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Article Date: 10th June 2014

Airedale International - Engineering is in the Blood at Leeds-based Cooling Specialist, Airedale International

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Airedale Rob and Tony Bedard

Following the significant expansion of its engineering department over the past year, Airedale International has recently promoted Robert Bedard to the position of Project Engineering Team Leader.

Rob, who followed up a mechanical engineering degree with a doctorate in wave turbulence from the University of Hull, joined the Leeds manufacturer of specialist cooling systems as Project Engineer in February 2013 having completed a summer placement in 2008. Rob, who has authored several articles for peer reviewed journals, has already been involved in a number of high profile data centre projects for Airedale.

The project engineering team is responsible for the design of special products to meet very specific or challenging applications. A typical example of this type of project has been the recent collaboration with Airedale’s Johannesburg manufacturing facility to design a modular data centre cooling unit for Vodacom Pty Ltd. The units are key to the telecommunications giant’s large-scale programme to roll out facilities in remote locations and under widely divergent climatic conditions throughout southern Africa.

Leeds-born Rob, who lives in Yeadon and is a keen Rhinos fan, is looking forward to the challenge ahead: “I have played a part in a number of process improvements already and I’m looking to continue with this. There is a rather apt quote from Winston Churchill: “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often” which is quite fitting, both with the ethos of Modine’s MOS/MPS and the nature of the work we do which requires us to consistently adapt.” MOS/MPS (Modine Operating System/Modine Production System) is a system designed to drive process improvements in the pursuit of quality and efficiency which is widely practised throughout the Modine group of companies, to which Airedale belongs. Following the significant expansion of its engineering department over the past year, Airedale International has recently promoted Robert Bedard to the position of Project Engineering Team Leader.

Rob, who followed up a mechanical engineering degree with a doctorate in wave turbulence from the University of Hull, joined the Leeds manufacturer of specialist cooling systems as Project Engineer in February 2013 having completed a summer placement in 2008. Rob, who has authored several articles for peer reviewed journals, has already been involved in a number of high profile data centre projects for Airedale.

The project engineering team is responsible for the design of special products to meet very specific or challenging applications. A typical example of this type of project has been the recent collaboration with Airedale’s Johannesburg manufacturing facility to design a modular data centre cooling unit for Vodacom Pty Ltd. The units are key to the telecommunications giant’s large-scale programme to roll out facilities in remote locations and under widely divergent climatic conditions throughout southern Africa.

Leeds-born Rob, who lives in Yeadon and is a keen Rhinos fan, is looking forward to the challenge ahead: “I have played a part in a number of process improvements already and I’m looking to continue with this. There is a rather apt quote from Winston Churchill: “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often” which is quite fitting, both with the ethos of Modine’s MOS/MPS and the nature of the work we do which requires us to consistently adapt.” MOS/MPS (Modine Operating System/Modine Production System) is a system designed to drive process improvements in the pursuit of quality and efficiency which is widely practised throughout the Modine group of companies, to which Airedale belongs.

Rob says he is driven by the need to understand how things work. “I am fortunate to be in a role where I can see the work that goes on - from sales right through to commissioning. It’s inspirational to see the efforts of so many people come together in a finished product.”

Engineering is obviously in the blood. Rob’s partner Lisa, who he will be marrying this October, and father Tony are both engineers. Tony has worked at Airedale for the last 35 years, rising to the position of Technical Quality Engineering Manager having worked in a number of the company’s functions during his career. 

Rob says he is driven by the need to understand how things work. “I am fortunate to be in a role where I can see the work that goes on - from sales right through to commissioning. It’s inspirational to see the efforts of so many people come together in a finished product.”

Engineering is obviously in the blood. Rob’s partner Lisa, who he will be marrying this October, and father Tony are both engineers. Tony has worked at Airedale for the last 35 years, rising to the position of Technical Quality Engineering Manager having worked in a number of the company’s functions during his career.

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