents them from accidentally being installed backwards, and therefore, not as secure of a seal.

Infinitely Adjustable: You will save time and money with revolver grounding fittings that use an infinitely adjustable rotating ground lug.

Interested in learning more about this elite, powerful liquidtight fitting line from T&B? Give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call today!


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Product Spotlight: Thomas & Betts Dragon Tooth Insulation Piercing Connectors

Now you might read that headline and think to yourself, “French Gerleman has gone mad. Why on earth are they talking about Dragon’s teeth?” We haven’t completely gone crazy, but we are in love with Thomas & Betts newest product, the Dragon Tooth Insulation Piercing Connectors. In this blog, we will take a closer look at what it is and how it can help you. Let us dive right in!

With the Dragon Tooth, you can splice, tap and terminate magnet wire quickly and easily, without any problems. Tough, high temperature insulation on magnet wire that is used by electrical motor and transformer manufactures can create problems in splicing and termination. The durability of magnet wire insulation, while great, the process of removing the insulation by chemical stripping and/or mechanical means can be toxic, time consuming, and a safety concern. That’s where Thomas & Betts came in with a solution.

The Dragon Tooth eliminates the need for chemical stripping and other methods of removing the insulation. That sounds pretty amazing, right? It gets even better. There are no special operator skills needed. The connector and matching tooling do the entire job.

Thomas & Betts Dragon Tooth connectors and installation tools are designed to splice, tap and terminate magnet wire from 32 AWG to 460,000 CMA copper and from 20 AWG to 460,000 CMA aluminum conductors in motor and transformer applications. It can penetrate the insulation and oxide layers to make electrical contact on magnet wiring, with the result being permanent, low-resistance electrical connections that are capable of maintaining contact integrity throughout the life of the connection.

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Here are a few additional highlights on the connectors:

  • Made of copper alloy, tin plated, with teeth on the inner surface
  • Splices and taps have an open side enabling easy access to wire and making internal coil tapping possible
  • For aluminum to copper, aluminum to aluminum or copper to copper magnet wire connections
  • Supplied with bolt holes to accommodate No. 6 through 1/2″ studs and includes male and female .250 x .032″ disconnects
  • Splices and fork terminals accommodate wire sizes 24 AWG to 12 AWG in a variety of combinations, including combining magnet wire with stripped wire lead. For solid or stranded wire #20 to #4/0 AWG
  • Larger connectors accommodate circular mil range from 50,000 to 460,000 cm
  • Connector and matching tooling do the entire job

An electrically sound, low-resistance connection is established as a result of the combination of high-pressure at the edges of the teeth and the sliding action between the teeth and the conductor. The open barrel design permits midspan splicing and tapping.

For more information on the Dragon Tooth Insulation Piercing Connectors or how to select a connector, you can download the T&B Dragon Tooth PDF. Or, contact your Account Manager today to learn more! You’ll be saying, “how have I gone this long without Dragon Tooth?”


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Product Spotlight: 5 SQUARE® Box from Thomas & Betts

Thomas & Betts has introduced a new line of 5-inch square boxes ideal for low voltage cabling systems and alarm devices.  The new 5 SQUARE® Boxes more than double the cubic-inch capacity of a standard 4″-square deep box, making it faster and easier to route wiring and make terminations in the box.

The 5 SQUARE® Telecommunication Box supports copper CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6A, CAT7, CAT7A and fiber optic cables as well as expected future generations of cables. The boxes include cable management posts to ensure minimum bend radius requirements for high speed data cables and enough interior volume to properly store the slack cable loop.

Avoid the hazards of ground faults and short circuits in fire alarm systems with the 5 SQUARE® Fire Signal Box. Its increased size and space added around the perimeter of an appliance helps to prevent ground faults and short circuits.

The 5 SQUARE® Boxes can save contractors up to 50% in labor costs. By storing the recommended slack loop of communications cabling in the box instead of in a closet or drop ceiling, terminating cables at the box becomes a job for a single technician, eliminating the need for a second technician to access the drop ceiling space where the cable loop is typically stored.

In addition to labor savings, our 5 SQUARE® Boxes provide equipment savings. Compared to standard electrical boxes, the larger size of 5 SQUARE® Boxes enables more circuits and zones to be pulled through, which can reduce conduit and installation costs.

Key features:

  • Twice the volume as standard electrical boxesTnB_SteelCity_5SquareBox
  • Integrated cable management posts prevent kinked and over-bent cables
  • Save up to 50% in labor, increase profits
  • Eliminate the need to remove ceiling tiles to access the slack cable loop, preventing damage and debris
  • Eliminate troubleshooting time and costs
  • Fully upgradeable system
  • Available in red powder-coat finish or zinc-galvanized

 

Ask your French Gerleman representative for information on how the Thomas & Betts 5 SQUARE® Box can help save you labor and material on your next project.

 


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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: Thomas & Betts – Blackburn® Hex-Flex® Die System

The growing popularity of flexible-conductor cable, commonly referred to as flex cable, has created challenges and headaches for installers.

Due to the nature of flexible conductors, in certain applications, the traditional hex-style crimp leaves the connection vulnerable to a reduction in pull-out ratings. The indent-style crimp works better than the hex-style crimp, but creates the same problem on flex cable as it does on code cable — lack of ability to inspect for a proper crimp.

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Thomas & Betts engineers solved this dilemma by developing a solution that brings the best of both worlds to crimping flex cable —Color-Keyed® HEX-FLEX™ crimp dies. The HEX-FLEX™ crimp uses a hex-shaped upper die to create an inspectable, verifiable, embossed hex crimp on the top side of the connector, with an indenter as the lower die to create an indent crimp with superior pull-out resistance on the bottom of the connector.

A Hex-Flex connection is quick with four easy steps. And each crimp takes less than a minute.

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  • Unique dies provide a high-performance crimp on flex cables that can be inspected and verified
  • Can be used on flex cable as well as code wire (consult accompanying chart for proper die and tool selection)
  • Creates a hex-style crimp on the top and an indent-style crimp on the bottom — in one easy step
  • Color-coded for easy matching with Color-Keyed® lugs and splices to eliminate costly installation errors
  • Die-code embossed on connection for easy inspection and verification
  • Full range of sizes available to cover flex conductor sizes M through K
  • Fit most existing 6- and 14-ton T&B compression tools, as well as 15-ton tools with 15500-TB adapter — no additional tool investment required
  • Dies made from high-carbon tool steel with black oxide plating for durability, corrosion resistance and long service life
  • Creates a UL Listed, CSA Certified connection when used on Color-Keyed® compression connectors with flex/24 plus classes B, C, G, H, I, K and M

 

This video demonstrates the simple, four-step process to make a UL Listed / CSA Certified connection using the Blackburn® HEX-FLEX® Die System, for a high-quality connection at a low installed cost.

Ask your French Gerleman representative for information on the Thomas & Betts’ Blackburn® Hex-Flex® Die System and complementary compression tools.