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Awarded for Our products, Recommended for Our Service

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Awarded for Our products, Recommended for Our Service

Air Radiators specialises in developing and manufacturing customised heat transfer solutions for engine cooling, hydraulic systems and mobile HVAC applications.

With manufacturing and service facilities in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Thailand, we are dedicated to our customers from design through to after sales service. Air Radiators industrial radiator products serve the power and energy generation industry, trucks and buses, construction and mining, defence, rail, oil and gas and HVAC markets. We understand tough environments, and engineer our products to thrive in challenging conditions.

Air Radiators is known for continually adapting to changing market conditions by transforming the business to position itself as an innovative full compliance solutions provider of engineered products. Air Radiators is part of Australia’s largest radiator group, Adrad, which specialises in all forms of cooling systems and operates under a quality management system certified to ISO9001.

Since 1974, when the company was initially founded, we have won numerous awards for technology, research and development, manufacturing and innovation with the most recent awards in 2019 for our newly developed and launched Alu Fin range of Heat Exchangers with the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and The Victorian Hall of Fame Awards.

Why choose Air Radiators?

Continued investments across our manufacturing plants enables us to stay at the forefront of innovation and efficiency.

The company’s success is underpinned by our investment in equipment, research and development, and creation of new products, while progressing with the changing market conditions. Air Radiators also employs advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 digitalisation methods across our facilities to reduce costs, work more efficiently and remain competitive.

Air Radiators’ innovative product range can be seen through its new patented and award winning Alu Fin Heat Exchanger product. Alu Fin packages are constructed with flexibly mounted individual finned aluminium tubes. Replacing traditional bolt-on and fully brazed heat exchangers, Alu Fin packages allow greater design flexibility and increased service life.

Recent Awards and Achievements

Awarded Leader of Innovative Product Development and Commercialisation at the 2019 Victorian Hall of Fame Awards

We are proud of our achievements, both domestically and internationally, including being the sole engine cooling system supplier to Kenworth Australia, the OEM supplier to Hitachi in Japan and Caterpillar in Thailand, Singapore and USA, and the cooling system designer and manufacturer for the Bombardier VLocity train. Air Radiators have also developed an international partnership with Booyco Engineering to diversify and enter the HVAC sector.

As a result of the strong supplier partnership with Kenworth, Air Radiators were awarded the 2016 Kenworth Most Improved Supplier of the Year and the 2017 Paccar Parts Proprietary Supplier of the year. Our Thailand facility achieved a bronze award in the Caterpillar SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Process) for 2018, recognising a capability to service the world’s largest mining equipment manufacturer. In 2019, we won the Geelong Business Excellence Award and the Victorian Hall of Fame Award for our patented Alu Fin Heat Exchanger technology.

Innovation Practices

Our new patented and award winning Alu Fin Heat Exchanger technology that allows greater flexibility design and increased service life.
The innovative practices can be seen through our new patented Alu Fin Heat Exchanger technology, developed and manufactured in-house at Air Radiators Australia. Alu Fin packages are constructed with flexibly mounted individual finned aluminium tubes. Replacing traditional heat exchangers, Alu Fin packages allow greater design flexibility and increased service life. Alu Fin is an extremely durable, low cost, lightweight product with increased design possibilities. Due to the individual tube, the product is low fouling and easy to clean being important in arduous, dusty conditions. This also translates to low service downtime and the ability to repair or replace at the point of operation.

Industry 4.0 digitalisation across all departments if our manufacturing operations allow reduced cost and improved efficiency.
We have also taken action to be innovative throughout our manufacturing plant through planned investments. Our Heat Exchange department has been redesigned to optimise floor space and reduce build times. This investment allowed for improved productivity, improved material flow and better person utilisation. Air Radiators have also implemented key digitalisation projects to enhance the value of manufacturing operations including touchscreen solutions and a robot welder. Developed in-house by Air Radiators employees based on Industry 4.0 philosophies and through the Geelong Manufacturing Council’s Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence initiative, the touchscreens have been rolled out across all departments in the plant allowing live scheduling, quicker responses to changes, reduced costs and improved efficiency. The touchscreens are primarily used for tracking and booking production, and accessing drawings, 3D models and QA data. The benefits include shortening production lead time and providing live data at point of use to enable staff to better manage daily change. Air Radiators have also invested in robotic welding in our assembly department to improve quality and efficiency.

Barcoding systems have also been implemented to improve our manufacturing operations and align with Industry 4.0. The use of barcoding systems has allowed Air Radiators to move away from paper and manual entries to a live system. This has led to improved inventory accuracy and productivity time while reducing running costs as there is no typing or printing involved making the process faster and more accurate.

