Keep Safe with PIP Personal Protective Equipment

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.

Metalworkers can protect themselves from sparks and swarf with PIP safety equipment.

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.

PIP headgear provides crown protection and can utilize various face shields. Shown here is a clear PETG, universal fit safety visor.

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.
Safety Glasses
PIP’s Recon safety glasses are rimless and feature anti-scratch and FogLess® 3Sixty™ coating.

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.

Models include the Recon rimless safety glasses with a gloss black temple and gray lens, and the Recon rimless safety glasses with clear temple and clear lens.

Also available are the Fuselage full-frame safety glasses with black frame and soft padding, that come in either gray lens or clear lens.

Fuselage full-frame safety glasses feature foam padding to keep out dust and debris

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.

Hand Protection
The MaxiFlex features a Micro-foam grip that provides good grip and resists abrasion.

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.

The seamless knit PolyKor X7 Blended Glove with NeoFoam coated palm and fingers are cut resistant and are touchscreen compatible

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 have a textured fish scale grip for extra traction with wet and oily parts.

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.

$200 Off Installation of Kohler Home Generators

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.

Get more information on how you can save $200 on installation of a new Kohler home generator or receive a free estimate.

Quench Your Thirst with a Free Pop from Steiner

Beat the summer heat and quench your thirst at Steiner’s Will Call Counters.

Enjoy a FREE 24oz bottle of ice-cold pop when you make an in-person purchase or pick up an order at one of Steiner’s eight Will Call Counters.

This thirst quenching deal runs from July 2 through July 31, 2018 or while supplies last.

A receipt of purchase or invoice for pickup must be presented at time of visit. One 24oz. bottle per visit.

Our well-stocked Will Call Counters are conveniently located across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, so while your picking up your supplies take a cooling respite from the dog days of summer.

Ordering Made Easier

Purchasing products to pickup is easier than ever. Order online from the Steiner website or on your smartphone using the free Steiner Mobile App.

So, place your order, and pick it up at a Will Call Counter to satisfy your thirst.

KOHLER Tops in Live Load Tests

Sometimes, the time comes when you need to put your money where your mouth is. Steiner Electric did just that when it matched a 20kw Kohler generator that it distributes against a higher kilowatt-rated competitor’s generator in a head-to-head, Live Load Test.

The Kohler generator came out on top in this live test performed in front of several residential Kohler Dealers at recent Annual Power Systems Kohler Dealer Conference.

The Kohler 20RESD generator uses the PowerBoost feature that improves power quality for everything from small components to large appliances.

To make this a fair test, the two generators were subjected to the same parameters. Both generators were hooked up to the same gas supply line and pressure. Both generators ran at 240 V and 60hz, and both generators had the same block load applied of 70 A per phase.

The result of the comparative test showed that the Kohler generator outperformed the competitor’s model. This despite the competitor being rated at 22kw for propane and 19.5kw for natural gas, while the Kohler model was rated at 20kw LP and 18kw NG.

Here are results of the Live Load Test when applying a block load of 70 A per phase to each generator using natural gas:

Kohler 20RESD:

  • Voltage dipped to 221.5V
  • Frequency dipped to 58.2hz


Competitor’s 22kw:

  • Voltage dipped to 202.1V
  • Frequency dipped to 54.87hz

The Kohler generator also had superior results during recovery when removing the load:

Kohler 20RESD:

  • Voltage overshoot 245.5V
  • Frequency overshoot 62.19hz

Competitor’s 22kw:

  • Voltage overshoot 251.0V
  • Frequency overshoot 63.76hz

An average house supplies 120/240V and 60.0hz. House lights, refrigerators and washing machines run at 120 V and 60hz. Air conditioners, electric dryers, electric stoves, and well pumps ideally run at 240 V and 60.0hz. So, the closer the voltages are kept to the 120/240V and 60hz, the longer appliances will last.

When selecting a generator, you must calculate the essential wattage requirements you wish to use during an emergency utility outage. Your total wattage requirements will determine which Kohler residential generator set system will best fit your needs. In doing so you also need to carefully review inductive and resistive loads of all your appliances. Most appliances require more current to start (inductive loads) than to run (resistive loads) therefore when large appliances cycle on and off, they can create a surge in demand for power.

