Banner Lighting Solutions for the Pharma Industry

Banner Lighting Solutions for the Pharma IndustryLighting is no longer just a device to light up the night. As Steiner’s experienced lighting consultants and application engineers advise, it can increase productivity, improve a person’s mood and health, help monitor machinery, promote communication and more.

These concepts were clearly highlighted in a recent Banner Engineering newsletter, in which the company discusses “Four Ways Lighting Solutions Support Lean Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry.” The paper explores how the “right kind of industrial lighting can help increase efficiency and reduce material waste while ensuring product quality and compliance with FDA regulations.” In each case, the right lighting is available for purchase from Steiner Electric.

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In its first example, Banner looks at how the uniform illumination of LED lights, as compared to the flicker of fluorescent bulbs caused by intensity changes, allows an inspector to detect minute particulates reliably and efficiency.

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In example 2, pick-to-light sensors are used in a kitting assembly application. As the kit assembler takes a part in sequence a beam is broken. The controller then determines if the correct component was selected and if it was selected in the correct order.

Indicator lights can be used to Banner domed indicator lightstreamline communication in a pharma factory. As described in example 3, they can be used to indicate environmental status such as temperature and humidity. Green indicates the room is within normal limits. Red means a potentially out-of-control situation. A more typical example would be when assistance is needed on a machine, perhaps one that is operating unattended. Green means the machine is performing with-in specification, yellow is a warning that it is approaching upper or lower control limits, and red indicates the machine is out of specification.

Banner tower lightLastly, Banner Engineering looks at how wirelessly connected lights enable overall equipment effectiveness. Tower lights equipped with wireless communication capabilities display a visual indication of an event for immediate action; plus, they can transmit wireless alerts to operators outside of the visual range.

For assistance with general lighting inquiries or more specific project needs please contact us or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4673) to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting application engineer.

Steiner Supports the 2017 American Cancer Society Walk & Roll Chicago Fundraiser

American Cancer Society Walk and Roll Chicago 2017

Lace up your sneakers, strap on those skates, pump up those tires, and join fellow Steiner Electric employees who have pledged to go the distance at the American Cancer Society’s 46th annual Walk & Roll fundraising event.

Come out and help raise dollars used to fund lifesaving research and the free programs and services offered to cancer patients and survivors. If you can’t make the event, show your support by pledging funds online. Your dollars, no matter the amount, can make a big difference. Currently, Steiner has several folks who have made a pledge, and, as a group, Steiner is nearing its goal of raising $5,000.

Pledge with the Steiner Team

Join CEI and Steiner Electric at Walk and Roll Chicago 2017 at Soldier Field

This year, the event kicks off at 8:30am and routes begin at 10am on April 22 from Soldier Field, and participants can enjoy the lakefront view as they walk or run a 5k, skate in a 10k, or bike a 15k race. There will also be live music and entertainment.

General registration is $15, but kids 17 and under can participate for free. This fee will be credited towards the fundraiser to help raise awareness and find a cure for cancer. As an extra incentive for donating, each person that raises $100 will receive a free, long-sleeve performance t-shirt. Pledge larger amounts, and earn even more valuable awards.

American Cancer Society Walk and Roll Chicago 2017 at Soldier FieldCheck-in on the day of the event begins at 8:30am at the Packet Pick-Up Tent on Soldier Field’s Stadium Green. Early packet pickup is available on Friday, April 21, from 4pm-7pm, at the DICK’S Sporting Goods store in Lincoln Park, 1538 N Clybourn Ave., Chicago.

Want some company?  You can walk along with us by joining the Steiner Team.  Our team is committed to helping the American Cancer Society raise awareness about what we can do, together, to help end this disease.  Our mission is clear – keep fighting for the day when no one hears the words “you have cancer.”

  • Date
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Time
    • 8:30am – Registration / Event Site Opens
    • 10:00am – Routes Open
  • Location
    • Soldier Field, Stadium Green
    • 1410 Museum Campus Drive , Chicago, IL
  • Registration
    • The registration fee per participant is $15 and will be credited toward the fundraising goal.
    • Registration for kids 17 and under is free!

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Brief Guide to Aluminum and Copper Wire

Because copper and aluminum wire have several different properties, there are different scenarios and purposes for each. This article will offer insight on which types of projects require the use of wiring – and which type of conductor is appropriate.

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Copper wire (left) compared to aluminum wire (right)

Copper Wire Applications and Considerations

For building wire, copper is often preferred over aluminum wire. Copper conductors are often used in power distribution and power generation as well. Other than silver, copper is the most common conductive metal there is.

