The holiday season brings out the good in most people, but sometimes the not so good in others. A recent event brought out both actions.
On Nov. 16, a woman stole a donation jar filled with money earmarked for two Rockford-based charitable organizations. The theft at the Treasures Galore Resale Shop in Rockford, reported by the Rockford Scanner, prompted a man to donate $300 dollars from his own pocket.
The anonymous donor wore a Steiner Electric t-shirt. While we do not know if he was a Steiner employee, customer, or just someone who ended up with a Steiner shirt, we applaud him for his generosity and encourage others to learn more about the organizations to whom the donated money was earmarked: the Rockford Rescue Mission and The Carpenters Place.
The Rockford Rescue Mission provides assistance to the homeless, near-homeless, addicted, and the working poor in the Rock River Valley. Each month, the Mission provides nearly 142,000 meals and 50,000 nights of lodging for area men, women, and children. To learn more about this group, visit www.rockfordrescuemission.org.
The Carpenters Place provides “the tools necessary for rebuilding the lives of the homeless” including necessities such as shower facilities, secure storage for their belongings, and a mailing address. In addition, case management teams work one-on-one with those in need to develop a personal Life Recovery Plan. For more information, visit www.carpentersplace.org.
In the same spirit of giving, Steiner Electric has matched the donation made by this generous individual.
In many ways, Steiner’s Will Call Counters are the face of our renowned, 100-year-old company, and many area contractors, industrial electricians, maintenance workers and others depend on us as a trusted, reliable resource, much as they would a handy tool in their toolbox.
And that, the Will Call Counters are…reliable and trustworthy…and a whole lot more.
In fact, in the last several months, customers who visited our Will Call Counters have had the opportunity to partake in a variety of special offers from big-named brands such as SqD, Hubbell, Ideal, Lutron, Milwaukee, Panduit, Carhartt, and more. Customers have had a chance to see new products hauled to our facilities on specially designed trucks, displaying tuggers and benders, lighting and gear, while eating burgers or hot dogs grilled fresh on the back of the rolling product display.
In addition, everyone has had the opportunity to view great deals, participate in product giveaways, and some customers even won a prize or two along the way.
If you missed out on those special offers, don’t fear. More special deals are coming down the pike. Stop in and see what’s new. Check out our digital display boards that can be found just outside the doors of our Will Call Counters. Look for flyers on our countertops; posters on our shelves or checkout our website at www.steinerelectric.com.
Shopping may even be easier with modern electronics. You can order
products from our website or on your phone using the free Steiner Smartphone App. Using these devices, you can also manage your account, check on product availability and price, view order history, reorder frequently purchased products, and more.
Steiner represents the leading manufacturers in the electrical industry. However, it is the knowledgeable sales team that makes the difference.
It goes without saying that having access to the right product, service, or tool needed for a job, as well as the ability to pick the brain of an experienced staff member, are driving forces for a Will Call customer. But that may not be the only reasons. Often, our Will Call Counters will have some benefits that just might make a customer’s day a little nicer.
For instance, Steiner Will Call Counters offer cold water bottles to our customers, and all offer coffee. Some branches offer popcorn while others have the occasional donuts on hand for when you need a recharge. Several facilities offer USB charging stations to give your phones a power boost, and some offer electric car vehicle charging stations to keep your vehicle in operation.
So, stop in for something cold, or hot, to drink, but don’t forget to bring your list of materials. While you’re there, keep an eye out for any last-minute sales and promotions.
These hallowed words, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur reflected, is not only the motto of the West Point Military Academy, it is the heart and soul, the strength and the goodness, of those sons and daughters who serve in the United States military to protect our freedom and way of life.
On this special day, let us pause and salute all who serve in war and in peace. We pay homage to your efforts and wish you our best.
We especially honor the 30 current Steiner Electric employees who served in the cause of liberty. Steiner also salutes the mothers, fathers, and family members of those who have served this nation at posts around the world.
