Steiner 100th Anniversary Will Call Counter Sweepstakes

Steiner Gift CardCome to any of Steiner Electric’s 9 convenient locations for a chance to win your very own United States Proof Silver Dollar and a $100 Steiner Gift Card.

Weekly Raffle

Every week between August 8, 2016 and November 12, 2016, Steiner will hold a weekly raffle for a different United States Proof Silver Dollar.

The first week’s raffle will be drawn for a 2011 Medal of Honor US Proof Silver Dollar.

Medal of Honor US Proof Silver Dollar
Medal of Honor US Proof Silver Dollar

Look out for upcoming weekly raffles to see which US Proof Silver Dollar will be drawn next!

100 Grand Prize Winners

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 of winning.

Sweepstakes Rules and Information

  • One weekly raffle winner selected per week
  • One entry per individual per day
  • May enter sweepstakes in person at any of our 9 Will Call locations
  • Eligible orders must be picked up at any of our 9 Will Call locations
  • Eligibility for weekly drawing begins each week
  • Previous weeks’ entrants are added to the grand prize drawing
  • Must be at least 21 years of age to submit entry
  • Winners will be notified by email only
  • The more you participate the better the odds
  • Sweepstakes runs August 8, 2016 to November 12, 2016
  • Grand prize winners will be selected on November 14, 2016
  • Weekly raffle and grand prize winners have two weeks to claim prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected
  • Multiple gift cards to one winner is possible

Weekly and grand prizes are not redeemable for cash. No purchase necessary. For additional information and sweepstakes rules click here.

 

Key Differences Between Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Fuses and Circuit Breakers both serve the same purpose – which is to protect electrical circuits by preventing overloads that can cause fires. They both interrupt the flow of electricity, but in very different ways from each other. While a fuse is made of a piece of metal that melts when overheated, circuit breakers on the other hand, have internal switch mechanisms that can be tripped by an unsafe surge of electricity.

Fuses can be quicker for interrupting the flow of power, but when they melt they must be replaced; circuit breakers on the other hand just need to be reset. When comparing the two, we’ll take a look at some of the major advantages and disadvantages between fuses and circuit breakers to distinguish between them.

Fuses

Fuses come in different types – for both residential and commercial use. The most common type is made from a metal wire or a filament that is enclosed in a glass or ceramic and metal casing. In residential homes, the fuse is usually plugged into a central fuse box, where the building’s wiring passes through. When electricity flows, the fuse will permit the power to pass unobstructed across the filament between circuits. If overloads occur, the filament melts and stops the flow of electricity.

fuses

It will take some time for the filament to melt, and therefore any power surge is stopped. When a fuse is blown, it is to be discarded and replaced with a new fuse. There are different voltage and ratings that are available which handle different capacities of electricity. The best fuse for a circuit is usually one that is rated for slightly higher than normal operating current.

Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers have two different ways of working – the first is through the use of an electromagnet and the other is through the use of a bi-metal strip. In both instances, when turned on, the breaker allows electrical current to pass from a bottom to an upper terminal across the strip. Once the current reaches any unsafe levels, the magnetic force of the solenoid or strip becomes strong enough to throw a metal lever in the switch mechanism, breaking the current. The other option that can happen is that the metal strip can bend, throwing the switch and breaking the connection.

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In order to reset the flow of electricity, the switch can just be turned back on. This reconnects the circuit. Circuit breakers in many cases are found in a cabinet of individual switches known as the breaker box. This simple switch action allows for an easy turn-off for individual circuits in a house when needed for working on a wiring in the location.

Circuit breakers have other applications, such as using for ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. The function of this is to prevent electric shock, rather than just overheating. It breaks the circuit in an outlet if the current gets unbalanced. It can be reset by the touch of a button, and is generally useful in kitchens or bathrooms, where electrocution is a risk from the use of electrical appliances near water sources such as sinks or faucets.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Fuses are more inexpensive, available at nearly any hardware store. They react quickly to overloading, offering more protection to sensitive electronic devices. The only problem in this is that if the circuit is prone to surges that regularly cause fuses to blow, then the quick reaction to the overloading can be a disadvantage.

When fuses are blown, they need to be replaced. This can be difficult, especially in a dark room, or if the replacement fuse is not available at the time of need. In many instances, too, people find themselves replacing a fuse with the replacement fuses that actually has a higher voltage or current rating that is too high for the application or need – which can then cause an overheated circuit.

