Quality and Innovation
Maintaining our reputation for quality while continuously investing in new product development is key to Airedale’s success. The Airedale Quality Management System sets the standard for all our client interactions, from enquiry to delivery and beyond.
Airedale Quality Management System
The Airedale Quality Management System (AQMS) has been developed to ensure that quality is a priority in everything that we do at Airedale, with the client at the centre of our processes. Our solutions are engineered to perform in the toughest conditions, so every step that our projects go through are underpinned by robust processes and a culture of quality-first across the organisation.
Watch the AQMS video to go on a journey through every aspect of our processes, from order to shipment, at our state-of-the-art headquarters in Leeds, UK.
Great businesses never stand still. Our Airedale Quality Management System sets the standard today, but Continuous Improvement projects shape the future success of our quality and efficiency strategy. Airedale staff are trained and practice the following continuous improvement techniques:
- Six Sigma
- Value Stream Mapping
- Lean Manufacturing
- Root cause problem solving (DMAIC)
We aim to involve all employees in one or more continuous improvement projects every year. Quality, innovation and continuous improvement strategies are employed in all business areas by everyone.
Airedale employees are encouraged to contribute to the decision making progress and as such are informed about company goals, objectives and activities. Everyone is encouraged to take a proactive approach to quality, taking responsibility for their actions both to produce a good quality air conditioning product today and improve our products and services for tomorrow.
Research & Development
“Our aim is to be visionary and never stand still in our three core development pillars of leading-edge technology, energy efficiency, and the environment.”
At Airedale we don’t stand still. We listen to the market and we investigate disruptive technologies. A large proportion of our profits are re-invested in R&D and we constantly strive to move forwards and be ahead of the game. We also take our environmental responsibilities seriously and constantly look at ways to minimise the impact our products have on the planet.
Innovative product development is key to Airedale’s success, setting air conditioning industry standards and giving Airedale the edge when it comes to manufacturing expertise and addressing industry, economic and environmental challenges.
We invest heavily on research and development to deliver continuously improving, cutting-edge cooling systems. Our state-of-the-art research facilities in the hands of our proactive, committed R&D team ensure that we are renowned for our pioneering approach to air conditioning product development and innovation, as each system is designed and developed with skill and care to maximise energy efficiency and optimise operational performance.
We manufacture a range of integrated air conditioning systems with unrivalled quality and versatility. We use only the latest components from global leaders within their field such as Bitzer, Carel, Copeland, Danfoss, EBM-Papst, and Ziehl-Abegg. We then apply each of these components to maximise the benefits and optimise the system performance, always working to stay at the forefront of energy efficiency and innovation. For us, quality products rely on outstanding design. We use state-of-the-art techniques and development programmes to continuously improve products; we believe that quality is led by design and can only be achieved with large investment in R&D.
Next generation AC technology
Airedale strives to deliver flexible, quality products and services that are stringently tested to air conditioning industry standards, innovatively designed and engineered by professionals.
From our UK centre of excellence for air conditioning and research, over 250 specialist engineers ensure that each and every product is designed to challenge and advance previous generation technology.
Design is critical to everything we do; our engineers develop products that continuously reduce environmental impact. This is a culture that is embedded in all of our processes and air conditioning systems: ‘Green’ issues such as carbon reduction technology and leak detection now play a major role in all Airedale research and development programmes.
Technology is at the heart of every product we produce. We use next generation design and manufacturing techniques to drive quality and flexibility. Efficient lean production techniques remove wastage and continually improve the products and services we launch.
Quality and innovation is prioritised during all stages of design, production and aftersales support ensuring system performance is guaranteed. By combining the use of industry best practice and a forward-thinking approach, we are able to offer more flexible cooling solutions to customers.
Airedale has invested in a multi-million pound 1,323m² purpose-built facility that sets the standard as one of the most advanced air conditioning product testing centres of its kind, and one of the biggest in Europe.