Steiner Donates Vintage Film for War Documentary

Steiner Electric is very proud to have provided footage for the production of the WWII documentary “City at War: Chicago,” a film that examines what Chicago was like during the second world war.

At the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) called on the country to become “an arsenal of democracy” – to become producers of war materiel to help defeat the Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy.

A new documentary, “A City at War: Chicago,” looks at how Chicago became a well-oiled production machine, with every man, woman, and child contributing to the war effort. John Davies, the executive producer, along with his co-producer Brian Kallies, says the film explores “just about everything that happened in Chicagoland during WWII.”

The documentary utilizes rare film footage, vintage propaganda movies, period posts, stills and other articles from the period to show viewers Chicago’s transformation into an “arsenal of democracy.” Several key elements that helped the producers achieve the “look” they wanted were donated from the Steiner family archives. These items, which were donated by Rick Kerman of Steiner Electric, included old 8mm and 16mm footage, and other articles either filmed or collected by his grandfather George Steiner during the war years.  “We used that all over the film and it really helped us illustrate some points,” says Davies. “It’s vintage and it really gave the movie a look.”

 Steiner family film footage that was used in the documentary, included:
  • Steiner employee sendoff office party for Manny who soon would ship out to serve our country.
  • Film of Rick’s aunt, Elaine Steiner, standing along the Lake Michigan shore watching as a luxury yacht passes by her. The ship was made by the Henry C. Grebe & Co., a Chicago yacht building company, who would retool its factory to make wooden hulled mine sweepers used in WWII. (The boats would tow a device that produced a magnetic field that triggered magnetic mines. The hull was made from wood so as to not magnetically attract the  bombs.)
  • A backyard scene showing sailors and marines relaxing. It is unknown whether they were on leave or enjoying a few final days before receiving their orders, but the footage was used to illustrate a story shared by author Harry Mark Petrakis.  The Chicago-based novelist described watching returning veterans tell soldiers who hadn’t shipped out as yet, “wait, wait, your turn will come.”
  • Also donated from the Steiner archives were original front pages from WWII-era newspapers and gas-ration stamps issued to Steiner Electric.

Rick explained, “Our friendship with Davies and Kallies goes back many years, most recently the filmmakers produced Steiner’s humorous video: “Tommy Tomagain: Steiner is There, starring Tim Kazurinsky.” When they mentioned their upcoming WWII documentary project, it was the excuse I needed to restore my grandfather’s home videos dating back to the early 1930’s and WWII news reels.”

The shots helped illustrate the prominent role that Chicago and the surrounding communities played in the buildup to WWII. Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly attracted government investment in more than 1,400 companies that re-tooled to support the war effort.

The first aircraft landing on USS Wolverine occurred during September 1942. From 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, the USS Wolverine and its sister ship, the USS Sable, were used to train 17,000 pilots, landing signal officers and other navy personnel.

During these war years, Chicago was a major US Navy training area for Navy Air, Carrier, Surface and Submarine Services. An estimated one third of the military personnel serving the Pacific theater were “boot camped” at the Naval Air Station Glenview in Chicago, according to Davies.

The Glenview air station trained aircraft carrier pilots on two carriers docked next to Navy Pier (see picture). The first aircraft landed on the USS Wolverine in September 1942 and between that initial flight and the end of the war, approximately 17,000 pilots, landing signal officers and other Navy personnel were trained on the deck of the Wolverine, and its sister ship, the USS Sable.

Another example is the Orchard Place Douglas Plant (ORD) facility, at which the Douglas Airplane Co. built more than 600 of its C-54 Skymaster aircraft. The facility was so massive that it would later become O’Hare Airport.

“Possibly as much as 30% of all U.S. materiel used to support the war effort was manufactured in and around the City of Chicago,” Davies told the Daily North Shore community web site. “That included a range of items like food, parachutes and tanks.”

The one-hour documentary, narrated by Bill Kurtis, will air in Chicago on WTTW Chicago Channel 11, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. and WTTW Prime at 10 p.m.

Protect Your Motor with Manual Starters and Switches

Schneider Electric manual starters and switches are compact and elegantly designed devices that are primarily used to switch motors ON/OFF. Despite their simplicity, they can reverse the motor depending on the model and protect the motor against overloads, shorts, and phase failures in fuse-less applications. These devices, which are typically operated by toggle or push button, come in a variety of options from reversing and non-reversing to multi-speed choices.

Schneider manual starters and switches come in a variety of options to suit your specific application.

Steiner stocks a large inventory of manual motor starters and switches for pickup at one of our convenient locations or on-time delivery to your facility or job site, including fractional horsepower manual starters with melting alloy overload relays; manual switches that are horsepower rated for self-protected motors; and manual starters with integral horsepower with melting alloy overload relays.

