Longshore Racing Debuts at the Baja 1000

Ryan Longshore, a design engineer at EXAIR, famous for his hard work on our new High Lift Reversible Drum Vac, will now be famous for something else. He left Cincinnati, OH last Thursday November 6th, 2014 to run the Baja 1000. He is running the race with a few members of his family and friends as a part of Longshore Racing. His trip to the race is 2,168 miles. After driving to Ensenada for the start of the race, They will compete in 1,275 miles of racing, unlimited UTV class 19.

Longshore Racing
For any one unfamiliar with UTV class 19, here is a photo of the vehicle they will be using.

The Baja 1000 is one of the most grueling off road races in the world.  According to Scores International, the race this year will be 1,275 miles starting in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. The course crisscrosses the Baja California Peninsula drive along the cost of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California at various times.

The temperature in La Paz now is 87 degrees and sunny, so I hope he gets a chance to enjoy himself.

If they complete the race (a huge accomplishment), the convoy will then depart from La Paz to drive back to Louisville, KY.  For those of you scoring at home that is roughly 6,500 miles or around 80 hours of windshield time.

As I’m writing the blog the number 1943 is 398 miles into the race after running for 18 hours.  They only have 40 hours to compete in the Baja, so they have an uphill climb to finish in the allotted time, but they seem to be putting on a good showing so far.

Best of luck to # 1943! EXAIR is Cheering for You!

Monday Morning Update: The Longshore Racing team made it to mile 625 where they suffered an insurmountable breakdown – two broken front right ball joints. The repair vehicle was a couple hours away and they were unable to make the repairs in time to finish the race. Ryan has stated it has been an amazing journey and they have begun talking about next year.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
@Dave_Woerner
DaveWoerner@EXAIR.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Longshore_Racing

Postcard from India

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As the title of the blog indicates, I will be in full swing on my visit to India this week and next. I have a unique opportunity in the work I do for EXAIR that not too many folks can say they have had. That is to travel the world to meet our partners in industry. This time, India is the destination and I could not be more excited.

I have my Rupees in one hand and a passport in the other. I have just landed in India and will begin running with our local distributors to bring some character to our company. This includes many technical discussions on various applications as well as building the relationships. I can say without doubt, building the relationships is by far the most rewarding part. Many folks from other cultures value the relationship above all else. In fact, you could say that just about everyone does.

I’ve heard it said before that blogs, e-mails, tweets, Facebook and all the other forms of social media are the way of the future, but I would still say that a good old-fashioned meeting face to face, where you are not limited to 140 characters and where the person on the other side can see your facial expressions and gestures are invaluable in bringing us all together as a community.

यह दुनिया के साथ साझा करने के लिए आप कई आशीर्वाद और भी अधिक मित्रों को ला सकते हैं.

Neal Raker, Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

Международного Маркет в Цинциннатй – International Market in Cincinnati

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Yesterday on lunch I grabbed a bite and noticed an international market/deli a few doors down from where I parked.  Always on the lookout for new foods, and appreciative of meeting people from other cultures, I decided to stop in.  As I walked toward the door I noticed post cards in a cursive Russian script, which is always fun because the cursive “т” looks almost identical to the printed “м”, the cursive “д” looks like the English “g”, and the cursive “г” looks like the English “d”.  I like to go through the pronunciations like a game of letter roulette.  As I ventured further into the store I ventured further into a little version of Russia…

Last May Ivan Banks and I visited the EXAIR distributor in St. Petersburg, Podshipnik Service (Bearing Service).  One day on lunch we ate at the building in which our distributor is headquartered.  The eat-in area of this deli in Cincinnati was like a replica of the small eatery in St. Petersburg.  Who knew there was a little slice of Russia so close to the EXAIR office?!?

Driving back to work I gave thought to the differences in various markets which we serve at EXAIR, especially those outside of the U.S.  If you’re a reader of our blog and in a market outside the U.S., please email me at LeeEvans@EXAIR.com with any needs you may have for our products.

Lee Evans

Application Engineer

LeeEvans@EXAIR.com

@EXAIR_LE

Vale, vale — Egeshegedre!

Barco

Last week found me in Barcelona, Spain and Budapest, Hungary to conduct training sessions for our distributors.  In each city we were also pleased to welcome distributors from other countries as well.

On this trip I travelled into Barcelona by way of Atlanta.  The flight was long, but the plane was nice and I caught a few movies I’d been wanting to see.  After arriving in Spain I went to our distributor’s facility which was well equipped for training as well as various product demonstrations.  We brought in the regional sales reps and technical personnel (from both Spain and the United Kingdom) for a full training session on all EXAIR products.

After days of training and many hours of application centered conversations, we joined together along the pier near the Rambla for a good bite.  I snapped the picture above of the view from our table.

