Vidal Sassoon Goes Industrial?

Posted by Ross Mason on Jan 25, 2022

Vidal Sassoon Goes Industrial?

It's a sure bet that Mr. Sassoon didn't have anything but styling in mind when he began selling hair dryers decades ago. He passed away several years back, but he would probably appreciate Obtainium's innovation and sense of creativity. Credit goes to this guy—Dan Matthews.

Dan Matthews

Dan came up with a quick, efficient way to test the cooling capacity of four weatherproof cabinets headed for the hot steamy summers of Mississippi. Tombigbee Electric, a Tupelo-based public utility wanted to make sure the four cabinets purchased—industrial surplus—were in good working order. That's important because it can get downright hot in Elvis Presley's birthplace. The cabinets will house heat-sensitive electronics, so there has to be a good way to cool them off to avoid possible damage. Makes sense, but how do you quickly test cabinets in Idaho's chilly winter. Somehow, the Obtainium crew had to figure out a way to replicate hot August nights and days even though its winter and somewhere close to freezing in Boise.

“How about a hair dryer?”

Dan Matthews

Good idea Dan. There are probably a number of ways to simulate the kind of heat that marks Mississippi summers, but the hair dryer was nearby and easy. The suggestion sounded good to boss John Schiff. They went to work documenting the test of each cabinet by recording it on an iPhone. Then it was uploaded to YouTube so the Tombigbee crew could view the test. You can watch the whole video here

Vidal Sassoon to the rescue

The cooling unit gets the thumbs up

Dan and John, with the help of others, tested the HVAC components in the Hoffman weatherized aluminum enclosures before they were shipped to Tupelo. The objective was to evaluate the heat pump's primary cooling and heating functions. We can confidently report that all units tested performed perfectly.

“Wait a Minute. Who is this Tom Bigbee guy?”

Tombigbee Electric serves the central Mississippi area with electricity and high speed internet. The moniker likely sounds like a founding father or maybe an important historic figure, but its a Choctaw name for the river that flows through Mississippi and Alabama. Eventually it flows into other waters before reaching the Gulf of Mexico. You can learn more about Tombigbee Electric at their website

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