Get Modified Enclosures Without the Hassle

Get Modified Enclosures Without The Hassle

Are your highest paid, best-trained employees spending their time measuring and marking up, drilling and cutting your enclosures? Has modifying those enclosures to meet exacting customer specs become a production bottleneck? Do design revisions during the build cycle cause documentation headaches?

If you answered yes to any of these or similar questions, I have one more question for you. Why are you still manually modifying enclosures in house?

Don’t waste time making holes and cutouts manually–let Steiner Electric, the exclusive Hoffman Certified Modification Center in Northern IL, deliver your modified enclosures and back panels to you, on your schedule and ready to populate so you can focus on integrating and providing control solutions to your customers.

Get modified enclosures fast

For contractors that produce electrical and electronic assemblies for end users, modifying enclosures is essential to the panel building process, but the task does not bring the most value-add to a project.

Steiner’s CNC-based Hoffman Certified Modification Center, the ModCenter 293, eliminates the time-consuming and costly manual methods of modifying enclosures. The automated system makes your shop more competitive, efficient, improves your bottom line and can make design changes on the fly.

Reduce your lead times by modifying stocked or quick-ship enclosures and have them delivered to your facility or job site on your schedule. In addition, the quality of the cutouts are higher and turnaround times on custom enclosures and back panels are faster.

Utilizing an automatic tool changer, the machine can use any of 21 precision cutters — a combination of drills and taps for holes and end mills for cutouts. The ModCenter can mill mild steel at 2,000 mm (78 in.) per minute, and it can make a 4- by 4-in. in under 3 minutes. Including filing and cleanup, it can take a person about 15 minutes to manually do that job.

Get precise cutouts and custom enclosures fast with the ModCenter 293.

Considering that a 36-in. by 48-in. electrical enclosure could have 40 to 50 holes and cutouts and a back panel could have as many as 200 holes with taps, the ability to accurately and expeditiously customize enclosures is vital.

Dan Williams, manager of the Steiner Electric Custom Products Group says, “By automating labor-intensive modification tasks we can increase productivity, quality, and flexibility. We can produce holes and cutouts in minutes, not hours, and when we are done the holes are precise and clean and ready to populate.”

From small to large enclosures

The CNC unit handles enclosures up to 93.7 in. by 86 in. and back panels up to 93 in. by 94 in. It can process a variety of materials including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, PVC, and glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).

Automatic tool changer that holds up to 21 tools.
The tool changer holds 21 tools.

Vertically oriented and operating in multi-axes, the unit grabs a tool and makes all the cuts that it can with that cutting tool, moving along a preprogrammed cutting path, before exchanging the cutter with another tool to continue the process.   The CNC machine operates along these vertical lines, explains Williams. “It rides on this plane, modifying whatever is on the plane.”

A flexible machine, the ModCenter 293 allows for fast changes if needed.  “We are like an on-site job shop,” says Williams.  “Our number one priority is to make sure our customers get the enclosure they need for the job, at a competitive price, and get it on time, every time.”

The ModCenter 293 features software that integrates seamlessly with CAD DXF, DWG, and other file formats to push jobs forward. This saves workers from the laborious job of copying a pattern by hand.

Having Steiner do the modification work may also reduce tooling costs. Drilling holes and making cutouts by hand is hard on tooling. Depending on the enclosure material, drill bits can wear out after about 150 holes. Saw blades, especially when cutting stainless steel, can wear out in just minutes.

With benefits such as precision cutting, fast turnaround times, and labor-savings, outsourcing your enclosure modifications to Steiner can be a good decision in many ways.

To help you select or design the most appropriate enclosure for your application, contact Steiner at 800.783.4637, visit our website, or Email:  modificationcenter@stnr.com

 

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness month, and it is the mission of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America to spread awareness and raise funds with hope to discovering a cure. Huntington’s Disease (HD) has been called the “quintessential family disease” because every child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of carrying the faulty, deadly gene.

