Dan Fairchild

Dan Fairchild manages supply chain and marketing for WestAir. A longtime gas industry veteran, Dan brings experience and know-how to every part of the WestAir supply chain.

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What You Need To Know About Cylinder Tracking!

by Dan Fairchild on Jun 28, 2016

Do you know where your gas cylinders are?

All of us, as either distributors or consumers, know how problematic and confusing dealing with rental statements for gas cylinders can be. How many times have we asked one or all of the following questions?

  • How many cylinders do I have?
  • How long have the cylinders been there?
  • Where are all the cylinders from my PO# XYZ?
  • Where is each cylinder located now?

There are many software programs available to gas users that can help answer these questions. These programs are able to track cylinders and assets in a way that can provide considerable savings and transparency to where your cylinders reside, time they’ve resided in different departments or locations, as well as the turns on each cylinder. Although you may keep an inventory of cylinders that come in and out of your locations, cylinders can easily be overlooked when you have multiple in use and at different locations. Understanding the safe and proper techniques of cylinder storage and handling will better enhance the accuracy of cylinder transportation and inventory.

If you're already a WestAir customer, you can find answers to many of these questions in your eCommerce account. Not an eCommerce user yet? Make sure to contact your account manager or sign up here today

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Topics: Accurate Cylinder Management, Cylinder Tracking

Baby, It's Cold Inside

by Dan Fairchild on Mar 22, 2016

Cryotherapy is a fast growing therapeutic remedy to pain and other ailments. This cryogenic therapy has enabled patients to naturally relieve pain in below subzero temperatures. Liquid Nitrogen is used to create temperatures inside the chamber ranging from 110° Celsius to 130° Celsius below zero. Levels, time and temperatures are determined by the patient’s tolerance in order to further the cryotherapy. The length of time exposed to the below zero temperatures enhances the patient’s quality of the session. Maximum time for any treatment is 3 minutes.

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Topics: Cryotherapy, Blog, Cryogenics

Don't let a Bad Apple spoil your Laser Cutting Operations

by Dan Fairchild on Jan 19, 2016

One Bad Apple Cylinder Spoils the Whole Bunch

Metal fabricators began reaping the benefits of laser cutting technology as far back as 1965 when they started using it to drill holes in diamond dies.  Because of its cutting precision and energy efficiency, laser cutting has many advantages over plasma cutting when cutting sheet metal. And through numerous technical advancements,  newer laser machines operating at higher power (6000 watts versus the 1500 watt ratings of early laser cutting machines) have approached plasma machines in their ability to cut through thick materials.

But to realize these benefits, laser cutting machine owners and operators must adopt some key processes and procedures. One set of key processes and procedures involves "assist gas" management. Following sections describe key do's and don'ts about laser assist gas management...including how the old saying One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Bunch is something to worry about...but can be easily addressed.

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Topics: Specialty Gases, Cutting

WestAir Among Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation

by Dan Fairchild on Dec 15, 2015


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Topics: National Best and Brighest Companies to Work For

MicroBulk Industrial Gas Distribution

by Dan Fairchild on Nov 16, 2015

MicroBulk Fills The Gap and Reduces Cost - Giving Customers A Cost Effective Industrial Gas Delivery Alternative

Nov. 16, 2015 Fort Worth, Texas -- MicroBulk industrial gas delivery systems offer a cost-effective alternative to packaged gas supply. Until recently, industrial gases were delivered in packaged supplies, such as cylinders or dewars, or for large volume customers, through bulk delivery. Many packaged users, however, have significant volume requirements that fall just short of the level where bulk delivery makes economic sense. MicroBulk fills the void.

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WestAir Goes Green With Its Natural Gas Fleet

by Dan Fairchild on Jul 22, 2015

Reducing Carbon Footprint & Fuel Costs

WestAir, the leader in industrial gases and equipment in the Southwest U.S. set an aggressive goal to shrink both its carbon footprint and fuel costs by converting its extensive fleet of trucks from diesel to natural gas.

WestAir serves customers in many competitive industry sectors, from lab and life sciences to metal fabrication and food and beverage. Delivering products on time and in perfect condition is a crucial service that WestAir provides to clients.  With its clients’ needs in mind and a commitment to the environment, WestAir knew it would need to partner with another industry leader to help them make the conversion.

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Topics: Operations

MAP Gases – Protecting and Preserving Food Naturally

by Dan Fairchild on Jun 16, 2015

Food Packaging with Less Spoilage & Waste and Fewer Preservatives

To appeal to today’s discerning customer, food needs to be minimally processed, attractively packaged, and healthy.


Whether your product is a rich bodied wine, a bag of gourmet nuts or a specially blended olive oil, natural deterioration and spoilage threaten freshness and shelf life.  In addition, external factors such as temperature, hygienic conditions, gas atmosphere and processing methods will affect the quality of the product you deliver to market. 

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Before you send the Beverage Bat-Signal®!

by Dan Fairchild on Jun 9, 2015

Solve a lot of beverage carbonation problems yourself!

You may not call Batman®, but a call to your gas supplier or soda provider may be necessary when you’re faced with flat beer, mixes or soda pop.  Not that you’re under enough pressure already, but a crowded bar will have the patience of a gnat if foamy beer makes them wait too long.

Great gas suppliers or soda providers will be there when you need them to solve these problems.  But the reality is that in the time it takes for them to get to you, customers will get grumpy and losses will mount.

Perfect carbonation makes for happy customers and better profits.

Time is money…and customer satisfaction.

Take advantage of WestAir’s experience helping bars and restaurant’s cost-effective perfect carbonation.  The following table describes beverage carbonation problems and solutions that you can often quickly do yourself to keep your customers happy.

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Topics: Beverage

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