Customer Service

Everyone who works at Air Radiators is a customer service agent as we constantly seek feedback through interactions at all levels and stages of our business process.

Whether it be a structured face-to-face meeting, a phone call or a shop floor conversation, we are always gauging the experience of our customer with a view to continually improve our process, staff and product offering.

As the biggest radiator supplier in Australia, Air Radiators customer base is dominated by global multinational customers who measure our performance and give constant feedback. As a Tier One supplier, our supply chain is long and complex. To manage our supply chain, we use an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software which allows us to use a system of integrated applications to automate processes in managing the data of the many functions related to material supply, finances, production forecasting, quality, customer management, supplier management and human resources.

We are fully compliant to ISO9001 Management Standards, and our train staff to implement Lean philosophies and utilise Six Sigma thinking in our designs.

Our Culture and Environment

Air Radiators started as a family business and has consciously continued to focus on our employees and their families. We are involved in various fundraisers, community support and celebrations for all employees and their families. The workplace culture at Air Radiators is defined by our values and behaviours which include continuous improvement, working in a safe way whereby ‘everyone goes home safe’, and respecting one another.

We empower our employees with skills and opportunities so that we can grow together.

By providing a safe working environment (and ensuring we comply with all employment laws and the Enterprise Agreement), developing employees through training and upskilling, and creating a teamwork focused environment. We recognise our employee’s performance through reward schemes to encourage innovative ideas and ‘above and beyond’ effort.

As Air Radiators move forward with social change, we also adopt and promote inclusiveness within the manufacturing sector. We are an active member of the Woman in Manufacturing Network program in Geelong and have participated in the GMC Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence program since its conception in 2012.

Air Radiators have made significant efforts to improve our environmental impact. Through programs such as the Geelong Manufacturing Council’s Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program, we have also improved processes to reduce waste, especially paper usage, in our daily activities. Lean manufacturing practices are employed throughout our workplace ensuring all things are done with the minimum waste.
Given the nature of the markets Air Radiators are involved in, our succession plan involves looking at ways to enter more sustainable and environmental markets including green power generation for wind farms, and electric vehicles.

A key driver of our customer service practice is our community culture. Regardless of our manufacturing location, we foster a community responsibility to build world class teams that can service our customer base. In Australia, our Lara plant is active amongst a number of community platforms including Northern Futures, the GROW program and Geelong Future Leaders of Industry. In Thailand, our plant sponsors the Amata Friendship Sport soccer team, a community-based program to build teamwork among local businesses.

Our progressive thinking and development of a good team culture allows Air Radiators to provide a world class customer experience whilst being a local SME.

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How Air Radiators Delivers a World Class Service

Excellent customer service should be at the heart of any business. At Air Radiators, we are always pushing for innovation and excellence so that we can keep delivering world-class products and unrivalled services for our customers, every time.

As leading manufacturers of industrial engine cooling solutions in Australia, we understand that cutting edge technologies are crucial for streamlining processes, reducing waste and improving efficiency. Our advanced processes help keep the costs down and make sure you get what you need when you need it.

Reduce waste to increase efficiency

With the high labour costs of producing a labour intensive product in Australia, we know that efficient systems are essential for keeping costs down for our customers. Minimising waste in our system is a top priority at Air Radiators because waste leads to inefficiencies which can cause the price of products to increase.

With a number of innovative methodologies, we are able to minimise wastage, increase efficiency and offer high quality products at competitive pricing.

Effective communication and coordination

One of the biggest areas of wastage that we have been able to eliminate is the time taken to coordinate information between our different departments.

There are many steps of communication involved in the day-to-day of our business. Information from our customers needs to make its way through administration to the shop floor, then out onto the truck to get the product to our customers. Passing information like this from one department to another has the potential to eat up precious time. In a fast paced environment where scheduling can change quickly, it is critical that information is passed on as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Through the use of innovative digital systems called Pronto and Cognos, we are able to eliminate much wasted time on communication. The result is a more efficient process from start to finish.

How we use digital systems to streamline our processes

In order to streamline our processes, we have implemented digital systems which make things simpler and smoother for our team, and allow us to deliver a world-class service to our customers.

This digital system involves having touch screens on the shop floor, meaning our employees do not need to leave the shop floor in order to complete certain tasks. This digital system results in a much faster and more efficient process.

What’s more, the digital interface Pronto allows our information to be available to all departments immediately. Instead of taking hours to manually update information and coordinate with different departments, Pronto allows us immediate, live updates straight from the shop floor.

We believe that this advancement is what puts us in a class above the rest. Digitising all of our information to make it available and live throughout the production cycle gives us the opportunity to focus on what we do best: delivering our customers the highest quality industrial engine cooling products and excellent customer service from start to finish.