On May 20, the Illinois chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) celebrated the 14th Annual Illinois Chapter Team Hope Walk. The event, held at the Grand Pavilion on the “Riverwalk” in downtown Naperville, gathered families and friends to support each other and raise funds. For the 2nd consecutive year, Steiner Electric was a corporate sponsor.

Huntington’s Disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms usually appear between ages 30 to 50, and can worsen over a 10 to 25-year period. HD causes a lessening in a person’s physical and mental abilities during the prime years to work.

Approximately 30,000 Americans are symptomatic of the disease, and more than 200,000 others are at-risk of inheriting a gene that over time can mutate and trigger HD symptoms. Within many families, multiple generations have inherited this expanded gene.

According to the HDSA, those at risk of inheriting HD can take a test to find  out if they’re carrying the faulty gene. Symptoms of HD varies from person to person, even within the same family. The progression of the disease can be roughly divided.

Donations to the HDSA advocacy group supports research into new therapies, provides services and referrals to HD families and individuals trying to cope with the effects of the disease, and expands educational programs and develops informational materials to bring great awareness and further education about HD into three stages. In the early stage, HD usually includes subtle changes in coordination. In the middle stage, movement disorder becomes more pronounced, and in the late stage, the person with HD is dependent on others for their care as their brain cells decrease.

To learn more about HD, and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or phone (800) 345-HDSA.

Steiner Donates Vintage Film for War Documentary

Steiner Electric is very proud to have provided footage for the production of the WWII documentary “City at War: Chicago,” a film that examines what Chicago was like during the second world war.

At the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) called on the country to become “an arsenal of democracy” – to become producers of war materiel to help defeat the Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy.

A new documentary, “A City at War: Chicago,” looks at how Chicago became a well-oiled production machine, with every man, woman, and child contributing to the war effort. John Davies, the executive producer, along with his co-producer Brian Kallies, says the film explores “just about everything that happened in Chicagoland during WWII.”

The documentary utilizes rare film footage, vintage propaganda movies, period posts, stills and other articles from the period to show viewers Chicago’s transformation into an “arsenal of democracy.” Several key elements that helped the producers achieve the “look” they wanted were donated from the Steiner family archives. These items, which were donated by Rick Kerman of Steiner Electric, included old 8mm and 16mm footage, and other articles either filmed or collected by his grandfather George Steiner during the war years.  “We used that all over the film and it really helped us illustrate some points,” says Davies. “It’s vintage and it really gave the movie a look.”

 Steiner family film footage that was used in the documentary, included:
  • Steiner employee sendoff office party for Manny who soon would ship out to serve our country.
  • Film of Rick’s aunt, Elaine Steiner, standing along the Lake Michigan shore watching as a luxury yacht passes by her. The ship was made by the Henry C. Grebe & Co., a Chicago yacht building company, who would retool its factory to make wooden hulled mine sweepers used in WWII. (The boats would tow a device that produced a magnetic field that triggered magnetic mines. The hull was made from wood so as to not magnetically attract the  bombs.)
  • A backyard scene showing sailors and marines relaxing. It is unknown whether they were on leave or enjoying a few final days before receiving their orders, but the footage was used to illustrate a story shared by author Harry Mark Petrakis.  The Chicago-based novelist described watching returning veterans tell soldiers who hadn’t shipped out as yet, “wait, wait, your turn will come.”
  • Also donated from the Steiner archives were original front pages from WWII-era newspapers and gas-ration stamps issued to Steiner Electric.

Rick explained, “Our friendship with Davies and Kallies goes back many years, most recently the filmmakers produced Steiner’s humorous video: “Tommy Tomagain: Steiner is There, starring Tim Kazurinsky.” When they mentioned their upcoming WWII documentary project, it was the excuse I needed to restore my grandfather’s home videos dating back to the early 1930’s and WWII news reels.”

The shots helped illustrate the prominent role that Chicago and the surrounding communities played in the buildup to WWII. Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly attracted government investment in more than 1,400 companies that re-tooled to support the war effort.

