National Electrical Safety Month

National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month and this year the focus of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) annual effort is to foster a clearer understanding of the National Electrical Code. The campaign, “Decoding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) to Prevent Shock and Electrocution,” features illustrated graphic resources to promote common ways to prevent electrical hazards.

According to the ESFI, which launched the safety campaign, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution. Additionally, an estimated annual average of 70 electrocution fatalities are associated with consumer products.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) creates a universal electrical safety standard that applies to new construction and renovations. The code is only in effect after it is adopted by the state or local jurisdiction. First published in 1897, the NEC has been adopted in all 50 states as the standard for safe electrical installation, inspection, and used to protect people and property from avoidable electrical hazards. Every three years, the Code is updated to include new, but tested safety technologies. There have been 15 code revisions since 1974.

As part of the ESFI’s safety effort to improve understanding of the NEC, the group developed the illustrated program, the “Electric Safety Illustrated 2017: Decoding the NEC to Prevent Shock and Electrocution.”

National Electrical Code: Your Guideline to Safety

Tamper Resistant Receptacles – Childproofing Done Right

Electric Shock Drowning – Unknown Danger Lurking in the Water

Surge Protection – Keeping your Electronics and Home Safe

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters – Your Protection from Electrocution

The program is financially supported by many leading companies in the industry, including several firms whose products are distributed by Steiner Electric. For instance, ESFI is promoting the use of ground fault circuit interrupters, and several Steiner vendors offer these products, including: Lutron, Eaton, Hubbell, Siemens, Legrand and Leviton. Other Steiner vendors participating in the program, include: Schneider Electric and Ilsco.

Walk & Roll Recap: Steiner Shatters Fundraising Goal

CEI members present check
Members of the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI) Community Outreach program present a $200,000 check to the American Cancer Society. CEI Members (L-R) are: Steve Witz, Continental Electric; Kevin Feeney, Steiner Electric; Rick Kerman, Steiner Electric; Gary Shamasko, Schneider Electric; and Aaron Hughes, Advanced Electrical Supply Co. At the end is Tucker Dupree, a three-time Paralympic swimmer, 4-time medalist (2 silver, 2 bronze), and a Special Guest at the Walk & Roll event.

To all those who ran, walked and biked, as well as those whose physical contribution equated to reaching into their wallets, congratulations on helping Team Steiner surpass its 2017 goal to raise funds for the American Cancer Society in its annual Walk & Roll event.

Steiner Walk and Roll volunteers (from L-R): Jeff Izenstark, Carol Kerman, Rick Kerman and Adam Kerman.

On April 22, 49 active members of Team Steiner participated during the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll event that kicked off at Soldier Field.  Not only did they work up a healthy sweat by walking or running a 5k race, skating in a 10k, or biking a 15k, Team Steiner helped raised $6,571, which is 31% greater than the goal of $5,000 set before the event occurred.

In addition, an online auction of various prizes brought in pledges of more than $10,600. The auction included Cubs vs. Reds baseball tickets donated by Steiner Electric that garnered a $190 winning bid.

In total, Walk & Roll Chicago raised more than $450,000 with donations continuing to come in. According to Samantha Kuderna, community manager, special events for the American Cancer Society,  donations are expected until June 30, “when we most likely will be over $500,000.”

Steiner Electric raised money in conjunction with the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI). In all, there were 22 teams with 450 participants under the CEI Community Outreach umbrella and more than $110,000 was raised to date. The CEI program, launched in 2011, is comprised of Steiner and more than 20 other distributors, electrical contractors, and manufacturers. Since its inception, the group has raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people get cancer each year. Most of the money raised from this event, and others like it across the country, is funneled directly to research in an effort to gain a better understanding of what causes cancer to form, how to treat it, and, in the end, prevent the myriad of cancers from forming in the first place.

