Professor Penurious: A Day In The Life Of The Co-Op

Our brave co-ops, from the University of Cincinnati, weather all of the usual tasks and exercises that we throw at them – then we throw them to the Professor. We recently had some complaints from our current co-op which led us to capture this hidden camera footage*.

  • No co-ops were harmed in the making of this video – it’s a joke people! This is not hidden camera footage, it’s just that amateur. 

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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Video Blog: Using an Adjustable E-Vac

If you are not sure about which vacuum generator you need or if your application demands lifting a variety of materials, the Adjustable E-Vac is the right choice.  This video illustrates how to adjust our Adjustable Vacuum Generators and the flexibility it can contribute within your application.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer

Actually Being Happy During the Holidays…..and Beyond

I thought I would depart from my usual application citation as I have just read a great article by author Jeff Haden, who writes for Inc. Magazine. I follow Jeff’s writing on LinkedIn. Instead of just Tweeting about his article, I was inspired to write about the content a bit and also offer his article up for your enjoyment as well.

The name of the article is, “10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy”.

I’ll give a quick run-down of the list here. Jeff goes into great detail on each point and provides a ton of links to further his case for each point.

  1. Exercise
  2. Get good and more sleep
  3. Spend more time with friends and family
  4. Get outside, preferably in a rural setting
  5. Help others
  6. Smile
  7. Plan a trip
  8. Meditate
  9. Move closer to work
  10. Practice Gratitude

He also offers an 11th point, getting older; which I’m sure we will all have to do sooner or later so not much choice on that one.

Strangely, eating more vegetables was not on the list. Sorry mom, you must have been wrong.

What struck me about his list was that there are at least 4 or 5 of these things that I keep meaning to do, but never seem to take the time to explore myself. They are all great ideas that, when practiced, not only have the result of making you a happier person, but also bring you back to your “center” and give you a sense that you have many important, intangible things in this world that money cannot buy.

It is a given that this time of year is full of top ten lists, mostly about pop culture garbage. It is ideas as expressed in Jeff’s article that convey the real and heartfelt things that really matter in this life. Practice being grateful for the things you have instead of wanting the things you don’t have. And SMILE!  My wife reminds me of this all the time. You can’t help but have a better feeling if you truly put some effort into it.

It is easy to dismiss such things as psycho-babel and not invest in yourself in such ways. But since these methods were scientifically proven, surely they must be given some rational credit. If you need an excuse, just say you read it on the internet so it must be true!

In all seriousness, I wish all our readers a Happy Holiday Season and hope that all of you can find true happiness in your life.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer

The Many Faces of Santa Clause

I am fascinated by the various Christmas traditions and faces of Santa Clause throughout the world.   My favorite Santa version  is known as Ded Moroz from Siberia. He looks a bit intimidating but that may be an incentive as to whether or not you choose to be good or bad.

In Yugoslavia, they kind of roll  what we celebrate as Halloween, Mother’s Day and Christmas gift giving all in one. On the second Sunday before Christmas, the children creep in and tie their mother’s feet to a chair and shout, “Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, what will you pay to get away?” She then gives them presents. Children play the same trick on their father the week after.

The children celebrating Christmas in China decorate trees with colorful ornaments. These ornaments are made from paper in the shapes of flowers, chains and lanterns. They also hang muslin stockings hoping that “Christmas Old Man” will fill them with gifts and treats. Santa Claus is called Dun Che Lao Ren which means “Christmas Old Man.”.

In China they call this season the Spring Festival and celebrate with many festivities that include delicious meals and pay respects to their ancestors. The children are the main focus of these celebrations, they receive new clothes and toys, eat delectable food and watch firework displays.

Catered lunch of Christmas past.

The one thing that is common among all traditions is…Food.  And I’m here to tell you there is tons of food around the office during the holiday season and the company caters in a lunch.

In the past, after all the binging is over, we have had diet competitions. I’ve never been successful with that and just carry the extra weight for the remainder of the year. Yep, each year I add another pound. I’ve been with EXAIR for 20 years and have put on 20 pounds.



During this holiday season, more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. Thank you and may peace, prosperity, & happiness be yours throughout the holidays and new year.



Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363

Some Things You’re Stuck With, Others You Are Not

This past Saturday, my wife and I awoke to several missed calls from her mother.  The first reaction was, oh no, something has happened with someone and it is bad.   The good news is everyone in her family is just fine.   The bad news is,  the car my brother in law borrowed from us would not be getting returned in the same condition it left in.    While he was driving on the interstate he encountered some ice which caused him to lose control and meet a concrete divider head on, then spin and touch the back end too.  The good news again is, he is safe, the airbags did their job and kept him safe.  He was able to still make it to his destination which was a test for a new job.  The funniest part of the ordeal is the whole reason he had our car in the first place.  He had borrowed our Matrix while his truck was in the body shop getting repaired from a fight with a knee high wall and a shallow right turn.   Needless to say his truck was scratched and dented up pretty badly.  Now the same shop has two cars from the same family.  I don’t know if they could stay in business without my wife’s family being customers.  A picture of the aftermath on our Matrix is below.


The reason for telling this story is to explain how the situation was handled.  When we first heard the news my immediate reaction was solely based on my frontal lobe thinking.  It was all emotion, I couldn’t believe something like this could happen and was furious for about 15 seconds.  Then I made sure to logically process everything about the situation.  When it all boils down to it, a car can be replaced, my brother in law is far more important than anything else that happened.  We really were just glad that he wasn’t hurt in the accident.

I joke with my in-laws that I would like to exchange them for some that work better.  The truth is, family is family, you are stuck with them whether you want them or not.   If you have an EXAIR product though, you aren’t stuck with it.  I know I have said it time and time again.  If for any reason you determine that one of our products you have bought factory direct from us doesn’t fit your needs, wants, or likes.  Simply give us a call.  We will honor our 30 day guarantee on stock products.  We don’t want you to feel like you do when you have to go to the in laws house for the holidays and the only thing you can do is try to find a nice dark quiet place to hide until it is time to leave.


Just to make sure my message is clear,  don’t ever feel like you are stuck with an EXAIR product that you ordered from us, from our shipped same day stock.  We want to make sure you never feel like you are left stranded on the side of the highway or worse, at the in-laws for a 7 hour dinner (I’m joking! …I could only stand it for about 6 hours).

Brian Farno
Application Engineer