Fuses are generally speaking, easy to see which switch has been tripped, and which would need to be reset. The average homeowner would find it safe since there is no doubt about choosing the right fuse rating and all of the electrical connections are in the breaker box.

The disadvantage to using a circuit breaker is that it can be more expensive to install, repair and replace. Circuit breakers won’t react as quickly as a fuse in power surges. This means it would be possible that electronics connected to the circuit could be damaged by energy that is just let through. It can be more sensitive to vibration and movement, which may allow for a switch to trip for reasons that are unrelated to electricity overloads.

fusebox vs circuit

Circuit breakers and fuses are not interchangeable for all power applications. For instance, a fuse should not be used in situations that require a GFCI. Electricians are best qualified to make decisions on whether a fuse or circuit breaker system is better for any particular instance or scenario or electrical installation. If you have any questions about a particular project and would like to know more, you can talk to an accomplished professional at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Kohler Gives Inside Look Into Manufacturing Innovations of Power Generators

Every Kohler Generator manufactured is unique to each market and end user. While some generators might look similar on the outside, they are made to perform different jobs and serve specific applications. Innovations are introduced during the engineering process for important attributes like fuel type. Meticulous work is put into designing the data boards that run generators for optimal performance by application. And rigorous testing is performed on crucial safety features as well as product durability.

Fuel Type Innovations

Generators powered by propane are specifically designed to efficiently maximize operating levels from that particular fuel source. Generating power through propane provides distinct advantages for mobile generators. Mobile propane generators have an on-board fuel capacity of about 24 hours of run time at 75% load. They act like any other mobile generator in the marketplace with the differentiating factor of having a more efficient on-board fuel type in terms of lower operating costs and higher BTU output performance.

Data Boards for Specific Applications

Generators need data boards programmed for specific applications in order to run. Without the essential data board, even with the best engine or all of the needed fuel, none of it will run without the right data board. Different data boards are required for each unit – such as for mobile, marine or industrial applications. As a result, data boards hold extremely high importance in the manufacturing of power generators.

 

Rigorous Testing

Each Kohler Generator undergoes rigorous testing before being released for sale. For example, ensuring every propane powered unit is properly tested for gaseous leaks is critical. Testing for leakage is made possible by using ultrasonic technology. Since propane gas is not visible there’s nothing that can be seen to uncover the presence of a leak. Ultrasonic technology allows the tester to hear for any leakage.

Another exhaustive testing procedure involves compressing the life of a generator through a thirty-year cycle, which goes beyond routine performance testing that simply checks if a generator is operating as intended. Compression testing provides a clearer understanding for viewing the wear – through accelerated life testing – to find out how the generators will hold up years from now. The process involves loading beyond what the load should be at one time and uses high load factors in order to compress what might be years of usage into a single test.

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Possessing more insight into the engineering innovations, data programming and rigorous testing Kohler employs in manufacturing their power generators makes it easy to see why Kohler Generators are preferred throughout many industries and used for numerous applications. If you would like to learn more about Kohler Generators, or want more information about Steiner’s generator service, rental and sales you can contact Steiner to speak with an application engineer and find out how Kohler Generators can benefit your business: 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Kohler Propane Mobile Generator Benefits

The Kohler name is known for its elegance and beauty in several industries; from furniture and cabinetry to engines and generators. For about as long as they’ve been making faucets, they’ve also been providing power through their power generators. The Kohler Power System Division is a leading manufacturer of generators in the United States.

Cost-Effective Alternative

Since 1921, the Kohler power system product line has provided power for people in businesses through all types of applications. Their ability to progress and adapt to the market has been a staple for Kohler’s success in this category. One of their newest products is a cost-effective solution for primary power for builders, contractors and business owners. Here is a look at Kohler Power Systems Propane Generators.

Kohler has been manufacturing mobile generators since the company’s inception. With new regulations coming in from the EPA more recently, Kohler decided to focus on a new design; a gaseous mobile unit. For years, customers have requested generators that are placed on wheels, and with propane mobile generators, they are offered just that.

Applications

For contractors that are on the jobsite – whether it’s a single home or whether it’s an entire neighborhood or commercial complex, Kohler’s mobile generator can be used and reused as a primary power source if needed. Every construction job is different, but the mobile propane generator is an easy product to move, manipulate or reconfigure for whatever the contractor needs.

