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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from French Gerleman

2019 has been a special year for French Gerleman. We marked 105 years since our forefather Albert French opened the motor repair shop that later became French Gerleman. Our team walked alongside vendor partners as they introduced new products and initiatives. Finally, we recently celebrated the achievement of two major industry awards, Rockwell Automation’s Bradley […]

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Don’t Get Caught in the Cold Without Winter Work Gloves

When it gets cold, many from the Midwest think they can just “tough it out.” Even if workers are wearing the proper winter clothing, bulky winter work gloves can get in the way, and may get taken off anyway. Hands are the first and most vulnerable place people experience the cold weather, and the workers […]

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French Gerleman Receives Two Prestigious Industry Awards

French Gerleman has recently been honored with two prestigious industry awards: The Bradley Cup and the MOSEIA Partner of the Year Award. These awards recognize French Gerleman as a leader in the industry, and reflect French Gerleman’s commitment to excellence in all areas of the company. We are honored to achieve these milestones, and grateful […]

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Save Time with the Hubbell inREACH Cord Reel Series

What if you could take a three-person task and complete it with only one person? We know how important it is to save time and labor on job these days, so imagine what a difference this could make. Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems has made it happen with the release of their new inREACH industrial cord reel […]

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VFD Preventive Maintenance – Why It Matters

Most people know the rules of thumb when it comes to preventive maintenance. In personal life, it might be changing a car’s oil every few thousand miles. In the workplace, it includes inspecting variable frequency drives (VFD) annually. But why is VFD preventive maintenance so important rather than just performing maintenance on an as-needed basis? […]

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How To: Installing Wire & Cable in Cold Weather

We’re entering the coldest months of the year, which can impact the products on job sites, including wire and cable. But when the temperatures drop, your need to install and maintain these products continues! That’s why it’s important to handle these products cautiously in cold weather to prevent damage. What counts as cold weather? Cold […]

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The Evolution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the invention of one of the most recognizable and important pieces of personal protective equipment.  The invention of the hard hat is credited to Edward W. Bullard who developed it in 1919 based on “doughboy” helmets worn by troops during World War I. Worker safety equipment has come […]

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Stratus | Industrial IT for the Connected Enterprise

As discussed throughout many of our partner presentations at the Process Summit, it’s become more important now than ever to find IT solutions for the OT world.  Stratus is an Edge Computing company that focuses on avoiding failure rather than just recovering from it. All of Stratus’s fault-tolerant servers require no IT skills, have no […]

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Process Summit Review: Rockwell Automation & The Connected Enterprise

Our manufacturer partners joined us at our recent Process Summit to share their expertise. In our last blog, we highlighted Burkert’s take on the latest standard in Industry 4.0 and how it may apply to your workplace.  Today’s blog features a high-level overview of Rockwell Automation’s presentation on modernizing your workplace with The Connected Enterprise, […]

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Process Summit Review: Burkert & Industry 4.0

Here at French Gerleman, we host a full complement of educational events to help arm our customers with the latest information they need to make their facilities more efficient, safer, and more profitable. Our recent Process Summit certainly fit that bill and included so much valuable information that we’re presenting a recap in a blog […]

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