It is now easier to configure the right motor starter and switch for your application by using the Schneider EZ Selector. When it comes to manual starters and switches, the EZ Selectors make it especially easy to choose from various versions and multiple options of (type F) fractional starters, (type K) manual switches, and (type M, T) starters with melting alloy overload relays.

Application Considerations

Manual starters are designed for low horsepower motor applications. In fact, many small motors use a fraction of a horsepower to run, and Schneider offers manual starters designed specially for these fractional horsepower motors.

The starters are especially suited for being mounted directly onto or near the machine that is controls. They can be used as stop-starts without the need to run extra power cords and wires.

The starters can be chosen based on the type of electronic to be controlled and protected. Is the application a single-phase or three-phase? What is the full-load amperage? Does your application require 1 or 2 pole configurations or 2 or 3 pole configurations?

The environment in which they are to operate is also a primary concern. Some starters must be dust proof or be oil resistant. If a dusty environment, the starter might require a NEMA 12 enclosure that will protect against dust, dirt, and dripping non-corrosive liquids, oil and lubricants. A NEMA 4 enclosure is often intended for outdoor use where extra protection against moisture and wind driven rain is required.

Some models are available in specific NEMA enclosures. Type F fraction HP starters are available in NEMA Type 1 enclosures (oversized and flush-mount enclosure option available), Type 4 enclosures (with zinc alloy die casting), and NEMA Type 3R, 7 and 9 (cast aluminum enclosure).

Various models also have specific operators. For instance, for Type M and T integral horsepower starters, a push button or toggle operator is available in open and NEMA Type 1 enclosure, while a direct acting push button is only available on NEMA Types 4 and 12 enclosures.

Thermal overload is also a consideration to protect a motor against overheating.  For example, the ambient temperature of a cabinet with multiple electronics could become so hot that nuisance tripping occurs.

To solve these problems, many switches, such as the Type M and Type T units, feature melting alloy thermal units. Depending on the thermal load, these starters might necessitate their thermal overload protection adjusted for the heat (See video below). The thermal overload protection developed by Square D has a special alloy in it. When the ambient temperature reaches a certain level, the protective relay undergoes a phase change from solid to liquid and shuts off the motor. This greatly reduces the chance of motor damage.

These considerations are just a few options that must be taken into account when choosing the correct manual starter or switch for the particular application.

Fractional Horsepower Manual Starters

Type F fractional horsepower starters provide overload protection as well as

Type F fractional horsepower starters

manual ON/OFF control for small motors in a variety of industrial and commercial installations including fans, conveyors, pumps, and small machine tools. Available in enclosed or open styles, they come in in non-reversing and two-speed versions to control small single-phase AC motors that have separate windings for high- and low-speed operation.

  • Horsepower rated up to 1hp AC, 0.75hp DC
  • Overload protection provided by melting alloy thermal units
  • Available in 1 or 2 pole configurations for AC single phase motors rated up to 1 hp. Two-pole starters can also be used with DC motors rated up to 0.75 hp.
  • 277VAC Max, 230VDC Max (2-pole only)
Manual Starting Switches

Type K starting switches , which use two switches (one to connect the motor for forward rotation and one for reverse rotation), provide manual ON/OFF control of single- or

Type KG1A Schneider Manual Starter and Switch.

three-phase AC motors, and also for reversing AC motors where overload protection is not required or is provided separately. They are suitable with three-phase squirrel cage motors. The type K 2-speed manual switches may be used with separate winding three- or single-phase AC motors.

Available in enclosed or open style, with compact construction and a 600 V rating, these switches are suitable for a wide range of industrial and commercial uses including small machine tools, pumps, fans, conveyors, and other types of electrical machinery. They can also be used on non-motor loads such as resistance heaters.

  • Available in reversing, non-reversing, and two-speed versions
  • Horsepower rated up to 20hp AC, 2hp DC for self-protected motors
  • Available in 2 or 3 pole configurations
  • 600VAC Max, 230VDC Max
Integral Horsepower Manual Starters
Type M and T Schneider Manual Starters and Switches.

Designed for overload protection and manual ON/OFF control for small single phase, polyphase or DC motors, the Type M and T Integral horsepower starters are available in NEMA sizes M0 – M1, and come with either Push Button (M) or Toggle (T) operators. Options include non-reversing, reversing, and two-speed applications. Typical applications include small machine tools, pumps, fans, and conveyors.

  • Pilot light and auxiliary contact available
  • Horsepower rated up to 10hp AC (3-phase), 5hp AC (Single-phase), 2hp DC
  • Available in 2 or 3 pole configurations
  • 600VAC Max, 250VDC Max (2-pole only)
  • Available in enclosed or open style
Make Selections EZ
The Schneider Electric Safety Switch EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate safety switch for your required application.
The EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate manual starter for your required application.