Kohler generators are engineered for reliability, usability and mobility to serve any application, from construction sites in bigger cities to more secluded or remote locations. They can be used for many purposes, such as disaster relief, construction, events, healthcare, or anywhere where backup or primary power is needed.

Users benefit from higher energy output levels produced by propane generators, while also obtaining lower operating costs due to propane being cheaper to burn. Customers can save up to 20% in fuel costs with propane vs diesel fuel sources. Other advantages of propane include longer shelf life, cleaner burning, a quieter engine noise level and more emission compliance.

For more information contact Steiner to speak with an application engineer and find out how Kohler Generators can benefit you and your business: 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Understanding Home and Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Charging electric vehicles is quite a change from the more traditional method of filling up on gas. With networks of public charging stations and home installed private charging stations available, we’ll take a look at the differences and how to utilize both.

While the number of available public electric vehicle charging stations is growing, over 90% of car charging is actually done at home. Home charging provides a certainty in terms of a reliable location to charge, even allowing users to charge their cars overnight.  There are several ways to charge at home – one option is to simply plug into a standard three-prong 120-volt electrical outlet. Since electric vehicles have what’s called an “onboard charger” built-in, it’s necessary to use the charging cord that comes with the vehicle to connect to a source of electricity.

EVSE Charging Stations

Plugging into a standard 120-volt wall outlet will not provide the quickest charge. Charging via this method typically adds about 4 miles of charge or driving range per one hour of charging time. To get a faster charge, most people will seek out a home EVSE, or “Electric Vehicle Service Equipment” solution.

An EVSE is any device that brings AC power to a car, where it is turned into DC power, filling the car’s battery using the onboard charger.

Because electric cars from respective manufacturers are built with various battery sizes and power applications, the maximum charging capacity and charging speed can differ.

Model Max Charge Miles added per hour Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Audi A3 e-tron 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
BMW i3 7.4 kW 25 100% Electric / REx
Cadillac ELR 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Chevy Spark EV 3.3 kW 11 100% Electric
Chevy Volt 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Fiat 500e 6.6 kW 22 100% Electric
Ford C-Max Energi 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Ford Fusion Energi 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Ford Focus Electric 6.6 kW 22 100% Electric
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid 6.6 kW 22 PHEV
Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Kia Soul EV 6.6 kW 22 100% Electric
Mercedes B-Class Electric 10 kW 29 100% Electric
Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Mercedes C350 Plug-in Hybrid 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 3.3 kW 11 100% Electric
Nissan LEAF 3.3 kW / 6.6 kW 11 / 22 100% Electric
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 3.6 kW / 7.2 kW 12 / 24 PHEV
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 3 kW 10 PHEV
Smart Electric Drive 3.3 kW 11 100% Electric
Tesla Model S 10 kW / 20 kW 29 / 58 100% Electric
Tesla Model X 10 kW / 20 kW 29 / 58 100% Electric
Toyota Prius Plug-In 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Volkswagen e-Golf 3.6 kW / 7.2 kW 12 / 24 100% Electric

Public Charging Stations – Locations and Rates

While charging stations are available in several locations such as shopping centers and office buildings, they may not stand out. For this reason it may be necessary to find a website or app to help locate EV charging stations. Note that public charging stations can vary – some may be free, but others are not. Some charge cars faster than others and some cars need different types of charging ports.

There are several electric vehicle charging stations available including those offered by ChargePoint and Schneider Electric. Generally speaking, to use different charging station networks, a card is needed. These cards are relatively easy to acquire; simply find a charging network’s website and register for an account.

Rates vary – there may be rates based on hourly use, session use, monthly use or annual rates. Many public charging stations, however, are free.

Rates vary for each charging station.

Charger Levels

One important factor to consider is the rate of charging can differ depending on the battery’s current charge level. For instance, the closer the battery is to empty, the quicker the flow of electricity is. As it fills, the rate slows – this is known as “tapering”, and it is noticeable around the 50% mark of a charge. The closer a charge is to 100% or fully charged, the slower charging will continue due to tapering. For this reason, many manufacturers recommend a fill to 80% as the most ideal – in fact, many public charging stations cut off charging at 80% as well.

There are different levels of car chargers –Level 1 is 120V, Level 2 is 240V and Level 3 is 480V.