Copper is more often used in the manufacturing of wire than aluminum, and most cables are made of copper. This type of wire is usually relied on for power transmission, and copper is resistant to corrosion. It can also withstand load surges better than aluminum wiring.

Copper wire is a strong electrical conductor and is very stable over time. It won’t need to be replaced often, and thus has a long life. Like aluminum, it can be used in commercial or industrial buildings. Copper is heavier than aluminum wiring, and can be the most economical of all conductors as well.

For electrical contractors, copper is the wire of choice for most jobs. The electrical contractor prefers copper for several reasons – for one, copper will not creep. Creeping is the deformation of metal conductors that results from subjection to stress or a pulling force, which can lead to termination issues, such as a screw squeezing and deforming the conductor causing a loose connection or other problems.

Another note of copper is that it is easy to work with. Copper is the preferred wire by electricians, as it strips and bends easily – all without nicking or breaking. Copper wire is approved by electrical codes nationwide.

Copper wiring installation is easy and well-known by electrical contractors. For this reason, it means that a contractor’s electricians won’t have to take time out for any special instructions or qualifications for installing a non-copper wiring.

Copper wiring can best handle overloads – and overloads will not loosen copper joints.  Though copper has been a popular choice for conducting electricity, aluminum, too, has some advantages that make it attractive for specific applications.

Aluminum Wire Applications and Considerations

Like Copper wiring, aluminum has many applications – however, it also has several differences to that of copper. Electrical utilities use aluminum wiring for overhead transmission lines. Aluminum has become more popular for use in commercial facilities – locations that take advantage of aluminum wiring include high rise buildings, stadiums, shopping malls, commercial buildings, wastewater treatment plants and manufacturing facilities.

Aluminum wiring is popular within the construction industry. Contractors have them installed in several places – including service entrance conductors, large conductors as well as power distribution conductors.

Aluminum wiring, when properly installed, is just as safe as copper. Aluminum wiring provides many advantages – it’s low cost, lightweight and is easy to use.

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Stadiums are one example where aluminum wiring is used

Aluminum is easy to work with and can be installed quickly and effectively in many locations. In industrial settings or anywhere that weight is a concern, aluminum wiring will offer a big reduction in weight compared to copper wiring.

It is important that a licensed electrician who understands the concerns of aluminum wiring also handles the installation process. With the correct application, aluminum wiring can provide reliable power while simultaneously offering cost reduction.

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The appropriate wiring to use for any project depends on several factors, including its application as well as budget, code compliance and safety requirements. Whichever you choose, Steiner has the inventory to get your job completed! If you would like to know more about all of the wire options and services available at Steiner, please call us at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) or stop by any of our nine convenient locations to learn more.

Steiner Electric Recognized as Illinois Large Family Business of the Year 2016

Elk Grove Village, Ill. – Nov. 17, 2016 – Electrical, industrial, and generator distributor Steiner Electric Company has been recognized by Loyola University of Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business as its Illinois Large Family Business of the Year 2016.

Left to right: Adam Kerman, Cheryl Kerman, Rick Kerman, Jeff Izenstark and Jason Kerman.
Receiving the award from left to right is Adam Kerman (Account Manager), Carol Kerman, Rick Kerman (President & CEO), Jeff Izenstark (Executive Vice President) and Jason Kerman (Creative Designer).

The Quinlan School rates local family-owned firms on business success, multi-generational involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies. Independent judges select one winner in each of three business-size categories, large, medium and small, based on number of employees.

“The Steiner team is very proud to receive this honor,” said Rick Kerman, president and CEO of Steiner.

“We are grateful for our valued customers, suppliers and employees, all of whom have contributed to our success over these last hundred years.”

Kerman’s grandfather, George Steiner, founded the company in 1916.  Rick and his father Harold were partners for 35 years.  “Today, the third and fourth generation of Steiner descendants operate with the same commitment and core values that George and Harold brought to the business,” Kerman added.  “We’re investing and innovating for the next hundred years with products, services and social responsibility.”

ABOUT STEINER ELECTRIC

Steiner is a 100-year-old distributor of electrical, lighting, automation, industrial and power systems products, with nine locations in Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana. In addition to products, Steiner provides custom services that deliver operational efficiencies for the contractor, commercial, MRO and OEM marketplace. Visit us at http://www.steinerelectric.com

CONTACT:
Jeannie McCarthy
Steiner Electric Company
847-956-3007
FAX 847-956-5014
jmccarthy@stnr.com
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Steiner 100 Year Anniversary Honored at 2016 AD Spirit of Independence Awards

In 2016, Steiner celebrates its 100 year anniversary; this milestone was recognized by AD (Affiliated Distributors) in October 2016 at the AD Spirit of Independence Awards.

Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit, The AD Spirit of Independence Awards honor the commitment that AD members and supplier partners have made to independent distribution and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives them to stay ahead of the curve.

Test Fire Alarms and Emergency Exit Lights Now

“Fall Back” and “Fall Behind” are terms used as a guide for adjusting clocks during daylight savings. Fall is a season of transformation; with clocks going back an hour, leaves changing, school resuming and the sun setting earlier each day. With this in mind, fall is often a good time for any facility to revisit some safety precautions. While changing the clocks on walls, looking around and checking or testing emergency exit signs and lights as well as the fire alarm system would be highly beneficial.

In the event of a fire or power outage in the workplace, it is important for contingency plans to be set into place to provide for both notifying employees or other building occupants of a danger and allowing for a safe evacuation. Whether it be a power outage or a fire, there are things that any facility can do to provide safety, warnings and assistance– from smoke detectors to fire alarms to emergency lights – all with the goal in mind of providing a quick and safe exit.

For this reason, it is essential to periodically test fire alarms and replace the lamps or backup batteries in emergency light systems to maintain them working properly and ready when an emergency occurs. In addition to providing a list of items facilities need to have in an event of a fire or power outage, this article will cover some techniques on just how to test alarms, emergency exit, and emergency lighting systems.

Fire Alarm Testing

There are several reasons to test fire alarms. One of which of course, is to ensure it will work in the time of need, and that it – or its components – don’t need replacing. The other reason is false alarms. False alarms not only have to be paid for by the local fire department, but they also can wind up costing a fine, which is an additional reason testing regularly is important.

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A requirement for a facility or business’s insurance often times is to have a working fire alarm on the property – and without a working alarm, insurance could be in violation. Not having commercial fire alarms tested each year can cost a facility more than the cost of an inspection, another reason it is urgent to test and maintain fire alarms every year in order to be in compliance with insurance policies.

The process of maintaining fire alarm systems contains several steps:

  1. Test and calibrate alarm sensors – such as flame and smoke detectors, per the facility’s instructions or specifications. This will require a knowledge on the different sensors and their testing requirements, failure modes and requirements for re-installation.
  2. Simulate inputs and test the annunciators.
  3. Set the sensitivity. This requires understanding and knowledge of a particular system, the specific application and fire detection theory.
  4. Coordinate with local fire department when testing the input to their system.
  5. Check battery for corrosion, as well as the expiration date. If necessary, replace the battery.

Most system manufacturers will recommend at least one full annual test and inspection after installation. If improperly maintained, any fire alarm system can become ineffective, which is why it is essential to keep up with testing the system.

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While checking fire alarms, it’s a good time to look at other preventative fire supply options that may be missing. Perhaps now might be a good time to pick up fire suppression foam, sealants and more. Consider replacing an existing smoke or carbon monoxide detector as well.

Emergency Lighting and Exit Signage Testing

Every day, power outages occur for one reason or another all across the country. Some may think that the main purpose behind having an exit sign is to mark stairwells and building exists. This is actually a secondary purpose for lighted LED exit signs. The primary function for lighted exit signs is to provide visibility through smoke. This will allow for finding the exit in the event of an emergency situation quickly. In many circumstances, power outages are brought on by a fire in the building. In these type of cases, it can be difficult to locate the emergency exit – from both a power outage and a presence of smoke.

Testing emergency lights is an important step – even in the installation process. One reason for testing once it is installed is to make sure there aren’t any external factors – such as obstructions that would block view of lights. This allows for any last minute changes and adjustments to be made. After installation, regular testing and maintenance is a requirement to any emergency lighting system. While checking these systems seem tedious, it is nevertheless essential.

Illumination is necessary along exit access pathways that lead to stairs, aisles and ramps. Typically, emergency lighting is found along walls in compact units. Exit signs are designed to stay on all the time. An exit sign that appears to be working normally may not work at all during a power failure if the low voltage bulbs have burned out. Emergency power to exit signs and emergency light fixtures can be provided by an emergency power generator.