What our digital processes mean for you

At Air Radiators, we are committed to satisfying our customers’ engine cooling needs and are continually striving to be the best. We understand that being the best requires innovative thinking and advanced technologies which improve customer experience and keep prices competitive.

How does our world-class digital system benefit you as a customer?

1. Quick, efficient deliveries for our Just in Time customers.

For some of our customers who require regular daily deliveries, we offer a Just in Time service. Thanks to our Pronto digital system we are able to receive updates daily from these customers and respond immediately and efficiently to meet their requirements.

2. Improved communication with our administration.

Our digital system has streamlined our administration tasks, helping us give our customers a speedier service without any hassle. By not relying on paper copies to pass on important information, we save time on printing and delivering the papers to the different departments. With this saved time we are able to focus on looking after our customers needs.

3. Real-time accurate information whenever you need it.

When our customers call up about the status of their job, our administrators are able to give them real-time accurate information without delay. Any changes in scheduling or order requirements can be communicated immediately and accurately through our digital systems.

4. Competitive pricing thanks to less waste in our processes.

Waste in any business leads to inefficiencies which are in turn reflected in a higher cost product. By having less wasted time in our processes, we are able to offer efficient services and more competitive pricing for our customers.

5. Giving you world-class products that are made in Australia.

Though it’s not always easy to be a manufacturer in Australia, we are always striving to be world leaders in industrial engine cooling. Our advanced digital systems make it possible for Air Radiators to keep offering world-class products that are made in Australia and respected on an international stage.

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AR Oil Coolers

Air Radiators’ range of oil coolers are world-class products which are suitable for applications across the hydraulic, fuels, process and transmission drive cooling markets. Manufactured from a number of different materials including aluminium, steel and copper, Air Radiators supplies AR oil coolers that are suitable for small, medium and heavy duty applications.

For applications that require unique specifications, our range of oil cooler designs can be customised to suit your requirements. We offer both packaged oil systems, which are installed with radiator systems, and stand-alone units, which have self-contained motors and fan drives to manage the heat.

Pin Fin Coolers

Australian-made Pin Fin coolers are compact in size and offer excellent performance for a wide range of applications. They are the ideal choice for fuel, transmission oil and other cooling needs. Manufactured from steel and copper, Pin Fin coolers offer high performance and extended longevity.

Pin Fin coolers use a high thermal efficiency heat transfer tube. Using wound copper wire, the external fin is mechanically bonded to the base tube in all Pin Fin coolers which helps to increase strength and robustness. The density of the external fin and internal turbulator can be varied to optimise the cooler for specific applications.

Wire wound internal turbulators are added to enhance thermal performance for a variety of applications using viscous fluids such as oil and gases including compressed air and steam.

Aluminium Tube and Fin Coolers

Aluminium Tube and Fin coolers are heavy duty coolers that are ideal for large earthmoving and materials handling machinery as they offer excellent performance and efficiency in high temperature applications. Lightweight and durable, these Australian-made oil coolers are custom manufactured to meet your specific sizing and scheduling requirements.

Aluminium Bar and Plate Coolers

Manufactured entirely from aluminium, the Bar and Plate cooler is the industry ‘go-to’ cooler for good performance across the board. It is lightweight and offers excellent thermal efficiency. What’s more, its modular construction method means it can be configured to suit a range of different application requirements and is suitable for a variety of internal fluids including oils and gases.

Aluminium Bar and Plate oil coolers perform well in high pressure and high temperature environments, they are fouling and impact resistant and come with internal turbulators to enhance thermal performance. Aluminium Bar and Plate oil coolers offer a wide range of flexibility in design, construction and application.

Steel Coolers

Made from steel, the Kim Kool oil coolers are the ideal choice for tough environments and heavy duty applications. They are robust and corrosion resistant, offering superior durability and longevity even in high pressure and high temperature environments. These qualities make them a reliable oil cooler for a wide range of applications.

Kim Kool steel oil coolers have been built for pressure applications reaching 5000PSIG and are able to be certified to ASME(U).The cooler’s durable steel fins can be power washed without deformation and an integral by-pass (pressure or thermal) can be included in the design. For applications that require unique specifications, our steel coolers can be designed accordingly.

Copper and Aluminium Coolers

The aluminium plate fin coolers are ideal for small to medium sized applications that require high heat rejection. They have low internal pressure drops, are corrosion resistant and can cope with high pressure and high temperature environments. Air Radiators’ range of Dunham-Bush Aluminium Plate Fin oil coolers are suited for both mobile and stationary applications.