  • Level 1 charging simply requires plugging the car into an ordinary 120-volt electrical outlet with the vehicle’s included cord. This option takes about 22 hours for a full charge.
  • Level 2 charging supplies 240V, about what an electric dryer or oven uses.
  • Both Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations deliver household electricity to the vehicle.

Level 1 and level 2 chargers have the same plug configuration called a J1172/SAE and Level 3 has a CHAdeMO plug. Level 2 chargers are the most common type used at home or public facilities. Level 3 chargers are known as DC fast chargers and are faster than level 2. They aren’t technically called “level 3” chargers since level 1 and level 2 chargers provide AC electricity to a vehicle via the onboard charger while these faster chargers bypass the onboard charger and provide DC electricity to the battery via a special charging port. Since Tesla Supercharging is much faster than “level 3” charging, it can be considered “level 4” charging. Level 3 is not compatible with all electric vehicles, and level 4 is the most restrictive in terms of how many different types of electric vehicles can be charged using a level 4 charger. Level 3 and 4 chargers are scarce – most public chargers are level 2.

For more information on electric vehicle charging stations and networks, call to speak with one of our application consultants at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

How To Use Social Media to Benefit Your Company

June 30th is Social Media Day. In honor of the special occasion we will reflect on some interesting and successful social campaigns being implemented across popular social channels by three different brands. The following campaigns provide great examples of effective uses of social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube) any company can beneficially emulate to drive customer engagement.

CARHARTT 

Carhartt has campaigns across Facebook and Twitter that allow interactivity for fans and followers – for example, hashtag contests like #OutWorkThemAll encourage users to share photos of themselves working on tough projects while wearing Carhartt gear.

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Carhartt engineers consistency across Twitter and Facebook, with many similar campaign attributes being utilized in both networks. Hashtag campaigns like #OutWorkThemAll thrive cross-network, sharing photos of customers and products, providing Carhartt with a cost-effective grassroots promotional product campaign.

Carhartt also actively posts several videos and playlists on YouTube – one of which is the helpful “Do-It-Yourself” series of videos. These instructional videos provide customers with an easy guide of how to use products or how to complete tasks. They help answer customers’ questions giving Carhartt a practical extension to their customer service operations.

diy carhartt

KOHLER

Kohler too promotes their individual campaigns across multiple social media networks. For instance, the #HurricaneStrong campaign is run across Twitter and Facebook. This hashtag campaign is dedicated to preparing for power outages caused by Hurricane storms.

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Kohler also tweets about timely events, tying into their brand. For instance, how they partnered with another company to help with the Flint Water Crisis. An organization or brand that posts content in relation to current events allows followers on social media to see real-world examples of how brands can affect or have a positive impact in responding to a current crisis.

Kohler additionally provides up-to-date information on details from trade shows and other events that they attend. This allows users to find an event they may be interested in attending to learn more about industry-related topics pertinent to their business.

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Kohler further has an active YouTube channel used to showcase their products and technology. From videos on the manufacturing of Kohler Generators to the importance of backup power generators for both homes and businesses, there are several reasons for users to view the Kohler YouTube channel.

Audiences can find value in Kohler videos for a multitude of reasons – perhaps they want to see a step-by-step guided process or learn how to undertake a task. Some videos can help teach processes, while other videos may show future technology and upcoming product releases, providing sneak previews of next generation innovations.


PHILIPS LIGHTING

Photos of Philips lights and lamps used for illuminating the exterior of buildings around the world are displayed on Twitter. Philips’ Twitter account shares colorful lighting photos that showcase the latest innovations from the lighting industry. Philips also shares articles from magazines, promoting stories that feature Philips products and services. Sharing these publications gives Philips positive recognition from third-party trusted sources.

Philips Lighting’s Facebook page contains contests, such as a chance to win Philips and Star Wars lights by simply telling them what makes your child a Star Wars fan. Philips also shares images of LED lights in use, such as in the Amsterdam Arena. Similar to Kohler, Philips utilizes current events to advantageously position their brand.

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facebook philips

With several videos, from “How To” demonstrations to featured products, there are numerous choices available for viewing on the Philips YouTube channel. The “How To” videos provide guidance, while the featured products showcase the range of innovative products that Philips Lighting offers.

As a worldwide company Philips also localizes their videos by translating them into several languages catering to the copious local markets they serve, which means you’ll find many Philips videos offered in multiple languages.

