ComEd released its 2018 list of energy efficient lighting products for which certified contractors can receive ComEd rebates.
The list reflects two significant changes compared to 2017. High wattage LED lamps are now on the Instant Discounts List. These lamps replace 150W and greater HID lamps. The other change is that the public sector, such as public schools and municipalities, will now be eligible to receive these rebates.
To help you better understand the available lighting incentives, contact your local Steiner lighting consultant by calling 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) or visit one of Steiner Electric’s convenient locations and we will help you sort out your lighting needs. Steiner’s lighting experts can help determine the most appropriate lighting technology for a job, and help ensure that you receive the most bang for your lighting buck.
In an increasingly automated world, manufacturing control panels can be a production bottleneck, a time consuming and costly manual process. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Steiner can help you take the chore out of modifying your electrical enclosures, and let you get back to helping your customers and doing the contracting work that actually makes you money.
Whether you need modified one-off panels or require complex modifications to vital enclosures or subpanels, let Steiner automate the process with its Hoffman Certified Modification Center, aka the ModCenter293. Utilizing our available production capacity, broad range of capabilities, and experienced technicians, we can help you slash your production costs and lead times. Our engineered solutions can help you design and select the right electrical protection solution for your application.
Manufacturing control panels is traditionally a labor-intensive process with a lot of steps: drilling and tapping, milling and mark up. A typical enclosure might require marking each hole and cutout location, drilling pilot holes and expanding those holes with larger bits, and using a jig saw to do the final cut out. Then, of course, there is the post-processing work: the deburring, filing sharp edges, performing general clean-up work. Those are just a few of the potential manual processes that might be required. After all that, you might still find holes off centered or threads misaligned.
All-and-all, not a fast, precise or repeatable solution.
Considering that a 36-in. by 48-in. electrical enclosure could have 40 to 50 holes and cutouts and a back panel could have as many as 200 holes with taps, the ability to accurately and expeditiously customize enclosures is vital. Especially at a time when customers are demanding shorter build times, and accuracy and quality requirements are increasing.
Steiner can help contractors meet customer mandates. Dan Williams, manager of the Steiner Electric Custom Products Group says, “By automating labor-intensive modification tasks we can increase productivity, quality, and flexibility. We can produce holes and cutouts in minutes, not hours, and when we are done the holes are precise and clean and ready to populate.”
The ModCenter293 features software that integrates seamlessly with CAD DXF files and other file formats to push jobs forward.
The CNC unit handles enclosures up to 93.7 in. by 86 in. and back panels up to 93 in. by 94 in. It can process a variety of materials including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper and PVC, polycarbonate, amd glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).
It features smooth, low-vibration movement of the cutting head, which is precision ball-screw spindle driven. Minimizing vibration helps extend tool life, but more important to our customers is that it processes materials fast and accurately. For instance, it can process up to 78 in. per minute (2000mm/min) in mild steel.
An automated tool changer with a magazine that holds up to 21 tools to perform all necessary drilling, milling, tapping, circular milling – all the processing steps required for enclosure modifications.
Vertically oriented and operating in multi-axes, the unit grabs a tool and makes all the cuts that it can with that cutting tool, moving along a preprogrammed cutting path, before exchanging the cutter with another tool to continue the process. The CNC machine operates along these vertical lines, explains Williams. “It rides on this plane, modifying whatever is on the plane.”
A flexible machine, the ModCenter293 allows for fast changes if needed. “We are like an on-site job shop,” says Williams. “Our number one priority is to make sure our customers get the enclosure they need for the job, at a competitive price, and get it on time, every time.”
Vast Array of Options
As an authorized Hoffman Distributor, Steiner offers the largest inventory of Hoffman enclosures in Northern Illinois. And these enclosures can be modified to specific requirements. In fact, by combining standard enclosures with available modifications, thousands of unique enclosures are possible.
Standard options available include:
100+ standard paint finish options
Holes and cutout options
Studs, nuts, and tapped holes
Installation of standard accessories
Hoffman enclosures are UL-certified to comply with all relevant specifications including UL, CSA, NEMA, CE, and IEG classifications. Some models are UL explosion-, chemical- and corrosion-proof, and some are IP-rated to prevent dust and water ingress.
