Dealing With The Unexpected

Last year about this time, I used the bully pulpit of my weekly blog to update you on the success of our ninth annual Father’s Day Weekend Campout. If you hadn’t guessed, I’m about to fill you in on how awesome the tenth was, but first:

A fellow Boy Scout leader is fond of saying that, when you camp, the weather is always perfect. It may be perfectly sunny or perfectly rainy. Perfectly warm or perfectly cold. Perfectly wet or perfectly frozen. Regardless, it’s always perfect. Yeah; we don’t always like him.

If we’ve learned one thing, it’s to expect the unexpected. This year, it rained. Well, not the whole time. Friday evening was beautiful…we got the campsite set up and dinner cooked well in advance of sundown. My friend & his son had recently waterproofed their tent, and me & my boys had recently purchased a new tent. Both were successfully, and extensively, leak tested Friday night. And all day Saturday. ALL DAY.

This, of course, put a damper on our plans to zipline, which didn’t exactly bother me. I’m sure it’s a temporary reprieve; I mean, I know darn well what I’m doing next year for Father’s Day Weekend, and it CAN’T rain forever. It also, however, put an unexpected damper on our plans to kayak on Sunday. The weather was gorgeous…and fitting for the first day of summer. It was hot enough to make some horseplay in the river sound downright inviting…but the constant rain over the past week had swelled the river banks, and none of the docks were accessible. So we broke camp and returned home to dry our gear. And to look forward to next year.

As Application Engineers, it’s a big part of our jobs to not just expect, but eliminate the unexpected. At EXAIR, we have an impressive arsenal of tools at hand to do just that. Our Efficiency Lab is fully stocked and outfitted to test any of our products…or yours…for performance and effectiveness. We’ve got a wealth of data in our constantly growing Case Study Library. Our Application Database has over 1,000 instances of what will work in certain situations, and our notes on product returns from our 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee give us information on what WON’T work.

If you’d like to find out how our products…and their capabilities…can work for you, give us a call. I look forward to seeing how we can help.

Russ Bowman
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Getting Better All The Time

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that the week following the third Sunday in June is when I write about my annual Father’s Day Weekend Camp out…this week is no exception. My best friend and I treated our wives to a guy-free weekend at home while we and our sons:

*Watched the full moon rise from a hilltop near Malabar Farm on Friday night.
*Kayaked the Clear Fork River.
*Fished a couple of ponds at the farm (to no avail.)
*Gigged for frogs at a couple of other ponds (results below.)
*Had frog legs & scrambled eggs for breakfast.
*Hiked and climbed to the top of Big Lyons Falls at Mohican State Park.

With the exception of watching the full moon rise (and maybe the unsuccessful fishing expedition), NONE of this would ever have happened when we started this tradition nine years ago with two six-year olds and a four-year old. It’s hard to believe that, now that our whole party pretty much passes the height/weight requirements, we’re looking for a campground with zip lining nearby for our 10th annual camp out next year. It looks like my fear of heights is going to be confronted by my fear of being ridiculed by my teenage sons. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on which one wins out.

As time passes, we all have to “step up our game”…I’ve heard it said that if you’re not constantly improving on what you do, you’re actually getting worse, because it’s a given that others ARE improving on what they do, and it’s going to leave you in the dust, even if you are just as good as you were yesterday.

cc optionsEXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems are a prime example…over the years, we’ve gone from two sizes (1,700 and 2,000 BTU/hr) to nine (from 550 to 5,600 BTU/hr). To the original NEMA 12 (oil tight/dust tight, indoor duty) rated systems, we’ve added NEMA 4 (splash resistant, indoor/outdoor) and NEMA 4X (corrosion resistant, indoor/outdoor), so our Cabinet Cooler Systems are suitable for installation just about anywhere your enclosures might be.

High Temperature options are available for installation in areas with ambient temperatures up to 200°F (93°C). Non-Hazardous Purge systems maintain a slight positive air pressure to prevent internal contamination of enclosures located in particularly dirty surroundings. 316SS construction systems are available when the higher alloy is specified for food service, pharmaceutical, or particularly harsh/corrosive environments.

Oh, and all of these multiple-award-winning products are in stock and ready to ship today.  If you’d like to see if an EXAIR Cabinet Cooler System is the solution to your electric/electronic enclosure heat problems, give us a call.  We’ll even throw in a free AC Sensor if you order before the end of July.

