EXAIR & Tough Mudder Ohio 2015

Several months ago, maybe even last year, a group of EXAIR employees started joking and talking about trying to get a team together to do the Tough Mudder in 2015.  After several months of joking, things got serious and 4 of us signed up to do the event at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.   You may have seen a few of my blogs that involve Mid Ohio but they normally also involve a motorcycle.    The event was held on Saturday, May 9th, and was my first official “race” at Mid Ohio.   Prior to a few months ago, if you asked if I would ever “run” (I use the term run very loosely here.) a 10 mile race, I would have laughed in your face and said no way.   Let alone a 10 mile race with a whole slew of obstacles. Never underestimate the power of co-worker’s friendly chastising aimed at one’s toughness…

This was after the first wall during the pre race pump up speech / comedy show.
This was after the first wall during the pre race pump up speech / comedy show.

For the team, an Application Engineer (me), our CFO, and two from Shipping & Receiving.  As soon as we hit the first obstacle, which was a 6′ wall you had to clear in order to get to the starting line, our EXAIR mind-set kicked in.   There was no discussions on who would go first, who is going to take what position, or who is going to be the weak link.   It was simply teamwork.   We each helped where we knew our strengths were, anytime we needed a solid ballast, or good step off point, I was the man.   If we needed upper body strength, it was obvious that the handling of heavy freight found in shipping and receiving provided the necessary muscle – most definitely not me.

Needless to say, we made it through the entire course in less than three and a half hours which was absolutely shocking.   Not as shocking as the last obstacle, where we got shocked with 10kV before the finish line (see below).

Electroshock Therapy 2.0 - 10kV wires that will make any man scream.
Electroshock Therapy 2.0 – 10kV wires that will make anyone scream.

The fact of the matter is, we went there as a team, we conquered each obstacle and didn’t only worry about ourselves, but helped many others clear the same obstacles, and each one of us faced and conquered a personal fear.   For me, it was being able to complete a 10 mile run, and a slight fear of heights.  (You can see here that we had to jump out and grab onto a pendulum then swing and hit a bell, after which you would fall 12-15 feet into a pool of 15′ deep water. )

Didn't even come close to that bell, but I did remember to let go of the swing at least.
Didn’t even come close to that bell, but I did remember to let go of the swing at least.

The fact that people from three different departments in EXAIR worked so well together on something only one person on the team had ever done before speaks volumes to the environment and the way we conduct our day-to-day business here.

From the front offices, to the shipping dock, EXAIR is here to help you tackle any obstacle and face any fear you might have (involving your compressed air system that is).

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
TOUGH MUDDER FINISHER
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

 

The First Night In A Tent Was A Success

Well, the first night in a tent, camping in the backyard for my oldest daughter went well.   However, instead of it just being her and myself, we ended up with some company.   My two nieces, and nephew all came down and decided to partake.   The bad news? – We needed a bigger tent.  Fortunately for us, sourcing a larger tent was not an obstacle we could not overcome. Once we were done making S’mores and everyone was ready for bed, my oldest of course thought it was time to play in the tent.   When I finally got her to lay down that was it, she was out, sound asleep.    It was rather nice listening to the sounds of a small township at night, lol.   Everyone made it through the night, the only problem was my daughter was like a rooster on a farm in the morning.  Once the sun even peeked into the sky she was wanting to get up.   Luckily I convinced her that 5:30 was not morning and that we should go back to sleep.   Once the clock hit a little after 8 I finally let her wake up the others and go running into the house to tell my wife of her accomplishment.  Since the camp out was a success, and we are now into the next weekend, I am thinking of tackling yet another project and another milestone with my daughter…. fishing.

Speaking of milestones and projects, as Russ mentioned earlier this week, it’s getting hot.  Make sure that the heat this summer doesn’t creep up on you like that giant spider did to me.  Granted it wasn’t a spider and it was only a lightning bug.  When it lands on your neck while you are laying down in my book that means it is a black widow and you are about to die, so scream like a girl.

Super Air Amplifier

EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems are a great way to help beat the heat in your electrical enclosures, but sometimes you have a drive that may be mounted on the outside of the enclosure, or the heat sinks are mounted outside of the enclosure.  This is the perfect location to utilize an EXAIR Super Air Amplifier.    This is due to the fact that a heat sink is designed to have as much air moved over the surface of the fins as possible.   The air doesn’t need to be cold but it needs to have a large volume to help dissipate the heat.  The Super Air Amplifier is going to utilize a small amount of compressed air and then entrain a large volume of ambient air to blow over the surface of the heat sinks in order to keep that external drive cool.

If the heat is beating down your machines, give an Application Engineer a call and we’ll help you fight back.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Father’s Day Weekend 2013

Well, we have finally reached it; the weekend every dad has been looking forward to,  Father’s Day Weekend.  I myself have only been able to celebrate as a father for the past three years.  However, this is the first year that I will get to celebrate with both of my daughters.  Instead of waiting until Sunday to celebrate, I am going to start tonight.  The best way I know how,  is camping……  in the backyard.   That’s right, my oldest daughter has been wanting to go camping since the weather turned warm. She’s never been camping, so tonight we will rough it, in the backyard.

Camping under the stars

By roughing it, I do mean we will be having a fire in the fire pit, roasting S’mores,  and setting the futon mattress in the tent so I don’t have to sleep on the ground.  I’ve even picked up a vintage white gas lantern to try and get working for tonight too.  It’s a lantern that I purchased used and, so of course, it doesn’t work.   With any luck we will be camping under the stars with the flicker of an old white gas lantern.

bighat

Other than that, this will be just another weekend at the Farno household.  What are your plans for the upcoming weekend?

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

I Feel Sorry For My Daughters

Recently I have started to tinker with an Arduino.  The Arduino is an open sourced micro controller that you can either make yourself or pick up at an electronics store.  This controller can then be programmed and wired to do anything from blink an LED to control a 3D printer like the Maker Bot   The main thing is that if you find a project that someone has made with an Arduino, chances are they are more than willing to share how it is done for free.

What turned me on to the whole micro controller and open source structure is my background with electronics and mechanical design, and the fact that everyone wants to share and find ways to build bigger and better projects.  There is nothing cooler to me than watching a YouTube video that someone uploaded of this robot they built from scrap electronics, or a dorm room that has been automated by a college student or even a dad that helped his daughter make an automated diorama for her book report.

While I am a firm believer that the children need to do their own projects, much like the creator of this video, if they need help with cutting or implementing a certain part I have no problem helping.  I won’t be doing my daughter’s projects for her, but if she asks me for help I’ll be happier than a slinky on an escalator.  I’m sure this will also lead to plenty of embarrassment when she reaches those teenage years but for now I can at least hope she’ll ask for help or want to work on my projects with me.

This brings me back to my career here with EXAIR.  As an Application Engineer, I get to help people expand, implement, troubleshoot, and better their compressed air projects every day, it’s what we do and we all enjoy doing it.

So if you have a question or need some help figuring out how to increase the efficiency in your system give us a call.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF