API Heat Transfer has installed a new calorimet- ric air flow test lab, which can simulate air flows to 30,000 scfm and air tem- peratures within engine compartments. Fluid flow loopsincludeaqueousgly- col, water and oils.
A COOL NEW APPROACH TO HEAT TRANSFER API Heat Transfer installs air flow test lab with 30,000 scfm capacity; focuses on growth in on- and off-highway markets
BY DAWN M. GESKE As heat transfer manufacturer API Heat Transfer makes its way into 2010, its focus is aimed on advancing the testing and development of its air-cooled, shell and tube, and plate products market- ed under the Airtech, Basco and Schmidt brands. The Buffalo, N.Y.-headquartered company has installed a new 30,000 scfm capacity calorimetric airflow test lab, completed a 53,000 sq.ft. addi- tion to its Buffalo manufacturing plant and expanded its business in both the on- and off-highway markets, recently securing a 2010 contract with Spartan Chassis for custom cooling packages. Under the Airtech brand, API Heat Transfer produces vacuum-brazed alu- minum bar and plate coolers, vacuum- brazed aluminum radiators in two-, three- or four-row depths and with a variety of external fins and pre-cooler, chiller, reheater (PCR) for air dryers and aluminum fan-cooled oil coolers and after-cooler units. Its Basco line features a complete range of custom and standard shell and tube designs including TEMA types, fixed and removable bundle designs, extended surface plate fin units and a family of pre-engineered standard pipe size heat exchangers. The Schmidt series comprises a full range of plate heat exchangers including gasketed plate and frame, semi-welded, all-welded, plate and shell, and brazed units, as well as complete thermal systems. As API Heat Transfer extended its reach deeper into the on- and off- highway markets, it realized a need for expanded testing capabilities in order to truly meet the needs of its customers. To meet this objective, the company installed a calorimetric test stand and necessary process loops. With the added capacity of the test lab, API Heat Transfer said it is able to