The first aircraft landing on USS Wolverine occurred during September 1942. From 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, the USS Wolverine and its sister ship, the USS Sable, were used to train 17,000 pilots, landing signal officers and other navy personnel.

During these war years, Chicago was a major US Navy training area for Navy Air, Carrier, Surface and Submarine Services. An estimated one third of the military personnel serving the Pacific theater were “boot camped” at the Naval Air Station Glenview in Chicago, according to Davies.

The Glenview air station trained aircraft carrier pilots on two carriers docked next to Navy Pier (see picture). The first aircraft landed on the USS Wolverine in September 1942 and between that initial flight and the end of the war, approximately 17,000 pilots, landing signal officers and other Navy personnel were trained on the deck of the Wolverine, and its sister ship, the USS Sable.

Another example is the Orchard Place Douglas Plant (ORD) facility, at which the Douglas Airplane Co. built more than 600 of its C-54 Skymaster aircraft. The facility was so massive that it would later become O’Hare Airport.

“Possibly as much as 30% of all U.S. materiel used to support the war effort was manufactured in and around the City of Chicago,” Davies told the Daily North Shore community web site. “That included a range of items like food, parachutes and tanks.”

The one-hour documentary, narrated by Bill Kurtis, will air in Chicago on WTTW Chicago Channel 11, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 7 p.m. and WTTW Prime at 10 p.m.

Protect Your Motor with Manual Starters and Switches

Schneider Electric manual starters and switches are compact and elegantly designed devices that are primarily used to switch motors ON/OFF. Despite their simplicity, they can reverse the motor depending on the model and protect the motor against overloads, shorts, and phase failures in fuse-less applications. These devices, which are typically operated by toggle or push button, come in a variety of options from reversing and non-reversing to multi-speed choices.

Schneider manual starters and switches come in a variety of options to suit your specific application.

Steiner stocks a large inventory of manual motor starters and switches for pickup at one of our convenient locations or on-time delivery to your facility or job site, including fractional horsepower manual starters with melting alloy overload relays; manual switches that are horsepower rated for self-protected motors; and manual starters with integral horsepower with melting alloy overload relays.

It is now easier to configure the right motor starter and switch for your application by using the Schneider EZ Selector. When it comes to manual starters and switches, the EZ Selectors make it especially easy to choose from various versions and multiple options of (type F) fractional starters, (type K) manual switches, and (type M, T) starters with melting alloy overload relays.

Application Considerations

Manual starters are designed for low horsepower motor applications. In fact, many small motors use a fraction of a horsepower to run, and Schneider offers manual starters designed specially for these fractional horsepower motors.

The starters are especially suited for being mounted directly onto or near the machine that is controls. They can be used as stop-starts without the need to run extra power cords and wires.

The starters can be chosen based on the type of electronic to be controlled and protected. Is the application a single-phase or three-phase? What is the full-load amperage? Does your application require 1 or 2 pole configurations or 2 or 3 pole configurations?

The environment in which they are to operate is also a primary concern. Some starters must be dust proof or be oil resistant. If a dusty environment, the starter might require a NEMA 12 enclosure that will protect against dust, dirt, and dripping non-corrosive liquids, oil and lubricants. A NEMA 4 enclosure is often intended for outdoor use where extra protection against moisture and wind driven rain is required.

Some models are available in specific NEMA enclosures. Type F fraction HP starters are available in NEMA Type 1 enclosures (oversized and flush-mount enclosure option available), Type 4 enclosures (with zinc alloy die casting), and NEMA Type 3R, 7 and 9 (cast aluminum enclosure).

Various models also have specific operators. For instance, for Type M and T integral horsepower starters, a push button or toggle operator is available in open and NEMA Type 1 enclosure, while a direct acting push button is only available on NEMA Types 4 and 12 enclosures.

Thermal overload is also a consideration to protect a motor against overheating.  For example, the ambient temperature of a cabinet with multiple electronics could become so hot that nuisance tripping occurs.