Manual starters and switches come with multiple options. With all the product variables from application to enclosure type, voltage to amperage consideration, selecting the appropriate starter or switch can be a challenge. Schneider Electric has made the process simpler by developing the EZ Selector tool.

The EZ Selector tools ask simple “click-to-answer questions,” and the user is self-guided through a process that ultimately leads to the right product for the application.

Order online or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) to speak with a Steiner sales representative for more information on Schneider Square D Manual Starters and Switches.

Join Us for Our 21st Annual Pig Roast

Summer is approaching and we’re looking forward to hosting another family fun Steiner Electric event – our 21st Annual Pig Roast! Please join us at our Rockford branch on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 4:30pm until 7:30pm.

As in previous years, you can check out products and watch demonstrations from an array of vendors who will be exhibiting. More than 50 companies are scheduled to showcase their wares.

Southern Heritage Band
Southern Heritage Band plays at the 21st annual pig roast in Rockford.

In addition, enjoy great food, win door prizes, and hear live music from local favorites, Southern Heritage. A Rockford Area Music Industry Hall of Fame Member (RAMI), Southern Heritage has opened for such well-known musicians as Keith Anderson, David Allan Coe and Lady Antebellum. At the Pig Roast, you can expect them to play music from Johnny Cash to Jason Aldean.

RSVP to attend the event or download the event flyer for more information.

Schneider Electric Provides Safety Switches For Infinite Applications

Schneider’s Square D Safety switches are vital components to safety and power control. They are a means to disconnect from the electrical load and provide protection to the branch circuit.

When necessary, they can be used to disconnect manufacturing equipment, heavy machinery and light commercial and residential applications from its power source. Users may need to disconnect equipment from its electrical supply for a variety of reasons from scheduled preventive maintenance to emergency stoppage.

The performance of safety switches is important to the safe operation of many industrial applications. In addition, requirements from a variety of organizations  have increased the use of safety switches in many commercial and industrial facilities.

In addition, safety switches are an NEC requirement in industrial and manufacturing facilities.  For instance, a safety switch must be in sight from all motors or manufacturing equipment and not more than 50 feet from the equipment it controls.

A key performance benefit of the Schneider safety switch is its ability to break load. A locked motor can draw six to eight times motor full-load current. In an emergency situation, it’s important to have a safety switch with enhanced load-break features such as those featured in Schneider’s switches. A key element of Square D safety switches is its blade and jaw construction that has been designed to manage heavy motor loads and arc interruptions.

Multiple types of disconnect switches are available, and the switch that work for you depends on a number of factors in your working environment.  Steiner’s expertise can help make the appropriate choice. Steiner stocks a large inventory of safety switches ready for pickup at one of our convenient locations or on-time delivery to your facility or job site, including: general duty, heavy duty and double throw switches in single and multiple pole, fusible and non-fusible.

Here is a look at some of the most common safety switches.

General Duty Safety Switch
Schneider Electric Square D General Duty Safety Switch
General Duty Safety Switch

One of the most go-to safety switches are those that are considered General Duty (GD) safety switches. These are designed for residential and commercial applications and where durability and economy are prime considerations. Typical loads are lighting, air conditioning, and appliances. They are suitable for use as service equipment when equipped with a factory or field-installed neutral assembly or a field-installed service grounding kit as applicable.

  • Voltage: Maximum voltage of 240 V
  • Current Rating: Max amperage of 800 A
  • Enclosure: Available in Type 1 and Type 3R enclosures
  • Certification: UL Listed, File E2875
  • Standard: Meets or exceeds the NEMA Standard KS1
Heavy Duty Safety Switch
Schneider Electric Square D Heavy Duty Safety Switch
Heavy Duty Safety Switch

Visible blade heavy duty safety switches are designed for applications where maximum performance and continuity of service are required. All heavy duty safety switches feature a quick-make, quick-break operating mechanism, a dual-cover interlock and a color-coded indicator handle.

  • Voltage: Maximum voltage of 600 V (ac/dc)
  • Current Rating: Max amperage of 1200 A
  • Enclosure: Available in Type 1, Type 3R, Type 4, Type 4X, Type 5, Type 7, Type 9, Type 12 and Type 12K enclosures
Double Throw Safety Switch
Schneider Electric Square D Double Throw Safety Switch
Double Throw Safety Switch

Double throw safety switches are designed for manual transfer of one load between two power sources. The units are tough and reliable to provide emergency back-up power connections in accordance with Article 702 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.

