Electricians to Compete in IDEAL National Skills Championship

IDEAL National Championship

Do you have the power to be the best electrician in the nation? Compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship and find out.

IDEAL Electrical, a leading tool and electrical supply company based in Sycamore, IL, is once again hosting the IDEAL National Championship to honor and showcase abilities of electricians as well as award over $500,000 in cash and prizes. “The professional tradesman is too often an unsung hero. They keep our world turning, working in snow, rain and incredible heat all to fix our problems at a moment’s notice,” said Jim James, Chairman and CEO of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

IDEAL is also looking to build on last year’s initial success. “The 2016 competition drew nearly 24,000 Professionals and Student/Apprentices from 33 states,” said Andy Salemi, Key Account Area Manager for IDEAL Electrical.

IDEAL ChampionshiopSteiner Electric will be hosting Qualifying Round events in which contestants can compete individually or as a team in either the Professional or Student/Apprentice category. The Qualifying Round challenge will require competitors to demonstrate both their mental problem-solving and physical skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination and testing on a preassembled electrical platform. Competitors will be judged by fastest completion time and overall accuracy of the wire connection.

The fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories will advance to The Championship Weekend in Lake Buena Vista, FL on November 10-11. At this stage, the competitors will go through a series of progressively harder challenges that are developed internally IDEAL Championship team competitionby IDEAL experts to test the diverse range of skills demanded of today’s electricians and tradesmen. While speed is a large factor of the Qualifying Round challenge, it isn’t the only criteria at The Championship Weekend. “We have judges from around the country who come from leading training institutions who rate the competitors on the quality of work,” Salemi says. “As the rounds get tougher, the quality of the work becomes even more important.” On the line at The Championship Weekend is up to $75,000 for Professional Individuals and up to $30,000 for Student/Apprentice Individuals.

Last year’s top winners were Greg Anliker of Kellenberger Electric who won $75,000 in the professional category. First place winners in the professional team category were Sam Buche, Jon Dahlstrom and Michael Dahlstrom of Multitech Electric who split $60,000. In the students/apprentices category, the first place winner was Corbin Rios, IBEW Local-271, who won $30,000 and $5,000 for school. First place in the team student/apprentices category were Patrick Flanery, Bryan Olson and Ben Woodworth of Minneapolis Local 292 JATC who split $30,000 and $5,000 for school.

Competitors in this year’s event should go to IDEALnationals.com to register and search for local Qualifying Round events. Steiner will be sponsoring the following events:

DateTimeVenueAddress
May 1, 20173:30pm - 6:00pmIBEW JATC 46159 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL
May 10, 20174:00pm - 6:00pmIBEW JATC 70128600 Bella Vista Pkwy,
Warrenville, IL
Jun 22, 20174:30pm - 7:30pmSteiner Electric
Rockford Branch
6900 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park, IL
Jun 29, 201711:30am - 1:30pmSteiner Electric
Elk Grove Branch
1250 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL

For more information, and to register for the competition, visit: IDEALnationals.com.

 

Banner Lighting Solutions for the Pharma Industry

Banner Lighting Solutions for the Pharma IndustryLighting is no longer just a device to light up the night. As Steiner’s experienced lighting consultants and application engineers advise, it can increase productivity, improve a person’s mood and health, help monitor machinery, promote communication and more.

These concepts were clearly highlighted in a recent Banner Engineering newsletter, in which the company discusses “Four Ways Lighting Solutions Support Lean Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry.” The paper explores how the “right kind of industrial lighting can help increase efficiency and reduce material waste while ensuring product quality and compliance with FDA regulations.” In each case, the right lighting is available for purchase from Steiner Electric.

Banner LED light bar

In its first example, Banner looks at how the uniform illumination of LED lights, as compared to the flicker of fluorescent bulbs caused by intensity changes, allows an inspector to detect minute particulates reliably and efficiency.

Banner engineer pick-to-light sensor

In example 2, pick-to-light sensors are used in a kitting assembly application. As the kit assembler takes a part in sequence a beam is broken. The controller then determines if the correct component was selected and if it was selected in the correct order.

Indicator lights can be used to Banner domed indicator lightstreamline communication in a pharma factory. As described in example 3, they can be used to indicate environmental status such as temperature and humidity. Green indicates the room is within normal limits. Red means a potentially out-of-control situation. A more typical example would be when assistance is needed on a machine, perhaps one that is operating unattended. Green means the machine is performing with-in specification, yellow is a warning that it is approaching upper or lower control limits, and red indicates the machine is out of specification.

Banner tower lightLastly, Banner Engineering looks at how wirelessly connected lights enable overall equipment effectiveness. Tower lights equipped with wireless communication capabilities display a visual indication of an event for immediate action; plus, they can transmit wireless alerts to operators outside of the visual range.

For assistance with general lighting inquiries or more specific project needs please contact us or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4673) to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting application engineer.

Steiner Supports the 2017 American Cancer Society Walk & Roll Chicago Fundraiser

American Cancer Society Walk and Roll Chicago 2017

Lace up your sneakers, strap on those skates, pump up those tires, and join fellow Steiner Electric employees who have pledged to go the distance at the American Cancer Society’s 46th annual Walk & Roll fundraising event.

Come out and help raise dollars used to fund lifesaving research and the free programs and services offered to cancer patients and survivors. If you can’t make the event, show your support by pledging funds online. Your dollars, no matter the amount, can make a big difference. Currently, Steiner has several folks who have made a pledge, and, as a group, Steiner is nearing its goal of raising $5,000.

Pledge with the Steiner Team

Join CEI and Steiner Electric at Walk and Roll Chicago 2017 at Soldier Field

This year, the event kicks off at 8:30am and routes begin at 10am on April 22 from Soldier Field, and participants can enjoy the lakefront view as they walk or run a 5k, skate in a 10k, or bike a 15k race. There will also be live music and entertainment.

General registration is $15, but kids 17 and under can participate for free. This fee will be credited towards the fundraiser to help raise awareness and find a cure for cancer. As an extra incentive for donating, each person that raises $100 will receive a free, long-sleeve performance t-shirt. Pledge larger amounts, and earn even more valuable awards.

American Cancer Society Walk and Roll Chicago 2017 at Soldier FieldCheck-in on the day of the event begins at 8:30am at the Packet Pick-Up Tent on Soldier Field’s Stadium Green. Early packet pickup is available on Friday, April 21, from 4pm-7pm, at the DICK’S Sporting Goods store in Lincoln Park, 1538 N Clybourn Ave., Chicago.

Want some company?  You can walk along with us by joining the Steiner Team.  Our team is committed to helping the American Cancer Society raise awareness about what we can do, together, to help end this disease.  Our mission is clear – keep fighting for the day when no one hears the words “you have cancer.”

  • Date
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Time
    • 8:30am – Registration / Event Site Opens
    • 10:00am – Routes Open
  • Location
    • Soldier Field, Stadium Green
    • 1410 Museum Campus Drive , Chicago, IL
  • Registration
    • The registration fee per participant is $15 and will be credited toward the fundraising goal.
    • Registration for kids 17 and under is free!

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