When the training was complete in Barcelona, I ventured to Budapest to repeat the agenda with our distributor there.  We were joined by our distributors from Bulgaria and Norway, both of whom were wonderfully pleasant and had great humor!  Along our way to dinner one evening we made a stop at a popular local destination to view the city center of Budapest.

Buda

This photo shows the scope of our distributor’s beautiful city.  On the left is the former city of Buda, and on the right is the former city of Pest.  Now, they are one in the same following unification in the 19th century.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our distributor involved in these training sessions.  Not only was EXAIR well received, we were and are well supported.  For contact information of an EXAIR distributor in your area, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at LeeEvans@EXAIR.com.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

HOT!

HOT!

I had the opportunity this week to help determine the best products to cool a conveyor in dire need of lower temperatures.  Not quite as hot and large as the image above, but similar.  Originally Kirk Edwards provided guidance to the end user and recommended Super Air Knives to bring the conveyor temperature within range.  They worked wonderfully.

Now, there was a second point on the conveyor line which was determined to also need cooling.  After discussing the potential to use a series of Super Air Amplifiers, the end user decided to stick with the Super Air Knife setup known to work well – a decision which I fully supported.

I’ve also had the opportunity to entertain and train our Thai distributor this week.  Neal Raker and I brought Vichai Srimongkolkul of OilPure Technologies up to speed on our new products and have excellent in depth application discussions.

For our international users we offer the same support and technical guidance as an end user in the United States, as well as local support through our network of competent distributors.  If you are one of our many blog readers located outside of the US and need application assistance, never hesitate to send an email or call us directly.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
LeeEvans@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_LE

Made Here, Available Everywhere

So, it’s a widely known fact that the products we make here in Cincinnati are second to none.  A local engineer stopped by a few weeks ago and we collaborated on ideas for a new engine block being produced by one of the big three US auto makers.  This gentleman was doing consulting work for the automaker and needed advice on how to blow out coolant jackets surrounding the cylinders.  We bounced ideas around and came to a good solution to solve the problem and move the project forward.

As we discussed the application and the potential solutions, I was told that he chose EXAIR because our products work, they don’t break, and they get the job done right.  I’ve always had a fondness for products that last, especially when they’re born-and-raised/milled-and-machined in the USA.

A less widely known fact is that we take an active role in how our products are found around the world.  For our international clientele, we bridge the language gap by providing product information in various languages.  At the moment we have a fairly diverse language offering.  We have pages in English, Spanish (Spain/Europe), Spanish (Mexico/South America), German, Italian, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Thai, and Chinese.

If you have a constituent in another country, or have a native tongue other than English, check out our international language information!

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
leeevans@exair.com
@EXAIR_LE

India and Eggs

As an application engineer for EXAIR, I come across a variety of applications and have had the pleasure to develop a variety of applicable solutions.  With an internal base in our international division, I also make it a point to apprise myself of world affairs to know the environments in which our distributors operate.

The more I read and learn about international affairs, the more frequently I’m reminded of the large population and business potential in India.  Yesterday I was lead to read an article concerning the Indian population expansion, its potential effects on world economy, and the challenges faced by Indian civil engineers to accommodate the rapid growth.

The situation in each major city is the same.  The population boom has created a heavy demand for housing and utilities, which, at the moment, are unable to be adequately supplied in many areas.  There is a “bottleneck effect”, with far more demand than supply, this is quite a civil engineering challenge – a challenge posed to play a major determinant role in the rise of India as a world power.

The situation in India is similar to an egg processing application here in the states.

The noted application was housed in an egg treatment and processing facility.  Business had grown at a consistent rate, then due to supply chain disruptions this facility needed to ramp up production.  As production grew, new problems arose, the largest of which was overcrowding of limited conveyor space.  This overcrowding caused an overflow leading to many lost and broken eggs.

When working through the application the plant engineer was faced with a situation where more needed to be done with the same amount of equipment as before.  In order to better streamline the process we examined the critical steps in order to process the eggs.  As it turns out, the biggest delay was through the wash down and drying system in place.  The current system used a series of soft rollers which were exchanged over time to remove the excess water sprayed on the eggs by liquid nozzles.  The limited capacity of this processing function was considered a potential root cause of failure and was addressed using two Stainless Steel Super Air Knives.  The wash down and blow off process times were greatly reduced and production capacity was much higher.  (*As it turns of, this was not the only cause of concern in this application and additional measures were taken to meet production necessity.)

Although civil engineering and production engineering are separate disciplines, I feel there are areas of cross reference.  Root cause analysis is standard in any aspect of either problem, as well as solution implementation.  As with the egg processing, India’s utility and housing needs won’t be met with a single solution.  I look forward to the forthcoming ingenuity of those put in place to solve India’s population demand predicament.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer
leeevans@exair.com
@EXAIR_LE