Packaged & Stand-Alone Coolers

The entire range of AR oil coolers are available as custom designs or ‘like for like’ replacement panels. We offer both packaged oil systems and stand-alone units. The fully packaged systems are installed with radiator systems and can come in vertical or horizontal configurations. They include a base frame, fan, fan shroud, guard and motor. The stand-alone units have self-contained motors and fan drives to manage the heat.

For applications that have unique requirements for oil coolers, Air Radiators can accommodate by altering designs to meet your specifications. Our standard and custom-manufactured oil coolers provide first class solutions for innovative heat transfer across multiple industries. When you choose Air Radiators, you choose excellent performance and unmatched quality.

Need More Information About AR Oil Coolers?

For more information about the range of oil coolers that Air Radiators manufactures and supplies, please download the AR oil coolers brochure below.

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Air Radiators is a world-class business committed to the design and manufacture of innovative heat transfer and air movement solutions. We are renowned internationally for our quality products which thrive in challenging conditions. From radiators for engines to air and oil coolers, plate heat exchangers and fans for radiators, the wide range of Air Radiators technology empowers a variety of industrial markets including mining, heavy truck, power generation, process cooling, rail and defence.

To discuss your oil cooler needs or find out more about our other products and services, please get in touch with the team at Air Radiators. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Air Radiators win inaugural Leader in Innovative Product Development & Commercialisation Award

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Air Radiators recognised as Victoria’s Leader in Innovative Product Development 

Air Radiators were awarded the inaugural Leader in Innovative Product Development and Commercialisation Award last night at the 2019 Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Gala event in Docklands, Melbourne.

The Gala theme was centred on the Industrial Evolution highlighting the resilience of Victorian manufacturing and the people who drive the industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.

With Air Radiators’ focus on continuous improvement and progressing with Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing practices, the company has invested in its innovative product development through its new patented Alu Fin technology.

Air Radiators General Manager, Jamie Baensch, said the award recognised Air Radiators’ commitment to survive and grow as an Australian Manufacturer. 

“New product development in traditional markets such as heat exchanger manufacture is critical to our survival as an Australian manufacturer against the head winds of globalisation,” Jamie Baensch said.

“Coming up with a new idea is one thing – getting it to market is another.

“This award recognises our efforts to remain a proud, viable Australian manufacturer creating jobs and value for the Australian economy,” he said.

Alu Fin technology was developed and is manufactured in-house at Air Radiators, being the next generation in heat transfer products with its unique design developed to solve current industry limitations.

“Our new Alu Fin product is a game changer in industrial engine cooling and is already creating growth in both our local and export markets,” Jamie Baensch said.

“All credit and thanks go to the Air Radiators team who made our Alu Fin product a reality.”

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Mr Martin Pakula attended the event and highlighted the Victorian manufacturing industry’s contribution of more than $30 billion to the state’s economy each year while employing 280,000 people.

“We know that recognising the outstanding achievements of the state’s manufacturing industry is important, and the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards are a vital part of this,” Mr Martin Pakula said.

Led by Air Radiators’ Business Development and Marketing Manager, Jove Manev, the patented Alu Fin product range has been showcased to the company’s market sectors at various tradeshows, both nationally and internationally, including Bauma in Munich, Germany, Avalon Airshow here in Victoria, InnoTrans in Berlin, Germany and LandForces in Adelaide to name a few.

The Hall of Fame has been running since 2001 and recognises Victorian manufacturers who have made an ongoing impact on the industry through innovation, investment and trade and supply chain connections.

Air Radiators was inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2006.

For the full winners list, please click here.   

To see all finalists in the Souvenir Booklet, please click here.  

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Air Radiators one of Top Manufacturers to be recognised in Hall of Fame

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Air Radiators RECOGNIsED as top manufacture in hall of fame

Air Radiators have been shortlisted as finalists at the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards, which is being held on Tuesday the 14th of May 2019.

With a focus on innovative and visionary businesses working to keep Victoria’s manufacturing industry strong, Air Radiators are finalists in the Leader in Innovative Product Development award category.

The theme for the 2019 Manufacturing Hall of Fame is Industrial Evolution – highlighting the resilience of Victorian manufacturing and the people who drive the industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The Hall of Fame has been running since 2001 and recognises Victorian manufacturers who have made an ongoing impact on the industry through innovation, investment and trade and supply chain connections.

Air Radiators was inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes more than $30 billion to the state’s economy annually and employs nearly 280,000 people.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula, said, “We know that recognising the outstanding achievements of the state’s manufacturing industry is important, and the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards are a vital part of this.”

“Our manufacturing industry is innovative and internationally competitive, with strong growth in exports, business confidence and capital investment over the past year,” he said.