New Premises Acquired
AR Industrial has made considerable investment in new facilities which along with our Thailand manufacturing facility provides enormous capacity, reduced lead times, and flexibility in construction methods.
Our new premises are located at 119 Bedford Street, Gillman, South Australia 5013.
The Longest Single Coil Module in the Southern Hemisphere
ARI can manufacture ‘One Piece’ coil type radiators up to 11.5metres long, limited only by containerization and transport constraints (40’ shipping containers and semi-trailers) One piece coil type radiators are more cost effective to build as opposed to joining multiple smaller units. ARI have the Infrastructure to assemble and load onto transport inside our facility and can also be arranged in Horizontal and ‘V-Pack’ configuration.
ARI have established a strong reputation in the
South Pacific for building product particularly
suited to aggressive salt air environments.
With the eight new ARI radiators installed and consuming substantially less fan power, the impact has been enormous on the group of small American Samoa islands where fuel is a huge cost.
AR Industrial reap huge cost savings for South Pacific Islands
Cost savings that would have seemed fanciful only a year or so ago are now being achieved by the American Samoa Power Authority with the installation of ARI cooling systems. The yearly savings are an extraordinary US$365,000 – or half a million Australian dollars – and are attributable totally to the more efficient ARI radiators. AR Industrial, established in Adelaide in 1990, is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom-built radiators for power generation and industrial applications. It's product range is totally engineered in Australia, one of the toughest proving grounds in the world for cooling systems.
American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) previously used radiators from Europe and North America but these failed due to corrosion problems. Aware of ARI’s reputation for building product particularly suited to aggressive salt air environments, ASPA commissioned the Australian company to refurbish its cooling systems at two power
stations in Pago Pago. This has occurred over the last two to three years, with eight of the original radiators being replaced with ARI units. Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, a group of islands in the South Pacific.
“We’d installed only a couple of units when ASPA began to see a marked improvement in efficiency,” says ARI engineering manager Manfred Unger. With the eight new ARI radiators installed and consuming substantially less fan power, the impact has been enormous on the group of small islands where fuel is a huge cost.
The power used to run the stations has dropped from 5.4% to 3.4% of generation which equates to 304,000 kWh a month. At a production cost of US$0.10 per kWh, the saving is US$30,400 a month or US$364,800 a year.
“ASPA is also benefiting from having a product specifically designed with non-corrosive materials and coatings to withstand the harsh, salt-laden environment,” says Manfred Unger.
“The capital cost of replacing the old cooling systems is thus amortised over a much longer period because of the extended service life of the ARI radiators.” The ARI radiators work efficiently at lower air velocities and thus require less fan power to achieve the same cooling effect. Each radiator incorporates a three-circuit cooling system which handles lube oil, intercooler and jacket water requirements for each of the 4.75MW generators.