Through the practice of “lean manufacturing” techniques, today’s manufacturers are realizing increased value in their businesses due to reduced material and labor costs. Lean manufacturing techniques are geared toward increasing operational efficiencies, primarily through the reduction of waste, and are generally most effective when implemented before a plant has ever broken ground. Continue reading “Factory Efficiency and Innovation”
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.
Look around you, maybe it’s on your desk, in your pocket, you’re holding it, or it fell between the couch cushions and you’re scrambling to find it because you haven’t checked Facebook in the last 20 minutes.
Did you know that you can harvest daylight through your windows at work?
We all know how much the sunlight can affect employee moods as well as sales of products, but it’s affect on the office space works in better ways…for your pocketbook. Plus, using daylight as the primary source for illuminating a space is more sustainable in the long run. Continue reading “Harvesting Daylight for Your Business”
It already warms our days, helps our plants to grow, and gives our skin a rich tone, so what else would you ask from the sun? How about to help out with the electricity bill! Solar power has been well known for decades but is recently gaining steam in the housing sector thanks to many energy friendly financial incentives. There is about 7 billion years of energy left in the sun, why not tap in to it?
“Sure, The Sun Is Free But The Technology Isn’t”
It is no secret that obtaining solar power for your home used to come with an astronomical price. Just like the flat screen TV, MP3 Player, and your cell phone, solar technology has become more advanced and more abundant, thus driving the initial cost down. With the popularity of “green” electricity growing, the federal government offers a “Federal Solar Tax Credit” where you can be eligible to receive 30% off the total cost of your solar power system.
A Well Lit Road to Savings
How long will it take to see a return on your newly established solar power? Obviously this depends on the size of the system you choose to install. However, the average installed system cuts down user’s electricity bill by 50% and sometimes eliminates it entirely. Say you bought an $18,000 system, take out the Federal Solar Tax Credit and you’re system now cost you $12,600. If your current energy bill is $150/month, if the system cuts your bill in half to $75/month, you would save $900 a year. At that rate, it would only take 14 years to pay for itself and if you plan to live in that home for longer than that, you’re saving money. These panels have a 25 year performance warranty and most systems can last for more than 30 years! Remember, electricity rates are nearly guaranteed to keep increasing and as those increase, so do your savings, essentially helping the system to pay for itself even sooner. Even if you do not plan to live at that home for more than 14 years, the system has already added value to your home upon selling it.
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.
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.
Our sleep cycle is affected by melatonin and light. When the sun goes down, the pineal gland secretes melatonin and that helps us sleep. Melatonin has also been shown to help with immune system issues, age related disorders and even the shrinking of tumors. New research has shown though, that when we have artificial lights on, even in dim settings, we are affecting melatonin levels and that is causing issues with the breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen. Continue reading “Lighting and Breast Cancer Drugs”
After a 2 year reprieve from the US Department of Energy, it’s time to replace your 700-series T8 general service fluorescent lamps and Philips is going to help you do that immediately. The phase-out period began a few weeks ago, July 14th, 2014. It involves more than just the 8-foot high-output 700 series T-8s; the 4-foot medium bi-pin, 2-foot U-shaped, 8-foot Slimline are also included.
In response to the required change for new energy efficiency and lumens per watt requirements, Philips has changed its 700 Series T8 Lamps and added ALTO II Technology, which offers the lowest mercury content in the lighting industry while providing 8-10% additional lumens per the DOE requirement. The ALTO II technology is TCLP compliant and only has 1.7 mg of mercury. This will reduce the impact on the environment but is not going to change the performance of the GSFL. This is 50% less mercury that the original T8 lamps.
There will be an additional cost to the new 700 Series T8s because there is a higher cost in the manufacturing process. The price increase is 15-25%. Philips will be adding the cost to existing orders – as more and more companies will be making the required switch.
To start off July, Detroit announced it had installed its 10,000th LED street light and was on track to add 55,000 more. Lighting Motor City is no easy task but Detroit’s Mayor says this project has helped some neighborhoods be illuminated for the first time in years leading to safer streets at night. On a larger scale, news like this for the lighting industry is even bigger.