Apollo heaters help metal processing factory with cost savings20 May 2019

Walsall-based Cashmores, a specialist coil processor in stainless steel and aluminium, has installed Tansun infrared heaters into its factory work stations to ensure workers are comfortable all year round.

With a range of 22 processing lines, Cashmores provides a customised service for slit coil and blanks, plus first-stage manufacturing facilities for piercing, notching and embossing to provide net shape components ready for use.

Following discussions and a site survey, Tansun’s Apollo infrared heaters in black were chosen as the most suitable solution for the factory. 18 A1A and 8 A1J Apollo infrared heaters were selected for the factory’s very high ceilings and were specified to replace the existing inefficient and costly heating system and keep the area warm during the winter months.

The infrared heaters are controlled via localised switches for individual zones, which provide instant heat and allows workers to control the heating in areas only when and where required, reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

Nick Godward, production engineer at Cashmores Metals, comments: “Our sister company The Metal Centre did the research when they were looking to upgrade their heating and it was on their recommendation that we contacted Tansun. The benefit of the heaters is the localised heating, as we no longer have to heat vast areas that are sometimes unoccupied. The staff are pleased with the heaters and we have found the energy usage is negligible in comparison to the kerosene floor heaters we had before. They were very ineffective and with our six-metre roller shutter doors being opened throughout the day the heat that had generated would dissipate very quickly.”

He continues: “The installation was another factor in choosing Tansun, and the parts are similar to a lamp in a light fitting. We estimate a saving on last year’s energy bills including initial start-up costs, purchase, installation and running costs, of approx. £90,000 since it’s installation in November 2018. We were using up to £30,000 per month in kerosene alone, so we would recommend Tansun to others as a cost-effective alternative to ambient heaters because of the easiness of the process and the savings.”

The Apollo range was designed to solve heating issues in large and problem areas such as gymnasiums, warehouses, aircraft hangars and places of worship.

The heaters come with high power options, special long-lasting aluminium reflectors, a focused energy beam and a high intensity heat.

Adam Offord

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