Labor Day Will-Call Hours

The more than 400 members of the Steiner Electric team wish our customers, suppliers and their families a relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

The holiday, established in 1894, salutes the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The team at Steiner also salutes the hard work of its employees who have helped make the company an industry stalwart for more than 100 years.

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Steiner Will-Call Counters will be closed Monday, September 4. On Saturday, September 2, the Elk Grove Will-Call Counter will be open from 7:00am to 11:00am. All other Will Call locations will be closed on Saturday.

We will resume normal business hours. on Tuesday, September 5.

Safely View the Solar Eclipse

A rare total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Illinois on Monday, August 21. While the best area to view the eclipse from within Illinois is at the southern tail around the Carbondale area, those who can’t make the trip down south can still see a partial eclipse.

In Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, viewers can expect the moon to cover 86.7 percent of the sun. The moon will be in the sun’s path beginning at 11:53am and continuing for 2 hours and 48 minutes. The best time to see the peak of the eclipse will be 1:18pm, according to NASA.

Because even a partial eclipse can be harmful to the eyes, it’s recommended that you consider some safety precautions when looking at the eclipse. Due to the intensity of the sun’s rays, NASA encourages the use of special-purpose solar filtered sunglasses, or another method that will protect your eyes. One Chicago weather broadcaster is using welding glass to view the eclipse.

According to NASA, this is only a good idea if the welders glass is of a Shade 12 or higher, which is much darker than the filters used for most kinds of welding.

“If it’s less than 12 (and it probably is), don’t even think about using it to look at the Sun,” the agency warns. “Many people find the Sun too bright even in a Shade 12 filter, and some find the sun too dim in a Shade 14 filter — but Shade 13 filters are uncommon and can be hard to find.”

Be aware that the slight crescent of the sun, known as the solar corona, which is visible despite the moon blocking the sun, can damage the retina.

Here are some additional NASA tips to help make your eclipse experience safe when admiring the solar eclipse.

  • Inspect your solar filter for scratches and other damages.
  • When about to look at the sun, stand still and cover your glasses before looking up. Never take off your eye protection while looking at the sun.
  • Looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or an alternative optical device is not recommended.
  • The same goes with using these devices as an add on to your special eye protection. “The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury” according to NASA.
  • Lastly, if you wear normal eye glasses, wear them under the special eye protection.

Square D Road Warrior Trailer Rolls Into Steiner Electric

Industry leader Square D loaded up its new Road Warrior Trailer with some of its newest and most innovative products and is making appearances at three Steiner Electric branches in August.

From ready-to-install (RTI) panelboards to surge protection devices with myriad mounting options, meters, diagnostic devices and energy management systems, the products on display in the Square D Road Warrior Trailer are designed to speed-up installations, reduce mistakes, call backs and component lists.

The Road Warrior Trailer makes three stops at Steiner Electric in August. The first is Aug. 8, from 11am to 1pm, in Elk Grove Village. On Aug. 15, the trailer rolls into Rockford, and two days later it appears at the St. Charles branch from 10am to 1pm.

Units on display include ready-to-install (RTI) panelboards such as the NQ panel, which is designed to meet 240Vac maximum rating applications and offer powerful circuit protection. Additional features showcased include a group mounted (factory installed) SPD unit, finger guard on incoming wires as per new code, and CAFI and DF breakers.

Another line on display is the the HomeLine Plug-on group of circuit breakers and load centers that help contractors save time on installation, and meet NECs code regarding arc and ground fault requirements.

Homeline Plug-on features on display include, Plug on Neutral CAFI and DF breakers, incoming wires finger guard, push-to-test DF breakers, and Group mounted SPD.

Also on display is the QO load center for applications ranging from agricultural to industrial, commercial to residential with indoor and outdoor versions available. The QO is a load center and circuit breaker family that comes in single and three-phase, ¾ in. circuit breaker width, 30  to 400 amps, 2 to 42 circuits and separate flush or surface mounted covers.

Additional features on display for the QO Load Center (Plug on), include the finger guard requirement, Plug on Neutral CAFI and DF breakers, the Qwik Grip wire management system, hinged Trim with adjustable dead front, and Visi-Trip breakers.

Other items on display include EZM corner section metering, Wiser Energy Load Center, which features a new load control with all-inclusive CT’s and communication package for metering, and a whole range of SPDs in unit mount, group mount and side mount.

