AKG of America, a leading manufacturer of robust and efficient cooling solutions, is in the process of completing construction on a new 32,000 ft.2 Research and Development (R&D) center located on its Mebane, NC, campus. The new R&D center will allow AKG to expand New Product Introduction (NPI) within the World-Wide Group of AKG companies.
“OEM manufacturers in mining, power-generation, construction, and other markets will continue to benefit from AKG’s combined approach to lab testing based on actual field profiles,” states Steve Sydnor, U.S. R&D Manager.
As the new building is being completed, a new high-capacity water-glycol thermal cycle test stand which allows for testing of up to six heat exchangers at one time with a combined flow of 250 gpm is being built. A charge air cooler thermal cycle test stand capable of testing heat exchangers with combined internal airflow of 12,000 KG per hour at 250 C differential will follow is being built, as well. Current R&D test equipment including pressure cycle test stands, thermal imaging camera, burst testing, and analytical equipment will be relocated to the new facility. The new Mebane R&D center will complement the German R&D center located in Hofgeismar, Germany by providing capabilities specific to the U.S. market.
“The enhanced capability and size of the new test stands have the potential to be used for third party testing outside of AKG’s markets,” states Sydnor.
The new R&D center is on schedule to be operational in early 2018.