  • Voltage: Maximum voltage of 600 V (ac/dc)
  • Current Rating: Max amperage of 600 A
  • Enclosure: Available in Type 1, Type 3R, Type 4, Type 4X, Type 5 and Type 12 enclosures
Make Selections EZ

These safety-switch options, and others that are more specific in application, come with multiple options such as various difference in amperage and voltage. In some cases, the question is whether to use fusible or non-fusible switches.  Fusible safety switches combine fuses with the switch in a single enclosure. For both fusible and non-fusible safety switches, when the circuit is open, the safety switch disconnects the load from its source of power, while closing the circuit reconnects the load.

The Schneider Electric Safety Switch EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate safety switch for your required application.
The Safety Switch EZ Selector can guide you to the most appropriate safety switch for your required application.

With all the product variables from application to enclosure type, voltage to amperage applications, selecting the appropriate safety switch can be a challenge. Schneider Electric has made the process simpler by developing the EZ Selector system.

The EZ Selector tools ask simple “click-to-answer questions,” and the user is self-guided through a process that ultimately leads to the right product for the application.

Order online or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) to speak with a Steiner sales representative for more information on Schneider Square D Safety Switches.

Sandvik CoroMill 390 is One Tool for Many Applications

From general milling of standard metals to milling complex deep pockets for producing aerospace components out of modern metal materials, Sandvik’s CoroMill 390 is a versatile cutting tool with broad functionality.

SandVil CoroMill 390 can be used for general milling and complex projects with challenging materials.
Sandvik’s CoroMill 390 can be used for general milling and complex projects with challenging materials.

Sandvik’s “390” cutter family can be used for myriad applications by integrating a large, versatile program, including versions for shoulder milling and long-edge milling. Cutter inserts generate a good, quality 90-degree shoulder and are ideal for ramping and helical interpolation.

For instance, to produce precise contours without steps in repeated shoulder milling operations, the company offers close-tolerance inserts and an exact insert position. The smooth cutting action of CoroMill 390 limits radial cutting forces, which minimizes bending and generates good wall perpendicularity.

CoroMill 390 insert size 07
CoroMill 390 insert size 07.

The CoroMill 390 assortment of inserts includes cutters with size 07 inserts in dimensions specifically designed for key slots. With a tool diameter that is 0.3 mm (0.012 in.) smaller than the slot width, a suitable amount of stock is left for the subsequent finishing operations.

In another example, using helical interpolation and linear ramping to create holes from a solid workpiece requires a strong insert face geometry. The CoroMill 390 inserts are developed to withstand the stress caused by steep ramping or demanding interpolation, giving a low-vibration process with even tool life.

Plunge milling using the CoroMill 390 produces less stress on your machine spindle because of its vibration damping attributes. Because of this, it is suitable for unstable machines, deep slots, difficult-to-machine areas, and high-radial engagements such as corners.

Incorporating new steel grade
CoroMill 390 covers many applications with a large, versatile program.
The CoroMill 390 can be used for many applications because of its large, versatile tool program.

CoroMill 390 is made with Sandvik’s robust steel milling grade GC1130, which is made with the Zertivo PVD coating process that reliably performs even in unstable or challenging conditions such as disparate temperature variations.

The Zertivo process includes a complex set of steps, including pumping, heating, etching, coating, and cooling. Process parameters such as temperature, gas flow, and pressure are crucial to the final tool performance.  Each grade is produced with the exact right conditions for that specific grade. The result is improved adhesion between substrate and coating as well as optimized cutting-edge integrity.

The result is great edge-line security and reduced flaking. This makes the insert resistant to chipping.

In addition, the tool’s high-Cr (Chromium) content, in its fine-grain substrate, is optimized to withstand edge-line chipping and cracks arising from difficult machining and demanding conditions, such as temperature variations.

Keep Silent

Some of the tools incorporate the company’s Silent Tools™ technology. Sandvik Coromant’s endmill for small diameters, for instance, available with size 07 inserts, is a versatile cutter ideal for shoulder milling, deep shoulder milling, edging, linear and helical ramping, plunge milling, slot milling and face milling.

Insert sizes 07 and 11 are available with Sandvik’s Silent Tools™ damping technology. The upgraded Silent Tools dampening technology will allow machine shops to machine deep pockets for products such as titanium aerospace frame parts.

Silent Tools™ CoroMill® 390 cutters
Silent Tools™ CoroMill® 390 cutters.

Silent Tools provide light-cutting insert geometries and high-performance grades that deliver low-cutting forces and vibration-free machining for secure, cost-effective milling. The tool holders are designed to minimize vibrations through a dampener inside the tool body.

The CoroMill 390 Silent Tools can be ordered in diameters from 20 to 32 mm. It is available for both the new insert size 07, as well as insert size 11, with options for either cylindrical shank or Coromant Capto coupling.