Come See The Square D Road Warrior Trailer in August
• Elk Grove on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 11am to 1pm
• Rockford Branch, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 11am top 1pm
• St. Charles on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 10am to 1pm
Lunch provided during each event.

CoroTurn Prime Revolutionary Turning Tool Cuts Across Many Directions

Sandvik Coromant Introduces CoroTurn Prime and Prime Turning

When Sandvik Coromant released a video in support of its new PrimeTurning™ turning technology, the video almost appeared to be going in reverse. The cutting tool traversing from chuck to the end of the workpiece. Had it been going in reverse, however, material would have magically gone back on the blank, as opposed to the long strips of material being removed first along one axis and then another.

PrimeTurning is a new turning method that enables turning in all directions. Unlike conventional turning operations, PrimeTurning allows machine shops, OEMs and other users to complete longitudinal facing and profiling operations with a single tool. In addition to the prime turning technology, the company released two types of tooling, an A-type for fine finishing and a B-type for roughing applications.

With this forward-and-back cutting capability, and its innovative tooling technology, Sandvik Coromant believes that some applications could achieve productivity increases of more than 50% as compared to conventional techniques.

For instance, Cutting Tool Engineering magazine reported on an Italian manufacturer who reduced the cycle time for machining a shaft from 2.42 to 1.36 minutes and extended the tool life per edge from four pieces to nine by using the PrimeTurning system.

According to the report, a competitor’s conventional insert ran at a cutting speed of 150 m/min., a feed rate of 0.012 ipr, and a DOC of 0.079 in. By contrast, the CoroTurn® Prime B-type roughing insert ran at double the cutting speed and DOC, and a feed of 0.032 ipr when turning forged, ASTM B564 nickel alloy with a hardness of 250 HB.

Major reasons for the reported success of the PrimeTurning technology is due to the small entering angle relative to the feed direction, as well as a higher lead angle that allows the user to cut substantially faster. The turning operation creates thinner, wider chips that spread the load and heat away from the nose radius. In addition, as cutting is performed in the direction moving away from the shoulder, there is no danger of chip jamming, which can occur if chips are pushed against the shoulder during turning.

Entering and lead angles:
A-type KAPR = 30°, PSIR = 60°
B-type KAPR = 25°, PSIR = 65°

“Experienced operators know that a small entering angle allows for increased feed rates,” said Håkan Ericksson, Global Product Specialist at Sandvik Coromant. “However, in conventional turning they are restricted to using entering angles of around 90 degrees to reach the shoulder and avoid the long, curved chips that a small entering angle characteristically delivers. PrimeTurning solves these problems by combining a perfect reach at the shoulder and the application of 25 degrees to 30 degrees entering angles with excellent chip control and maintained tolerances. This innovation presents countless possibilities to perform turning operations in much more efficient and productive ways. It’s not just a new tool, but a totally new way of turning.”

Supporting Technologies

PrimeTurning is supported by the introduction of two dedicated CoroTurn Prime turning tools, part of the CoroTurn insert tooling line, and the PrimeTurning code generator, which supplies optimized programming codes and techniques.

The PrimeTurning methodology and CoroTurn Prime A-type tool (left) and B-type (right) enable turning in all directions.
The PrimeTurning methodology and CoroTurn Prime A-type tool (left) and B-type (right) enable turning in all directions.

The new turning tools include:

  • The CoroTurn Prime A-type tool with three 35° corners designed for light roughing, finishing and profiling.
  • The CoroTurn Prime B-type tool with strong corners designed for rough machining.

Suitable for ISO P (steel), S (heat-resistant super alloys and titanium) and M (stainless steel) category materials, nine CoroTurn Prime A-type and six CoroTurn Prime B-type inserts are currently available, with expansion to other material​s envisioned for the future. The inserts are supported by 52 variants of tool holder, including Coromant Capto®​, CoroTurn QS and shanks.​

The ​CoroTurn Prime inserts feature three edges per corner. One edge each for longitudinal, facing and profiling thus distributing the wear over a longer edge and not just the insert tip. It also moves heat away from the cutting zone that helps inserts last substantially longer.

Sanvik Coromant also developed a Code Generator to develop specialized toolpath strategies and take full advantage of CoroTurn Prime insert design.  The generator supplies programming codes and techniques to set up maximum parameters and variables for a particular application to secure maximum output in ISO P steels, ISO M stainless steels and ISO S heat-resistant super alloy (HRSA) materials.

