Growing up across the street from an old fashioned service station does have its perks. This was one of the old 76 gas stations that still had a garage where a mechanic would fix your car, as well as you could get gas if you needed to. They even had the rubber hose that would ring a bell when you drive over it. One of the other things this station had was a compressed air hose that ran to the outside of the building and offered free compressed air to any passer by so they could fill up their tires as needed. Normally it just had a very simple tire chuck on the end that would connect to the Schrader valve on your car tire. This station is still there, they no longer sell gas, and they have also removed the bell ringing air hose that runs outside. If you need a tire filled now, you have to either catch them during normal business hours or move on to the next gas station and hope they have some form of compressed air available.
The full service gas stations for the most part have been replaced by gas stations with convenience stores attached. They carry more junk food than they do products for your car and they have no need to own or operate an air compressor. Their customers still have that need though so there are now small stand alone compressed air stations. These range from small shoebox sized units that you pay a few quarters for, up to the unit I noticed today while filling up my car.
This unit takes credit cards, regulates the compressed air to the user selected pressure, and all you have to do is hook it to your cars valve stem. This is far from free, and the reason is, compressed air is a costly utility. If you don’t believe us when we repeatedly talk about how much money you can save on compressed air by installing our engineered compressed air nozzles, Super Air Amplifiers or Super Air Knives (among others), then accept a challenge from me. Contact an EXAIR Application Engineer to discuss any point of use compressed air applications that you have in your facility. While you are waiting to get the in stock, shipped same day, Intelligent Compressed Air Products® received, monitor your compressed air use and the energy use on your compressor. Install the EXAIR products once you receive them and continue to monitor your air and energy consumption. If you don’t see a decrease within these two areas, call me and return the items. We honor a 30 day guarantee on stock products just so you can make sure you are saving air, and getting the best performance out of your compressed air system.
So far this year at EXAIR has been great. We continue to have a lot going on and I should remind you to keep your eyes on our news feeds (Blog, Twitter, FB or G+, RSS) because there will be plenty of announcements throughout the year. One announcement we currently have is that in 2013 we achieved a 99.9% success rate for on time shipments. This makes our run go to 18 years of maintaining 99.9%! That, to me, is a huge statement on the type of business EXAIR is and the hard-working folks which make up our organization. We want to make sure that if you order something from us, you get the right part and you get it on time.
Another announcement that is on a personal level. I finally did it – as I type this blog I am in front of a standing desk. So far I am on full day number two of standing and I am liking it. It does feel pretty strange to be the only one standing up in an office where everyone else is sitting. The best part is the reactions that I have gotten from everyone else. Some of the people don’t see why you would ever want to do it or how you could, while others have been rather intrigued by it. Another residual benefit is my recollection of this skit from Whose Line Is It Anyway: Sit, Stand, Bend Over.
I can’t speak too much for results, as I am only on my second day. I can say this much though, I don’t think it will be easy, but I believe the pay off will. (Payoff being feeling better, easier escape when I did something wrong, and more motivation to better myself.)
I guess the point of this (other than getting a clip from one of my favorite shows on TV) is I am hopefully going to be standing at this desk while EXAIR continues to grow and satisfy our customers. There are several things I am positive will happen again in 2014: 1. EXAIR will continue to release new product 2. We will offer you a multitude of ways to get our input and help if needed and 3. We will stand behind our products once you have them.
As Kirk Edwards mentioned earlier this week, we’ve blogged for more than 5 years now. The EXAIR Blogstarted before I was part of EXAIR, and it continues to grow more and more with every post which is almost a daily occurrence. If you look at some of the first blog posts they are fairly straight and to the point on applications, the first one even included a video of a popular application.
Now if you look at them, we don’t just cover applications, each Application Engineer has an individual voice and message that can almost always loop back to an experience here at EXAIR. Over the years our blog has grown to include pictures, polls, and videos from all different areas, even some crazy videos from Professor Penurious (search “professor”).
When we started the blog, it launched EXAIR into the Social Media world, we now have a presence on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and You Tube. Not only are we on these sites, we are constantly posting new information, new ideas, and new ways to utilize our products. Over the five years we have seen some social media attempts from similar companies come and go. We have also seen some stellar examples from other manufacturers. Oddly enough, the companies who have been able to sustain their social media campaigns and remain proactive also seem to sustain new product development and remain proactive with their customer service efforts. We consider ourselves in good company and have learned many things from other manufacturers who have chosen to remain committed to blogging and other social media platforms.
One reason we sustain and remain committed is to ensure that our customers have the most up to date information about optimizing your compressed air system. We also enjoy being able to express our personalities through a different platform. We want you to have as many ways possible to contact us, learn about us, but also get a response.
If you have any questions, or would like some more information on anything we post on a social media site, feel free to contact us.
We all know that change is always right around the corner, there are far too many variables in life to know exactly what is going to happen. That’s the joy in it. As the track season has begun this year so has the burden of owning a trailer that is large enough to haul more than just your own bike. When two of my friends and I bought a 20′ trailer, we only planned on carrying our 3 bikes, all of our stuff, and maybe 1 extra bike.
The only problem has been that over the past two years of owning this trailer, more and more people seem to need a ride to the track. Well this just makes it more of a hassle for us to get everyone’s stuff and make sure everyone has all they need. Not to mention hotel rooms get a little crowded at 6 people.
So, we finally decided to sell the big trailer and it just so happened that my brother-in-law was looking for one to carry around a 1966 Nova he is restoring. So, this past weekend, I drove to Skaneateles, New York to deliver his new to him trailer. In case you have never been there, it is in the country and so when I sent this picture to my buddies, their response was, “Wow, you really did take her to a farm upstate. Looks like she’ll have plenty of room to run around.”
Now that the trailer is gone and the next track day is only 2 weeks away, we are all trying to figure out the best way for us to get there. So it looks like we’ll be back to the car caravan where everyone tows their own bike and we all have hours of fun on the CB’s.
Here at EXAIR change is happening every day. We are constantly improving processes, designing new products, or figuring out ways to get information to and from our customers faster and easier. We’re always looking for a good challenge to promote thinking outside of the box also. So if you have any questions on your compressed air application then give a call, email, fax, chat or visit.