Most emergency lights or signs contain a small “push to test” button. This button can be pressed and held for 30 seconds to test the bulbs and the battery. The lights should go on and remain at the same consistent brightness level for the full 30 seconds. Some defective batteries will maintain a long enough charge to fully light up the bulbs for a few seconds, but they can lose power rapidly. By testing these lights for at least thirty seconds, it can make sure the batteries don’t just have a “surface charge”.

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Emergency exit signs, lights, fire alarms and other fire safety equipment are all available from Steiner Electric. For additional information or to have any questions answered, call Steiner today at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

 

Steiner 100th Anniversary Will Call Counter Sweepstakes Winners

Updated: December 2, 2016

In celebration of Steiner Electric’s 100 year anniversary, silver dollars have been raffled off to lucky winners that have entered the 100th Anniversary Will Call Counter Sweepstakes eligible by visiting any of Steiner’s 9 convenient locations. The sweepstakes started on August 8, 2016 and will run until November 12, 2016.

Click any image below to bring up the slideshow viewer to see each current winner. You can also get the latest sweepstakes updates and view winner announcements by following Steiner on Twitter and searching for the #SteinerSilverDollar hashtag.

Silver Dollar Winners

  • Luciano D. – 2011 Medal of Honor Silver Dollar
  • Josh M. – 2013 5-Star General Silver Dollar
  • Mike P. – 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar
  • John K. – 1991 Mount Rushmore Silver Dollar
  • Ed H. – 2004 Thomas Alva Edison Silver Dollar
  • Jordan B. – 2000 Library of Congress Silver Dollar
  • Bill J. – 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Silver Dollar
  • Greg F. – 1991 USO 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar
  • Bryan A. – 2015 225th Anniversary of the US Marshall Service Silver Dollar
  • Jim K. – 1995 US Olympic Games Track Atlanta Centennial Silver Dollar

At the end of the sweepstakes, 100 grand prize winners will be drawn on November 14, 2016 to each receive a $100 Steiner Gift Card. Individuals are allowed to enter once per day through the duration of the sweepstakes, and the same person can win more than one of the grand prizes. The more you participate, the better the odds are of winning.

To enter the 100th Anniversary Will Call Counter Sweepstakes, come into any of Steiner’s 9 convenient locations. For more information and additional sweepstakes rules, click here.

 

 

Guide to Workplace Safety with Personal Protective Equipment

Worker safety is an important responsibility for employers – needing to implement specific procedures to prevent injury. Some procedures are as simple as a rule prohibiting employees from walking through construction zones without goggles, vests or other personal protective equipment. This article will cover safety gear designed to be worn, such as hard hats, vision protection, hearing protection and more. Future posts in this workplace safety series will cover other types of safety equipment.

Hard Hats

Hard hats protect from falling objects, debris and electric shock. Those in the construction industry typically require the use of hard hats and other personal protective equipment (or PPE). The suspension bands that are present in hard hats allow for a spreading of the helmet’s weight and the force of any impact over the top of the head.

Hard hats should be replaced once they show signs of damage (dents, cracks, penetration, or fatigue due to rough treatment). It is important to inspect hard hats for damage and signs of fatigue each time they are used. Aside from visual inspections, another way to test a hard hat is to grasp it in two hands and apply force by squeezing the hat. If you hear creaking or other unusual sounds, it is time to replace the hard hat.

While OSHA has no specific provision for an expiration date, manufacturers are allowed to determine if their equipment expires on a specific calendar date. A generally accepted rule is to replace the support strap yearly and to replace the hard hat every five years. Harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures can make a hard hat degrade more quickly. Be sure to check with the manufacturer for guidelines on hard hat replacement and maintenance.

A hard hat may also expire if OSHA adopts more rigorous requirements. It is essential to regularly check OSHA standards for changes that may require your PPE to be updated.

Eye Protection

Construction sites, factories and office parks are all examples of workplaces where employees and patrons can be susceptible to eye injury, which is why it is important to prepare and prevent any such accident with safety glasses. In fact, an estimated 90% of workplace injuries could be avoided with the proper use of safety eyewear.

Safety goggles and safety glasses provide an effective way to protect eyes against any workplace eye injury. For instance, in a construction site, workers may experience dust, particles and tools that could pose as risks causing potential eye injuries.goggle

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to make sure their workers have proper eye protection. Most workplace eye injuries are preventable, which is why it is imperative that employers invest in eye protection equipment for their workers.

Ear Protection

Another issue that is common in the construction industry is the possibility for loss of hearing. Loud noise is frequent, and like the eyes, the ears need to be protected as well. Drills, power tools, machines, trucks and heavy equipment are just some of the many things found at any given construction site that can cause damage to hearing, and that is why there are many options for ear protection.

