Summary

Black and white silver gelatin photograph, condenser and chilled water pumping systems in the South Annexe of the Power House, Building 11, Kodak factory, Coburg, circa 1961.

In this image, the line of condenser water pumps on the left and the line of chilled water pumps on the right, circulated their respective waters to the condenser and chilled water shell and tube heat exchangers in the main hall on the right. The two electric motor/pump sets at the far west end of each line were installed and operational at this time, while the remaining sets were yet to be connected to the future steam driven centrifugal refrigeration compressors being installed under Stage 2. Also pictured are steam lines with expansion loops located along the middle of the annexe ceiling, and two Thomsons electric motor driven air compressors can be seen at the far west end of the building.

Along with three temporary packaged steam boilers, two electric motor driven centrifugal refrigeration compressors [rated at 1.6MW - 450 Ton), provided chilled water at 3ºC for cooling and air conditioning via the reticulated services gantry. Along with three temporary packaged steam boilers, these chillers were the first equipment to be installed in the Machinery Hall for the factory start-up period 1958-60. Following Stage 2 construction during 1960-61, these chillers formed part of the tightly integrated heating, cooling and electrical equipment of the Power House.

When completed, Building 11 consisted of an integrated machinery hall with its north & south annexes, boiler hall, evaporative water cooling towers, a 62 metre brick chimney stack, oil bunkers, tank farm and office/amenities block. This fully integrated Power House provided the most efficient use of electricity and fuel oil (and later natural gas) to match the variable load of the factory.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as, film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Description of Content

Machine room featuring condenser water pumps to the left and chilled water pumps to the right of the image. Along the ceiling there are pipes, as well as along the left wall.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper, landscape format.

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