Life Hacking = Better Easier Life. So What Happens When You Hack Compressed Air?

The birth of the internet and personal computer brought to light a new form of hacking.  For many years now hacking has been considered a negative action, even criminal.  However, within the past several years the term lifehacking has come to mean a process of bettering your life through tips and tricks.  There are entire blogs and TED talks about life hacking, so that has gotten me thinking of how can EXAIR hack your compressed air system and turn it into a life hack?

All of our products are designed and engineered to make your life easier and better.  The best product I can think of to demonstrate this is our Super Air Knife With Plumbing Kit Installed.  This is an option for any of our Super Air Knives which are longer than 24″ that makes installation even easier on your end.  The plumbing kit has already connected air to each port on the Super Air Knife so all you have to do is plumb air to a single port at the end of the kit assembly.  See the picture below for a better idea.

Alumina dust 3 PKI

Another item that has helped many customers is our Chip Trapper System.   This is essentially a modified or hacked Reversible Drum Vac System which  adds the benefit of filtering the liquid you are sucking up to a 5 micron level.  (Other filter levels/sizes available.) This means you can make your cutting fluid last longer and cut that rancid coolant smell in your machine shop down because the bacteria in the coolant doesn’t have any solids to live upon.  This also means that you won’t be giving your coolant reclamation company any of your valuable solids so you keep more of your scrap profits.

So if you are looking for a way to make your life easier while you are working with compressed air, let us know, we’ll see how you can hack your compressed air applications.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

Password Protection

Recently I got my twitter account hacked as did thousands of others. The solution was just to change my password but I got to thinking, there has to be a better way. On my home computer I have a password generating program that will generate random number, letter, and symbol sequences and stores them in an encrypted file. For even more protection I store this file on a flash drive not my computer.

This works for home use because the program is loaded on the machine I am working with. Policy restrictions at work though, prevent loading personal programs and rightfully so. So what is my alternative to generating a random code that I can remember? I pick a phrase that I can remember and use the first letter of each word. For example:

This Is My Password for Facebook = TIMPF

This in itself is not very strong so I add some characters using the Alt key and number pad. Holding down the alt key and pressing the number 1 you get a☺. For the number 2 you get ☻and etc. So now  I pick a number sequence I can remember like the year I was born , 1948 which translates into ☺○♦◘. Now interlace the two, TIMPF. Here is a website where you can test the strength of your password

EXAIR goes through painstaking measures to protect your information.

  • When you register on our website your password is not retrievable except by you and only to the mailbox you originally signed in.
  • Credit card information is destroyed and not available to employees.
  • EXAIR absolutely does not share your information with anyone else. So you need not worry about getting on some junk mail lists.

EXAIR is about serving the needs of its customers. Cyber security is just one of a list of many.

I am an application engineer and would truly appreciate assisting you with your application.

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

Are you a DIY / Hacker / Too cheap to pay for stuff like me?

I have noticed over the past decade that the definition (or at least what I considered the definition) of a hacker has altered.  When the term “Hacker” is tossed around, most will think of computers and electronic devices.  Now, there are people who consider it to be a hack when simply finding a way to alter a device to be used for something other than it’s original intent.  Wikipedia® lists the definition of a hacker as having three different types.  (Wikipedia link)

Today I would consider myself a Hacker (that would be of the hobbyist type).  In the past month, I have helped to re-purpose several items that may have been thrown away, refused to pay someone to fix a faulty gas range, and built a cheaper more robust pedestal for our washer and dryer.  I’ve been told I do this simply because I am frugal or cheap.  The truth of the matter is I simply won’t give up on trying to do something myself until I feel I have exhausted every idea I can conjure up.

That is the same effort that we put into our applications and projects here at EXAIR. If we can’t figure it out with the first try, we don’t stop there.  This is what gives us the knowledge needed to answer the questions when you call.  If we haven’t worked with the exact application before, chances are we’ve come close and we’ll have a very good idea about what can be done to meet or exceed your needs.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer / Hacker