Philips additionally shares invitations for seminars and webinars through LinkedIn, encouraging more participation from readers and followers. The free seminars offer pertinent information on relevant and timely industry topics providing continuing education on practical applications of the latest trends.

Posting a variety of useful and timely content on social media networks – from current event related information on community outreach initiatives – to featuring new products – to event invitations – to contests – provides information that is helpful and engaging to your target audience. Having customers continually return to engage with your brand underscores the importance of utilizing social media to capture mindshare that ultimately leads to market share.

Additionally, another benefit of being active on social media is interaction – not only with customers but with other companies that are also present and active on social media. This allows for the potential of cross-promoting each other to audiences, sharing to each customer base, as well as creating the opportunity for building a working relationship between the two (or more) interacting companies.

There are countless strategies and uses for social media that any company can benefit in, but even simply being active and maintaining a presence online (answering customer feedback or questions) is advantageous to any brand. In this digital age, more customers and prospective customers flock to the internet to learn more about a company, or to just find a brand for their particular interest or need, therefore it is absolutely essential to be ready and represented online.

Machine Safety and the Integration of Pneumatic Technology

Why do we need Safety Standards? For years, standards and safety have been developed and adjusted as time went on. Everyone at some point is careless, complacent, overconfident, distracted or fatigued. We sometimes take risks or misunderstand things. Because all of these human traits are ingrained in all of us, we need to make sure machines are safe and ready for use – which means we also need to consider processes which govern how we utilize machines in order to prevent accidents and injury.[i]

With the increasing use of automation, the requirements governing protection of machinery have changed and evolved. Technology advancements have allowed for the integration of protection devices into the work process, thus improving safety and productivity.

Safety is a basic need – the objective for safety equipment  and safety standards is to provide the machine operator, personnel and others a safe environment when working with machinery. Managers are responsible for the safety of their employees. Most accidents are due to human error, which is why safety procedures need to start at the executive level and be adopted throughout the entire organization.[i]

In this article we’ll cover safety functions of Pneumatic technology, as covered by ASCO at Steiner’s 2016 Automation Technology Summer Symposium.

Risk Assessment

The first steps are taken by the machine operator and OEM to analyze the possible risks that are associated with the design of a machine. The risk assessment and analysis gives information that is required for the risk evaluation. This allows the operator or OEM to determine ultimately whether or not a risk reduction is required.[ii]

The process of risk reduction allows for the OEM to eliminate the potential risk that is found in the assessment. If the areas of risk cannot be eliminated, they are to be addressed with safety-related components.

A risk graph provides guidance when looking at the safety risk and safety function. The graph should be considered for each Safety Function identified as part of the risk assessment and risk reduction process.

Risk Graph
Risk Graph

Safety System Architectures and Categories

There are three architectures of elements – The Input Element, the Logic element and the Output element. The Input element includes Gate Switches and Light Curtains; the Logic element includes Safety PLC and Safety Relays and the Output element includes valves and motors.[ii]

There are four categories – Category 1, Category 2, Category 3 and Category 4. Category 1 systems rely on reliability data of components or well-tried components. With Category 1 there is no diagnostic monitoring.

Category 2 systems rely on Category 1 data plus feedback monitoring and periodic testing of safety functions. Category 3 systems rely on Category 2 data plus redundancy. In Category 3 safety systems, most faults are detected. Category 4 systems rely on Category 3 data plus greater diagnostic monitoring – in which all faults are detected.[ii]

Safety System Categories
Safety System Categories

Methods of Pneumatic Implementation

There are three main methods of satisfying a pneumatic Safety Function, including: Discrete components, Point-of-use “Dump” style units, and Manifolds with integrated Safety Functionality.[ii]

Discrete components have individual valves and pressure switches. Switches are limited to a single motion and can be used for multiple motion elements or actuators. These discrete components can be adapted to various pneumatic safety functions. Discrete pneumatic components are best used on single axis or individual motion elements in order to satisfy a pneumatic safety function. The pneumatic components are considered Safety Related Parts of a Control System.