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Loud noise can cause permanent damage to hearing or hearing loss. Hearing aids, as well as surgery may not be able to correct hearing loss, which is why it is essential to provide preventative hearing loss equipment. Loud noises can also reduce productivity in addition to contributing to workplace accidents, since loud noises make it difficult to hear others communicating, leading to social isolation.

There are several options to combat hearing loss readily available – from ear plugs to hearing protectors. Damage can occur within the ear at noise levels similar to a lawn mower for eight hours. At first it can cause a temporary hearing loss, lasting for up to 14 hours. Repeated exposure to high noise levels can be common at construction sites, which means that hearing may not recover fully.

Hand Protection

Safety gloves are another important piece of personal protective equipment. In many instances, construction sites might deal with sharp edges, dangerous chemicals, dust or flying sparks. Because there are different types of gloves for hand protection, there are many factors to be considered when deciding on a type of glove, for instance:

  • The type of chemicals handled
  • Grip requirements
  • Size and Comfort of Glove
  • Abrasion resistance of Glove

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After the appropriate type of glove is selected for the intended job application, the gloves should be inspected for any tear or puncture before each use. Gloves can be tested for cuts or holes by simply filling them with water and checking for leaks. Any gloves that are discolored may also need review, as they may be the result of overexposure to chemicals – in which case, the gloves would need to be discarded and replaced.

Reflective Wear

The last important piece of personal safety protection covered in this article includes reflective vests or shirts. Reflective vests provide increased visibility of workers, enabling drivers or other employees to see them in low light conditions, ultimately decreasing the chance for injury. One of the primary reasons this is an effective deterrent for workplace injury is that it is especially useful for darker environments – which can range from working indoors during power outages or outside at night – and now that fall is inching closer, the sun will be setting earlier, which means less daylight hours. Reflective safety vests should be visible from a good distance. These vests primarily help prevent collisions or vehicular-related injury.

vestSafety is a concern for all employers, and there are several things that can be done to prevent injuries or workplace accidents. Many accidents can be prevented with the right type of PPE. Find the right safety equipment or contact Steiner at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) for more information.

 

OEMs Find Cost Savings Through Subassembly at Steiner Mod Shop

Steiner’s Mod Shop and Assembly offers original equipment manufacturers kitting, sub-assembly and product modification. Together, these services provide cost savings, convenience and increases in operational efficiency. The Steiner Mod Shop provides services and modifications for several types of products, including Scaffolding Transformers, Power Cables and Modified Enclosures.

Kitting

Kitting provides cost reductions during the order and shipping process. It offers the benefit of preassembling several individual items into one kit that is ready-to-ship. This affords greater efficiency over picking and packing each individual item as the order is received.

OEMs use MRP systems, which make parts management easier. In order to reduce processing times through kitting, it is essential for the OEM to ensure the correct parts are available for assembly.

Sub-Assembly and Product Modification

A Sub-assembly is a collection of parts put together separately but designed to be incorporated with other units. They are used in the making of a larger assembly or final product.

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Steiner’s Mod Shop offers a way of removing labor-intensive processes that can delay production. Steiner’s mod shop allows businesses to streamline the production process, reduce ordering costs and simplify the supply process. This provides the benefits of a reduction in labor hours and storage space required for inventory components.

Steiner’s product modifications include:

  • Completed din rail assemblies
  • Multiple part consolidation
  • Pre-wired components
  • Sub-assemblies
  • Wiring harness
  • Custom whips

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The Mod Shop

The process begins with a phone call – and together, Steiner and each customer collaborate to identify the opportunity for a cost-effective solution. Every solution is a customized approach delivered to the customer based on their individual needs.

In one instance, Steiner worked with a customer whose workflow required the continual reordering of 10 individual parts. Through the help of the mod shop, the customer can now order a single customized kit, providing a more streamlined process that improves operating efficiencies.

Modified products are made for each customer – meaning they are all custom-fit for each application and company – and because of this, customers are confident they are getting exactly what they need when ordering. For instance, companies that provide scaffolding rely on Steiner to provide the power solutions to operate their scaffolding through custom power cord assemblies and transformers. In other applications, customers count on Steiner for custom modifications of safety switches.

Production managers, material managers and purchasing managers are just some of those that have been able to reduce processing costs and improve operational efficiencies from Steiner’s mod shop services. Industries that have used and benefited from Steiner’s modification items include package equipment manufacturers, suspended access manufacturers, and food packaging manufacturers.