Challenges and solutions

Sandvik Coromant calls the CoroMill 390 a “go-to cutter.” As evidence of this, Sandvik has detailed some typical challenges and its solutions.

For instance, pocket milling can be challenging to produce efficient and secure cavity opening. Using helical interpolation and linear ramping to create holes from a solid work piece requires strong insert face geometry. CoroMill 390 inserts are developed to withstand the stress caused by steep ramping or demanding interpolation, providing a low-vibration process with even tool life.

Here is a look at some other challenges:

Process: Slot milling
Challenge: Chip evacuation and vibration.
Solution: Insert geometries designed for ideal chip formation and evacuation. When milling with large engagements, vibration often causes rapid tool wear. The light cutting inserts of CoroMill 390, combined with cutters with optimized differential pitch, offer a low-vibration milling process.

Process: Face milling/Key Slot Milling
Challenge: Metal removal rate and surface finish.
Solution: Durable CoroMill 390 inserts are capable of high cutting parameters. -L geometries designed for milling with low cutting forces are perfect for facing surfaces with a shiny finish and close tolerances.

Order online or for more information on CoroMill 390, contact a Steiner Metalworking sales representative at (800) 323-TOOL.

Kohler Natural Gas Generators More Efficient than Ever

Get peak performance from natural gas generators

While diesel has been the conventional fuel of choice for backup generator sets because of its initial capital cost advantages, things are changing as regulations, costs and technologies have evolved, and, because of that evolution, natural gas generators have gained in popularity.

“Over the past 15 years, there have been numerous performance developments in gas generator set technology to improve fuel efficiency, reduce exhaust NOx emissions and increase ratings,” according to Clay Hardenburger, senior staff applications engineer for Kohler Co. Hardenburger is the author of a new whitepaper, Gas Generator Set Performance Characteristics, that takes an in-depth look at characteristics of natural gas powered generators, the fuel used, their applications, and more. (To get a copy of the free whitepaper, click here.)

Kohler's standby commercial generators can run on propane or natural gas.
Kohler’s standby commercial generators can run on propane or natural gas.

“These key development characteristics combined with incentives to develop renewable energy biogas fuel sources have moved the industry forward to consider gas generator sets as the preferred electrical power generation technology for continuous duty applications when paralleled with the utility,” writes Hardenburger. “In addition, recent expansion of natural gas fuel sources in the United States has resulted in low fuel prices, which is also driving the marketplace to utilize gas generator sets for standby and prime applications typically served by diesel generator sets.”

Kohler Co.’s Power Division offers a slew of EPA emissions-certified LP and natural gas generators in the up to 400 kW range, delivering an installation-ready product for residential power and light commercial applications. Kohler also developed a new line of large natural gas generators that are designed specifically for standby, prime or continuous power applications in the North American market. The large gas gen sets range from 425 kW to 1300 kW (and growing). For applications that require larger industrial generator sets, contact Steiner’s Power Systems division experts and they can help you choose the most appropriate generator.

The 14/20 kW RESA Kohler home generator
The 14/20 kW RESA Kohler home generator.

These natural gas generators run on relatively clean burning fossil fuels such as propane. The lower emission gaseous gen sets significantly reduce carbon monoxide and particulate emissions.

Get your generator locally from Steiner

Steiner Electric, a local authorized distributor of Kohler products, offers an extensive inventory of residential and commercial generators that primarily operate in standby-rated mode utilizing LP or NG fuel.

Models rated for residential and light commercial applications include the 14/20kW RESA models that feature Kohler’s PowerBoost Technology for improved starting power. The generator can easily start and run a 5-ton air conditioner. The 38/48/60kW RCL model offers quiet operation and the Fast-Response II excitation system that delivers excellent voltage response and short-circuit capability using a permanent magnet alternator.  The 60kW ERESB model for light commercial application, which utilizes NG and LPG gas, and depending on voltage achieves

The Kohler 38/48/60 kW RCL generator.
The Kohler 38/48/60 kW RCL generator.

a multitude of standby ratings for both gas types. The 80 to 150Kw ERESD models have numerous features including the Fast-Response X excitation system, and sophisticated control systems.

The Kohler 60 kW ERESB generator.
The Kohler 60 kW ERESB generator.

In addition to Steiner’s large inventory of generators, as a registered, certified distributor of Kohler generators, generator experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency situations. In addition, all Steiner generator experts undergo rigorous training programs that must first be completed and are routinely updated.

Burn it Lean, Burn it Rich

These models operate differently depending on the fuel used, mixture of air and fuel, applications and other factors. Often, there are tradeoffs such as between power and efficiency.

