When Natural Disasters Strike, Should Damaged Electrical Systems be Repaired or Replaced?
Electrical systems in the midwest can be damaged by numerous natural disasters including floods, lightning, hail, ice, snow, high winds and tornadoes. Significant damage from severe weather is expected to occur at least once a year. Electricians must answer the critical question of whether or not to repair or replace electrical equipment as a result.
Use NFPA’s helpful “Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist” to guide your assessment. The checklist is provided by NFPA, and refers to recommendations in Chapter 32 of the 2019 edition of NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance.
Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!
At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!
The Purple Winged Warriors’ Story
It has affected us all in different ways, but we will NOT go quietly into the good night…If you think about people in your life, odds are, you know someone who has Alzheimer’s or is affected by Alzheimer’s. It should make you mad, too! There is no cure yet and funding is low – we need to make our voices heard, not only when signing petitions, but by letting families and caregivers know they are not alone.
Even if you can only give a little, you’re letting another family know that you’re on their side and they’re worth fighting for – memories matter, people matter, family matters, caregivers matter – cures matter!
If you weren’t able to make it to the fundraiser and would still like to contribute, please CLICK HERE to donate.
All donations go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness for this disease, raise funds for a cure, and support caregivers and families taking care of loved ones who are battling this disease.
Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Although Danczyk was feeling a bit under the weather, he provided us with an amazing chainsaw performance from start to finish. He later applied paint to the carving at his home workshop to complete the sculpture.
View this spectacular time lapse video of the chainsaw carving starting from a 6-foot tall piece of solid wood to a finely detailed work of art.
It was a privilege to have Danczyk demonstrate a chainsaw carving for our guests to enjoy.
Here’s the finished sculpture pictured from different angles. Just amazing detail all done with a chainsaw by a truly gifted artist.
On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70. Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength.
Even after experiencing horrendous torture and imprisonment her message was: “Have Faith, Fantasy, Drive and Believe that tomorrow will be better. Next to health, the next best thing is freedom, and think before you hate.”
Reflections from Some Who Attended
Thank you so much for yesterday! Magda Brown is an incredible, strong person and I consider a hero to mankind. This was an honor to listen to her yesterday and both Jamie and I just want to thank you and your family for allowing us that time to listen to her story!
Thanks, Tom Zapp
Thank you again for allowing us to participate in the Magda Brown presentation. Magda really is a living lesson in poise and grace. Kaelin and I both left on Saturday in a completely different mindset than when we walked in. I have overheard Kae talking to her friends about the experience all weekend. She was really moved by what she heard and in speaking to Ms. Brown after the event.
Again, we are very thankful to have been able to come and participate in something we feel is so important.
I wanted to thank you for having Magda as a speaker on Saturday. I have been thinking about it ever since. What a strong wonderful woman. She didn’t show any bitterness which amazed me. I would be bitter forever.
Thanks again, Bernie Eadon
I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to listen to Magda’s story this past Saturday. Being part of the “last generation” that can listen to and learn from these stories directly from someone who survived the Holocaust, was an incredible experience. The way Magda described her adolescence pre WW2, the Holocaust, and the events that led her to be enslaved at Auschwitz and then transported somewhere in East Germany assembling poisonous gas was remarkable. The vividness in which Magda described the selection process and how she was separated from her mother, was sad, and heartbreaking. Simple pleasures were gone, like a shower, toiletries, shoes, clothes, and basic human decency. The precision in which the Germans conducted the work labor camps, was shocking and disturbing. Yet, throughout all these horrors and atrocities and being poisoned, Magda never lost her faith and her desire to keep dreaming and fighting. The manner in which Magda speaks and keeps her composure is elegant and joyful, to say the least. I also enjoyed her ending and reminding “the last generation” it is our responsibility to stand up to the bullies and make them our friends and to understand their point of view. They may have a broken home, or their own shortcomings, and may have been taught to show intolerance to different viewpoints and cultures. Magda reminded us nothing is black and white, except for what is right and wrong. There are good people and bad people in this world, but there are always more good people than bad. A key takeaway from Magda’s story was “Next to your health, freedom is just as important”. This mantra resonates loud and clear, especially when paired with the poem Magda shared with the audience. We must not allow history to repeat itself and we do this by sharing Magda’s story with our friends and family.
