An MRO or electrical contractor has to be prepared for just about any contingency, and being prepared often means having the right tool. The good news is that Steiner has a broad inventory of tools, tool accessories and equipment for you, and the better news is that from now until March 15, 2018, if you buy tools, equipment and tool accessories from select manufacturers, you may be eligible to receive a free Carhartt jacket or a utility cart.
If you purchase $1,000 or more in tools, tool accessories or equipment from the select manufacturers below, you will receive a free Carhartt jacket. If you purchase more than $2,500 in tools, tool accessories or equipment from those companies, you can receive a free utility cart. The special promotion runs through March 15, 2018. Limit one offer per customer. While supplies last.
Southwire Tools & Equipment’s drill-operated Max Punch XD knockout tool uses an 18V cordless drill and three point dies to deliver up to 4 in. knockouts in 10-gauge mild and stainless steel. It features a two-piece draw stud, replaceable chuck adapter, and is compatible with most industry standard knockout dies.
The Max Punch XD knockout tool is one of the products that is part of a Southwire giveaway promotion. Now, through Oct. 13th, 2017, at all 9 of Steiner’s Will-Call Counters customers can earn free Southwire products when they buy select Southwire goods. For more information on the promotion, click here
The Max Punch XD knockout tool features a flex head ratchet wrench that allows for easy maneuverability around obstacles in the field. The knockout tool operates with a gear drive system, which means “no hydraulics, no ratcheting and no mess,” and can knock out a hole in seconds.
The M18 FUEL portable power tool line, which includes more than 30 products available from Steiner Electric, features three Milwaukee-exclusive innovations—The Powerstate Brushless Motor, the Redlithium Battery Pack and Redlink Plus Intelligence Hardware and Software—that deliver unmatched power, run-time and durability to the jobsite.
From September 1st through October 31st, 2017 Steiner is running a spectacular promotion on Milwaukee M18 FUEL Kits. Customers can get $100 off a qualifying M18 Fuel Kit when they trade in a professional grade cordless tool. For more information on the promotion – click here.
Instead of brushes that can wear out, Milwaukee engineered more steel and copper into its POWERSTATE brushless motor. This results in longer motor life as a result of reduced friction, less heat buildup, and higher efficiency.
Smaller and lighter than NiCd compact batteries, the REDLITHIUM Battery is 65% lighter and 50% smaller than compact NiCd batteries. It runs cooler and performs in climates below 0°F/-18°C.
Managed by Milwaukee’s exclusive REDLINK Plus Intelligence, the battery offers 1.5 amp-hours of runtime. It features overload protection to prevent damage in heavy-duty situations, while the discharge protection prevents cell damage. The smart city features a temperature management system and individual cell monitoring to help maximize battery life.
Winter is right around the corner and when the snow starts accumulating and the temperature starts to fall, the season of ice, snow and cold can turn a workplace into a survival of the fittest.
If you or your employees work in the field or in any location where winter weather presents safety concerns, you may wish to take some precautions. Steiner Electric and some of its vendors can help. A Winter Workplace Safety Counter Day has been scheduled to run at our Rockford branch on Oct. 31, from 11am-1pm.
The event will bring vendors of personal protection equipment, heating technology, lighting and lighting controls. Because equipment can also be at risk, technology on display will showcase portable testing equipment that can capture test data and have the information delivered to anyplace around the world.
Winter-related slips and falls, frostbite, hypothermia and more can result in time off work, temporary employee costs, overtime for existing employees, and increased insurance costs.
When it comes to personal protection, the head, ears and noses are among the extremities that get cold the fastest and must be protected.
Protective Industrial Products (PIP) will showcase a selection of gloves, head gear, and liners that helps protect workers. Headware includes 2-layer cotton models with mouthpiece, insulated ear barriers, and which have been FR (flame resistant) treated. They come in mid lengths and shoulder lengths.
For its gloves and sleeves, PIP uses Dyneema® and DuPont® advanced fibers as well as other proprietary engineered yarn blends and coatings to meet ANSI and EN standards. Breathable cut resistant gloves allow for dexterous work with wires and other components. Some versions can be used for dry and light-oil applications, and offer good grip and excellent abrasion resistance.
PIP will also feature air-activated hand warmers. The Heat Pack Mini Hand Warmers, which uses oxidation from the interaction of iron powder, activated carbon and water when it is exposed to air, provides 8 hours of warmth. It can be activated and reach full temperature in 2-5 minutes. Heating can be suspended at any time by resealing the inserts in an airtight container.
Frozen pipes can be an aggravating experience for maintenance workers no matter the location.
The self-regulating heating cables automatically adjusts its power output to compensate for temperature changes. According to a Pentair video explaining the process, a protective core surrounds two parallel conductors. As the ambient temperature drops, the core contracts microscopically and the number of electrical paths increase and generates heat. Conversely, as the temperatures increases, the core expands and the number of paths decrease.
Pentair will showcase its Raychem QuickNet and Nuheat floor-heating systems. These products are for installation under tile, granite, marble, stone, laminate and engineered wood flooring.
Also on display is the T2Red electric underfloor heating cable that the company says is ideal for temperature sensitive floors such as wood, laminate as well as for natural stone, and ceramic tiles. The self regulating cable can be cut-to-length on site, and can be overlapped or narrow spaced without danger of overheating, the company says.