Our factory trained Hoffman Enclosure Specialist, Bret Bevers, can assist you with product and technical application information, training, research, design and special quotation for your enclosure needs.
“The range of enclosures are remarkable,” says Bevers. “We can make them from a variety of materials and in all different types of classifications. For instance, a contractor might need a NEMA 1 enclosure or a multitude of different enclosures with different ratings.”
Stainless steel can be appropriate for food and beverage projects, and special coatings can be applied to the stainless steel to prevent corrosion. A corrosive environment might require special coatings to protect the enclosure from dangerous and corrosive gases or harsh liquids.
“The options are great with the Hoffman line,” says Bevers. “Each one has its own character.”
So, come and get modified enclosures without the hassle of measuring, drilling, cutting or any of the other tedious operations that are required.
Cities around the world are switching to LED street lights as a way to save both energy and money. The LEDs have a significantly longer life expectancy than other types of lights, resulting in fewer replacements and lower costs associated with maintenance.
In the U.S., LED’s used in area/roadway lighting have achieved 28.3% market penetration nationally, with parking garage fixtures achieving a 32.5% market penetration.
Even Chicago is embarking on a Smart Lighting Project. The project’s goal is to replace 270,000 of the city’s light fixtures, which now use less efficient high-pressure sodium lamps, with new LEDs. In addition, the plan calls for the installation of a state-of-the-art lighting management system that enables remote monitoring and control of the City’s outdoor lighting system.
In the Chicagoland area, Steiner Electric is a leading distributor of outdoor LED lighting and controls. We have a vast inventory of lamps, controls, retrofit kits, and other lighting related items from leading suppliers including Philips, Eaton (Cooper), Lithonia, and RAB.
For instance, the Lithonia D-Series LED Parking Garage luminaire provides energy savings of 88% when replacing 175W metal halide luminaires. With an expected service life of over 100,000 hours (10+ years of 24/7 operation), up to five metal halide lamp changes are avoided over the life of the product. All of this adds up to quick paybacks and a very low total cost of ownership.
In addition to stocking products from the leaders in the lighting industry, Steiner also employs an experienced and dedicated cadre of experts who can help determine the best lighting plan for your applications, including those concepts spelled out in the DOE database.
An outdoor lighting snapshot
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Snapshot report on LED outdoor area lighting is based on the agency’s LED Lighting Facts database. The Website features areas of growth such as outdoor area/roadway luminaires (including street lighting and wall packs), parking garage luminaires, and canopy luminaires such as those used for gas station fuel pump areas. Retrofit kits and dedicated luminaires in these categories are not considered separately, as only in the area/roadway category did retrofit kits make up a notable percentage (8%) of the products listed in the category.
Among the key findings in the Snapshot are:
Outdoor area lighting remains a major component of the LED Lighting Facts database, and of the lighting market in general. Combined, the three types of outdoor area luminaires considered in the Snapshot make up about 26% of the database.
LED outdoor area-lighting products are available in a wide range of outputs and color characteristics, allowing the specifier to match the needs of the project.
At any given output level up to the equivalent of 1,000 W HPS (about 100,000 lumens delivered), LED products are available with substantially higher efficacy than that of their conventional counterparts.
There is a wide range in efficacy for LED outdoor area lighting products.
For a closer look at the findings, download the full report.
To help you better understand the available outdoor lighting options, contact your local Steiner lighting consultant by calling 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) or visit one of Steiner Electric’s convenient locations.
These hallowed words, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur reflected, is not only the motto of the West Point Military Academy, it is the heart and soul, the strength and the goodness, of those sons and daughters who serve in the United States military to protect our freedom and way of life.
On this special day, let us pause and salute all who serve in war and in peace. We pay homage to your efforts and wish you our best.
We especially honor the 30 current Steiner Electric employees who served in the cause of liberty. Steiner also salutes the mothers, fathers, and family members of those who have served this nation at posts around the world.
A circuit breaker such as the Siemens new 3VA molded case circuit breaker line is an essential piece of safety equipment that protects critical infrastructure from the harmful effects of short circuits and overloads.
