$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.

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).

Energy Conservation Is a Great Investment

Interest in energy conservation has grown in recent years, thanks to rising energy costs energy_starand state-sponsored initiatives throughout the developed world. This has led to a thriving market of energy-sipping products. Both industry and individuals can take advantage of the energy efficient technologies of today to enjoy immediate financial and environmental benefits. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Is a Great Investment”

Changing Out Your 700 Series T8 Lamps

After a 2 year reprieve from the US Department of Energy, it’s time to replace your 700-series T8 general service fluorescent lamps and Philips is going to help you do that immediately. The phase-out period began a few weeks ago, July 14th, 2014. It involves more than just the 8-foot high-output 700 series T-8s; the 4-foot medium bi-pin, 2-foot U-shaped, 8-foot Slimline are also included.

700 Series T8 LampsIn response to the required change for new energy efficiency and lumens per watt requirements, Philips has changed its 700 Series T8 Lamps and added ALTO II Technology, which offers the lowest mercury content in the lighting industry while providing 8-10% additional lumens per the DOE requirement. The ALTO II technology is TCLP compliant and only has 1.7 mg of mercury. This will reduce the impact on the environment but is not going to change the performance of the GSFL. This is 50% less mercury that the original T8 lamps.

There will be an additional cost to the new 700 Series T8s because there is a higher cost in the manufacturing process. The price increase is 15-25%. Philips will be adding the cost to existing orders – as more and more companies will be making the required switch.

Of course, if you have any questions, your Steiner Representative is here to help you! We are a phone call or a “click” away for online support!

Ordinary Copper Wire Doing Extraordinary Things!

Recent research published in Advanced Materials and Nature magazines shows a breakthrough in the usage of copper wire and how it can store energy. The research could mean even smaller electronics and clothes that act as batteries!

A nanotech scientist believes by using a thin sheath that surrounds lightweight electrical copper wire, he can store energy. We already know that all metals, including copper, form crystals that have free floating electrons that can move between associated atoms. That’s why electrical charges can come from one end of a wire to the other – basically electrons are shoving each other out of the way for the charge to move. Copper does this extremely well. But, now, the same wire that transmits electricity can also store extra energy.

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Your Electricity and Climate Change

When the power goes out do you have a backup generator ready? Bad weather, electrical overload…climate change?

Extreme weather plays a huge role with its affect on our nation’s electrical grid.

Continue reading “Your Electricity and Climate Change”

Energy Efficiency

In recent years, there has been a push from energy companies country-wide to persuade businesses to come up with energy management plans that will make them more efficient.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been on the top of the list for business owners.

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