Illuminating in the cold weather
Cold weather can also play havoc with lighting, especially fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting.
On display in Rockford will be a series of lamps and ballasts that work well in the cold. In addition to the lamps, some of the latest in lighting-control technology will be on display.
For those looking to replace lighting technology that works well in outdoor cold temperatures, then LED might be the answer as they tend to work better in this environment. Cold weather helps the LED stay cool.
RAB will display wall packs and area lighting. Models on display include the RAB HPS Wall Packs for wide light distribution that feature a die-formed aluminum reflector and a prismatic polycarbonate refractor. Metal halide RAB Wall Packs feature symmetrical light patterns to maximize lighting distances between fixtures, while the prismatic optics minimize glare. For security and energy efficiency, RAB will showcase CFL motion controlled Wall Packs that are fully adjustable for 24-hour operation and feature custom applications.
In low-temperature environments such as refrigerated areas, fluorescent lamps can experience adverse performance problems such as “fluttering,” reduced light output and difficulty starting by a traditional ballast.
Cold weather ballasts from Philips can start the fluorescent lamps at temperatures expected to be below 50°F. Cold weather electronic and magnetic ballasts can be specified for lamps that can start them at temperatures as low as -20°F.
Philips will also be showcasing some of its vast range of LED products.
Maintaining machines in the field
Since its 2014 introduction, Fluke Corp.’s Connect technology has won awards from trade show judges, such as the AHR Expo, and from many trade magazine award competitions (EDN, Control Engineering).
The technology allows data collected from a growing number of the company’s handheld instruments such as its multimeters, infrared thermometers, and AC/DC current meters, to be shared via Smartphones to anywhere in the world.
Fluke Connect Assets is a cloud-based wireless system of software and test tools that gives maintenance managers a comprehensive view of all critical equipment — including baseline, historical, and current test tool measurement data, current status, and past inspection data — enabling them to set up and sustain a preventive maintenance or condition-based maintenance system easily with minimal investment.
Milwaukee Tool is voluntarily expanding the warnings and instructions of its M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack (model no. 48-11-1890). The expanded product warnings, made in consultation with the Consumer Product Safety commission, addresses situations that could lead to a battery pack failure or other safety hazards. This safety notice does not require users to return their M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery packs.
Should highly conductive or corrosive fluids get inside the M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack in sufficient quantities, it can cause battery pack failure.
Failure can include, a short-circuit that, in an extreme situation, can result in smoking or fire, even when not in use. Examples of highly conductive or corrosive fluids include seawater, certain industrial chemicals and bleach or bleach-containing products.
Milwaukee Tool is urging its customers to download, read and understand the expanded warnings and instructions in their entirety at milwaukeetool.com/safetynotices, where they will also find frequently asked questions and answers.
Any customers who believe highly conductive or corrosive fluids have entered their M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack should immediately contact Milwaukee Tool at 844.577.5515 (7am to 10pm Eastern Time Sunday through Saturday).
My wife laughs when she sees me wearing a headlamp. It’s usually when I’ve just gotten done working in the crawlspace, or changing oil in the driveway, or unclogging a pipe somewhere around the house. But when the power goes out at home or when I’ve got to throw the rain-fly on the tent because of a sudden storm in the middle of the night, she’s the first one asking for the spare headlamp so she doesn’t have to fumble around in the dark.
It’s those times that she learns what field crews everywhere have always known: there’s nothing like a portable light when you’ve got to get a job done where it’s dark.
There are portable work lights for every need these days. From lights on motors for indoor gardeners to filtered lights to help photographers recreate the golden hour, there’s a portable lighting solution for virtually any purpose. Of course, having access to an outlet box opens up those options considerably, but power-packed battery technology coupled with energy-sipping bulbs have combined to give us work lights that can shine for days on a single charge. Take a look at this simple Cooper Lighting 60 LED Plug-in Work light.
Milwaukee Tools has a M18 LED Flood Light that shines 30% brighter than a corded 250w halogen and offers an 8 hour run-time. It also comes with a limited lifetime LED warranty. It’s impact resistant and will be there in the toughest conditions when you are relying on that light to get the work done.
There’s also the Banner LED Work Light that is best for area lighting and offers several mounting options so you can place it and shine it where needed. It will illuminate a huge area without shadows and it consumes less than 2 watts.
Remember us the next time you have any portable lighting needs. Because no matter how goofy someone looks wearing a headlamp in the light of day, no one wants to be left fumbling around in the dark.
It’s no surprise that Father’s Day is sneaking up on us. If you need to find something better than a necktie or a ball cap this year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, while it’s the thought that counts, choosing the wrong brand or model can leave your gift appreciated but unused. Don’t worry, however. We have a few tips to help you pick a gift that is both appreciated and enjoyed.
The knockout punch is an essential tool for electricians. Contractors and installers know that the hallmark of quality workmanship is clean and accurate cuts. While a hole-saw is able to grind its way through sheet metal, it takes a knockout punch to meet the demanding expectations of a professional. Continue reading “Knockout Punch Systems Cutting Sheet Metal Like Butter”