Kuderna added: “Thank you so much for your continued hard work and dedication, it is truly inspiring. The amount of passion Steiner has for our life-saving mission is truly incredible. I am extremely grateful to be able to work with such passionate volunteers like yourself and companies that rally their employees around this critical cause.”

Differentiating LED Quality and Cost

IES seminar at Steiner Electric

The U.S. LED market is flooded with a variety of products that can vastly differ in terms of quality and cost, and purchasing LEDs based solely on price could be a bad idea with long-term consequences.  At an upcoming seminar at Steiner Electric, learn how some LEDs do not have the same color consistency, light output or cost effectiveness as would other higher-cost, higher-quality LED lamps.

According to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. market is being bombarded with low-cost LED luminaires that “produce blobs of light rather than [offering] precise optical control.”

Naomi Miller, an award-winning lighting consultant and researcher, will Naomi Millerexplore optical control and LED light quality at a May 24 IES seminar to be held at Steiner Electric in Elk Grove Village. The presentation is titled: Does Anyone Care about Luminaire Light Distribution?

The talk will examine where and when light distribution matters, and how it affects visual comfort and visibility, not to mention visual composition, for indoor and outdoor applications. It will also address glare metrics, and how the distribution of luminance across the luminaire itself may affect the glare response, even though that is not included in the glare formulae.

Miller is a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory after spending 10 years as the principal designer for Naomi Miler Lighting Design in Troy, NY, where she won more than 30 architectural lighting design awards for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets and parking lots. She is the author of numerous papers on lighting, chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IESNA) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES’s Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She is a Fellow of the IESNA and Fellow of the IALD.

The event will take place at:
Steiner Electric (Training Center)
1275 Touhy Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM

General AdmissionIES MemberStudent
$20$15$5

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Designing an Efficient and Flexible Control Panel with ERIFLEX

Clean. Elegant.  A control panel that can be described in that fashion can also be thought of as one that is efficient, reliable, safe. Contrasted to individually wired, point-to-point systems, where operators need schematics to track a jumble of cables and wires that have been cut to various lengths, an optimized and efficient control panel can be installed more quickly, tested more confidently, and maintained more reliably.

Today, OEMs face increasing needs for faster turnaround times to build Eriflex control panel optimizationand install the machinery they make, as well as the control panels that provide the power to the motor starters, contactors, relays, and pilot devices, as well as the myriad sensors, valves, actuators, pumps and other ancillary devices used in manufacturing facilities. Contractors and maintenance people also face pressure to maintain and troubleshoot control panels as quickly as possible; machinery downtime is a bottom-line killer.

The control panel of today has changed in design and build and its wiring needs have become more complex. To ease these challenges, suppliers have stepped in with new, smarter wire and cabling products.

One of the leaders in this wiring evolution is ERIFLEX, a Pentair brand that produces low-voltage power and grounding connections. The company has developed products to streamline control panel assembly and installation that can also be adapted to specific applications and customer needs.

Recently, the company introduced its ERIFLEX Flexibar solution, a flexible busbar wire replacement concept, that is designed to reduce weight and space and make cleaner connections using fewer materials.  The company says that the ERIFLEX low-voltage power and grounding connections are the next-generation alternatives to bulky wires and cables.

The Flexibar busbar is designed for low-voltage applications from 27 sq. mm up to 1,200 sq. mm and 125A to 2800A. A bus bar is essentially an electrically conductive strip or bar used to distribute power to multiple circuits in parallel. Busbar can also be used as a common tapping point for multiple ground or neutral terminals.

ERIFLEX’s Flexibar is made from thin layers of tinned electrolytic copper formed into a stack that can be easily bent, folded and twisted, improving assembly flexibility, shortening connections and decreasing foot print.

The copper layers are insulated with a high-resistance, self-extinguishing PVC or silicone compound. The insulating sleeve is grooved on the inner surface, reducing the contact surface with the laminates to less than 20%, increasing flexibility and making installation easier.

Additionally, the ERIFLEX line offers insulated braided conductors, Eriflex power distribution blockdistribution and power blocks, busbar supports, insulators and accessories.

