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Harsco delivers 75,000th cooler section.

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Harsco Industrial Air-X-Changers (AXC) shipped its 75,000th ASME-certified cooler section in October, the Tulsa, OK-based producer of natural gas compression cooling systems announced.

The milestone section was one of three cooling sections included in a Model 132 F 2 engine-driven, multiple-fan cooler built for a gas compressor project in Mansoura, Egypt. The unit shipped on Oct. 22 from the AXC headquarters plant at Tulsa's Port of Catoosa and will be part of a multiple-unit compressor station helping to bring natural gas to Egyptian markets.

The section was the 75,000th AXC section certified as meeting the internationally recognized standards of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC). The BPVC is the largest and oldest ASME standard. Now running to 12 volumes and reviewed every three years, the BPVC provides strict rules for the design, fabrication and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME includes more than 120,000 members in over 150 countries.

The cooling section is a core component of any air-cooled heat exchanger used for cooling natural gas in the compression process, comprising a precision-engineered matrix of tubes through which gas flows in the cooling process. Gas is cooled by air forced or drawn across the section by a fan.

"We received our first ASME Certificate of Authorization in 1957 and our first ASME-certified unit shipped in 1958," said AXC Vice President and General Manager Eric Clower. "As components of the ASME-certified sections we've delivered since then--now 75,000 and counting--we've produced more than 200 million feet of tubing and more than 150,000 box headers. That doesn't include the thousands of cooler sections and other components we've manufactured that didn't require ASME certification."

"This 75,000th ASME-certified cooling section is a major milestone in Air-X-Changers' half-century history of leadership in gas compression cooling. It testifies to the experience and expertise that goes into every product we ship--and to the tradition of excellence in engineering and manufacturing we're building upon as we move forward in serving the worldwide gas compression industry," Clower added. Harsco Industrial Air-X-Changers has been a leading manufacturer of air-cooled heat exchangers used in gas compression and other industries for more than 58 years. Operating as a unit of Harsco Corporation since 1976, the company was known as Air-X-Changers until rebranding in 2010. The company's products--available in a full range of models, types and configurations and used around the world--protect gas compression equipment and control the conditioning of natural gas from the wellhead through compression, processing and delivery through pipeline distribution systems.

The company also produces lube oil cooling systems tailored to the needs of turbine operators, and has adapted its designs for use in power generation, landfill gas compression and other applications.

In addition, the company manufactures cooler replacement components--not just for its own units, but for any make or model of gas compression cooler in service and offers a full range of on-site field services.

Harsco Industrial Air-X-Changers has been registered as an ISO-9000:2008 company since 1995 with all U.S. facilities covered by this ISO registration.



The company's operation in Queensland, Australia received its ASME Certificate of Authorization in 2011. The company has also secured its license to import products into China and has launched projects in the Middle East and other parts of the global market.
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Title Annotation:Tech Notes: Product Development
Publication:Pipeline & Gas Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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