Russ Bowman
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Everybody Wants Options

It was a nice Saturday morning, I had the day all planned – cut the grass, edge the driveway, sidewalk and flowerbeds, maybe reorganize the garage, when the phone rang. “Justin, this is your mother, what are you doing today? I was hoping you could go with us to help me pick out a new car”. Now, anytime she feels the need to identify herself as my mother, this typically means my plans are irrelevant. So what she was really saying was, “whatever you have planned for today, cancel it.” Of course I wanted to be a good son, so I rearranged my plans and politely accepted the offer – what other option did I really have?

I was pleasantly surprised as she had actually done a little research and narrowed her decision down to two different manufacturers and two different models. What she wasn’t prepared for, were all of the options that she needed or wanted. (As we know – what the salesman says you WANT versus what you actually NEED, are two completely different things).

Sunroof? Heated Seats? Reverse sensing system? Fog lights? 4-Cylinder or V6? Leather or Cloth Seats? Etc.  She was overwhelmed to say the least. Since, she liked the way both vehicles drove, it was going to come down to the options she wanted and the extra price for those options.

After a grueling (for me) 6 hours, she made her decision and took delivery of her new car last week. She is very happy with her choice and the options she chose. I, on the other hand, was surprised at how long it takes to teach your mother about the options she chose on her new car. It’s now on to Father’s Day to discover what sort of options my Dad may have planned for me this weekend.

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At EXAIR, our customers sometimes ask what options we offer for placing their order. We make it easy for you and yet you still have plenty of options to choose from.

To place your order:

  1. Email your order to orders@EXAIR.com
  2. Enter your order online at http://www.exair.com/
    • – If you have a model number go to the quick order box in the right hand, grey column
    • – Browsing for a need? Go to the “Buy Now” section in the black, top navigation bar
  3. Call in your order to 1-800-903-9247
  4. Fax in your order to 1-866-329-3924
  5. Or even stop in and we’ll get it taken care of while you wait

If you have any technical questions or an application that requires assistance, we have an option for that too – you can contact an Application Engineer.  We strive to ensure that no matter how you prefer to reach us, it is easy, straight forward, and in a timely manner.

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
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How I Totally Rocked Father’s Day For The 8th Time In A Row (or “Get Some Time In The Woods, Farno”)

Dear Brian,

I’m really looking forward to this Friday’s blog; I trust you’ll tell us how your Father’s Day Weekend 2013 campout went. I hope you and your daughter had a LARGE time, and I especially hope this turns into something that you two end up sharing with her little sister, when she’s old enough to join you.

As you know, my sons and I chose to celebrate Father’s Day, for the eighth straight year, in tents.  We had access to a boat again this year, from which we tried our luck frog gigging Friday night. It’s a good thing we brought S’mores supplies, because Camp WooHoo was fresh out of frog legs that evening.

Camp WooHoo
Camp WooHoo
My view from the hammock
My view from the hammock

We did have a good breakfast Saturday morning, courtesy of my new 16” cast steel camp skillet.  You can gather some pretty cool gear if you do this stuff long enough…skillet

…and afterwards, we spent some quality time on the lake. We had slightly better luck with the fish that afternoon than with the frogs the night before, and were able to supplement our dinner with some Filet-o-Bluegill (trademark not pending). Again, it was good to have brought other food with us.

The weather was fantastic, as was the company. The former you can’t always count on, but the latter’s a given. These times with our children are priceless (I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know), and I can’t believe I’m already on the “back nine” with both of mine! I’m having a blast and hope you are the same. Welcome to the Brotherhood of Camping Dads.

Your friend,

Russ

p.s. Since this is an EXAIR blog, have you gotten any good Cabinet Coolers inquiries lately?  It seems to be the season, and people should really be excited about our Free AC Sensor promotion, right?

Russ Bowman
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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.

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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
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What You Can Get Used To

In the past, I’ve written about what it takes to create longevity, and I’ve also written about camping…specifically, our Annual Father’s Day Campout. This past weekend was our seventh consecutive one, and it was something else. My eldest, a 2nd-year Boy Scout, missed his Troop’s Summer Survival Campout, so he opted out of the tent, sleeping instead on the ground, next to the fire pit, under a tarp. We were able to borrow a couple of canoes from a friend who lived nearby, and spent Saturday morning learning how to row in a straight line, and Saturday afternoon teaching the boys how to row in a straight line. All the while, we were fighting the wakes of a literal swarm of speedboats – that’s what happens when it’s a great day to be on the lake. We kept the canoes hollow-side-up the whole time, so I consider it a win.

Seven years we’ve been doing this, and no signs of slowing down. I realized on the way to the campground this year that my youngest was four years old when we started this, so he doesn’t even have a clear memory of waking up on Father’s Day anywhere but in a tent. Our 7-year-old tradition is all he’s ever known.