A circuit breaker such as the Siemens new 3VA molded case circuit breaker line is an essential piece of safety equipment that protects critical infrastructure from the harmful effects of short circuits and overloads.
MCCBs rank among the most important safety components in low voltage power distribution. An estimated 30 million MCCBs are installed each year around the globe.
The new UL-certified series of 3VA molded case circuit breakers from Siemens was designed for low-voltage power distribution in buildings, infrastructure, and industrial applications. But the line was not just designed to protect devices today, but to grow as applications demand and needs change.
Siemens 3va electrical circuit breaker line is built around a modular concept with a variety of models and accessories.
Steiner Electric has placed in inventory Siemens 3VA products that meets the needs of Chicago-area contractors, electricians, MROs, OEM personnel and more.
The 3VA Family
This wide-ranging list of devices include multiple circuit breaker types, auxiliary switches and alarms, a variety of trip options, and the lugs and wire connectors that keep it all together.
Steiner offers these breaker boxes based on two Siemens 3VA5 frame families.
The 125 A frame is a 3-pole breaker box with 25 kA @ 480 V interruption rating that come in models that trip at 15 A, 20 A, 50 A, 100 A, and 125 A.
The 250 A frame has a 35kA @480 V interruption rating, and trip circuits are rated at 150 A, 200 A, 225 A, and 250 A.
Both devices require minimum space because of their compact design. The footprint for the 3VA5 125 A frame model is 3 in. by 3.8 x 5.5 in. and the footprint for the 250 A frame is 4.13 in. x 4.21 x 7.28 in.
For safe operation, the 3VA5 Siemens circuit breakers are based on the concept of thermal magnetic trip units (TMTUs). These TMTUs are two separate tripping mechanisms – thermal and magnetic—that are built into the same device.
In a thermal-magnetic circuit breaker, the trip unit includes elements designed to sense the heat resulting from an overload condition and the high current resulting from a short circuit.
The thermal safety component works on thermal inverse-time, meaning the higher the current, the faster the breaker trips. The thermal element is a bimetallic strip, which means it has two different metals bonded together that have different thermal expansion characteristics. As that strip warms up, the thermal differences cause the metals to twist and bend and eventually contact a trip bar causing the contacts to spring open.
The second safety component is the magnetic trip. The circuit breaker has a trip unit that senses a magnetic field generated by current to detect a short circuit. This type of circuit breaker trips immediately when a short circuit occurs, but delays an appropriate amount of time before tripping in the event of an overload.
Array of Design Options
Steiner offers a wide range of Siemens’ internal accessories that can fit in any of the 3VA products. They can be adapted flexibly, quickly and easily to individual specifications. Color coded for simple installation process, they are designed to always be installed at the correct position in the circuit breaker.
Accessories include multiple operator options, including door mounted rotary operators that come either with illumination, which provides a clear indication of the switching position, and without an illuminating kit.
Also available is the Max Flex flange mount operating system that allows the user to locate the circuit breaker almost anywhere within an enclosure. It uses a flexible cable that connects to a breaker operator mechanism and a handle located on the enclosure’s flange.
Also available are auxiliary and alarm switches that can be integrated with all sizes of Siemens breakers. The switches snap for easy installation and to swap out as needs change.
Auxiliary switches can be used to operate indicator lights, relays or other accessories to provide the breaker’s status. Alarm switches indicate that the circuit breaker has tripped due to an overload, short circuit or ground fault. A shunt trip will trip a breaker remotely, and an under voltage trip release will activate when voltage shuts off or dips.
So, when looking to install new or replacement breakers, consider the 3VA5 products that offer myriad design possibilities.
The National Electronic Code requires that disconnect switches be in the line of sight of a user, motor and the equipment the motor drives. This allows the motor to be shut down for maximum safety. Now, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems has upgraded its 30amp disconnect switches to include LED lights that takes this line-of-sight visibility to the next level.