Klein Launches Electrician of Year Contest

The annual Klein Tools Electrician of the Year contest is underway. The award recognizes U.S.-based electricians who exemplify professional achievement, safety and community dedication.

The grand prize winner receives a choice of a trip to one of four U.S. destinations, including Charlotte, N.C.; New York; Las Vegas; or Sturgis, S.D. The grand prize winner will also receive $1,500 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade Klein Tools products.

Entries, including self-nominations, will be accepted online at www.kleintools.com/eoy until Aug. 6, 2017. The contest is only open to U.S. residents.

Klein Tools will announce six regional winners on Aug. 16, 2017. Each regional winner will receive the Ultimate Garage Package, which includes a 41-piece Journeyman™ Tool Set, $500 to $1,000 in additional Klein Tools products* and a trip to Klein Tools’ manufacturing headquarters in Mansfield, Texas, to experience how the premium-quality tools are made.

Visitors can vote online for their favorite regional winner from Sept. 11-15, 2017. The grand prize winner will be announced on Sept. 27, via Klein Tools’ Facebook Live.

Following the results of the fan vote, a select group of Klein family members will review the submissions to calculate the grand prize winner. As descendants of Klein Tools’ founder, Mathias Klein, each member takes into account the company’s 160-year heritage to help determine who should represent the electrical industry as the next Klein Tools Electrician of the Year.

“Over the last 160 years, we have heard amazing stories of how electricians dedicate time to their communities, take ownership of difficult work and strive for professional achievement. They do all this while powering the destinations and events that embody the American spirit, like the lights of the Las Vegas Strip, NASCAR® races, music venues and other entertainment that Americans look forward to every year,” says Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools. “We want to celebrate these electricians for their hard work and for powering America’s passions. Through the Electrician of the Year contest, Klein Tools showcases the finest U.S. electricians who do just that.”

*Prize amount will depend on each winner’s standing in the awards. Value based on Klein Tools’ published list price.

 

Designing an Efficient and Flexible Control Panel with ERIFLEX

Clean. Elegant.  A control panel that can be described in that fashion can also be thought of as one that is efficient, reliable, safe. Contrasted to individually wired, point-to-point systems, where operators need schematics to track a jumble of cables and wires that have been cut to various lengths, an optimized and efficient control panel can be installed more quickly, tested more confidently, and maintained more reliably.

Today, OEMs face increasing needs for faster turnaround times to build Eriflex control panel optimizationand install the machinery they make, as well as the control panels that provide the power to the motor starters, contactors, relays, and pilot devices, as well as the myriad sensors, valves, actuators, pumps and other ancillary devices used in manufacturing facilities. Contractors and maintenance people also face pressure to maintain and troubleshoot control panels as quickly as possible; machinery downtime is a bottom-line killer.

The control panel of today has changed in design and build and its wiring needs have become more complex. To ease these challenges, suppliers have stepped in with new, smarter wire and cabling products.

One of the leaders in this wiring evolution is ERIFLEX, a Pentair brand that produces low-voltage power and grounding connections. The company has developed products to streamline control panel assembly and installation that can also be adapted to specific applications and customer needs.

Recently, the company introduced its ERIFLEX Flexibar solution, a flexible busbar wire replacement concept, that is designed to reduce weight and space and make cleaner connections using fewer materials.  The company says that the ERIFLEX low-voltage power and grounding connections are the next-generation alternatives to bulky wires and cables.

The Flexibar busbar is designed for low-voltage applications from 27 sq. mm up to 1,200 sq. mm and 125A to 2800A. A bus bar is essentially an electrically conductive strip or bar used to distribute power to multiple circuits in parallel. Busbar can also be used as a common tapping point for multiple ground or neutral terminals.

ERIFLEX’s Flexibar is made from thin layers of tinned electrolytic copper formed into a stack that can be easily bent, folded and twisted, improving assembly flexibility, shortening connections and decreasing foot print.

The copper layers are insulated with a high-resistance, self-extinguishing PVC or silicone compound. The insulating sleeve is grooved on the inner surface, reducing the contact surface with the laminates to less than 20%, increasing flexibility and making installation easier.

Additionally, the ERIFLEX line offers insulated braided conductors, Eriflex power distribution blockdistribution and power blocks, busbar supports, insulators and accessories.