To solve these problems, many switches, such as the Type M and Type T units, feature melting alloy thermal units. Depending on the thermal load, these starters might necessitate their thermal overload protection adjusted for the heat (See video below). The thermal overload protection developed by Square D has a special alloy in it. When the ambient temperature reaches a certain level, the protective relay undergoes a phase change from solid to liquid and shuts off the motor. This greatly reduces the chance of motor damage.

These considerations are just a few options that must be taken into account when choosing the correct manual starter or switch for the particular application.

Fractional Horsepower Manual Starters

Type F fractional horsepower starters provide overload protection as well as

Type F fractional horsepower starters

manual ON/OFF control for small motors in a variety of industrial and commercial installations including fans, conveyors, pumps, and small machine tools. Available in enclosed or open styles, they come in in non-reversing and two-speed versions to control small single-phase AC motors that have separate windings for high- and low-speed operation.

  • Horsepower rated up to 1hp AC, 0.75hp DC
  • Overload protection provided by melting alloy thermal units
  • Available in 1 or 2 pole configurations for AC single phase motors rated up to 1 hp. Two-pole starters can also be used with DC motors rated up to 0.75 hp.
  • 277VAC Max, 230VDC Max (2-pole only)
Manual Starting Switches

Type K starting switches , which use two switches (one to connect the motor for forward rotation and one for reverse rotation), provide manual ON/OFF control of single- or

Type KG1A Schneider Manual Starter and Switch.

three-phase AC motors, and also for reversing AC motors where overload protection is not required or is provided separately. They are suitable with three-phase squirrel cage motors. The type K 2-speed manual switches may be used with separate winding three- or single-phase AC motors.

Available in enclosed or open style, with compact construction and a 600 V rating, these switches are suitable for a wide range of industrial and commercial uses including small machine tools, pumps, fans, conveyors, and other types of electrical machinery. They can also be used on non-motor loads such as resistance heaters.

  • Available in reversing, non-reversing, and two-speed versions
  • Horsepower rated up to 20hp AC, 2hp DC for self-protected motors
  • Available in 2 or 3 pole configurations
  • 600VAC Max, 230VDC Max
Integral Horsepower Manual Starters
Type M and T Schneider Manual Starters and Switches.

Designed for overload protection and manual ON/OFF control for small single phase, polyphase or DC motors, the Type M and T Integral horsepower starters are available in NEMA sizes M0 – M1, and come with either Push Button (M) or Toggle (T) operators. Options include non-reversing, reversing, and two-speed applications. Typical applications include small machine tools, pumps, fans, and conveyors.

  • Pilot light and auxiliary contact available
  • Horsepower rated up to 10hp AC (3-phase), 5hp AC (Single-phase), 2hp DC
  • Available in 2 or 3 pole configurations
  • 600VAC Max, 250VDC Max (2-pole only)
  • Available in enclosed or open style
Make Selections EZ
The Schneider Electric Safety Switch EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate safety switch for your required application.
The EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate manual starter for your required application.

Manual starters and switches come with multiple options. With all the product variables from application to enclosure type, voltage to amperage consideration, selecting the appropriate starter or switch can be a challenge. Schneider Electric has made the process simpler by developing the EZ Selector tool.

The EZ Selector tools ask simple “click-to-answer questions,” and the user is self-guided through a process that ultimately leads to the right product for the application.

Order online or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) to speak with a Steiner sales representative for more information on Schneider Square D Manual Starters and Switches.

Join Steiner for Our 2018 Great American BBQ

 Summer is quickly approaching and Steiner Electric is hard at work preparing to welcome our customers and friends to our 2018 Great American BBQ.

This annual fun-in-the-sun event is held at Steiner’s centrally located Elk Grove Village branch. Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Use this mid-day break to view great products from vendors and vie for exciting prizes. Keep an eye out for a Steiner Electric display where customer’s can purchase deeply discounted products.

And, bring your appetites so you can feast on barbecue specialties catered by Smoque BBQ – highly rated by Zagat as not just one of the best BBQ in Chicago, but also one of the 50 best restaurants in Chicago.  

