Dealing With The Unexpected

Last year about this time, I used the bully pulpit of my weekly blog to update you on the success of our ninth annual Father’s Day Weekend Campout. If you hadn’t guessed, I’m about to fill you in on how awesome the tenth was, but first:

A fellow Boy Scout leader is fond of saying that, when you camp, the weather is always perfect. It may be perfectly sunny or perfectly rainy. Perfectly warm or perfectly cold. Perfectly wet or perfectly frozen. Regardless, it’s always perfect. Yeah; we don’t always like him.

If we’ve learned one thing, it’s to expect the unexpected. This year, it rained. Well, not the whole time. Friday evening was beautiful…we got the campsite set up and dinner cooked well in advance of sundown. My friend & his son had recently waterproofed their tent, and me & my boys had recently purchased a new tent. Both were successfully, and extensively, leak tested Friday night. And all day Saturday. ALL DAY.

This, of course, put a damper on our plans to zipline, which didn’t exactly bother me. I’m sure it’s a temporary reprieve; I mean, I know darn well what I’m doing next year for Father’s Day Weekend, and it CAN’T rain forever. It also, however, put an unexpected damper on our plans to kayak on Sunday. The weather was gorgeous…and fitting for the first day of summer. It was hot enough to make some horseplay in the river sound downright inviting…but the constant rain over the past week had swelled the river banks, and none of the docks were accessible. So we broke camp and returned home to dry our gear. And to look forward to next year.

As Application Engineers, it’s a big part of our jobs to not just expect, but eliminate the unexpected. At EXAIR, we have an impressive arsenal of tools at hand to do just that. Our Efficiency Lab is fully stocked and outfitted to test any of our products…or yours…for performance and effectiveness. We’ve got a wealth of data in our constantly growing Case Study Library. Our Application Database has over 1,000 instances of what will work in certain situations, and our notes on product returns from our 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee give us information on what WON’T work.

If you’d like to find out how our products…and their capabilities…can work for you, give us a call. I look forward to seeing how we can help.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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The First Night In A Tent Was A Success

Well, the first night in a tent, camping in the backyard for my oldest daughter went well.   However, instead of it just being her and myself, we ended up with some company.   My two nieces, and nephew all came down and decided to partake.   The bad news? – We needed a bigger tent.  Fortunately for us, sourcing a larger tent was not an obstacle we could not overcome. Once we were done making S’mores and everyone was ready for bed, my oldest of course thought it was time to play in the tent.   When I finally got her to lay down that was it, she was out, sound asleep.    It was rather nice listening to the sounds of a small township at night, lol.   Everyone made it through the night, the only problem was my daughter was like a rooster on a farm in the morning.  Once the sun even peeked into the sky she was wanting to get up.   Luckily I convinced her that 5:30 was not morning and that we should go back to sleep.   Once the clock hit a little after 8 I finally let her wake up the others and go running into the house to tell my wife of her accomplishment.  Since the camp out was a success, and we are now into the next weekend, I am thinking of tackling yet another project and another milestone with my daughter…. fishing.

Speaking of milestones and projects, as Russ mentioned earlier this week, it’s getting hot.  Make sure that the heat this summer doesn’t creep up on you like that giant spider did to me.  Granted it wasn’t a spider and it was only a lightning bug.  When it lands on your neck while you are laying down in my book that means it is a black widow and you are about to die, so scream like a girl.

Super Air Amplifier

EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems are a great way to help beat the heat in your electrical enclosures, but sometimes you have a drive that may be mounted on the outside of the enclosure, or the heat sinks are mounted outside of the enclosure.  This is the perfect location to utilize an EXAIR Super Air Amplifier.    This is due to the fact that a heat sink is designed to have as much air moved over the surface of the fins as possible.   The air doesn’t need to be cold but it needs to have a large volume to help dissipate the heat.  The Super Air Amplifier is going to utilize a small amount of compressed air and then entrain a large volume of ambient air to blow over the surface of the heat sinks in order to keep that external drive cool.

If the heat is beating down your machines, give an Application Engineer a call and we’ll help you fight back.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

Father’s Day Weekend 2013

Well, we have finally reached it; the weekend every dad has been looking forward to,  Father’s Day Weekend.  I myself have only been able to celebrate as a father for the past three years.  However, this is the first year that I will get to celebrate with both of my daughters.  Instead of waiting until Sunday to celebrate, I am going to start tonight.  The best way I know how,  is camping……  in the backyard.   That’s right, my oldest daughter has been wanting to go camping since the weather turned warm. She’s never been camping, so tonight we will rough it, in the backyard.

Camping under the stars

By roughing it, I do mean we will be having a fire in the fire pit, roasting S’mores,  and setting the futon mattress in the tent so I don’t have to sleep on the ground.  I’ve even picked up a vintage white gas lantern to try and get working for tonight too.  It’s a lantern that I purchased used and, so of course, it doesn’t work.   With any luck we will be camping under the stars with the flicker of an old white gas lantern.


Other than that, this will be just another weekend at the Farno household.  What are your plans for the upcoming weekend?

Brian Farno
Application Engineer