To help straighten out the web of generator options, and best understand the unique factors of each, Hardenburger’s whitepaper addresses the

The 80/100/125/150 kW ERESD model generator for light commercial applications.
The 80/100/125/150 kW RESD model generator for light commercial applications.

performance characteristics found in gas generator sets that utilize different fuels and engines, power factor, generator set rating, load requirements, and more parameters.

Fuel sources, for instance, typically come in two categories: methane-based fuels sources and hydrocarbon-based fuel sources. As Hardenburger explains, methane-based fuels such as pipeline natural gas are for use in high-compression ratio, lean-burn engines. Hydrocarbon-based fuel sources such as propane can be used in low-compression ratio, rich burn engines.

Hardenburger says that gas engines are classified as either lean-burn or rich-burn combustion types. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages depending upon the application.

Lean-burn engines are associated with high-electrical efficiencies, and are typically used in continuous parallel with the utility applications as a primary power source because of limited transient response capabilities. Whereas rich-burn engines are usually associated with applications where transient load response is more critical than fuel efficiency. They are typically applied in emergency standby applications where the generator set system is the secondary power source when utility power is not available.

Rich-burn engines are a better choice in applications where large transient load changes above 30% are required. An LPG fuel source can be utilized in these applications without derate if low compression ratio engines are utilized.

Kohler large natural gas generator
Kohler offers natural gas generators at up to 1300 kW. For more information about your application, contact your Steiner Power Systems application engineer at (847) 956-3098.

Lean-burn engines are a better choice in applications where the utility is always present, and the required operational capacity exceeds 8,000 hours per year. Fuel efficiency is a key consideration in continuous applications, so engines with high compression ratios are typically utilized. Heavy hydrocarbon fuels such as LPG cannot be utilized in these applications without significant engine derate.

To help understand the basics of gas generator characteristics, their benefits and tradeoffs, download the Kohler whitepaper, Gas Generator Set Performance Characteristics, or reach out to your local Steiner Power Systems application engineer at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

 

 

Get a Free Carthartt Jacket or Utility Cart with Steiner Promo

Steiner promo for tools and equipment

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.

Choose from these select manufacturers:

POWER TOOLSHAND TOOLSCAPITAL EQUIPMENT
MilwaukeeKlein ToolsGreenlee
DeWaltIdealMaxis
LENOX

Here are just a few examples of the products available from our leading manufacturers:

  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers and nut drivers
  • Wire strippers
  • Fishing tools
  • Cable/wire pullers
  • Conduit/pipe benders
  • Power drills and drivers, hammer/drills, impact drivers
  • Driller/drive combinations
  • Power saws/band saws
  • Hole saw kits
  • Blades, bits and other accessories

Siemens SINAMICS V20 Drives Minimize Costs and Maximize Efficiency

When it comes to variable frequency drives, tradeoffs may need to be made. How much power do you need? How much space do you have? The  SINAMICS V20 family of AC drives might just be the answer to these typical questions.

These Siemens-produced, SINAMICS branded VFDs come in a variety of frame sizes and output ratings for when you need a low-power drive to smoothly start and stop a motor or to control speed and torque during operation of an increasing number of a basic motion sequences.

The SINAMICS V20 AC drive family is an economical, compact, rugged and reliable group of drives that bring versatility, and ease of use and installation to 40-hp and under plant and machinery construction, individual automation, and drive solution applications.

SINAMICS V20

With seven frame sizes, the SINAMICS V20 can be individually adapted to the particular application or user requirements using various options such as an external Basic Operator Panel (BOP), connecting cable, filter, braking resistors, shielding, and more.

The power range is:

  • 0.12 kW to 30 kW (1/6 hp up to 40 hp).

The voltage range is:

  • 1AC 200V … 240V (–10% / +10%)
  • 3AC 380V … 480V (–15% / +10%)

The newest and smallest of the SINAMICS V20 family of drives are the FSAA and FSAB models that save more than 30% in mounting space compared to the previously smallest model, the SINAMICS’ FSA model (90 mm (3.5 in.) x 150 mm (6 in.)) . With a width of just 68 mm (2.7 in.) and a height of 142 mm (5.6 in.), the AA and AB models both have the same footprint, but different heatsink depths.

The SINAMICS V20 Quick Selection Guide can help yo determine the most appropriate V20 drive for your application.
The SINAMICS V20 Quick Selection Guide can help you determine the most appropriate V20 drive for your application.

The V20 family of rugged devices, which are IP20 rated and can be EMC filtered, are tailored for operating pumps, fans, compressors and conveyor belts as well as for basic drive applications in the process and manufacturing industries.

Ease of use and installation

One of the V20’S benefits is ease of installation. The units can be wall mounted, push through mounted for efficient cooling, and side-by-side mounted to reduce required cabinet space. Typically, drives need to be 2 in. apart for cooling purposes, but with heat sinks located judiciously to release heat through the top and bottom of the unit.