The OEMs and electrical contractors who leverage this type of innovative, flexible technology for power distribution and grounding can gain competitive advantage. Because of installation speed, high-quality electrical connections and long-term reliability, early adopters will quickly see the bottom-line benefits, and be better positioned to stay ahead of the competition.

Giving Back to Our Community

For all of us at Steiner Electric, giving back to the communities we work in is more than just “something we do”… it is a part of who we are. That is why we are humbled by a recent honor bestowed upon us by Affiliated Distributors. There are so many Distributors and Suppliers who were also honored for their community work and for all of us here at Steiner Electric, we want to say “thank you” to them for all they do!

Below is a video of the awards presentation as well as photos from a recent Christmas party for homeless children in the greater Chicago Area. These children and their families deserve all of our support and we are proud to be able to serve them!

Steiner Electric Company honored with the 2014 Affiliated Distributor “Giving Back Award”

On October 8th, Steiner Electric was presented the Affiliated Distributors’ (AD) Giving Back Award, during the AD National Meeting in Chicago. The “Spirit of Independence” awards banquet, recognizing those Distributors and Suppliers who have achieved outstanding performance during the previous calendar year.The Giving Back Award was created in 2010 to honor the many distributor and supplier community service, charitable and human interest projects throughout the industry.

Steiner was presented this prestigious award for their many years of dedication to the Chicago area homeless community through the creation of “The Greater Chicago Area Electrical Industry Friends of Comic Relief back in 1991. What began as a local Comic Relief fund raiser, for health care for the homeless, was preceded by an afternoon Christmas party for over 300 homeless children. Even though the last fundraiser was in 1998, the children’s parties have continued for the past 22 years.

Today, Al Rzeczkowski and The Electrical Association of Chicago organize the Homeless Children’s Christmas Party. The entire event is fully financed and supported by annual donations from the electrical industry with additional Santa helpers from Boys Scout Troop 64 of Northbrook Illinois. The homeless children and their parents are bused in from seven different Chicagoland area homeless shelters and treated to a full turkey dinner, entertainment, and gifts for every child and parent, plus special gifts for each participating shelter ranging from new beds and linens to computers and printers. The Christmas party is an afternoon full of joy and hope among the families and volunteers.

“We recognize this award on behalf of our original co-founders, Jack Caveney Jr, past CEO of Panduit Corp. and Chuck Currie Jr., VP of Bill Casey Sales.” said Rick Kerman, CEO of Steiner Electric. This significant acknowledgement is accepted on behalf of the many electrical distributors, rep agencies, electrical contractors and manufactures who participate each year to provide this special heartfelt event. Many of us are competitors but when it comes to supporting our communities we stand together.”

About Affiliated Distributors

Affiliated Distributors is a group of over 500 are independent electrical, Industrial, Plumbing, PVF, HVAC and drywall distributors, with over 3,600 locations in three countries. Their accumulative annual sales exceeds $28 billion.

How often does Lightning Strike?

By: Ron Styne

A bolt of lightning is one of nature’s most fascinating sights. While it is usually followed by the roaring boom of thunder, the flash of a lightning bolt is remembered by all who have seen it.

lighting

In an electrical storm, the storm clouds are charged like giant capacitors in the sky. The cloud’s upper portion is positive and the lower portion is negative. There are three primary types of lightning; from a cloud to itself (intra-cloud or IC); from one cloud to another cloud (CC) and between a cloud and the ground (CG).

Although lightning primarily occurs when warm air is mixed with colder air masses, resulting in the necessary atmospheric disturbances for polarizing the atmosphere. About 70% of lightning occurs over land in the tropics where atmospheric convection is the greatest.

On Earth, the lightning frequency is approximately 40–50 times a second or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year and the average duration is 30 microseconds.

Copper price hits two month high

-By Ron Styne

Copper prices hit a two month high for the week ending May 16th, impacted by a combination of falling warehouse inventories of raw copper and technical tightness in the markets.

Despite the recent recovery in the LME-(London Metals Exchange), market analysts remain bearish on copper’s long term pricing for the rest of this year. That attitude is being arrived at based on factors such as the Chinese construction market and a surge in supplies. New housing starts in China remain weak.

China still accounts for 35-40% of global copper consumption. In addition there is a large amount of copper accumulated in bonded warehouses used for profitable lending. However demand for copper seems to be improving outside of China.