MCCBs rank among the most important safety components in low voltage power distribution. An estimated 30 million MCCBs are installed each year around the globe.
The new UL-certified series of 3VA molded case circuit breakers from Siemens was designed for low-voltage power distribution in buildings, infrastructure, and industrial applications. But the line was not just designed to protect devices today, but to grow as applications demand and needs change.
Siemens 3va electrical circuit breaker line is built around a modular concept with a variety of models and accessories.
Steiner Electric has placed in inventory Siemens 3VA products that meets the needs of Chicago-area contractors, electricians, MROs, OEM personnel and more.
The 3VA Family
This wide-ranging list of devices include multiple circuit breaker types, auxiliary switches and alarms, a variety of trip options, and the lugs and wire connectors that keep it all together.
Steiner offers these breaker boxes based on two Siemens 3VA5 frame families.
The 125 A frame is a 3-pole breaker box with 25 kA @ 480 V interruption rating that come in models that trip at 15 A, 20 A, 50 A, 100 A, and 125 A.
The 250 A frame has a 35kA @480 V interruption rating, and trip circuits are rated at 150 A, 200 A, 225 A, and 250 A.
Both devices require minimum space because of their compact design. The footprint for the 3VA5 125 A frame model is 3 in. by 3.8 x 5.5 in. and the footprint for the 250 A frame is 4.13 in. x 4.21 x 7.28 in.
For safe operation, the 3VA5 Siemens circuit breakers are based on the concept of thermal magnetic trip units (TMTUs). These TMTUs are two separate tripping mechanisms – thermal and magnetic—that are built into the same device.
In a thermal-magnetic circuit breaker, the trip unit includes elements designed to sense the heat resulting from an overload condition and the high current resulting from a short circuit.
The thermal safety component works on thermal inverse-time, meaning the higher the current, the faster the breaker trips. The thermal element is a bimetallic strip, which means it has two different metals bonded together that have different thermal expansion characteristics. As that strip warms up, the thermal differences cause the metals to twist and bend and eventually contact a trip bar causing the contacts to spring open.
The second safety component is the magnetic trip. The circuit breaker has a trip unit that senses a magnetic field generated by current to detect a short circuit. This type of circuit breaker trips immediately when a short circuit occurs, but delays an appropriate amount of time before tripping in the event of an overload.
Array of Design Options
Steiner offers a wide range of Siemens’ internal accessories that can fit in any of the 3VA products. They can be adapted flexibly, quickly and easily to individual specifications. Color coded for simple installation process, they are designed to always be installed at the correct position in the circuit breaker.
Accessories include multiple operator options, including door mounted rotary operators that come either with illumination, which provides a clear indication of the switching position, and without an illuminating kit.
Also available is the Max Flex flange mount operating system that allows the user to locate the circuit breaker almost anywhere within an enclosure. It uses a flexible cable that connects to a breaker operator mechanism and a handle located on the enclosure’s flange.
Also available are auxiliary and alarm switches that can be integrated with all sizes of Siemens breakers. The switches snap for easy installation and to swap out as needs change.
Auxiliary switches can be used to operate indicator lights, relays or other accessories to provide the breaker’s status. Alarm switches indicate that the circuit breaker has tripped due to an overload, short circuit or ground fault. A shunt trip will trip a breaker remotely, and an under voltage trip release will activate when voltage shuts off or dips.
So, when looking to install new or replacement breakers, consider the 3VA5 products that offer myriad design possibilities.
The National Electronic Code requires that disconnect switches be in the line of sight of a user, motor and the equipment the motor drives. This allows the motor to be shut down for maximum safety. Now, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems has upgraded its 30amp disconnect switches to include LED lights that takes this line-of-sight visibility to the next level.
The company has introduced technology, dubbed inSIGHT™, that incorporates six LED phase-indicator lights. Three LEDS show the status of the line side and three lights represent the load side wiring. The electrical status of each phase is within sight and clearly displayed on the cover so that users are provided a secondary way to confirm make/break on all phases prior to removing the enclosure cover. For example, if there is a welded contact or dropped phase the operator can determine that a problem exists (see Fig. 1).