So, if you don’t already have lunch plans for Thursday, June 28, come on by our Elk Grove Village branch for a great time, with great people, and enjoy great BBQ by one of Chicago’s finest. Take a moment now to RSVP for the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Great American BBQ
Thursday, June 28, 2018
11:30am to 1:30pm
Steiner Electric
1250 Touhy Ave.
Elk Grove Village

Next Generation of Wireless Lighting Controls is Here

Wireless lighting controls make installation and maintenance easy for the contractor and MRO alike.

A free whitepaper from the lighting experts at Steiner Electric examines the benefits of wireless lighting control technology and focuses on its capabilities and strategies such as ease-of-installation, scheduling, occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting, ability to integrate with other systems, energy saving, scalability and much more.

The whitepaper will look at how wireless technology reduces installation time, deployment costs, and maintenance calls. It will showcase the types of lighting controls and strategies that can help reduce energy consumption, while improving the user experience. In addition, the whitepaper will detail the flexibility of today’s wireless lighting control systems and how they can be placed where needed throughout a facility, and scaled up as requirements change.

To better understand wireless technology benefits, the whitepaper will feature two industry leading wireless platforms: Vive from Lutron and nLight® AIR from Acuity Brands.

Lutron Vive wireless lighting control.
Lutron Vive wireless lighting control.

Lutron’s Vive is a wireless lighting control solution for new and existing commercial buildings. Vive wireless solutions offer a multi-strategy approach that accommodates an array of budgets and current performance needs, while maintaining flexibility for future needs of a building.

Acuity Brands nLight® AIR is a simplified wireless lighting

Acuity Brands’ nLight Air wireless lighting control.

control solution that works in tandem with Acuity Brands’ diverse group of commercial LED lighting fixtures, which are embedded with smart sensors and utilize battery operated wireless wall switches. Users have the ability to regulate devices on any mobile device.

These types of next generation wireless lighting controls are ushering in a multitude of benefits for contractors, MROs, designers, installers and end-users. For both new construction and retrofit projects on existing commercial buildings, wireless lighting control solutions, including Lutron Vive and Acuity Brands nLight® AIR, provide faster installation times, simpler maintenance, and easier scalability.

Get your free copy of The Next Generation of Wireless Lighting Control Technology whitepaper to learn more.

For further information, and to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting controls application engineer, please call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Join Us for Our 21st Annual Pig Roast

Summer is approaching and we’re looking forward to hosting another family fun Steiner Electric event – our 21st Annual Pig Roast! Please join us at our Rockford branch on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 4:30pm until 7:30pm.

As in previous years, you can check out products and watch demonstrations from an array of vendors who will be exhibiting. More than 50 companies are scheduled to showcase their wares.

Southern Heritage Band
Southern Heritage Band plays at the 21st annual pig roast in Rockford.

In addition, enjoy great food, win door prizes, and hear live music from local favorites, Southern Heritage. A Rockford Area Music Industry Hall of Fame Member (RAMI), Southern Heritage has opened for such well-known musicians as Keith Anderson, David Allan Coe and Lady Antebellum. At the Pig Roast, you can expect them to play music from Johnny Cash to Jason Aldean.

RSVP to attend the event or download the event flyer for more information.

Walk, Roll and Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Strap on your running shoes, buckle up your roller skates, give your bike a tune up, and get ready to participate in Walk and Roll Chicago, an annual  event held to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

This year marks the 47th year that the American Cancer Society has organized Walk and Roll in Chicago and the eighth consecutive year that Steiner Electric has participated.

Walk and Roll Chicago is scheduled for April 21. Help raise funds to fight cancer.
Walk and Roll Chicago is scheduled for April 21. Come out and help raise funds to fight cancer.

Join Team Steiner and its partners in the Chicago Electrical Industry group on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8:30am. The races’ step-off is at 10am. The starting line, team tents, music, food vendors and more are located on the Stadium Green, which is at the southeast corner of Soldier Field.