The OEMs and electrical contractors who leverage this type of innovative, flexible technology for power distribution and grounding can gain competitive advantage. Because of installation speed, high-quality electrical connections and long-term reliability, early adopters will quickly see the bottom-line benefits, and be better positioned to stay ahead of the competition.

Hubbell Floor Boxes Available Same Day at Steiner Floor Box Central

Hubbell floor boxes and poke throughs

Need a floor box and need it fast? Steiner Electric can help as it has the largest inventory of Hubbell floor boxes in the Midwest. Visit Steiner’s Floor Box Central and find the right floor box and fire-rated poke-through for even the most demanding of multi-service applications. Not only will you find the floor box to fit your needs, but you can avoid costly overnight freight charges by picking them up at one of Steiner’s 9 convenient locations or have them delivered right to the job site.

Hubbell has expanded its floor box offering to provide an extensive range of products to fit your needs. Available in 5 finishes to match every décor, the floor boxes are available in 2, 4, 6 and 10 Gang Floor Boxes (rectangular and round), on-grade and above grade versions, and concrete and raised access floor boxes. All covers are ADA compliant, and fire-rated poke-throughs are available to accommodate every order. Hubbell offers a complete variety of traditional flush and recessed floor box options.

One of Hubbell’s most innovative floor box solutions is the SystemOne modular in-floor system that has been designed to give end users the ability to create solutions for a variety of power, data and audio/video requirements.

The SystemOne family of products include metal floor boxes such as cast iron, which is corrosion resistant for on-grade applications, stamped steel construction, which is economical and light weight for above-grade applications and Steel AV that can be used for high-capacity multimedia applications in 3 ½ in. minimum depth of pour.

SystemOne products are also available in a non-corrosive plastic construction that feature an oversized 1 ½ in. data conduit hub for increased cable capacity and bend radius.  Parallel conduit hubs reduce labor and material cost, facilitating easier wire pull.

The Hubbell SystemOne™ Universal Cover mounts directly to the floor box riser, eliminating the need for an additional adapter collar.  The Hubbell SystemOne Universal Cover features ScrubShield™ technology that exceeds UL514 scrub water exclusion requirements.

The ADA compliant covers and all SystemOne metal floor boxes are approved for use in the City of Chicago.

Remember, if you need a Hubbell floor box, and you need it fast, visit Steiner’s Floor Box Central.

Local Tradesman Gets Set to Defend IDEAL Best U.S. Electrician Championship Title

Winner of 2016 IDEAL Championship

Winning back-to-back titles is one of the hardest accomplishments to make in any competitive environment. Electrician Greg Anliker will get that chance later this year when he defends his title as the best electrician in the U.S.

Greg Anliker, winner of IDEAL National Championship, with trophyIn 2016, Anliker earned his title at the inaugural IDEAL National Championship in the professional category after facing a gauntlet of electrical challenges and competing against some of the most talented tradesmen in the country.

Anliker, a 19-year electrician, has worked for 13 years at Kellenberger Electric in Elgin, IL, which is a Steiner Electric customer. He earned $75,000 for being the Champion in the Professional Individual category. He was also a member of the team that won second place in the Professional Team category. That team included fellow Kellenberger electricians Will Barnett and Clay Noga. “As it turned out, we qualified as a team at a Steiner summer customer appreciation BBQ where Steiner hosted a qualifying event,” Anliker says, “We had our fastest time.”

More than 900 Qualifying Round events were held in the 2016 event. Contestants were required to demonstrate problem-solving and physical skills across four categories: wire cutting, stripping, termination, and testing through a multi-station speed test judged by fastest completion time and overall accuracy of the wire connection.

