What’s in a Name?

Do you ever wonder where certain names come from?  Here’s a for instance: Peaches en Regalia.  Well, I know what peaches are.  I’m pretty sure en=in.  But what is regalia?  I have to admit I had to look that one up.  From www.thefreedictionary.com

re·ga·lia

pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)

1. The emblems and symbols of royalty, such as the crown and scepter.

2. The rights and privileges of royalty.

3. The distinguishing symbols of a rank, office, order, or society.

4. Magnificent attire; finery.

… and now we know!  Don’t we feel so much smarter now?!?  Strangely, no, because I still couldn’t identify a Peach en Regalia if I saw it on the street.  The only thing I do know for sure is that it’s a catchy little jazz number by Frank Zappa that our @ProfPenurious and @EXAIR_KE can occasionally be found rocking out to.

How about your world?  Are there names, titles or units that you have questions about?  One that we often get at EXAIR is ‘What’s a SCFM?’ The short answer is: Standard Cubic Feet per Minute.  Like Peaches en Regalia, let’s break it down word by word:

Standard – Believe it or not, this is the most complicated word of the whole bunch.  The short answer is that this unit (SCFM) has been standardized or normalized to be able to make a fair comparison of air flow rates of various products at various pressures.  For a more thorough explanation, check out this blog that @EXAIR_JP wrote awhile back.

Cubic – Not flat, not round, but….you guessed it! Cube shaped!  That is to say, a measurement of volume.

Feet –  More than an inch, less than a kilometer.  You know, a foot?  The units we’re using to measure volume.

Minute – Those things that drag on and turn into hours waiting for 5 o’clock.  This tells us that the measurement we are taking occurs over time, or is a rate.  In our case, the volume of feet in one minute’s time.

So there you have it!  SCFM isn’t so scary after all.  Just a unit to make an apples to apples comparison of how much compressed air a product uses. Coincidentally enough…

…if you’d like to learn about reducing the amount of compressed air you use, we just happen to have a LOT of stuff that can help you do that!  Please feel free to give me or any of the Application Engineers here at EXAIR a call, e-mail or tweet!

In the mean time, please enjoy some Peaches en Regalia, whatever it/he/she/they might be…

Dan Preston
Engineer
EXAIR Corporation