November 16, 2010

Education is the foundation of what we do here at Kegel.  Our passion is in researching problems that exist in the bowling industry and offering products, services, systems, and support to solve those problems.  In honor of this, we are proud to welcome you to the first edition of our e-newsletter, THE INSIDE LINE.


Once every two months, THE INSIDE LINE will bring valuable information to center owners, managers, mechanics, Federations, tournament organizers, and anyone else who would like to learn more about the sport we all know and love. 


To do this, we have brought together our staff of technicians, chemists and coaches to collaborate on creating this e-newsletter for you.  With the weather change upon us, we would like to kick off our first edition by discussing how weather might affect lane conditions and what can be done to fight back.  Thank you for sharing our passion, we hope you enjoy! 

The Weather's Changing...Are Your Lane Conditions?

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It's that time of year again. Leagues began towards the end of summer, the pattern gets tweaked, and everyone starts to get back into the swing of things. Everything is going great and then boom, the weather gets colder and all of a sudden things are different. Then comes the question every manager and lanes person has heard more than they can count, "What happened?"


The products that a bowling center uses to create optimal lane conditions, like lane machines, conditioners, cleaners, and even the lanes themselves, are all physical in nature and therefore temperature dependent. So as temperature changes, the properties and performance of all those products will change as well.


So how do changes in those physical properties show up in the bowling center? They show up in lane machine performance, oil pattern differences, lane topography changes, and of course, what the bowlers feel and see in ball reaction. As the temperature of the conditioner gets colder, the viscosity, surface tension, and density all increase which not only affects ball motion, this also affects different lane machines in different ways.


For this article, we will discuss these changes and offer advice on how to minimize the effects of cold weather on lane conditions. We will focus on the products used to condition the lanes, and in the next issue, we will move on to discuss the topographical changes the lane surface goes through as the climate changes.

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Kustomer Test Drive Program

TEST DRIVEHave you ever just wanted to Test Drive a lane machine for a couple weeks just to see if it was all you heard it was? Now you can with Kegel's new Kustomer Test Drive program.


Experience the ease and exacting operation of the Kegel Kustodian Ion Sport, the lane machine choice of the USBC, WTBA, ABF, ETBF and PABCON, the governing bodies of bowling, in your bowling center for two weeks, risk free.


Contact Kegel or your local Kegel Distributor to set up your Kustomer Test Drive today! For more details, click here.

Chris Chartrand Promoted to Kegel President

Chris Chartrand 100x100Kegel announces the promotion of Chris Chartrand to President. He will be responsible for Kegel's strategic direction and daily operations.


Chartrand joined Kegel in 1999 when the company began its own branded line of lane machines. He was instrumental in building Kegel's worldwide distribution network and formally created the marketing and sales division.


In 2003 Chartrand became the Vice President of Marketing and Sales launching some of Kegel's most successful products like the world's best selling lane conditioner Prodigy, the innovative tablet cleaner FiZZiON, and the entire Kustodian line of lane machines, the world's best selling lane machines.


Chartrand graduate with Honors from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in General Communications and a minor in Business. He has also worked in the bowling industry for over 20 years in various areas.

In This Issue
The Weather's Changing...Are Your Lane Conditions?
Kegel Kustomer Test Drive Program
Chris Chartrand Promoted to Kegel President
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