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What You Need to Know About LEDs Before Your Next Project

What is an LED and how does it work? A LED, or light emitting diode, is a semiconductor diode which has the ability to conduct an electrical current.  The diodes are formed by combining two different semiconductor materials to form a P-N (positive and negative) junction.  When current is applied, the negative moves to one […]

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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 Wiring Device-Kellems‘ patented technology resolves this issue! Their receptacles […]

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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 […]

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Product Spotlight: Greenlee ErgoLab

The folks over at Greenlee are making history by launching the industry’s first Ergonomics Laboratory!  The Greenlee ErgoLab, based in Rockford, Illinois, offers state-of-the-art equipment to identify the ergonomic value of a tool by using scientific testing, measurement, and analysis.  The laboratory is designed to streamline the decision making process  for utility and electrical tool […]

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Mersen New Product Launch: Surge Protective Devices

Your facility is full of expensive, important equipment that you rely on daily. Not only do down machines cost you time, they are expensive and frustrating for your team and customers. That’s why surge protection is a hot topic that you NEED to make sure is addressed. What types of damage can a surge cause […]

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Don’t Replace – Remanufacture or Repair Equipment with French Gerleman

Broken equipment? Before you panic, before you buy new, consider remanufacturing or repairing instead of replacing! At French Gerleman, we offer cost saving remanufacturing services on Allen-Bradley equipment and repair service on thousands of other manufacture’s parts. Whether it’s AC/DC drives, PLCs, servo motors and drives, or robots and controllers, we are your single source […]

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Power Quality Problem Identification and Mitigation

Poor Power Quality: What’s the Impact and Factors? The impact of poor power quality is significant.  According to Frost and Sullivan, power-related problems cost U.S. companies more than $26 billion per year.  There are a number of different factors that can cause electrical disturbances and one of the main factors can be the user.  This […]

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Electric Motor Bearing Failure and Use of the Proper VFD Cable

What causes bearing failure to occur between the variable frequency drives (VFD) and electric motors?  What can be done to minimize the potential for failure? For starters, the ball bearing is the connection between the shaft and the motor frame. There are two rings: an inner ring (which is in contact with the shaft) and […]

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French Gerleman Gives Back Through Rebuilding Together

If you’ve never heard of Rebuilding Together, it’s a great organization that we’re proud to be a part of at French Gerleman. Rebuilding Together hosts an annual Rebuilding Day – a single day in the spring where volunteers come together to lend a hand to low-income homeowners in the St. Louis area to improve the […]

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We Solve a Customer’s Issue & the Result Wins a Readers’ Choice Award

We often meet customers who are frustrated with a current product they are using and they can’t seem to find a solution. We enjoy helping identify new, better solutions for customers to improve their efficiency and profitability.  Here’s a great testament to our success… About 18 months ago, we had a customer reach out to […]

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