Contestants face off in timed trials at IDEAL National ChampionshipThe fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories advanced to The Championship Weekend where the tasks got more difficult as the field was reduced from 64 Professional Individuals down to the final 2. Anliker said competitors were not just judged on speed, but also quality of workmanship. For instance, one round tested their skills at bending and running conduit. “After we finished, the judges tore apart our work. If the pipe was more than 1 in. above the construction, you lost points. If the cuts were crooked, you lost points.” When it came to the final round, Anliker felt confident as he saw the task. “When I saw that the last task dealt with metal studs, pulling wire, installing boxes, terminating lines and more I thought I had a chance to win because that is right in my wheelhouse.”

Anliker will be competing again this year both as a Professional Individual and with teammates Barnett and Noga.

The Professional Individual and the Student/Apprentice Individual with the fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories will advance to The Championship Weekend taking place on November 10-11, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Additionally, the five Professional Teams and Student/Apprentice Teams with the fastest times in the nation, will also head to The Championship Weekend.

For more information visit: IDEALnationals.com.

 

Electricians to Compete in IDEAL National Skills Championship

IDEAL National Championship

Do you have the power to be the best electrician in the nation? Compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship and find out.

IDEAL Electrical, a leading tool and electrical supply company based in Sycamore, IL, is once again hosting the IDEAL National Championship to honor and showcase abilities of electricians as well as award over $500,000 in cash and prizes. “The professional tradesman is too often an unsung hero. They keep our world turning, working in snow, rain and incredible heat all to fix our problems at a moment’s notice,” said Jim James, Chairman and CEO of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

IDEAL is also looking to build on last year’s initial success. “The 2016 competition drew nearly 24,000 Professionals and Student/Apprentices from 33 states,” said Andy Salemi, Key Account Area Manager for IDEAL Electrical.

IDEAL ChampionshiopSteiner Electric will be hosting Qualifying Round events in which contestants can compete individually or as a team in either the Professional or Student/Apprentice category. The Qualifying Round challenge will require competitors to demonstrate both their mental problem-solving and physical skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination and testing on a preassembled electrical platform. Competitors will be judged by fastest completion time and overall accuracy of the wire connection.

The fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories will advance to The Championship Weekend in Lake Buena Vista, FL on November 10-11. At this stage, the competitors will go through a series of progressively harder challenges that are developed internally IDEAL Championship team competitionby IDEAL experts to test the diverse range of skills demanded of today’s electricians and tradesmen. While speed is a large factor of the Qualifying Round challenge, it isn’t the only criteria at The Championship Weekend. “We have judges from around the country who come from leading training institutions who rate the competitors on the quality of work,” Salemi says. “As the rounds get tougher, the quality of the work becomes even more important.” On the line at The Championship Weekend is up to $75,000 for Professional Individuals and up to $30,000 for Student/Apprentice Individuals.

Last year’s top winners were Greg Anliker of Kellenberger Electric who won $75,000 in the professional category. First place winners in the professional team category were Sam Buche, Jon Dahlstrom and Michael Dahlstrom of Multitech Electric who split $60,000. In the students/apprentices category, the first place winner was Corbin Rios, IBEW Local-271, who won $30,000 and $5,000 for school. First place in the team student/apprentices category were Patrick Flanery, Bryan Olson and Ben Woodworth of Minneapolis Local 292 JATC who split $30,000 and $5,000 for school.

Competitors in this year’s event should go to IDEALnationals.com to register and search for local Qualifying Round events. Steiner will be sponsoring the following events:

DateTimeVenueAddress
May 1, 20173:30pm - 6:00pmIBEW JATC 46159 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL
May 10, 20174:00pm - 6:00pmIBEW JATC 70128600 Bella Vista Pkwy,
Warrenville, IL
Jun 22, 20174:30pm - 7:30pmSteiner Electric
Rockford Branch
6900 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park, IL
Jun 29, 201711:30am - 1:30pmSteiner Electric
Elk Grove Branch
1250 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL

For more information, and to register for the competition, visit: IDEALnationals.com.

 

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.

Banner LED light bar

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.

Banner engineer pick-to-light sensor

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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