Participants can choose from four ways to participate in the event. They can walk or run 5K, skate 10K, or bike 15K. Those who do not have a bike or skates can rent them on site.

There is still time to register for Walk and Roll Chicago. To register or donate, click here.

Join Team Steiner in the fight against cancer. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to register. If you’re unable to make the event, you can still make a donation online. To donate or register for the event, click here.

Hoffman Thermal Audits Provide Solutions to Cool Electronics and Maximize Equipment Life

Hoffman thermal audit maximizes equipment life

Summer’s coming, and the time to begin protecting your electronics, before it’s too late, is today. As temperatures rise, industrial electronics can overheat, causing malfunction and even complete device failure. In fact, statistics show that for every 18°F over room temperature, the life expectancy of an electronic device drops by 50%.

To determine thermal heat loads, and examine the stress placed on electrical devices by excess heat, Steiner is offering a FREE THERMAL AUDIT to be conducted by its Hoffman-trained and certified expert.

A thermal audit can identify problem areas and produce compelling evidence of excess heat that can affect performance and potentially damage critical equipment.

Are Your Electronics in Danger?

Keeping electronics cool is essential to maximizing the life cycle of electronic devices, reducing mean time between failures (MTBF), cutting capital expenses, and keeping production humming along.

Heat is generated internally by electronic components and intensified by external sources. Inside a cabinet, uncooled components can generate as much trapped heat as a home furnace.

Heat sources include:

  • AC power supplies
  • Controllers, drives and servos
  • Transformers and rectifiers
  • Processors and server racks
  • Radio equipment
Thermal energy from an electrical enclosure is measured during a thermal audit.

To cool the electronic and its components, the thermal energy must be transferred away from the device. There are a few basic ways to cool industrial enclosures, including using a sealed enclosure that utilizes a heat exchanger, an A/C unit that uses a fan to circulate fresh air through a cabinet, or via conductive cooling in which the heat radiates through the cabinet.

Without these measures, temperature variations can lead to everything from nuisance problems to shutdowns. Tripping can become a source of frustration, and heat stress can affect loop controllers, PLCs and more.

At high temperatures, drive performance can be derated, and I/C-based devices can behave strangely creating unusual output such as voltage fluctuation. At low temperatures, cooling below the dew point can lead to condensation and promote corrosion.

For instance, MOSFET transistors, which are voltage-controlled field effect transistors made from metal oxide and silicon components, can falter from excess heat. High temperatures can change the properties of the silicon oxide. The higher the temperature, the higher the threshold voltage that triggers an open gate. At too high of a temperature, the gate may not open at all.

Another potential heat-related hazard pertains to wiring insulation. With increasing temperatures, elasticity and strength of the insulation are reduced, and ductility can temporarily increase.

What is Tested During an Audit

When a facility is audited, the inspector looks at all the factors that could affect temperature increase. Typically, a Hoffman thermal audit examines:

  • Heat load of enclosed electrical equipment
  • Temperature ratings of the installed equipment (upper and lower limits)
  • Ambient temperature (typical and extreme)
  • Environmental conditions
    – Clean air (Type 1)
    – Dirty or wet environment (Type 12, Type 4/4X)
    – Closed- or open-loop cooling systems
    – Indoor or outdoor enclosure location
  • Maintenance and frequency of access requirements

When finished, a report is developed that will provide recommended thermal management solutions. These best practices are designed to keep electronic components cool and help minimize unplanned failures.

A thermal audit helps determine best practices for managing thermal energy.
A thermal audit helps determine best practices for managing thermal energy. Free Hoffman Thermal Audits are available from Steiner Electric.

Essentially, by removing the waste heat, efficiency can be increased while downtime and operating costs are reduced.

Allowing electronic components to run hot can be a gamble that could require a company to prematurely replace industrial drives, cause hours of automation system downtime, and create out-of-warranty conditions when cooling is not used.

