Airdyne, the ‘first choice in quality refrigeration systems’
Founded in 1990 by Owner and President Tony Bedi, Airdyne Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (Airdyne) is a major manufacturer of a complete line of quality commercial refrigeration equipment. Airdyne purchased Refrigerator Manufacturers on Nov. 18, 2012. Together, the company’s diverse products include walk-in coolers and freezers to be used in the food/restaurant industry, hotels and hospitals. It also provides a variety of custom-designed indoor and outdoor condensing units (both air cooled and water cooled), remote and pre-charged condensing units, custom-designed refrigeration systems, chillers, and even a new fluid cooling system for yogurt machines (Glycol-Pak), providing a total package to clients and giving them total satisfaction.
Originally established to meet the special needs of the restaurant industry for a compact and custom-designed refrigeration package, Airdyne now has one of the most complete lines of refrigeration machinery in the market, with new lines constantly being added.
Bedi describes Airdyne’s origins: “Basically, we started the refrigeration business in 1973 with Denny’s restaurants when they were going public and were going to operate 120+ stores all over the country. They wanted a supplier who could provide them a designed product so each one looked the same. Service becomes a hassle when you don’t know what equipment you have. How are you going to service it? How are you going to stock parts? If you’re down, you could be down for an extended amount of time, and with refrigeration, you can’t afford to be down. The food will spoil.”
Denny’s talked to Bedi and he designed a system that’s called a multi-circuited refrigeration pack (Multi-Pak), which accommodated all the compressors that the restaurant chain would have at any given location. There were three or four models, depending on how many seats the restaurant had. Bedi came up with a design for a standardized product, stocking parts and offering a solid warranty. The value was evident as this reduced the Denny’s service bill by 90%. That’s where Airdyne was born.
Today, Airdyne’s general offices and production facilities are located in the city of Cerritos, California, occupy 40,000 square feet of manufacturing area, and utilize state-of-the-art tools and equipment. Airdyne services many major restaurant and hotel chains, including notably the Venetian Palazzo and MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Bedi shares, “During the years since Airdyne’s inception, our experienced Engineering and Design Department has played a key role in our growth. Professionally qualified and registered mechanical and electrical engineers are always available to provide a sound and economical system. Beginning with basic data, complete plans, designs and equipment selection are available as a special service to our customers.” Just like in the early days with Denny’s, current refrigeration customization is based on the size of the walk-in cooler, which in turn depends on how many seats are in an establishment and number of meals delivered. “There’s a science behind it,” Bedi says. “You can’t use the same walk-in you use to serve 10 meals a day as you would for 1,000. We also have to take into consideration the products used for the restaurant, whether steaks, seafood, lettuce, tomatoes, milk. So, based on the size of the operation, we design to your configuration needs.”
Research and Development
Airdyne’s leadership further stresses that in order to meet the growing demands of the industry and develop better products, tremendous emphasis is placed on research and development. “We recognize that the expense of installing and operating a refrigeration system is costly. For this reason, efforts are made not only to reduce labor and equipment costs, but to reduce energy consumption as well,” says Bedi.
Streamlining a Process, Serving Customers
As for its standing in the industry, Bedi realized early on that the company who would win the war is the one best equipped to deliver product. “We streamlined the process for the customer to reduce the markup they would have from needing to go to different vendors, particularly when multiple spaces are involved, like with Denny’s. By manufacturing everything in the factory, what we’ve done is fine tune to our customers’ needs to stock each particular space.”
In other words, by combining everything under one roof, Airdyne is able to minimize markups, control the cost and take the guesswork out of the process by selling their equipment as a package, not to mention ensuring that products are UL and NSF approved.
“By standardizing everything,” Bedi concludes, “we can control the parts; we control the warranty issue. So, the customer doesn’t have to pay double or triple. We made it a no brainer.”