It’s no secret that labor savings are a “must” on today’s job sites. The overall drop in the available workforce in recent years has caused everyone involved in construction – from the materials manufacturers and suppliers to the contractors and workers themselves – to get more creative in developing solutions that will minimize install time and increase efficiencies.
At French Gerleman, we’re proud to be a leader in seeking new products that will help the contractors we serve achieve these goals. For nearly 100 years, we’ve experienced many changes in the market and have witnessed countless developments in product design. We rely on this experience to lead the selection of products we offer to our customers, with the ultimate objective of making their work life better, faster and easier.
Today, we focus on just a few products in our arsenal that provide the efficiencies that contractors need today on their job sites.
B-Line series KwikSplice Cable Tray
Imagine having the ability to reduce hardware required to splice cable tray by up to 50%. This can shave numerous man-hours off your install, and the folks at Eaton have made it possible through their innovative B-Line series KwikSplice cable tray system.
Rated for NEMA 12A and 12B (CSA class C-3m and D-3m) load classes, KwikSplice cable tray is ideal for commercial, light-industrial, and data center utilizing small power and instrumentation cable management.
The innovative design features a splice retention groove I-beam side rail that allows installers to easily guide and snap the splice plate into position. Once in place, it requires just two bolts to secure and maintain structural integrity and electrical grounding.
B-Line series 4Dimension Channel and Accessories
Eaton has taken the traditional concept of U-shaped channel and elevated it to the next level. The B-Line series 4Dimension strut system features multi-sided functionality, allowing all sides of the channel, including the open channel, to be used. This is a game changer on a job site in terms of how you can build and install support systems for electrical and data lines in commercial and industrial applications.
The system is modular in design, and manufactured with lighter weight materials, making it easy to transport, cut and assemble. In fact, it can save up to 50% on your install time and save you up to 50% in material cost. The 4Dimension channel has built-in flexibility and universal components, making it compatible with a number of existing fittings and accessories.
Accessories for the system include two types of exclusive trapeze hangars that speed installation and require fewer components. And if you want to make installation even faster, the trapeze clips can be pre-installed at the factory to save you that step in the field. Minimize cost, save space and increase versatility with the B-Line series 4Dimension channel and accessory system.
B-Line series Conduit Trapeze Systems
Yet another time saver from Eaton comes in the form of the B-Line series conduit trapeze system. The system’s Z-shaped design packs in strength to support multiple sizes of conduit, MC/AC cable, cable tray and other accessories, such as electrical boxes.
When compared to traditional strut trapeze solutions, the B-Line series conduit trapeze support solution eliminates the need for conduit clamps at every support location. This results in a part reduction of up 75% and allows for up to 50% quicker installation.
But there are even more time-saving reasons to consider. The trapeze support system is available pre-punched with different sizes to accommodate different conduit sizes. Simply mount the system to the ceiling and run the various sizes of conduit right through.
How to Start Saving
French Gerleman is committed to continuing to seek products that will reduce installation time and streamline operations on your job sites. While the above examples from Eaton’s B-Line series represent just a few of our time-savers, we have a vast offering of similar products to meet your needs.
If you’re looking for ways to decrease your labor requirements in the field, French Gerleman has a solution. Please reach out to your Account Manager for more information, or contact us today. We look forward to helping you build efficiencies, be creative and remain competitive.