Recent Blog Posts

French Gerleman Celebrates 20 Years Serving the Washington, MO, Community

In 2000, French Gerleman first opened the doors to our Washington, Missouri, branch to support the growing regional market. We began with just one employee, occupying only half the building we continue to operate from today. Twenty years later our on-site staff has tripled, not including our outside sales and product management team. Our physical […]

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solar integration

What to Look for in a Solar Distributor Partnership

Whether you are a new or established solar integrator, your choice in distribution partners is an important one. With a nearly 100-year history as an electrical distributor and a 10-year history specifically serving the solar industry, French Gerleman understands what is critical to you, the solar integrator. This article will explore the most important qualities […]

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Gain Confidence in Managing your Inventory of Critical Spare Parts

If you work in manufacturing or on a commercial jobsite, you’ve likely found yourself in the middle of a project when you realized that you don’t have the spare parts on hand to get the job done. You’re stuck. You’re facing costly downtime while you track down and secure what you need. The project is […]

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switchgear

Why Switchgear Fails and How to Fix or Prevent It

When it comes to dealing with complex power systems, the adage is: “It is not a matter of if, but when it will fail.” And when that day comes will you be prepared? Here at French Gerleman, our goal is to help our clients with identifying weak links in your power system and knowing how […]

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Cut Seismic Bracing Installation Time in Half with Eaton’s B-Line Series Seismic Cable Kit

The ground rumbles and you feel a sudden jolt. You brace yourself for a second, hoping it isn’t what you fear. The floor beneath you and the rest of the building begin to shake violently. You struggle to maintain your footing. Less than 30 seconds later… it’s over. You’re thankful to be safe, and the […]

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Grace Technologies VTS

Enhance LOTO with Safety-by-Design

Before you begin working on equipment in your facility, how can you establish and verify a deenergized state to identify when it is safe to begin work?  Grace Technologies’ Voltage Test Station (VTS) can assist your team with a safer and more productive Lockout Tagout (LOTO) procedure. The Voltage Test Station (VTS) is Grace’s flagship […]

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FSMA Compliance - food safety

Products from ABB to Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act

In 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad powers to regulate how food is grown, harvested, and processed. The FSMA enables the FDA to strengthen the food safety system by focusing more on preventing problems than reacting to them after they […]

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Solving Commercial Power Issues with SolaHD

Lights flickering in the office. Machines on the factory floor experiencing lapses in power. Unpredictable IT and phone system outages. Sound familiar? According to recent Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) research, power-related problems cost U.S. companies between $119 billion and $188 billion per year. And 80% of the time, the source of those problems is […]

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Global IEC Global Enclosure Portfolio

French Gerleman Now Offering a New Range of IEC Rated Enclosure Solutions as an Authorized Distributor of nVent HOFFMAN’s Global IEC Enclosure Portfolio

Engineered to meet global enclosure ratings, the nVent HOFFMAN Global IEC Enclosure Portfolio accelerates the specification and assembly process through interchangeable accessories and tool-free assembly. French Gerleman is excited to offer nVent HOFFMAN’s new Global IEC Global Enclosure Portfolio. Designed for global specifications, this new portfolio covers virtually every application, including: Floor Standing Modular Enclosures […]

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Build an Organized, Secure Plant Network with Network Segmentation

On a recent blog, we discussed best practices for industrial network design, reviewing the structure and benefits of Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) network design for combining information technology with operational technology in a secure and organized manner. A primary method for organizing a network lies in proper network segmentation. At French Gerleman we understand that […]

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