Point of use “Dump” style units are individual assemblies that are made of redundant units to provide safe release of energy in the form of air. These are best used on Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO) applications. These type of units can be used to release or “Dump” the pneumatic energy to a gated machine in most instances.[ii]

Finally, manifolds with integrated safety functionality are manifolds that have the ability to satisfy many pneumatic safety functions while providing that function for multiple motion elements, or actuators. These Manifolds are best applied for the following:

  • Multiple axis of motion (actuators)
  • Requires Safe and Non-Safe Valves or motion
  • Requires additional pneumatic features such as regulation, speed control or circuit manipulation
  • Requires different safety functions on the same manifold
  • Requires a Fieldbus interface

Further Considerations

  • Safety functions are defined by the Risk Assessment or Reduction Process.
  • Machine Safety is a systematic approach
  • A Pneumatic safety function doesn’t always need to trap energy – there is a safe stopping of motion and a safe return to the home position
  • Indirect monitoring or pressure sensing, can provide the highest level of direct current

Protective devices should be integrated into the control system. Control systems are made of input elements, logic units and power control elements in addition to the actuator or work element. Safety-related parts of the control system should safely perform normal functions. Because of this, special requirements are placed on their reliability and resistance to failures. Safety standards and devices allow for an increase in the attempt to prevent injury. Because all humans can be careless, forgetful or distracted, it is important to implement and follow standards and procedures.

For more information on automation safety and to speak with one of our application engineers please call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

[i] Guidelines for Safe Machinery – Six Steps to a Safe Machine. N.p.: SICK Sensor Intelligence, n.d. PDF.

[ii] Machine Safety and the Integration of Pneumatic Technology. N.p.: ASCO Emerson, 2016. PPT.

Retrofitting Street Lighting with Energy Efficient LED Lamps Reduces Costs

Now that the weather is warming up, it is the ideal time to upgrade to the latest energy-saving outdoor lighting technology. With the upcoming autumn season comes reduced sunlight. Because of this, street lights are on overtime throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Cities should start inspecting or optimizing their lighting before the fall hits. While maintaining and changing lamps, it’s the perfect time to assess new lighting system options. For instance, poles may need to be replaced as well as fixtures to more energy efficient LEDs.

Cobra Head OLD streetlight Lighting fixture
Typical existing HPS/MH Cobra Head

Energy Efficient Lighting Reduces Carbon Footprint

Many local streetlights today have fixtures that are about 25 years old and may perhaps be in dire need of an upgrade that can save cities money through the installation of more energy efficient lighting systems. More and more people are moving into cities, continuing the ever-increasing growth of urban areas across the country. This population boom causes a city’s carbon footprint to rapidly grow along with it. Switching from High Pressure Sodium  or Metal Halide to LED lighting solutions can help mitigate the production of environmentally harmful carbon byproducts brought about by exponential population expansion.

As cities continue to develop they will be required to provide long-term livability solutions through infrastructural changes. LED lighting is the next evolutionary technology for cities to adopt moving into the future. Many cities, including Chicago, already have started plans on installing LED lighting systems.

LED StreetLight Fixture
LED Street Lighting fixture

Over 25 million streetlights in the US consume 40% of cities’ electricity use, equal to 2 million households each year with CO2 emissions equal to 2.6 million cars. Changing all US outdoor lighting to LEDs could prevent the emission of as much as 90 million metric tons of CO2.

Why LED Lighting Systems

Why is LED Lighting so attractive? LEDs have significantly decreased operating costs and simultaneously increased the lifespan and efficiency of the fixture. Making lighting more energy efficient is known as lighting retrofitting. Although switching to LED lighting alone can result in 50-70% energy savings, it is not sufficient enough to meet global targets for savings and sustainability.

Adaptive and inter-operable lighting is essential to bring cost and performance improvements to a next level of significance. Enabling LEDs to dynamically change lighting levels in response to local conditions can generate total system energy savings of up to 80%. These responsive or “Intelligent” sensor lighting systems allow for lighting to be activated only by motion, saving money and improving efficiency.

To learn more about energy efficient lighting solutions or to speak with an experienced lighting application consultant about an Energy Audit call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

For 100 Years

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Steiner Electric Company. Our fourth generation, original family owned and operated, company is very grateful for the many opportunities to serve our customers and the communities of our nine locations. For 100 years Steiner has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of our customers, suppliers and employees through technology, innovation and a culture of “helping our customer be the very best for their customers”.