The new Steiner website will continue to give quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs. Designed to help easily manage and monitor purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way for customers to get what they need, when they need it…giving them The Power to Connect.
The website offers a rich catalog of products from leading manufacturers and services from factory trained technicians and application engineers across the following verticals.
The new Steiner website will continue to give you quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs.
Designed to help you easily manage and monitor your purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way to get what you need, when you need it…giving you The Power to Connect.
With winter approaching, some of the most vulnerable in our society — children — could use a little help to stay warm. For the 17th year, Steiner has partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive. The drive helps collect and distribute cold weather clothing to the less fortunate children in Rockford, IL. and surrounding areas.
Collection barrels will be located at all Steiner branches starting on September 18, 2018.
The following new or gently used items are needed most:
Donated items must be in good wearable condition, clean, and not have any holes or stains. Adult sizes are also appreciated as many kids can wear them. All barrels will be collected on October 18th, so if you wish to donate, don’t delay!
Over the past two winters, the following items were donated at Steiner location collection boxes:
41 pairs of gloves/mittens
6 pairs of snow pants
4 pairs of snow boots
We thank everyone who contributed in the past to this great cause and look forward to once again help children in need this winter season.
Working with metal can be dangerous. Just ask any metalworker who has ended up with a floater in their eye or a knuckle chewed up by a coarse grit abrasive belt.
For metalworkers and machinists of metals and other materials, Steiner offers a large selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Protective Industrial Products, better known as PIP, that can help protect the head, face and hands from this swarf.
Keep Safe with PPE
Grinding, chiseling, sanding, drilling, sawing, welding and undertaking other machining processes produce metal shards and chips that can fly in unexpected ways and in any unexpected directions.
According to OSHA, an estimated 9 out of 10 occupational related eye injuries could be avoided through the use of proper safety equipment.
For the face and head, a combination of safety glasses and face shields protect the eyes and face from flying particles, hot sparks, liquid chemicals and vapors.
PIP headgear for face shields provides crown protection, especially in grinding applications and can be fitted with PIP Bouton® Optical face shields. These protective visors provide clear, crisp and distortion-free visibility.
Features of the face shields, include:
Impact resistance and protection from projectiles and splashing liquids.
They can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures in heavy-duty applications.
They can be worn with standard headgear or fitted to a hard hat.
Face shields and PIP Bouton® Optical safety glasses can be used in combination to protect the face from hot sparks in grinding, chiseling, welding and other applications. In some cases, it is recommended that they be used in concert such as to protect the worker from chemical, fine mist or even molten metal splash.
According to OSHA, safety eye wear should be worn as the primary eye protection against impact from flying fragments, objects, large chips, and particles created during grinding, sawing, drilling, fastening, and sanding applications.
PIP’s eyewear products, which meet UL and CSA requirements, are available in almost 50 distinctive shapes of safety eyewear for the right fit and have numerous features geared for the application.
Also available are the Fuselage full-frame safety glasses with black frame and soft padding, that come in either gray lens or clear lens.
Features of Bouton Optical safety eyewear include: anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings for indoor and outdoor applications; multiple lens color options for specific industrial applications, lighting conditions and work environments; and soft foam padding that forms a comfortable seal to keep out dust and airborne particles.
PIP offers safety glasses that can also alleviate the problem of fogging, which is a dangerous, and irritating, problem familiar to most metalworkers. Lenses fog for many reasons, all of which are related to ambient temperature and moisture in the air. When a rapid temperature change occurs, moisture in the air collects on untreated lenses, causing the lenses to fog and impede vision.
To solve this problem, many Bouton optical glasses from PIP are available with Fogless® 3Sixty™ Technology. These include the Fuselage and Recon models. This will prevent fog when transitioning between warm and cool environments, working in a humid or wet environment, combining eye protection with respiratory equipment, or just sweating from hard work.
