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  • Jul 09 / 2014
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Our Sydney office has moved!

Our Sydney sales office has moved out of unit 19 and into unit 73 in the same complex! Spreading out our staff have moved out of sharing an office with Faircloth & Reynolds into our own premises with more room. Stop by and visit Seda and Vivian in their new digs at 73/45 Powers Rd, Seven Hills

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  • Jul 08 / 2014
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What is an electric element?

Ever wondered how an electric tubular element works? Check out our latest Youtube video to find out! Electric tubular elements are one of the most versatile and efficient forms of heating today and it’s amazing how something so simple can be made into some of the most intricate designs in the heating industry.

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ThermaLoad is here!

ThermaLoad is TEE’s new range of Intelligent Load Banks.
Our load banks are offered in a variety of formats and options including standard modular designed units, portable units, trailer-mounted, marine and more!

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  • Jul 06 / 2014
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New Malaysian Representative – EnhanceTrack!

Thermal are pleased to announce the appointment of EnhanceTrack as a representative of our company in Malaysia.
After significant growth in our sales of the Ex certified hazardous area heater range, ThermalEx, in the South East Asian region, TEE has appointed Benedict Foo, who attended the OGA exhibition with TEE in June this year, as our Malaysian representative.
Benedict and his company EnhanceTrack are very well established in the Malaysian Oil & Gas industry and will provide extensive knowledge of the area as well as a local point of contact for our Malaysian customers.
With this partnership, we look forward to furthering our success in the South East Asian region and supplying high quality products and service to the area.

  • Jul 05 / 2014
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Congratulations to Cameron Harrison from Coolmaster!

TEE would like to congratulate Cameron Harrison from Coolmaster on winning our Customer Feedback competition drawn today.
Cameron has won himself a brand new iPad Mini so he can download and play with all the latest Appstore apps.
Congratulations Cameron, and thank you to everyone who provided feedback to us and entered the competition.

  • Jul 04 / 2014
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Visit us at OGA 2013 – Malaysia!

TEE will be exhibiting at the OGA exhibition from the 5th to 7th of June, 2013.
The 14th Asian Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Engineering Exhibition will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The OGA series, The Region’s No 1 Oil and Gas Event is the biggest and most comprehensive event in the Asian region which hosts exhibitors from the Oil and Gas industry worldwide.

Register now!

  • Jul 03 / 2014
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Make sure you’re covered with the new IECEx Mobile App

IECEx has a new mobile app available for both Apple and Android users to keep up to date
with the certificates for Ex certified companies.
The app gives access to the IECEx Certificate of Conformity system covering Ex Certified Equipment.
Make sure you’re covered by checking that your suppliers certificate is valid.
Available in both online and offline modes so it can be accessed anywhere. Get it now!

  • Jul 02 / 2014
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Our Perth office has moved!

Our Perth office has moved this week from Hay St down to
9/17 Prowse St, West Perth.
The growth of our WA customer base has seen the need for us to move to a more permanent location in order to service their needs better.
All Perth contact details will remain the same, you can call on 08 9363 8700
or email perth@thermalelectric.com.au

  • Jul 01 / 2014
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EDH Handing Side – finding the best fit

Why are our electric duct heaters more efficient? Because we take the time to determine the handing side, giving you the optimal position for your electric duct heater within the ductwork. Finding the best position not only makes it easier to service the unit (by ensuring it is located in an easily accessible side of the ductwork) but it optimises the over temperature measuring within the ductwork by positioning the thermostats correctly in relation to duct size and air flow
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  • Jun 29 / 2014
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Lean Manufacturing – more than just a trend

In March 2009, Coffs Harbour was hit by devastating floods and the TEE factory, for the first time in 20 years, found itself under a foot of water. While the company’s directors were evacuated by boat, the lean manufacturing program that was by then well established in the company managed to save them from a very large damage bill…

Before the Lean program was introduced, a lot of stock, raw materials and even paperwork were stored under benches, on the floor and anywhere they would fit. All of this would have been lost in the floods, where there was simply no time to prepare for the influx of water that came up through the drains. But because of the 5S program, these areas were clear and free of stock (which had mostly been sold off) and raw materials (which were correctly shelved and stored) and paperwork (which had been archived and stored on the upper level), minimising the floods damage and allowing TEE to return to full scale production after only one day (many other companies in the area were closed for weeks following these floods).

TEE uses a modified 5S system (incorporating the 5S principles of Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardise and Sustain) to organise and optimise every process in the company, from filing paperwork to element production to despatching. The system is constantly evaluated to ensure it is not only working but improving the company.

TEE’s stock and stores had gotten completely out of control, to the point where it became too hard to look for a part amongst the stockpile, so staff would simply order a new one to avoid delays, which in turn, meant that the stockpile would never get smaller! During the implementation phase of the 5S program, the amount of items that were found lurking in corners or behind other stock were simply staggering and after implementing the program Thermal has reduced its stock holdings by 10%, not to mention the nearly $8,000 that was made by selling off unneeded items and equipment that was found. By getting on top of this ‘hoarding’ syndrome, TEE managed to reduce costs in the purchasing department by 5%!

Thermal prides itself on maintaining the fastest lead times in the industry and the lean manufacturing program has gone a long way to making this easier and our lead times even shorter. The simple idea of having an organised workspace where tools and storage are clearly labelled and all excess stock or rubbish is constantly removed means that every employee can quickly and easily find the parts and tools they need to do the job. From the admin staff right through production to despatch, the time saved by having a 10% improvement on processing times adds up to big savings to both TEE and the customer!

Everything has been looked at, from the simple process of removing rubbish and excess stock, through to examining each and every process for validity and efficiency. Anything that wasn’t necessary to the process or the product has been removed in order to minimise wasted time and effort. Now items are being produced faster (meaning lower labour costs), out the door faster (meaning less downtime for the customer) and with less errors (meaning less wastage).

With better layouts in both the factory and offices, TEE staff have found it a much more pleasant working environment, with no clutter crowding them into small areas. From this, many employees at Thermal have begun adopting the 5S attitude in their home lives as well, with ‘blitzes’ being done to remove unused items that may have been in the home for years and labelling and organisation being put in place to make their personal lives easier and less cluttered.