Kohler home generators provide better voltage and frequency regulation along with ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion for excellent generator power quality to protect your valuable electronic due to the use of the PowerBoost ʳ Technology. This feature helps reduce the strain caused by these load surges.

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.

Steiner service tech Garth Rossmiller explains to dealers how efficiently the Kohler generator works.

In addition, frequency will affect motor performances and reduce efficiencies if the frequency does not match the motor’s frequency design specifications.

The Kohler 20RESD, the generator used in the Live Load test, features the company’s patented PowerBoost technology that allows the stator winding to accommodate peak motor starting demand and prevent overloading conditions.

Kohler generators handle those spikes in power without dropping power to other devices operating in the house.

For more information, please contact your Steiner Power Systems application specialist or call (847) 956-3098 for more information.

 

LIGHTFAIR Connects with Chicago

“Leading the way to a connected future” was a theme for this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, a show in which industry leaders showcased a variety of connectivity, ease of use, and future proof concepts.

Technologies ranged from smart, turnkey lighting systems to lamps with improved AC/DC converters to reduce flickering. Wireless technology was omnipresent with many companies staking their technologies to Bluetooth and Zigbee mesh network protocols. LiFi, the high speed bi-directional protocol that comprises multiple LEDs that form a wireless network was also seen at the show.

More than 25,000 visitors attended LIGHTFAIR 2018 in Chicago.

Other booths, filled with improved connectors, relays, filters and cabling abutted those with low powered, plug-and-play devices, more efficient control modules, ballasts and drivers, and myriad other technologies. Even the most disparate product, seemingly, played a role in furthering the connectivity and ease-of-use concept at this annual event held this year on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Back to Chicago

LIGHTFAIR, the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Association of Lighting Designers, ran for a total of 5 days at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Held in Chicago for the first time since 1995, the event drew more than 25,000 attendees. A two-day, pre-show conference held May 6-7 led off the show, followed by three days of exhibits and more conferences.

Amid that throng was a group of more than 100 Steiner customers who caravanned to the show from Steiner’s new Lighting Technology Center (LTC) in Chicago. The group came on buses that originated from Steiner’s Elk Grove and Rockford facilities. The group stopped to breakfast and tour the LTC, and then head to the LIGHTFAIR show with the lighting experts from Steiner.

Steiner distributes lighting and lighting control products from several of the companies who were exhibiting at LIGHTFAIR. Here are a few of those companies:

Steiner Suppliers at 2018 Lightfair (sampling of vendors)
Acuity Brands
* Juno Lighting, Inc.
* Lithonia
Eaton
* Cooper Lighting
Hubbell Lighting
Leviton
Lutron
Philips
RAB

To learn more about the constantly changing array of lighting options or make an appointment to view the new Lighting Technology Center, contact (800) STEINER (783-4637).

A Gamut of Applications

While LED technology was ubiquitous, of course, what was most telling was not the amount of LEDs on display, but its breadth of use. Indoors to outdoor. From glamorous booths showing refined interiors and exteriors to artistic, futuristic booths of many colors and design shapes, companies from around the world found ways to showcase LED technology. Robust LED technology helped display smart city street lighting to horticultural lighting solutions.

Most of the industry’s leading companies exhibited at the show, including many whose products are distributed by Steiner’s lighting division, and showcased wireless management systems facilitated by LED technology and augmented by sensor technologies.

Traditionally, individual rooms feature separate, individual control systems. A thermostat on the wall takes care of comfort controls; light switches or dimmers control lighting; and shades may have another type of controller, or, equally possible, a pull cord.

Whether for new construction, retrofits or multi-phase construction projects, these wireless light management systems are meant to simplify the installation, setup and management of lighting systems and also will reduce energy usage from lighting by as much as 50-75 percent.

Lutron Vive wireless management system.

The systems, showcased by a variety of company’s such as Acuity Brands (nLight AIR), Lutron (Vive), Philips (Hue), Eaton (WaveLinx), and more, utilize user-friendly interfaces, set-it-and-forget it control options, and a variety of sensors ranging from occupancy, temperature, quantity and quality of light, etc. .  Each technology easily accessible from any smartphone, web browser or similar device.

