Founded in 1974 and now employing 450 people worldwide with production facilities in South Africa and China, Airedale has become the industry leader in the research, design and manufacture of an extensive range of chillers, close control and comfort products. The 25,000 square metre production facility in Leeds is regarded as a centre of excellence for air conditioning and incorporates a cutting-edge test centre.
During the manufacturing process the air conditioning units are built up in several stages and can range in weight from 1.5 tonnes to 9 tonnes. Once assembled, the units have to be moved into and out of the test centre and finally to the despatch bay for loading with a crane.
Airedale Manufacturing Systems Engineer Tim Palmer explained: “With increased production targets and physically larger units to manufacture, it became apparent that we needed to introduce a safer and more efficient method of moving the products inside the factory. After a couple of demonstrations from Nu-Star we incorporated part of their coupling mechanism into the mobile base units on which our air conditioning units are assembled. This enabled us to use the Super Pusher like a general purpose tractor unit and manoeuvre all the units anywhere in the factory. What was a time consuming task involving four to five people is now a simple and safe operation carried out by one person. There has been an accompanying improvement in productivity.”
Nu-Star manufactures a comprehensive range of pedestrian-operated, electric tuggers specifically designed to improve shop-floor productivity. The tuggers eliminate the risks of manual handling and take the place of larger, more expensive fork lifts / tractor units.
The Nu-Star product range is manufactured in Derbyshire, UK and is available throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand through approved Distributors. N & S. America & Canada are served from NuStar Inc in Minneapolis, USA.