New Thoughts = New Potential Solution

As time goes on and my son gets older I realize the importance of effective communication and the value of effective leadership.  I can see the fruits of my labor in his behaviors when difficulties arise, or I can see areas of improvement that need some attention on my part to steer things in the direction I hope for.

Some of my most productive thoughts on this matter come in the morning.  I’ve always been a morning person and find that a fresh mindset can be the difference between finding a solution and hitting a road block.

If you’d like a fresh team of eyes on your project, call the application engineering department at EXAIR.  We’re always fresh.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
leeevans@exair.com
@exair_le

The Worst…Except For All The Others

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”–Winston Churchill

With all the current talk about the debt ceiling negotiations, it might be comforting to remember this famous British politician’s words. While a bit cynical, and certainly politically aimed, it’s also a potent reminder that most everything needs to be evaluated in terms of pros and cons, benefits and costs…the “give and take” that is readily apparent in government dealings, household decisions, even (maybe especially?) plant operations.

It’s my pleasure, as an Application Engineer, to be responsible for touting the payoffs associated with the use of EXAIR’s line of Intelligent Compressed Air® Products. The corollary to that responsibility, though, lies in ensuring you know the costs associated with our products’ use.

Do you know how much your compressed air costs? Neal Raker wrote a great blog on it earlier this week. We’re right in the middle of a hot summer season, and true to form, we’re getting calls from all over about EXAIR’s Cabinet Cooler Systems. Some callers are concerned (and rightly so) about the amount of compressed air required to operate a Cabinet Cooler System. We’d be remiss if we failed to make this cost known  but prudence also dictates a close look at the big picture:

We have similar comparisons on our website, detailing the cost savings associated with use of EXAIR engineered products such as Super Air Knives and Super Air Nozzles. We’ve got calculators for your convenience, to help you determine potential savings. We’ve got a comprehensive Applications Knowledge Base available for you to search as well. And, as always, EXAIR’s Applications Engineers are ready to help you find the solution to your application – just please don’t call it the worst one, except for all the others!

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: www.exair.com
Blog: https://blog.exair.com/
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Video Blog: How to Use EXAIR’s Static Meter

Static electricity can be quite annoying… take it from me Mr Static. When I move about the office you can hear the distinct sound of an electrical discharge. I’ve managed to blow out the digital readout of 3 phones and fried my clock radio. So I guess it would be fitting that I demonstrate the use of a static meter.

Here is an informal video that I put together.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer

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Another Motorcycle Post…This One Has a Twist.

So next week I will be traveling through the Smokey Mountains with my family and ALL of my in-laws.   That may or may not be why I have not only my SV 650 on the trailer but also my brother’s CBR 929 already loaded on the trailer.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my in-laws just as much as the next person, but everyone needs their away time.   It just so happens that not far from Gatlinburg, TN there is a world renowned road for anyone who likes some twisties.  The road is a U.S. route and is traveled by many.  It’s nicknamed The Dragon’s Tail, or more commonly Deal’s Gap.

The picture is correct…  318 curves within an 11 mile stretch of U.S. Route 129.  Most of these turns are blind and cutbacks.  Twisty enthusiasts of all kinds flock here and they all stop at the Deal’s Gap Resort.  It’s a shop that has a diner, motel, repairs, even a Tree of Shame.

The tree of shame is where you hang a part of your vehicle if you crash on your trip through the gap.  Needless to say this road has seen more than it’s fair share of wrecks.  I myself have been up and down Deal’s Gap once before and can’t wait to go back with my own bike this time.  While my brother will be riding along side of me I will still keep in my mind that my good friend, Rob Kubicki, won’t be there in flesh, but I’m sure he’ll be there pushing me to take the experience to the next level.

Along with the resort there are a group of people who have made a career out of photographing the scenery and all the visitors on their way through.   Killboy.com is by far one of the best photographers there and they get some amazing shots.

Of course there is always a certain level of shenanigans that goes on with a place like this too.  Such as the group of people who raced pocket bikes down the gap.

I almost wonder if Professor Penurious has ever thought about taking the Rad-E-O-Cycle down and running the Dragon’s Tail.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com

Let’s Go, Voltron Force!

