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Finnradiator specialises in the design and production of radiator solutions for heavy-duty off-road vehicles, trucks, and buses. Thanks to things like next-generation CuproBraze technology, its products help manufacturers meet new Euro 4 and Tier 4 emission standards.

Established back in 1926, Finnradiator has a long history of manufacturing radiators for the automotive industry and focuses on the design and production of radiators for heavy-duty trucks and off-road vehicles used in areas such as construction and agriculture.

Today’s Finnradiator is an expert in the design and production of copper and aluminium radiators based on either a sandwich or combicooler structure – and supplies water radiators, charge air coolers, oil coolers, combicoolers, complete radiator systems, and expansion tanks.

Worldwide cooperation with other companies in the field and close partnerships with its customers, together with ISO-certified manufacturing, enable Finnradiator to deliver solutions tailored to vehicle manufacturers’ specific needs. While Finnradiator’s specialty is small runs of niche products, the scalability of its operations means that it can offer flexibility in terms of both volume and product type when needed.

Going with CuproBraze

With the introduction of new legislation in Europe, Japan, and the US designed to reduce emissions from diesel engines in areas such as NOx, CO2, and particulates, coolers will need to be increasingly efficient and durable. Which is why Finnradiator has invested in CuproBraze technology and has had a dedicated CuproBraze production line in operation since 2006.

CuproBraze technology offers multiple benefits, such as greater durability at elevated temperatures, better thermal efficiency, and improved corrosion resistance – all of which makes it the technology of choice for heavy-duty applications, such as off-road vehicles, tractors, locomotives, stationary generators, heavy-duty highway trucks, and hybrid cars.

Finnradiator’s CuproBraze-based radiators ensure that manufacturers can achieve Euro 4 and Tier 4 emissions standards without compromising on power or having to sacrifice limited space in engine compartments. Units consume less power, and charge air coolers, for example, do not need a precooler.

Thanks to their higher tensile strength and greater heat and pressure tolerance, Finnradiator’s CuproBraze products are more reliable, need less maintenance, and offer lower overall life cycle costs. Cleaning is easy, using pressurised water or air. If a unit does need to be repaired, work can easily be carried out in the field as well, reducing downtime and the need to carry heavy spare part inventories.

The enhanced corrosion resistance and overall reliability provided by Finnradiator’s CuproBraze products mean that they are particularly well-suited to use in harsh conditions where radiators can be subject to heavy vibration – such as mining and construction, military applications, timber harvesting, and agriculture, for example.

Finnradiator’s CuproBraze products are well-suited to the harsh conditions found in areas such as mining and construction.
> Juho Partanen
(Published in HighTech Finland 2011)