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Microbrewery Equipment – Optimizing Long Draw Lines for the Perfect Pour

by Dan Fairchild on Mar 10, 2015


There is an old Turkish saying that roughly translates:  If the mountain won't come to you, you must go to the mountain. That’s the challenge many microbreweries face in their tasting rooms: the kegs are in one place and the taps are in another…often a far away place.

There are two keys to optimizing your long draw lines for the perfect pour.

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Topics: Beverage

Should You Still Care About Oxy Acetylene Gas?

by Dan Fairchild on Feb 18, 2015


It should be a simple choice for Metal Fabricators…but the devil is in the details

Isn’t Oxy-Acetylene Old School?

When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, people continued to use candles.

When the first PC (the Altair) was introduced, people continued to use calculators.

When cell phones started integrating cameras, people continued to use DSLRs.

But in each case, each of the original solutions continued to be useful in a niche.  Candles became useful for setting a romantic mood rather than reading a book. You couldn’t take an Altair with you to class to take a test.  And, if you’re a professional photographer, you would trust your reputation to your iPhone’s camera…even with its gazillion pixels.

The same can be said for the place Oxy-Acetylene currently plays in a Metal Fabricator’s life.

Electric welding processes have almost completely taken over production welding applications. In most cases, an electric welding process which will turn out good welds faster than the oxy-acetylene torch.

If that is true, why bother with oxy-acetylene gas at all?

To paraphrase in the classic movie The Graduate where Mr. McGuire advises to young Benjamin:  OXYFUEL CUTTING.

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Topics: Welding, Oxy Acetylene, Cutting

Rules of Thumb for Argon Tank Supply Planning

by Dan Fairchild on Dec 16, 2014

Market Conditions Drive Need for Smart Argon Tank Planning

Rules of thumb to help simplify your life and your job

A Rule of Thumb is a term that probably originated by the many ways a thumb is used for measurement within many different fields, from brewing, to building, to art. Today, it is commonly used to refer to a practical rule that is based on experience.  Below are some useful Rules of Thumb you might use in your personal and professional lives:

  • If you want to improve something, then measure it.
  • Use less than 10% of the credit that’s available to you.
  • When the snowstorm of the century bears down on you, don’t drink too much red wine the first night of the blizzard.

When it comes to picking the right sized argon gas tank or cylinder, WestAir has found a couple of useful Rules of Thumb you should consider:

  • For gases such as argon, oxygen or nitrogen, if you use more than 20 cylinders-per-month, you should consider taking advantage of a dewar storage systems.
  • If you find you are using 2-to-3 dewars-per-week you may consider a MicroBulk solution.
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Topics: Tank Planning

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