With an ever growing focus on safety improvements, Hubbell disconnects provide a difference you literally can see.
Hubbell phase-indicating disconnect switches are available in non-metallic, and stainless steel square top and sloped top versions. Replacement covers are available for upgrades to existing installations.
The 30A Circuit-Lock Disconnect Switches are available with or without a jog switch to slowly move the motor forward or in reverse. Customers have the option to either purchase the entire disconnect unit or an LED replacement cover for compatible existing 30A Disconnect Switches.
As with most NEC-certified disconnect switches, when locked in the “off” position, the high-visibility red rotary handle complies with OSHA lockout/tagout requirements. When in the “on” position, the cover cannot be opened.
Designed to be tough, reliable and provide exceptional performance in the most grueling conditions, the disconnect switch’s IP69k rating means that it can withstand high-pressure, high-temperature washdowns. The units have been tested to withstand extremely hot water (176degF) and high-pressure water spray (1450psi) from various angles. In other destructive testing, the device is placed in a dust chamber for 8 hours while a vacuum attempts to pull dust into the sealed housing.
The switch is also certified by the NSF for use in food processing applications, and is UL Listed for Type 4X, which means that it can be used for either indoor or outdoor applications. It is also listed for Type 12 enclosures, which are enclosures constructed without knockouts for indoor use to protect personnel against access to hazardous parts, and to provide ingress protection for the electrical contents.
* Six highly visible integral phase identification LEDs
* External LEDs provide secondary means of visual confirmation of make/break on all phases
* Cover cannot be removed with switch in the “ON” position
* Certified by NSF for hygiene in Food Processing applications
* Highly visible red handle which meets OSHA LO/TO capabilities
* Available in 30 Amp non-metallic and stainless steel versions, with or without JOG switch
* UL witnessed IP69k and UL Type 4X and 12 Environmental ratings
For longitudinal and face turning, Sandvik Coromant now offers CoroTurn 300 metal cutting tools that are designed for high-volume, OD steel-turning operations.
The Sandvik CoroTurn 300 metal cutter features stable insert clamping. Its eight-edged inserts, with 80 degree cutting edges, provide high-chip control, and improved surface finish. The inserts ensure good heat transformation for predictable performance and wear. More edges also mean fewer inserts required, which in turn means better inventory control, and less carbide per edge means less waste and material to recycle.
Keep it Steady
Stable insert clamping for the CoroTurn 300 is accomplished through the company’s patented iLock interface. All machining generates forces on the metal cutting tools and these forces can cause micro-movements of the insert in its seat. Even the smallest movements can negatively affect tool performance and result.
To counter this, the iLock system securely locks the insert in place and provides tool accuracy to within ±0.05 mm (0.002 in.), giving the operator indexing repeatability for a better surface finish and increased tool life.
Tools with iLock design have rails or serrations on the tool holder and corresponding slots on the insert for tight locking. This prevents the cutting forces from affecting the tool position.
Keep it Cool
Another way the CoroTurn 300 offers enhanced chip breaking capabilities is through high-precision (HP) over and under coolant. Coolant from above controls the chip breaking for secure machining while under coolant controls the temperature for long and predictable tool life. Other features of the tool are the Coromant Capto interface in a variety of sizes and the Quick Start (QS) shanks, which enable quick tool changes and easy coolant connections for maximized production time.
John Winter, turning product specialist for Sandvik Coromant, said, “The CoroTurn 300 integrates the latest advances in iLock, Inveio [coating] and high-precision coolant technology to take steel turning into the next century using an insert with eight, 80 degree cutting edges. This is the perfect tool for high volume outer diameter (OD) steel turning applications where tool life and process security is a must.”
Sandvik Coromant recommends only under-coolant when the feed rate exceeds 0.2 mm/revolution and the depth of cut (DOC) is larger than the nose radius of the insert. Under these conditions, over-coolant might cause minor edge wear and increase crater wear in steel, and make it difficult to evaluate this wear. Conversely, if the DOC is either smaller than the nose radius or the feed rate is slower than 0.2 mm/revolution, using both over- and under-coolant is recommended, according to the Website.