Acuity Brands’ nLight Air.

The total room automation wireless devices, which are compliant to  multiple municipal building codes such as ASHRAE 90.1-2016 and Title 24-2016, combined everything from HVAC, lighting and shade control systems to additional building automation devices such as for security and fire awareness into a single platform with a simplified user interface.

These devices are, for a large degree, scalable. This allows contractors, facility managers and others to utilize the technology at their own pace and integrate the technologies use as desired. They can grow from single rooms to whole floors and to entire buildings and campuses. They can turn simple structures into smart buildings with IoT capabilities.

As one company put it, these connected lighting solutions are designed with intelligent power to enhance everyday life; from personalizing smart home solutions that cater to homeowners’ lifestyle needs, to empowering city leaders to improve the safety and quality of life in their communities, and streamlining facilities management and operations for businesses worldwide.

Innovation Awards

Preceding and setting the stage for the trade-show opening was the announcement of the winners of the prestigious LFI Innovation Awards.  These awards highlight the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.

The 2018 LFI Innovation Awards drew 238 entries spanning 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. Winning entries exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking.

Richard Wyton of Steiner Electric, a judge at this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, presents LFI Innovation Judges Citation Award to Randy Reid of Resilient, Lumefficient

One of the 7 judges from the IES and the IALD was Richard Wyton, a well-known, corporate lighting consultant with Steiner Electric. Wyton said that each product was scrupulously examined and the vast number of entries were whittled down to 14 entrants and finally down to 1 overall winner and a total of 18 winners in various categories. 

The all-star panel of judges honored a broad range of technologies. Several of the awards went to companies whose products are distributed by Steiner.
For instance, multiple innovative LED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands earned top recognition. Winning lighting solutions from Acuity Brands included:

  • Juno FlexConnect(TM) luminaires won both the competition`s overall
    Acuity Brands Juno FlexConnect won a Design Excellence Award.

    Design Excellence Award and its Best of Category award in the Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cover, Strips and Tape category. FlexConnect luminaires incorporate the industry’s smallest and most configurable linear optic system, and are ideal for wall grazing, wall washing, and other architectural lighting applications.

  • CHISEL family of luminaires from Mark Architectural Lighting(TM) won Best of Category in the Commercial Indoor Luminaires category. CHISEL indirect, recessed luminaires present soft luminous gradients and textures that can bring depth and character to any design.
  • Quantum® ELM2LF Fixed Optics emergency luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® won Best of Category in the Industrial, Vandal Emergency and Exit category. The Quantum ELM2LF emergency luminaires combine the latest LED and optical technologies to deliver an easy to install wall-mount design featuring fixed optics. This design requires no contractor aiming, yet provides uniform distributions.
  • IOTA Engineering, recently acquired by Acuity Brands, won Best of Category in the Ballasts and Drivers category for its Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) emergency lighting LED battery pack.

“This year`s recognition from the LFI Innovation Awards reflects our commitment to continuous innovation in the lighting space,” said Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sarah Golish.  “Winning multiple Best of Category awards and the Design Excellence award further underscores our commitment to offering our customers great lighting solutions that blend quality of lighting and performance.”

Philips Lighting

Another Steiner supplier to win an LFI award was Philips Lighting, which utilized its LED expertise to win the category of Parking, Roadway and Area Luminaires.

Philips’ Gardco PureForm LED site and area luminaires family won an LFI award for Best in Category in the Parking, Roadway and Area Luminaires category.

Philips’ winning entry, the Gardco PureForm luminaire, available to view at the Steiner Lighting Technology Center, combines LED performance and advanced LED thermal management technology with a distinct purity of style to provide outdoor area lighting that is both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The family of products includes a bollard, post top, wall sconces and medium and large area luminaires. The entire family can be integrated with a range of control options to easily connect your entire site.

Technology Never Stops

The 2019 LIGHTFAIR International is scheduled for May 19 – 23, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

You don’t have to wait until next year, however. You can tap into the lighting expertise of Steiner. For further information, and to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting and controls application engineer, please call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

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