The company has introduced technology, dubbed inSIGHT™, that incorporates six LED phase-indicator lights. Three LEDS show the status of the line side and three lights represent the load side wiring. The electrical status of each phase is within sight and clearly displayed on the cover so that users are provided a secondary way to confirm make/break on all phases prior to removing the enclosure cover. For example, if there is a welded contact or dropped phase the operator can determine that a problem exists (see Fig. 1).
With an ever growing focus on safety improvements, Hubbell disconnects provide a difference you literally can see.
Hubbell phase-indicating disconnect switches are available in non-metallic, and stainless steel square top and sloped top versions. Replacement covers are available for upgrades to existing installations.
The 30A Circuit-Lock Disconnect Switches are available with or without a jog switch to slowly move the motor forward or in reverse. Customers have the option to either purchase the entire disconnect unit or an LED replacement cover for compatible existing 30A Disconnect Switches.
As with most NEC-certified disconnect switches, when locked in the “off” position, the high-visibility red rotary handle complies with OSHA lockout/tagout requirements. When in the “on” position, the cover cannot be opened.
Designed to be tough, reliable and provide exceptional performance in the most grueling conditions, the disconnect switch’s IP69k rating means that it can withstand high-pressure, high-temperature washdowns. The units have been tested to withstand extremely hot water (176degF) and high-pressure water spray (1450psi) from various angles. In other destructive testing, the device is placed in a dust chamber for 8 hours while a vacuum attempts to pull dust into the sealed housing.
The switch is also certified by the NSF for use in food processing applications, and is UL Listed for Type 4X, which means that it can be used for either indoor or outdoor applications. It is also listed for Type 12 enclosures, which are enclosures constructed without knockouts for indoor use to protect personnel against access to hazardous parts, and to provide ingress protection for the electrical contents.
* Six highly visible integral phase identification LEDs
* External LEDs provide secondary means of visual confirmation of make/break on all phases
* Cover cannot be removed with switch in the “ON” position
* Certified by NSF for hygiene in Food Processing applications
* Highly visible red handle which meets OSHA LO/TO capabilities
* Available in 30 Amp non-metallic and stainless steel versions, with or without JOG switch
* UL witnessed IP69k and UL Type 4X and 12 Environmental ratings
Steiner Electric employees and its customers once again stepped up—in a big way—to help Rockford-area children-in-need by collecting warm clothing.
This year, Steiner collected a record number of clothing items at its 9 facilities across the area. Items collected included:
31 pairs of gloves/mittens
3 pairs of snow boots
This was the 16th year that Steiner Electric had partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive.
In addition to collecting the items at Steiner Electric facilities, the company played a major role in the area-wide effort. “As we have for years, Steiner was a big contributor to the drive, providing transportation and delivery of collection barrels and huts,” says Jeff Nagel, Steiner Electric’s Rockford inventory control manager.
Steiner volunteer crews transported the collection huts and barrels to-and-from 35 area donation sites. The huts were built primarily by Steiner traffic supervisor Gene Bullock.
If you’d still like to contribute, it is never too late to help. You can donate directly to the Salvation Army via its donation page by clicking here.
Of the nearly 1-million organizations certified globally to the ISO 9001 quality standard, only an estimated 20 percent have successfully transitioned to the revised 2015 standard. Steiner Electric is one of them.
Through a series of grueling auditing sessions at Steiner Electric facilities, the 101-year old distribution house was certified to the new standard in October 2017 almost a full year ahead of the required deadline.
“The Elk Grove Village facility underwent a 2-person, 3-½ day audit of our Quality Management system (QMS) and the certification body approved our QMS to the new ISO9001: 2015 Standard,” says Rich Hamer, company senior vice president and chief information officer.
Steiner Electric was one of the first distribution houses to become certified when it did so in 1994, and has once again led the industry in preparing for re-certification to the newly revised ISO 9001:2015 standard. In addition to the Elk Grove facility, the St. Charles and Chicago facilities also underwent the rigorous audit process so that the company could achieve this honor.