Did you know that in the course of a conversation your brain is constantly making assumptions – hundreds of them?  Each word, gesture, inflection, and tone of voice is interpreted, but not always as intended.  Our general interpretation of the meaning behind the words is a compilation of what our experiences with those words have been.  Considering this there are two big ideas that stand out to me.  One – our brains are incredible processors, and, two – things aren’t always what they seem.

I make it a point to keep this in mind when meeting new people.  I especially tune in to this ideology when I come across someone distraught or overwhelmed.  And I always keep this in mind when discussing a project application with our customers.  Industry  specific words and phrases can mean different things depending where you are in the business.

We’re very dialed-in to this in the engineering department at EXAIR.  With a variety of backgrounds and educational disciplines we’re like the Voltron of compressed air.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
leeevans@exair.com
@exair_le

The Patrol Method, Revisited

My eldest embarked on a six-day tour at Boy Scout Summer Camp this week. He’s eleven, and this is the longest he’s been away from home to date. OK; he’s only about 10 minutes from our house at a real nice BSA facility known as Camp Friedlander. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Scout Leaders from around the country, and hear time and again that Friedlander is a premier destination for Scouts from all over, and then some. If you’re a Scout Leader/Parent from another part of the country (or the world), I’d love to compare notes about local Scouting facilities – especially if you’re anywhere near Cimarron, NM!  But…does your Camp have a Blob?

I’m a big fan of the Scouting Program. I like the sense of independence and responsibility that it’s reinforcing in my son. He’s never asked me for help in preparing for a campout, and Summer Camp was no exception. I secretly went through his stuff Sunday morning, right before he left, and found that it was all there, mostly organized. “Mostly” being the key word…he gets that from me…

Even if something was forgotten, though, it’s not a fatal error. I’ve written before about The Patrol Method, and how these young men are learning to hold each other accountable as a rule, and help each other out in a pinch. As a last resort, and I DO mean last resort, either I or (gasp) his mother, could easily run a necessity out there. Heck, I could even do it on my lunch break, since I’m closer to Camp Friedlander at work than I am at home. Hopefully, it won’t come to that. But it’s nice to know that help is so close.

You might have experienced similar anxieties about a project at work. If so, you obviously appreciate the value of something being in stock, instead of “1-2 weeks ARO.” If the scope of your project includes spot cooling, drying, blowoff, mass heat removal, material conveyance, cleaningvacuum generation, cabinet cooling, or conservation of your compressed air, you’re in luck…anything in EXAIR’s comprehensive 164-page catalog is in stock, and available for immediate shipment. And we’re just a phone call away.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
(513)671-3322 local
(800)923-9247 toll free
(513)671-3363 fax
Web: http://www.exair.com
Blog: https://blog.exair.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/exair_rb
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Can the Chip Vac Handle My Application?

I received the above question from a customer the other day. He was wanting to clean up the mess produced on a large, machining center at the end of a shift. There is quite a bit of material that still needs to be picked up, so he was naturally concerned about the abilities of the Chip Vac. Here’s a couple of photos of the chip size and the application area to be cleaned.

Notice, the chips are reasonably well broken up. They do not tend to ‘clump’ together which makes for easy passage through the 1-1/2″ hose of the Chip Vac. Since the Chip Vac has no electric motor or impellers that can wear out, this material flows freely into a steel, open top drum through the special lid designed for the product.

The work area in this case is rather large with the chips spread out over a wide space. Being able to move the Chip Vac around on a drum dolly works quite well to facilitate cleaning of the whole area easily.

With the above mentioned features in mind, my answer to the customer was a 100% confident, yes the Chip Vac can handle your application to clean up the machining center. No problem!

A follow up question then came and the customer asked about the Chip Vac’s ability to handle liquids. The Chip Vac can vacuum up wet chips and smaller volumes of liquid (say up to 5 gallons) without difficulty. If your project does involve vacuuming up a large volume of liquid that does contain chips, perhaps another of our products called the Chip Trapper would be a better choice for your application.

Neal Raker
Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

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