Authorized Distributor

As an authorized distributor of Hoffman enclosure products, Steiner has a full-time, Hoffman-trained expert on staff. Hoffman is a leader in the design and manufacture of engineered thermal management systems for virtually any cooling application.

A thermal image captured during a thermal audit.

With Hoffman you get more than 100-combined years of thermal management engineering experience backed by extensive in-house test facilities that rigorously test computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, thermal cycling, salt fog, sound chamber and airflow.

Request your free Hoffman Thermal Audit, or for more information, please contact your Steiner Hoffman representative or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Join Steiner When LIGHTFAIR Lights Up Chicago’s Lakefront

After a 20-year hiatus, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) returns to Chicago May 6-10, 2018, and Steiner plans to make this show a memorable one.

Accompany Steiner to LIGHTFAIR on May 8, the opening day for exhibits, and receive:

Join Steiner at LIGHTFAIR 2018 this May.
  • FREE: Exhibit hall pass ($99 value and good for duration of show).
  • FREE: Transportation to and from the show on May 8 from either Steiner’s Elk Grove Village location or its Rockford location. (See chart below for further details.*)
  • FREE: Hot Breakfast Buffet from Chicago’s iconic Manny’s Delicatessen.
  • FREE: Tour of Steiner’s state-of-the-art Lighting and Technology Center.

Space is limited, register today!

Steiner’s LIGHTFAIR event is co-sponsored by Acuity Brands, and Philips.

Free Entry to World’s Largest Lighting Fair
LIGHTFAIR 2018 is the world’s largest trade show. It’s coming to Chicago in May.

With the free Exhibit Hall pass from Steiner, you can gain entry to LIGHTFAIR, the worlds’ largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. The show is considered the premier event for the lighting industry that focuses on a variety of topics, including connecting innovative design, cutting-edge style, state-of-the-art technology, networking opportunities, and continuing education courses.

The show is expected to attract nearly 30,000 visitors to Chicago’s McCormick Place.  More than 550 exhibitors are scheduled to showcase their wares throughout 6 pavilions. To view an exhibitors list, as of mid-March, click here.

More than 550 exhibitors are scheduled to showcase their lighting wares at LIGHTFAIR 2018.

It will be the first time since 1995 that the trade show and conference will be held in Chicago. “We expect Chicago and McCormick Place to help deliver a LIGHTFAIR experience of extraordinary relevance and resonance,” says Jeffrey Portman Sr., vice chairman of LFI managing partner AmericasMart Atlanta. “The spectacular scope of LIGHTFAIR exhibits, together with its extensive conference programming, demands an environment of the scale which McCormick Place offers–one that our customers will embrace and enjoy.”

Earn CEUs

LIGHTFAIR will also be home to educational courses and sessions beginning with pre-conference events on May 6 and running throughout the show. Topics include: lighting, design, technology, smart lighting, lighting and health, retrofitting buildings, managing LED costs and more.

The educational component, includes:

  • Conference offering approximately 200 hours of accredited education
  • Accredited courses that range from 60 minutes to 2-day immersion sessions at every level, from Foundational to Advanced, as well as General courses.

In addition, the show will feature a Smart Cities Forum and a Light & Health Forum. Both Forums take place on Wednesday, May 9, and offer six conference sessions. Forum sessions are available as a package or à la carte.

The Smart Cities Forum explores how smart cities are leading lighting into the Internet of Things (IoT) where lighting enables digital technologies critical to the expansion of city services. The Light & Health Forum will explore light’s impact on humans as well as plants and wildlife.

*Travel Information
Buses Depart from Steiner’s Rockford facility at 6:30a.m.
(6900 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park, IL 61111)
Buses Depart from Elk Grove Village at 7a.m.
(1250 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007)
Buses Arrive at Steiner’s Lighting and Technology Center at approximately 8a.m. for a free breakfast and tour.
Buses Depart for LIGHTFAIR at 9:30 a.m. for travel to McCormick Place.
Buses Depart McCormick Place at 4p.m. for return trips to Rockford and Elk Grove Village facilities

Hurry, space is limited!  Register Now »