Benefits of utilizing Steiner’s Mod Shop and Assembly include:

  • Reduced labor costs
  • Faster turn-around times
  • Reduction of component inventories
  • Simplified ordering processes
  • Increased production levels

Find out more about Steiner’s Mod Shop and Assembly by calling 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Choosing The Right Fastener Depends On The Intended Application

Deciding on the right fastener is a vital part to completing a successful job. Various projects can require the use of several different types of fasteners, such as nails, screws, nuts, bolts, and anchors.

The use of a wide variety of fasteners has a long history – for instance, what resembles a modern-day screw is thought to have been around since about the 3rd century BC in Greece and by the 1st century BC, wooden screws were often used in the Mediterranean world. Nails are thought to have been created in ancient Egypt around 3400 BC.

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In this article we’ll cover a summary of some of the most commonly used fasteners – particularly, screws, nails, anchors, staples, nuts and bolts. Additionally, examples of applications will be provided to help offer direction on how to choose the right type of fastener for use on a particular project.

Fasteners and Their Applications

Screws

Different types of screws are used for differing job applications. For instance, some types of screws might be more suited for outdoor projects manufactured to withstand certain elements. In other applications screws can be utilized in areas that are not meant to be visible providing a cleaned finished exterior look.

Steiner has several types of screws available – from anchor screws, cap screws, locking screws, drive screws, eye screws and more. The advantage of screws is that they securely hold in place, rarely loosen, and can also be easily removed when need be.

Screws have a variety of different types of heads – for example, Pan heads are one of the most common types of heads that are found on a screw. They are rounded and have short vertical sides that provide a low profile once they are driven into a surface. Flat heads are countersunk and designed to sit low in the surface which the screw is drilled into.

Oval heads provide a combination of pan and flat head types with the head being slightly rounded. The oval head provides a more decorative finish. Truss heads have rounded tops with a large and flat underside. This provides a very low profile that still stays above the line of the surface.

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Just as the type of screw used depends on the application or project – likewise, the type of nail used depends on the application. Like screws, some nails are for use indoors and others outdoors.

Nails

Nails can be easily installed – using an air gun makes installing nails even easier. Nails provide a low cost and are useful for construction projects such as securing cabinets and shelving or installing roof panels.

There are two general rules that can help with the selection of the type of nail that can be used in any given project. The first is that the nail should be at least 3 times the length of the material that the nail will be nailing through. For example, if you are nailing 1/2″ sheathing on an exterior wall you should use a nail that is at least 1 1/2″ long. 1/2″ x 3 = 1 ½″. The second rule is that the nail used should be able to penetrate the item being nailed to and not completely go through it. Using the same example of a ½” sheathing, you will need a nail that will be 1 ¼” long. ¾” + ½” = 1 ¼”.

Bolts

Bolts are to be used when nails aren’t applicable and screws don’t provide a strong enough hold. A bolt is a type of screw that is used for holding together objects, while the nut is a small metal object that is fastened to the bolt. Nuts and bolts are almost always used together. Nuts and bolts are extremely secure and have a high load bearing.

When a bolt runs through the nut, it creates a strong bond that is able to handle great amounts of stress. Sizes vary for multiple types of projects. To tighten bolts and nuts, tools will be required. They can also be easily removed.

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Anchors

Anchors come in several different types – there are concrete anchors, pipe anchors, screw anchors, wall anchors and wedge anchors. Anchors are usable for projects involving walls. Many types of anchors can be used to join wood or metal with concrete, mortar, brick, tile or stone.

Staples

Staples are another common fastener used in construction projects. The crown of a staple can bridge materials that are butted together. The crown also provides a bigger surface area than other fasteners, which can be helpful with thin materials.

While staples can be installed very quickly and serve as a great temporary fastener, they also have the added convenience of being loosened or removed easily. Staples can be inserted through the use of a staple gun. Some staple guns use arched staples for fastening small cables, e.g. phone or TV, without damaging the cable.

Planning any construction or building project involves several factors. Choosing the right fasteners is a key component to completing a successful project. Before purchasing fasteners, contractors should understand the intended application for each type of fastener to ensure their proper use. Additionally, with the right fastener, finding the right tool is also a necessity before starting construction.

Steiner has a wide selection of fasteners in addition to the tools needed to properly install those fasteners. Find tools and fasteners on www.steinerelectric.com or visit your nearest Steiner location.