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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