The ISO 9001 standard, and its multiple components, sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It requires Steiner to take a process approach view of the business with the goal of improving the way work gets done.
This effort, which is an ongoing, continual-improvement endeavor, helps Steiner Electric be more efficient, better understand our customers and deliver the products, services and solutions they need to grow their business.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) updated its ISO 9001: 2008 version to the 2015 version in September 2015. Companies such as Steiner who were certified to the 2008 version had until September 2018 to transition to the new version.
“The new standard is far more rigorous and demands that we manage our processes at a much higher level than ever before,” says Hamer. “We largely have a new system, even after being an ISO registered firm for over 22 years. I am very excited about how the changes we have made to our QMS will support our goals for continuous improvement and exceptional customer experience.”
ISO 9001:2015 Benefits
• Puts greater emphasis on leadership engagement
• Helps address organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner
• Uses simplified language and a common structure and terms
• Addresses supply chain management more effectively
• Is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organizations
With winter approaching, some of the most vulnerable in our society — children and young people — could use a little help to stay warm and Steiner Electric, the Salvation Army and the Rockford community once again stepped up to help area children in need.
For the 16th year, Steiner Electric partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive. Steiner is pivotal in collecting and distributing cold-weather clothing to children in Rockford and the surrounding areas who may otherwise go without during the cold winter months.
“Contributing to this cause is a no-brainer,” says Jeff Nagel, Rockford Distribution Center Manager. “The coats collected this year will be used this year to help children who otherwise might not have a warm coat. It is hard to think of a more worthy cause.”
Nagel points to one of Steiner’s employees who rarely takes credit for his efforts, but gives his time, and carpentry expertise, to this cause. Traffic Supervisor Gene Bullock has been supporting the drive for 16 years, primarily through the construction of sturdy, wooden collection huts.
“Steiner got involved and all of a sudden we needed solid huts to keep the donated clothes dry and clean,” says Bullock. “That is how I started helping this cause. It is a way to give back to the community. With everything going on in the world it is easy to think about other things, but the children have got to stay warm. It is one of life’s simplest human needs. ”
Bullock constructs the tall, wooden huts with spring-hinged doors for easy access. They are built directly on a pallet so that a Steiner crew using a pallet jack and company truck can move them where needed.
Steiner provides all the transportation for the delivery and collection of the huts and barrels to and from 35 donation sites.
Nagel says that donations of the following items are always needed:
Donated items must be in good wearable condition, clean, and not have any holes or stains. Adult sizes are accepted as many kids wear them.
Items donated at Steiner’s Will-Call Counters were transferred back to Steiner’s Rockford facility and then transferred en masse to the Salvation Army.
If you’d like to contribute, it is not too late to help. The Koats4Kids Campaign runs through Oct. 21, and you can donate directly to the Salvation Army’s donation page by clicking here.
Koats for Kids Coat Drive
In 2016, Steiner Electric donated the following items to the Koats for Kids clothing drive.
For longitudinal and face turning, Sandvik Coromant now offers CoroTurn 300 metal cutting tools that are designed for high-volume, OD steel-turning operations.
The Sandvik CoroTurn 300 metal cutter features stable insert clamping. Its eight-edged inserts, with 80 degree cutting edges, provide high-chip control, and improved surface finish. The inserts ensure good heat transformation for predictable performance and wear. More edges also mean fewer inserts required, which in turn means better inventory control, and less carbide per edge means less waste and material to recycle.
Keep it Steady
Stable insert clamping for the CoroTurn 300 is accomplished through the company’s patented iLock interface. All machining generates forces on the metal cutting tools and these forces can cause micro-movements of the insert in its seat. Even the smallest movements can negatively affect tool performance and result.