The unit itself is easy to use. A Parameter Loader makes it easy to program and speed up commissioning. This modular, plug-and-play device easily installs to the face of the drive. The device uses a memory card that allows more than 100 parameters to be installed such as motor specifications, voltage, current speed, application deceleration rate acceleration rate and other pertinent data, says Jovan Cetkovic, Motion Specialist with Steiner Electric.

Additionally, “cloning” is possible by installing the same parameter loader on different drives.

Without the parameter loader, users access a basic operator panel on the face of the drive. Utilizing the BOP, all parameters can be programmed giving the user full control of the drive in terms of speed and other factors.

In addition, there are terminals on the face of the drive that allow for direct wiring for analog I/O control.

The SINAMICS’ V20’s feature a Keep Running Mode that keeps the output load running even in the event of power fluctuations, overvoltage, overcurrent, or other power stability issues.

Energy savings is achieved in several ways. For instance, the SINAMICS V20 drive makes it easy to save money through the use of an ECO mode that ensures that the motor current is automatically adapted to the load state. In addition to that, the drive is capable of DC bus couplings such that a drive regenerating can share power with other drives.

The drive also features a Hibernation Mode that reduces energy consumption when the drive is not in active use.

It also features an integrated braking chopper from 7.5 kW to 30 kW (10 hp up to 40 hp). When a motor is de-energized and coming to a stop, it changes from a motor to a generator producing energy. Resistors dissipate energy so the VFD’s capacitors are not damaged. This power can also be used during drive regeneration.

The V20 drive family has a number of accessories that can be used. For instance, a new extension module is available to increase the number of inputs and outputs of the SINAMICS V20 400V converter.

Mounted onto the converter, the module provides 2 additional digital inputs and 2 relay outputs to the converter. The module increases functionality. For example, it can now be used for multi-pump control, where one V20 can control a maximum of four pumps.

Equipped with connection ports on its front- and backside, the module may be used in combination with other accessories of the SINAMICS V20 such as the BOP, the BOP interface, and the Smart Access web server.

Worldwide access
The SINAMICS V20 Smart Access webserver module option is mounted on the converter. It allows wireless commissioning and operation via smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
The SINAMICS V20 Smart Access webserver module option is mounted on the converter. It allows wireless commissioning and operation via smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

SINAMICS V20 Smart Access is a tiny drive-mounted web server module that turns a mobile device or laptop into a virtual operator panel, allowing it to commission, operate, diagnose, and maintain the AC drive.

An embedded graphical user interface (GUI) enables easy use of the SINAMICS V20 in every phase of operation.  It requires only a few steps to set-up and no installation or download of additional software is needed.  The onboard Quick Set-up Wizard provides users a fast and easy commissioning procedure, enabling all the following: motor data can be entered and checked, connection macros for digital inputs/outputs can be activated, application macros can be selected and activated for pumps, fans, compressors and other devices plus the common and frequently used parameters on the drive can be set for motor start, acceleration, deceleration, and min./max. speed.

For more information contact a Steiner application specialist at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

EZ Ways to Select Schneider Pushbuttons

Emergency stops. Restarts. Line changes. These and other functions have at least one thing in common: pushbuttons.

Pushbuttons are relatively simple devices. At their most basic, the literal push-a-button to facilitate change, they open and close circuits. They can start an industrial process, stop it, or perform other predetermined functions that humans, interacting with machines, deem necessary.

Schneider's new 30 mm pushbutton is at the forefront of the industry.
Schneider’s new 30 mm pushbutton is at the forefront of the industry.

While simple, they are not simplistic. First, there are literal pushbuttons such as the 30 mm from Schneider (pictured), and then there are sibling products in the pushbutton family such as pilot lights and selector switches.

Then there are the many options available. Many, many options in some cases.

To help its customers, Schneider Electric and Steiner Electric have combined to make things a little easier with new pushbutton selector tools.

At the Forefront of Pushbuttons

First, what are all these options?

Today’s pushbuttons are modular in nature and can be augmented with application-specific accessories that can turn them into aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-use human-machine interface (HMI) components. They can be used in a galaxy of applications from pristine production to harsh process environments and integrated into stand-alone machinery or sophisticated, multi-purpose assembly lines … just about any industry with operations that have been automated, but still require some human intervention is an appropriate use.

Schneider Electric is a leader in pushbuttons, including the Harmony line which is distributed by Steiner Electric. The pushbuttons and signaling devices come in a range of styles that provide easy and reliable operations for industrial applications.

In this Schneider video, Jim Clark, Marketing Director Control and Signaling, says that Harmony offers the best-in-class pushbuttons, pilot lights, and switches on the market.

