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.
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.
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
There are certain times in life when a young person needs a helping hand, a nod, a show of faith from someone outside their immediate family. One of the more challenging times is the transition from the safety net of high school to the world of college.
For a group of young students, including children of Steiner Electric employees, this affirmation came in the way of scholarships from the Steiner Kerman Education Foundation.
For example, Amanda Chapman, daughter of Steiner Electric Will Call sales representative Paul Chapman and graduate of Glenbard East High School, responded to the news of her scholarship with a thank you note.
“Thank you for sponsoring this generous scholarship,” she wrote. “This scholarship will immensely help my financial obligations and help further my higher education … thank you so much for believing in my future at the college of DuPage by awarding me the Steiner Kerman Foundation Scholarship.”
Chapman was one of three winners of scholarships earmarked for children of employees. The other winners included Nicole Cermak, daughter of John Cermak, who works inside sales at the company’s St Charles facility. Nicole graduated from Hampshire High School in May and will be attending Illinois State University in the fall. “I will be studying Business in Accounting as I hope to get my masters in professional accountancy,” she said.
The third winner is Catherine Genevieve Goebel, daughter of Chris Goebel, applications engineer in the Power Systems Division. Goebel is a graduate of Metea High School where she had a 4.0 GPA. She will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she will play piccolo in the Marching Illini Band.
The Foundation also has programs geared for students who are not children of employees.
This year, for instance, April Dzik from Hobart (Ind.) High School won a scholarship. The athlete and volunteer at her church and with local community groups will enter Indiana University Northwest (Gary) as a second semester first-year student having taking dual credit classes. She will be studying psychology and elementary education.
Another winner was Marc Clay, a 2017 graduate from Elk Grove High School. Marc will be attending Harper College where he will be studying in the nursing degree program. Nursing became a passion for Marc a couple years ago when an injury put him in the hospital and in contact with medical health professionals. That was a turning point, as he turned away from business, which had been an interest, and toward health care. He has already become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), and is working in the health field while going to to school.
These students have more in common than similar ages and graduation dates. From their applications, it is evident that they embody the respect and initiative that represent the values on which the Foundation was created,says Carol Kerman, president of The
Steiner Kerman Education Foundation.
The Foundation was established in 2007 by Harold Kerman, who was at the time the company’s CEO, and over the last decade it has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarship monies. This includes scholarships awarded to Steiner employee children ($290,000), and scholarships presented to high schools and colleges in the municipalities near Steiner Electric locations as well as the Chicago Electric Association Education Foundation ($160,350). The Fund, which was established from Kerman’s personal holdings and is not funded by company profits, was started “as a way to give back and in appreciation for opportunities given to him,” Carol Kerman says.
In his younger days, Harold Kerman got a hand up from his aunt. She gave the 1937 graduate of Von Steuben High School, a public high school on Chicago’s North Side, money to attend Wright Junior College. This helping hand led to night school at Northwestern University where he graduated in 1941. After graduation, he served in the armed forces during WWII and upon his return he passed the CPA exam in 1946.
“The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation bases scholarships on an individual’s need and goals,” explained Carol Kerman. “Careful consideration is given to the prospects ability to view the world, ‘As if your glass is half full.’
“High School students are in a delicate phase of life,” she added. “The Steiner Kerman Education foundation focuses on fostering positive impact that continues the student’s path to fulfillment.”
For more information on the scholarship program, click here.
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.”
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 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 materials 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.
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.
Tools looking a little battered, a little rusty, perhaps gone missing from your tool box? Just like handling and owning some of the newest tools on the market from some of the industry’s leading brands? If so, come out to the Hobart (Ind.) Branch of Steiner Electric for its 8th Annual Super Tool Tent Sale and achieve fantastic savings on a variety of tools.
This once-a-year, big-white-tent sale runs from 3:30pm to 6:30pm on Aug. 3 and includes free food. Find great deals on hand and power tools spread throughout 1350 sq. ft. of tent space from vendors, including:
In addition to great products, enjoy great food cooked on-site by district branch manager, and grill cook, Brent Stack who will be serving up burgers and hot dogs for our customers. Thirst quenching soft drinks and water will also be available.
Steiner Electric might be 100+ years old, but it is still growing and isn’t too old to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of its newest facility–the Hubbard Street Branch in Chicago–with a week-long event featuring food, giveaways, and some of the newest products available from Steiner and its leading vendors.
Come out to the July 24 to July 28 event and see products from vendors including Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, Fluke, Burndy, RAB Lighting, Lutron, 3M, and Lake Michigan Sales. Each day, vendors will sponsor free food ranging from tacos to ice cream sundaes and culminating in a cookout with food grilled by Chef, and Steiner Electric district branch manager, Brent Stack.
Other days will feature giveaways and raffle prizes, product demonstrations, and rolling showrooms known as the RAB Van and the Burndy Van. Also, each day, you can enter a Steiner Electric raffle to win tickets to a White Sox baseball game. The drawing for the tickets will be held on Friday, July 28. Winners need not be present.
During the celebration, the Will Call Counter will remain open. Any order of more than $100 that is placed at the Hubbard Street Will Call counter will earn a $5 certificate that can be used at nearby Tortorice’s Pizza,1746 W. Grand Ave., or at any of its other locations.
Please note that while the Branch, located at 2225 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, will open for regular hours at 6am to 5pm on those days, vendors plan to set up their displays later in the morning. For instance, on Monday, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, who is sponsoring a free breakfast, is scheduled to set up at 7am. While on Tuesday through Thursday, vendors are scheduled to set up displays around 11am. And, on Friday, Brent Stack will don his apron and grab his spatula and begin grilling about 11:30am.
Steiner Electric opened the 26,000-sq.-ft. location in March 2016 to showcase its wide-ranging product line. The facility features a Will Call counter that was designed for the professional electrician, facility, engineer and maintenance person, and an innovative Lighting and Control Technical Center, highlighting commercial and industrial products from leading lighting manufacturers.
Milwaukee Tool is voluntarily expanding the warnings and instructions of its M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack (model no. 48-11-1890). The expanded product warnings, made in consultation with the Consumer Product Safety commission, addresses situations that could lead to a battery pack failure or other safety hazards. This safety notice does not require users to return their M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery packs.
Should highly conductive or corrosive fluids get inside the M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack in sufficient quantities, it can cause battery pack failure.
Failure can include, a short-circuit that, in an extreme situation, can result in smoking or fire, even when not in use. Examples of highly conductive or corrosive fluids include seawater, certain industrial chemicals and bleach or bleach-containing products.
Milwaukee Tool is urging its customers to download, read and understand the expanded warnings and instructions in their entirety at milwaukeetool.com/safetynotices, where they will also find frequently asked questions and answers.
Any customers who believe highly conductive or corrosive fluids have entered their M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack should immediately contact Milwaukee Tool at 844.577.5515 (7am to 10pm Eastern Time Sunday through Saturday).