Getting used to something can be good. Fathers and sons becoming accustomed to an annual event that draws them closer is undoubtedly in the “good” column. Same goes for the experience of two 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old younger brother learning how to paddle a canoe on both sides in order to go straight and fast, and weather the wakes of those speedboats. I’m sure there’s a life lesson analogy there if we think about it hard enough.

On the other hand, the very definition of a bad habit is “something detrimental that you’ve gotten used to.” I found a write-up in our Application Database (registration required) where a cable manufacturer had gotten used to the amount of compressed air they were using to blow off their product as it came out of a rinse tank. During an energy audit, they became aware of the amount of compressed air they were using in some open-end pipe blow offs, and decided to try an Air Wipe instead. Once they proved it out on the first line, they installed Super Air Wipes on their other eight lines, which decreased their compressed air demand so much, they were able to shut down a 100HP air compressor.

I think they got used to that pretty quickly. If you’re considering the possibility of getting used to lower compressed air consumption, and the corresponding savings, give us a call. We’re used to helping people save on compressed air…another one for the “good” column.

Russ Bowman
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A Good Sharpening

I’m going camping this weekend. This could be the start of any Russ Bowman Blog, it’s true, but this one’s different. See, for the past six years, my best friend Andrew and I have gone camping with our sons on Father’s Day weekend. We jokingly call it our Mother’s Day present to our wives, but it’s really all about a bit of wisdom that we found in the writings of one of Israel’s ancient kings, Solomon, who said: “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” He and I practice this principle with each other, and hope that we’re imparting it to the young men in our charge as well.

Now, these outings are notoriously low impact – we’re ardent connoisseurs of State Park Campgrounds. The highest adventure we encounter is ignoring the “No Wading or Swimming” signs at the Lower Falls at Hocking Hills, chasing the raccoons away from our coolers at Paint Creek, or racing down the giant inflatable water slide at Maumee Bay.

Occasionally, we’ve been known to visit local tourist attractions as well, like the Creation Museum, when we camped at nearby Big Bone Lick. This year, we’re going to East Fork State Park, which is just outside of Cincinnati. We thought about a day trip to King’s Island, or taking in a Reds game (Saturday’s promotion is a free Mohawk hat), but in the end, we decided to “just go camping.” Nice and easy: regardless of weather, wildlife, or whatever, it’s a simple, reliable plan to achieve our goal of refreshing and invigorating ourselves and each other. I’ve got enough silly hats anyway.

EXAIR has posted an FAQ in our Knowledge Base regarding the comparison of compressed air products to those that rely on blower systems, and the analogies to this weekend just started writing themselves:

*Lower purchase costs: A Blower Air Knife can cost over ten times the purchase price of a similar-sized Super Air Knife. Why would we pay to go to an amusement park when the lake is within bicycling range of our reasonably priced campsite?
*Very little, if any, maintenance: Blower bearings need lubrication, and sooner or later, they’re still going to fail. Inlet filters clog and need replacement on a regular basis. With precious few exceptions (the Reversible Drum Vac’s Overflow Preventer Float comes to mind), EXAIR products have no moving parts, and, when supplied with clean, dry air, will run indefinitely…no special attention required. I wish I could say the same for my nine-year old…
*Lower noise levels, well below OSHA requirements: There’s no way around it: blowers make noise. Our products are specifically engineered to operate below OSHA thresholds for occupational sound level exposure. I’m actually going to take the high road here and not comment on the noise level associated with taking the boys camping. Never was a fan of shooting fish in a barrel.
*Infinitely variable force and flow rates: With a blower, you’re locked in to operation at/near it’s output capacity. Sure, you can throttle it down, but it still consumes same amount of energy, and let’s not forget about those bearing replacements (constant throttling puts this in the “sooner” rather than the “later” column). Conversely, when you regulate the air pressure supplied to an EXAIR product, you actually ARE consuming less energy, in the form of less compressed air produced by your compressor. By not locking ourselves into any specific plans this weekend, we’re, in essence, planning for the “infinitely variable” to happen. And I can’t wait to see what that is.
*Simple, compact installation: EXAIR products, unlike blower-fed units, don’t require cumbersome ductwork or noise containment cabinets. “Just camping” requires a tent, a sleeping bag, and a cooler for our food. The most elaborate that we get is the use of bite-size peanut butter cups for our S’mores. And yes, they’re spectacular.

Even if we just use plain old chocolate bars – and we may – I’ll be sharpened, come Monday. Count on that. I am.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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