To counter this, the iLock system securely locks the insert in place and provides tool accuracy to within ±0.05 mm (0.002 in.), giving the operator indexing repeatability for a better surface finish and increased tool life.
Tools with iLock design have rails or serrations on the tool holder and corresponding slots on the insert for tight locking. This prevents the cutting forces from affecting the tool position.
Keep it Cool
Another way the CoroTurn 300 offers enhanced chip breaking capabilities is through high-precision (HP) over and under coolant. Coolant from above controls the chip breaking for secure machining while under coolant controls the temperature for long and predictable tool life. Other features of the tool are the Coromant Capto interface in a variety of sizes and the Quick Start (QS) shanks, which enable quick tool changes and easy coolant connections for maximized production time.
John Winter, turning product specialist for Sandvik Coromant, said, “The CoroTurn 300 integrates the latest advances in iLock, Inveio [coating] and high-precision coolant technology to take steel turning into the next century using an insert with eight, 80 degree cutting edges. This is the perfect tool for high volume outer diameter (OD) steel turning applications where tool life and process security is a must.”
Sandvik Coromant recommends only under-coolant when the feed rate exceeds 0.2 mm/revolution and the depth of cut (DOC) is larger than the nose radius of the insert. Under these conditions, over-coolant might cause minor edge wear and increase crater wear in steel, and make it difficult to evaluate this wear. Conversely, if the DOC is either smaller than the nose radius or the feed rate is slower than 0.2 mm/revolution, using both over- and under-coolant is recommended, according to the Website.
For example, in one automotive application (an outer CV joint) a Sandvik Coromant CoroTurn 300 insert with -L4 geometry was used to turn low-alloy steel (P2.1.Z.AN) with 3 bar (43.5 psi; 300kPa) of coolant pressure at a feed rate of 0.35 mm/revolution and a 2.5-mm DOC.
The CoroTurn (CT) insert delivered a 158% improvement in tool life versus an insert with -PF geometry, while the same CT300 insert delivered a 200% tool life improvement using only under-coolant.
Keep it Coated
The eight-edged inserts for the CoroTurn 300 are available in grades GC4325 and GC4315 featuring Inveio coating, a unidirectional crystal orientation for high wear resistance and long tool life. The unique insert design has excellent chip breaking capabilities and less carbide per edge, which reduces the impact on our environment with less material to waste or recycle. Plus, more edges allow for better inventory control.
The coating is applied through a chemical vapor deposit process (CVD) that through a chemical process turns a solid firm into a gaseous deposit onto the substrate.
Typically, when using this process, the coatings’ crystal growth direction is random. When developing Inveio™, Sandvik found a way to control the growth in this coating layer. Researchers were able to ensure that all of the crystals lined up in the same direction, with the strongest part towards the top surface.
The tightly-packed uni-directional crystals create a strong barrier towards the cutting zone and chip and greatly improves crater wear and flank-wear resistance. Heat is more rapidly lead away from the cutting zone, helping the cutting edge stay in shape for longer times in cut.
For more information on the CoroTurn 300, contact your Steiner Metalworking application engineer at (800) 323-TOOL.
A phone call in the middle of the night can be a startling and worrisome occurrence, but for the generator rental team at Steiner Electric, it is just another day of the week. The team is available 24-hours, 7-days-a-week to bring power to its clients when the power goes out.
In addition to reacting to emergencies, the Rental Sales department under the Power Systems Division provides a number of other services such as preventive maintenance programs to increase the reliability of in-house generator system. Preventive maintenance services include planned maintenance programs, load bank testing, fluid analysis, and vibration testing (See sidebar, at end.)
As an authorized distributor of Kohler generators, the department rents a range of Kohler models for a variety of applications. “We carry from 20kw to 400 kw, and if someone needs some other model type, we will get it for them,” says Tim Morris, rental manager. “Whatever they need, we will get it for them.”
The team assists contractors, electricians, maintenance people and other customers to select the appropriate generator, transfer switch or switchgear.