Harmony pushbuttons, which comply with all international standards, have been designed for OEMs, system integrators, panel builders, and others that build, repair, or customize machinery. For them, Schneider offers a unique and unrivaled depth of push-buttons, pilot lights and switches on the market, Clark says.

Visitors to the EZ Selectors page can create a semi-custom pushbutton designed for their specific application.
Various components and accessories for the Harmony 9001K 30 mm pushbutton.

One of the newest products, and an industry game changer, is the 30 mm Harmony pushbutton that expands on its 22-mm version. The 9001 30mm products include pushbuttons, pilot lights, selector switches, and mushroom head buttons. The rugged 9001 operators can feature chrome-plate bezels, black plastic bezels for corrosion-resistant applications, chrome-plated square bezels that provide multi-function operation, and many, many other options. Contacts, profiles, and additional options can be swapped out for something more appropriate.

So how is selection simpler?

Visitors to the EZ Selectors page can create a semi-custom pushbutton designed for their specific application.
Visitors to the EZ Selectors page can create a semi-custom pushbutton designed for their specific application.

With all these options selecting the appropriate pushbutton can be a challenge. Schneider Electric has made the process simpler by developing the EZ Selectors system.

The EZ Selector tools ask simple “click-to-answer questions,” and the user is self-guided through a process that ultimately leads to the right product for the application.

For instance, from the main EZ selector page, users can go to a product subset such as the 30-mm pushbutton or emergency stop product. From there, they can drill down into the various options to find the appropriate component.

Do you want, chromium-plated metal or plastic as the bezel material? Do you want the operator profile to be projecting, recessed or flush? The lens color can be any of 7 colors in one model or just black, green and red for another.

Once you’ve selected your needed product you can add it to your shopping cart. That is where Steiner Electric comes in. We will facilitate the purchase and either deliver the part or allow you the option to pick it up in one of our 8 conveniently located Will-Call Counters.

To see how it all works, give it try!

 

 

 

 

Steiner a Major Sponsor at the 2018 Electric Association Conference

The Electric Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show is scheduled for Jan.25-26., and once again Steiner Electric will have a large presence at the event.

The event is located at the Drury Lane Conference Center, Oakbrook Terrace. The trade show portion of the two-day event occurs on Jan. 25 from Noon to 6:30 p.m. and will be host to an estimated 75 vendors.

Steiner Electric will be prominently featured in two locations at the facility. In the lobby, Steiner’s Power Division will highlight its Kohler Generators, including an onsite 30RCL Kohler generator. Steiner is an exclusive distributor of Kohler generators in the Northern Illinois region.

Kohler new KD1000 series of powerful and quiet generators feature the Kohler-built diesel engine.
Kohler’s new KD series of powerful, quiet generators feature a Kohler-built diesel engine.

Steiner power experts will be on hand to discuss your generator needs from smaller residential generators to the large, industrial KD Series.

In addition, specialists will be available to discuss Steiner’s Powertron tap boxes. New UL-listed models are under development and will be available for purchase later this year. Be the first to learn more about these important, on-site quick connect generator docking stations.

Steiner's new line of Powertron tap boxes are under development and will be available for purchase in 2018.
Steiner’s new line of Powertron tap boxes are under development and will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2018.

The new Powertron product line ranges from 200A to 800A and is cULus Listed 1008, and includes a Manual Transfer Switch (200A & 400A), Molded Case Breaker (200A to 800A), Phase Rotation Monitor, KIRK® Key Interlock, a Trapped Cable Door that is UL Verified and Patented, and enclosures that are outdoor rated and available in NEMA 3R and NEMA 4X.

At Steiner’s booth in the main trade show hall, we will showcase lighting and lighting control products, electrical devices and more. One of the highlights at the booth will be tuneable white source technology. This tuneable technology enables design flexibility not available with a traditional fixture. With this LED technology, users can adjust the color temperature and intensity of a lamp in real time.

Centrally located across from a lounge area near the facility’s bar, the booth will be staffed by lighting experts who can discuss your application needs.

In addition to dispensing knowledge about the products that Steiner distributes, stop by our booth to spin-to-win our prize wheel, and drop your card for a chance to win our Grand Prize, a Milwaukee Insulated Heated Jacket. 

The conference

The 2018 Electric Association’s Annual Conference will feature education programs covering all industry segments and award CEU’s and PDH’s for participation in workshops.

The event will include two days of conferences, the highlight of which are several seminars discussing the new Chicago Electrical Code. “Participation in this conference allows you to get a head start on all the major changes to the code,” says Carrie Spaeth, executive director of the Electric Association.

Other seminar tracks focus on electrical system design, construction safety, solar energy legislation, as well as lighting education programs.

This conference will feature programs for building owners, facility managers, contractors, electricians and more, covering all segments of the industry.