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Cylinder order for the RAN

Supplier: H.I.Fraser
04 June, 2009

Once again our broad range of products and services has been recognised with a significant order of specialised products.

This time we've been appointed to deliver the first of a series of large volume, high and low pressure buffer cylinders for the Royal Australian Navy for use on the ANZAC class frigates.

These cylinders included a combination of seamless steel and fabricated copper nickel cylinders with Hale Hamilton bottle tops and drain valves, all manufactured to specific DIN and shock compliant standards.

We were able to source the seamless steel HP pressure cylinders from Chesterfield Special Cylinders out of the UK and we had the copper nickel cylinders manufactured here in Australia. Our Repair and Overhaul team then assembled and tested the cylinders and bottle tops before dispatching to the Navy.

The contract has been ongoing through the 2008-2009 financial year and we expect to make the final deliveries before the end of June.

H.I.Fraser has been the Australian agent for Chesterfield Special Cylinders since 2007. Chesterfield specialize in large to ultra large cylinders with capacity to manufacture cylinders up to 2000 litres (water volume) with working pressures up to 300 Bar. Applications for Chesterfield cylinders include:

  • Helium and nitrogen buffer storage
  • Bulk transport of hydrogen
  • Buffering systems for semi-submersible drill rigs
  • Air-start for gas turbines and diesel engines
  • Storage for breathing air systems in the mining and dive support industries.

We have also been the Australian agent for Hale Hamilton Valves for over 50 years. Hale Hamilton have over 50 years experience in the design, manufacture and sale of High Pressure, High Flow Control Valves and application specific Systems for both Military and Industrial applications. Many of their products and systems carry NATO approvals and approval for Medical Oxygen use.

The industries in which Hale Hamilton operate are wide and varied. Their particular areas of expertise include:

  • Military (Navy, Air force and Army)
  • Gas Producers
  • CNG filling systems for automotive applications
  • Power Generation
  • Off-Shore
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Compressors
  • Blow Moulding Machinery
  • Medical and Laboratory equipment