“Most electricians know what they are going to need,” says Morris. “They will measure the panel and if it is an emergency no matter the time of day or night, the electrician will usually tell me what they need and we get it to them ASAP.”
Steiner Electric rents the equipment on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. “Some businesses don’t want to buy the generators because then they are on the hook for maintenance and repairs,” Morris adds. “By renting from us, they get our experience and repair capabilities and they do not have to worry about fixing any problems themselves.”
The sales team can also set up the customers who have frequent power failures with an emergency power transfer box, also known as a Powertron Tap Box. The Tap Box is permanently installed and the rented generator plugs into it. The units can help restore power minutes after the generator appears on the scene.
When power goes out, work can stop in places outside the walls where the outage occurred. For instance, an automotive parts manufacturer’s power recently went out, which essentially shut down production at other factories that needed those parts to build the cars.
“As I was coming into work, the emergency service called me and said that we have a customer in Rockford that needs to talk to me right now,” Morris says. “As I’m taking that call, someone else from the (auto parts) company is calling us to tell us they need a generator ‘right now.’ That is how desperate they were. We got a generator up there in a couple hours and got production up and running again.”
In another instance, a high power line that stretched across the DesPlaines river broke and the power line was in the river. It took maintenance crews 3 to 4 days to get the power lines restrung. A food retailer was facing the prospect of disposing of $1 million worth of meat unless they could get power established within 24 hours. Needless to say, Steiner was able to deliver. The food did not spoil.
One of the company’s largest customers is a grocery store chain that keeps a backup, 750kW generator at Steiner Electric. “We store it here, in Elk Grove, and maintain it,” says Morris. “If they have an outage, we deliver where it is needed to protect their food from going to waste until they get their primary power working again.”
Each store has been surveyed and power requirements noted, and so the generator equipment will work basically in any of the company’s locations. “The way they look at it,” Morris says, “they save money by keeping the generator here and maintained so that it can be towed to any store, instead of buying one permanent unit for every store and paying all that maintenance and storage. ”
One of the most valuable services offered by the Steiner generator rental sales teams is a preventive maintenance program that will increase the reliability of the equipment.
The team will schedule maintenance to give the generators a thorough checkup. “One time, a generator had no oil pressure,” says Anthony Luzbetak, a service technician. “We pulled it all apart, replaced the oil pump, replaced the pressure relief valve, pretty much the whole system. When we were done, it ran perfectly.”
While most customers require standard equipment, there are times when some unusual needs must be met.
Typically, most generator applications require 120-240 V single phase, 120-208 V 3-phase, and 480 V 3-phase, but there are some customers who require a 240 V 3-phase unit. “Few people can handle that, certainly most distributors can’t, but we can,” says Morris.
Chicago has a lot of old infrastructure that still use the 240 V three phase, Morris explains. “We built a generator ourselves for one of those projects,” he says. “We converted a generator. We ripped all the wiring out and rewired it and just tapped it for 240 delta. We had to make our own controller. Now that we have it, we think this is a good little unit that is going to be busy.”
Sometimes the rental teams’ expertise can be a life saver. In most instances, the contractor or maintenance person knows exactly where to place the diesel generator. In one case, however, an electrician made a mistake and installed it in the courtyard of a 10-story, U-shaped building. “Every unit in that building was getting diesel-fuel exhaust in their apartments through their windows,” says Morris. “We found the problem, and we wound up having to move the generator almost a football field away.”
Keep Your Generators Maintained Before a Problem Occurs
A preventative maintenance program will increase the reliability of your generator system. In addition to scheduled maintenance and a load bank test, a fuel polishing program will provide early detection of small problems to reduce costly repairs and down time. Our factory-trained technicians can service most makes and models of generator systems.
* Timely and cost effective
* Generators 20 kW-2000 kW
* Paralleling Gear
* Distribution: Pods, Spider Boxes, I-Line Panels, ATS', Cable
* Light Towers