For example, in one automotive application (an outer CV joint) a Sandvik Coromant CoroTurn 300 insert with -L4 geometry was used to turn low-alloy steel (P2.1.Z.AN) with 3 bar (43.5 psi; 300kPa) of coolant pressure at a feed rate of 0.35 mm/revolution and a 2.5-mm DOC.
The CoroTurn (CT) insert delivered a 158% improvement in tool life versus an insert with -PF geometry, while the same CT300 insert delivered a 200% tool life improvement using only under-coolant.
Keep it Coated
The eight-edged inserts for the CoroTurn 300 are available in grades GC4325 and GC4315 featuring Inveio coating, a unidirectional crystal orientation for high wear resistance and long tool life. The unique insert design has excellent chip breaking capabilities and less carbide per edge, which reduces the impact on our environment with less material to waste or recycle. Plus, more edges allow for better inventory control.
The coating is applied through a chemical vapor deposit process (CVD) that through a chemical process turns a solid firm into a gaseous deposit onto the substrate.
Typically, when using this process, the coatings’ crystal growth direction is random. When developing Inveio™, Sandvik found a way to control the growth in this coating layer. Researchers were able to ensure that all of the crystals lined up in the same direction, with the strongest part towards the top surface.
The tightly-packed uni-directional crystals create a strong barrier towards the cutting zone and chip and greatly improves crater wear and flank-wear resistance. Heat is more rapidly lead away from the cutting zone, helping the cutting edge stay in shape for longer times in cut.
For more information on the CoroTurn 300, contact your Steiner Metalworking application engineer at (800) 323-TOOL.
Electricians in San Rafael, CA, earn the highest pay per hour in the country, but Illinois electricians don’t do to bad either, according to a report in Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine.
For electricians working in the San Rafael area, the hourly mean wage is $48.32 and the annual mean wage is $100,500.
This is substantial greater than the national average. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics and reported by EC&M, the national average salary estimate for an electrician is $53,560 and hourly wage is $25.75.
Earnings by electricians in the Steiner Electric reach are near the top of the list as well. The Chicago market, for instance, ranked #4 nationally with an hourly mean wage of $38.29 and an annual mean wage of $79,650. The Rockford area ranked #8 in the top 10 list with an hourly mean wage of $37.06 and an annual mean wage of $77,090.
Top 10 Cities for Electrician’s Pay
10. Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Area
Hourly mean wage: $36.86
Annual mean wage: $76,670
9. Anchorage, AK
Hourly mean wage: $36.99
Annual mean wage: $76,930
8. Rockford, IL
Hourly mean wage: $37.06
Annual mean wage: $77,090
7. Kennewick-Richland, WA
Hourly mean wage: $37.68
Annual mean wage: $78,380
6. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Area
Hourly mean wage: $37.92
Annual mean wage: $78,880
5. Fairbanks, AK
Hourly mean wage: $38.25
Annual mean wage: $79,550
4. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Area
Hourly mean wage: $38.29
Annual mean wage: $79,650
3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Hourly mean wage: $38.46
Annual mean wage: $79,990
2. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Area
Hourly mean wage: $47.04
Annual mean wage: $97,910
1. San Rafael, CA, Metropolitan Area
Hourly mean wage: $48.32
Annual mean wage: $100,500
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.
Intelligent lighting systems are being widely touted as the future of the lighting industry. With the proliferation of lighting fixtures such as LEDs and others in the market, the smart lighting industry is set to dominate a plethora of applications ranging from commercial to outdoor applications, according to a new industry report.
According to the report, Smart Lighting Market Research Report – Forecast to 2021 from Market Research Future, the global market for Smart Lighting is expected to reach up to $59.973 billion by the end of 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~19-21%.
The major factors contributing to the growth of the Smart Lighting market are driven by continuously declining average selling price of LED lamps and the influx of smart apps, the internet of things and remote access and lighting controls.
In terms of components, sensors such as proximity sensors had the largest share in the global Smart Lighting market, and it is expected to grow at the highest CAGR among all the projects considered in the study.