Cuts to the skin from metal shavings and other swarf are another common injury endured by mostly anyone that has machined metal.
Some people are also susceptible to allergies caused by the resin-impregnated fiberglass on abrasive disks used in grinding operations.
PIP gloves provide protection from sparks and fragments of disk and waste metal thrown out by the disk. They also protect your hands from general wear and tear, i.e. minor cuts, scuffs, abrasions and potential allergies.
Some metalworkers believe that gloves can affect the “feel” they have for the bevel and reduces their ability to grab hardware and tools or utilize touch screens on controllers.
PIP has those problems covered as well.
PIP offers a large range of sizes from small to double extra-large for a great fit, which is important when working around rotating equipment.
The gloves offer a range of features. They are high-cut, puncture and abrasion resistance; they are resistant to chemicals, water and ultraviolet light; provide superior grip in wet and dry conditions; are touchscreen compatible, and feature knit wrist to prevent dirt and debris from entering the gloves.
Glove brands include the Maxiflex® Ultimate™,which is a seamless knit nylon/Lycra glove that features Nitrile coated Micro-Foam Grip – Ad-Apt™ Technology that keeps hands drier and cleaner. The Nitrile coating provides good grip and abrasion resistance.
PIP’s G-Tek® Polykor® X7™ glove is a seamless knit Polykor® X7™ blended glove with Neofoam® coated palm and fingers and is touchscreen compatible. The PolyKor blended shell with X7 technology offers high-cut resistance and the knit wrist style keeps out dirt and debris from the glove.
The Ambi-Dex® Grippaz™ Skins is an ambidextrous Nitrile glove with textured fish scale grip (6 Mil) that provides extra traction with oily or wet parts, and has a rotated thumb grip for secure precision grip of small parts.
So, choose from a selection of gloves that are designed to protect your hands from harsh metalworking operations, and give you a good grip, no matter the application and don’t forget to protect your head and face with PPE from PIP.
Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Protect your home with a Kohler standby generator and realize great savings on installation and receive free Kohler products with qualifying purchase.
From June 21 to Sept. 30, 2018, Steiner is offering more than $500 worth of incentives on Kohler generator models ranging in power from 8kW to 60kW. When purchasing from a participating, authorized dealer, homeowners will receive $200 off installation, a free OnCue Plus Generator Management System ($245 value), and a free maintenance kit ($70 value).
Reliable Power from Kohler
High winds, especially when combined with rain from thunder storms, can damage electricity utility systems, resulting in service interruptions for large numbers of electrical customers. That means no power for air conditioners, refrigerators, or ability to recharge laptops or smartphones or other personal electronic devices.
Kohler has a fast, safe and affordable solution. If power goes out, you can count to 10, and Kohler’s standby generators will have recognized the loss of power and automatically switched to generator power.
The generators start and stop automatically with the aid of automatic transfer switches (ATS) that monitor electric output from the utility. If the power goes out, the ATS will switch to generator power in as little as 10 seconds to keep the AC, furnace, sump pump, refrigerator or other home appliances up and running.
Kohler generators feature enhanced starting power, which is a critical feature. A large appliance, such as an AC, requires as much as 3 times the amount of power to start the appliance as compared to the power needed to keep the appliance running.
Kohler’s 14/20kW Resa models, for instance, which feature Kohler’s Power Boost Technology, can start large loads such as a 5-ton central AC without dropping power to other appliances.
Kohler generators maintain outstanding power quality even in a home where power demands are fluctuating. Voltage regulation is critical because if the voltage is too high it can damage sensitive electronics such as the circuit boards on new appliances, LED TVs, computers and other technology. Conversely, when voltage is too low, it can affect motor performance on HVAC/R systems and shorten the life of the motor.
Managing your Generator
The OnCue® Plus Generator Management System and App gives you peace of mind in the palm of your hand. With OnCue, you can get real-time status updates on your KOHLER generator from an iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ device, PC or Mac®. You can receive instant generator updates via text or email.
When OnCue is paired with a Programmable Interface Module, users have automatic, off-site control to activate critical items such as security systems.