Welcome to 2016
Posted On: December 18, 2015
Welcome to the Puritan Arctic Equipment Company - 2016
Puritan Arctic Equipment Company (PAEC) Designs and Builds Great Machines
So it’s the start of a new year. 2016 is upon us. We started back to work this week with new hopes and resolutions, challenges, and hurdles to overcome.
For those of us who work in the toughest industries and coldest climates such as the oil fields of Alaska and Canada, you’re also probably hoping for oil prices to rise and the pains of this tough industry to subside.
2016 budgets will no doubt be tough in the oil industry this year. Managers and Supervisors will be expected to outperform last year by reducing operating overhead and maintain safety while increasing productivity and over all company performance.
Operating Overhead reduction is a vast topic and Puritan Arctic Equipment Company doesn’t propose to have all the answers. However, we can identify a simple way to dramatically reduce fleet operating costs, fleet maintenance expense, and fleet equipment capital depreciation by simply reducing equipment idling.
Stop Idling? Easier Said than Done ...
In the coldest fields of the North, historically we keep our equipment running at all times. Battery levels need to be maintained and diesel engines are unlikely to start when needed.
Driver/Operators spend long periods in their cabs waiting for loads and unloads.
The bitter cold makes for a highly dangerous environment for all. Keeping equipment warm and operational at all times is Mission Critical.
Some Idling Facts:
- Truck & Equipment Batteries stay charged.
- Engines are running but are nonetheless cold.
- Idling results in severe tailpipe emissions and increased Carbon Footprint
- Inside the Cab is warmer than outside, but only just.
- Engines are ‘wet stacking’.
- Engines are wearing badly.
- Idling results in a significant increase in maintenance expense.
- Idling consumes significant amounts of fuel, magnified by larger fleet sizes.
- Equipment Depreciation is based on ‘engine-hours’. 90% Idling / 10% equipment utilization (or worse) are typical in Oil Field operations.
Is an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) suitable for Arctic Operation?
Historically; No. But keep reading ...
APU’s have been developed to provide ‘engine-off’ battery charging and cabin cooling only. APU’s are made for ‘on highway’ and limited operation.
They are a low budget technology and this is reflected in the build quality, performance, and reliability of today’s APU’s. Furthermore, they don’t produce heat of any consequence. Most manufacturers claim less than 3kW of thermal output (~10,000 Btu/hr.) which has almost no effect on cabin heat at subzero temperatures.
Whether it’s the truck engine or the APU diesel engine, they are both cold-blooded beasts. An APU won’t produce heat unless it is specifically designed for this purpose.
Introducing the Puritan Arctic Equipment Company’s Arctic Heat Generator…
The PAEC family of APU’s, known as Arctic Heat Generators (AHG) are designed exclusively for the Arctic environment with respect to climate and the brutal operating conditions of oil fields in the North.
The AHG1000 and AHG2000 are built-tough for on and off highway use, they include fluid containment that meet the requirements of the DNR, and generate five to ten times more heat than a budget APU.
At the heart of all PAEC AHG’s is a Liquid Heat Generator (LHG) designed and manufactured by our sister company Ventech, LLC. This engine-driven accessory generates heated coolant almost instantaneously and at over 98% efficiency. The AHG2000 produces over 80,000 Btu’s/hr. dependent on AHG RPM.
New for 2016 - The AHG1000 Economy Arctic Heat Generator - PRELIMINARY RELEASE
For 2016, PAEC is pleased to announce the launch of our AHG1000, a new compact version of the legendary AHG2000 that offers up to 80% efficiency (Fuel Input to Heat Energy Output). The AHG1000 is smaller and less expensive than its larger sibling but boasts very similar features. The entry level AHG1000 boasts an impressive 55,000 Btu/hr. thermal output, a 95 Amp alternator, and a new Touchscreen In-Cab Interface for full control and diagnostics.
AHG1000 Options include an onboard Air Compressor, 110VAC Generator, and an 80,000 Btu/Hr. upgrade. Future options will include Telematics (GPS tracking) and Remote Control via a Smart Device such as phone or tablet.
Click here for more information on the AHG1000