When the Frost is on the Pumpkin

Frost on the pumpkin

There is an interesting poem by American writer and poet, James Whitcomb Riley that paints a great picture of what fall feels and looks like on the farm. Following is just the first paragraph of his poem but it conveys his message with such elegance:

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock.
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;

O, It’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

In Cincinnati, they are predicting frost on the pumpkin this week. That’s a sure sign that colder temps are coming and with the colder climate returning, so does our old friend static electricity. And with static comes all the production problems that are associated with it. Static electricity will discharge to operators which makes them quite un-comfortable and can be dangerous. Discharges to sensors and computers cause malfunction. Jamming of feed mechanisms is never fun and neither is a label machine that refuses to cooperate.

So, if you are in the Northern Hemisphere like we are, get ready for the cold weather and the low humidity by placing EXAIR Static Eliminators into your processes.

The Ion Air Gun is a great all around performer for applications that require a hand manipulation to get the job done.

The Super Ion Air Knife is better for applications that need a wide area to be static free from a mountable solution.

The Ion Air Cannon is a wonderful, utility static eliminator that has great flexibility to be mounted in any position.

The Super Ion Air Wipe is a great way to eliminate static on the outside surfaces of any hose, wire or cable before ink jet printing such as date codes.

The Ionizing Point is a great way to eliminate static build up within airflows moving through duct work, conveyors and similar closed systems with air movement.

If you want your fall and winter to be as pleasant as the description in Mr. Riley’s poem, consider EXAIR Static Eliminators. You won’t be disappointed.

Neal Raker, International Sales Manager


Frost on Pumpkin photo courtesy of Samantha Forsberg
Creative Commons license

Angry Pumpkins

Pumpkin carving is set to be in full swing as people begin to celebrate Halloween, and I’m eager to do something different this year.  I’ve already begun my PLC ladder logic for the Christmas lights and I’ve decided to continue with this “geeked-out” mannerism when I carve my pumpkin.  Initially, I had no big idea for the carving, but a colleague of mine sent me a link to a site showing how to make a “Deathstar pumpkin”.  I was hooked.  But, the deathstar is a bit elaborate and time consuming so I decided to brainstorm a little.

As I considered the alternatives I found that my ideas were either way too elaborate, or completely non-existent.  I thought a bit more, trying to tie into my son’s costume this year (Captain Hook) – still nothing.  Finally, I had the idea when he asked to play his favorite game on my phone – Angry Birds!

I’ve decided to make a relief sculpture of the infamous red angry bird, with hopes my efforts turn out as well as the picture below.

I wrote last week about seeing things from a different point of view, and how we at EXAIR strive to give effort to this on a daily basis.  Our approach towards many applications often gives rise to the specific solution or sparks a series of ideas which lead to the solution.  Always brainstorming and weighing ideas against a desired outcome is one of the engineering department’s strong suits.  Whether we’re facing space restraints in an extrusion process, static control on a production line, or what to carve on a pumpkin, our minds are always working.

Lee Evans
Application Engineer