George S Steiner
George S. Steiner (seated left)

Since George S. Steiner (left) founded our company in 1916 we have helped our customers grow their business by not only providing perhaps the largest inventory of electrical supplies in northern Illinois, but the product knowledge, application support and systems to save time and reduce operational expenses. We focused on expanding our core competencies with diversified but complementary products and services. There are five major divisions with the structure and teams to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

  1. Electrical Supplies
  2. Lighting & Control
  3. Generator Sales, Service and Rental
  4. Automation Products & Controls
  5. Metalworking & Industrial Supplies

The five bands within our 100th anniversary logo create a pathway from 1916 to 2016 corresponding to our five core competencies. The two rings are linked to show our interconnectedness from our past to our future. We gratefully acknowledge and learn from our history, whose foundation was built by our past customers, employees and suppliers. We embrace the future and the changes required to stay the course to creatively earn opportunities for future generations.

Steiner 100 Years

Thank you very much

Richard Kerman
President & CEO
Steiner Electric Company

CribTrack Industrial Vending Machine Makes Inventory Management Affordable

What is CribTrack?

CribTrack is a new industrial vending solution with an evolutionary dispensing system that simplifies inventory management. Industrial items, MRO supplies, office supplies and many other consumable or reusable items can be stored and tracked through the user-friendly inventory scanner. CribTrack offers businesses a more secure, flexible, simple and affordable alternative to other industrial vending machines built on complicated machine architectures that are difficult and expensive to maintain.

CribTrack industrial storage solution offers abundant space for managing inventory with up to 200 storage bins. The supply bins are held in place by magnets, providing the flexibility to rearrange items quickly and help keep inventory organized. With its sleek design and noteworthy mobility, CribTrack can also be used in almost any indoor environment to store safety equipment, chemicals, batteries, power tools and more.

CribTrack comes with software run on a locally stored server hard drive concealed within the machine that securely backs up all data to the cloud. An included Wi-Fi router offers the flexibility to connect to a company network either hardwired via an Ethernet port or wirelessly via a Wi-Fi network.

CribTrack is also equipped with four built-in cameras that record each transaction, all of which can be reviewed on-demand.

Who Can Use It?

Any company can use CribTrack. Because just about any type of item can be stored, CribTrack is the ideal industrial storage solution for several locations and environments, including:

  • Manufacturing/industrial – drills, end mills, inserts or abrasives.
  • Restaurants – ingredients, spices or meats.
  • Hospitals – gloves, tubes, medications or scrubs.
  • Schools – cleaning supplies, lab equipment or office supplies.
  • Offices – supplies, IT equipment or printer supplies.
  • And many other applications…
About CribTrack
CribTrack Industrial Vending Machine

What’s different over other industrial vending machines?

CribTrack is different than any other industrial vending machines – It is designed to be simple, smart and secure. For example, it offers the benefit of multiple access options. To access inventory there are three built-in methods: a user assigned touchpad PIN, RF PROX card/key fob (HID, I-HID option available), and biometric fingerprint scanner. Once access is granted, an item can be ‘checked out’ by simply scanning the associated barcode. Returning an item is just as simple; scan a special built-in return barcode and follow the prompts listed on the interior 10-inch monitor.

CribTrack Authentication Pad
Enter pincode, use the PROX card or use your fingerprint to unlock the machine.

Another benefit that separates CribTrack from other inventory management machines is the 3-year warranty – a lot of the mechanical aspects of a traditional vending machine have been eliminated to produce a remarkably reliable platform. By simplifying the machine CribTrack offers a quicker method of retrieving items – other machines take longer to enter information for procuring an item, but with CribTrack, the average time it takes to complete a transaction is 15 seconds.

While other machines are inaccessible only allowing items to be dispensed by the machine itself, or dropped down like snack vending machines, CribTrack can be opened, allowing a user to inspect an item before procuring it. To manage inventory securely CribTrack provides a log of who took or returned an item from the machine. The cameras ensure the proper procedure is followed throughout the process. Because there are four cameras, all activities are recorded from several different angles and subsequently viewable on demand.

CribTrack is the perfect solution for any organization with a need for industrial vending and inventory management. It is flexible, easy-to-use, simple to manage, reliable, and economical. CribTrack allows organizations to take advantage of cost savings attained through better inventory management, accountability, and trace-ability.  For more information on CribTrack please visit www.cribtrack.com or call 1-844-744-CRIB (2742) to speak with an experienced application consultant.