Black and white silver gelatin photograph of hot water system in ceiling space of Building 5, Sheet Film, Kodak factory, Coburg, June 1958.

In this view of the ceiling space, a steam heated hot water system is mounted on the timber platform at one end of the building. Since 70kPa steam was available in the building for the air conditioning systems, it was deemed that the most efficient way to provide hot water for this building was with a steam heated hot water storage tank close to the main users, such as washrooms, workshops and the canteen. Hot water was continually recirculated around the building to ensure that heated water was immediately available at the outlets.

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

This is a view in the ceiling space above the production rooms of Building 5 Sheet Film showing a hot water system mounted on the timber platform. The cold water header tank can be seen mounted on a pipe rack above the insulated hot water tank with an insulated steam pipe with control and condensate valves coming in from the left. The outgoing insulated hot water line to service the building is just visible behind the header tank at the top right and a circulating pump (circulating hot water around the building) shows directly below the header tank.

Physical Description

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

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