Case Study: Thorpe Design & Technologies

Thorpe Design & Technologies design, manufacture and ship, metal stillages to different companies all over the UK and Europe. From their North Wales manufacturing facility they have the ability to carry out projects on a large scale, delivering both quality and volume. Thorpe Design & Technologies was established in 2004 and since then, has specialised in helping customers create cutting edge stillages, including various densities of Polyurathane mouldings.

Based in Speke, Liverpool, Airwise Pneumatics Limited is a family owned and run business, supplying complete compressed air systems and Nitrogen generators. Airwise have been providing high performance, energy efficient air compressors for over 18 years to a range of industries including: aerospace, automotive, chemical, food, recycling, upholstery and manufacturing. Airwise supply bespoke total solutions from initial consultation, through to full installation and tailor-made compressor maintenance packages.

Thorpe Design & Technologies approached Airwise Pneumatics back in 2015 – due to inflation in work, their existing compressor at times struggled to deliver, as Thorpe Design & Technologies were running off an old rotary screw compressor that was unreliable and not at all cost effective.

Airwise recommended the latest Hydrovane compressed air package, including fixed and variable speed compressors due to the high compressed air requirement fluctuations. The system was installed and set up, selecting the most efficient compressor at any given time and also allowing for duty/standby to provide efficient, cost effective production.

The Hydrovane ‘HR’ series rotary screw compressors from Airwise deliver more compressed air for less power consumption. They also offer ‘Air on Demand’, utilising variable speed drives, only producing the air in accordance to demand, resulting in at least 3% less power consumption compared to over-compressing wastage. They also combine ease of use and maintenance with exceptional versatility and environmentally responsible design.

The efficiency of a machine depends on the total costs incurred throughout the equipment’s entire service lifetime. With compressors, energy costs account for a high percentage of total costs. Hydrovane compressor systems are renowned throughout the industry for their reliability. Quiet in operation and low in maintenance costs, they are designed to operate at full load 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mr Daniel Read, Purchasing at Thorpe Design & Technology comments “Airwise came at a time when we were extremely busy and managed to work around our busy schedule going above and beyond to get the new compressor fitted quickly and safely. This in turn helped with our high volume of work as not only was there minimum disruption to the shop floor, but the compressor helped improve production. We have not had any issues with the compressor since it was installed and we have regular contact with Airwise and continue to bear them in mind for any upcoming projects. The efficiency and professionalism of Dan and Airwise as a company is testament to them and the way they carry out their projects”.

Airwise Pneumatics’ team of in house engineers expertly design, supply and install energy saving packages for all applications. Products include: compressed air generation, compressed air distribution systems, Nitrogen generators, & vacuum pumps.

Allan Barwise, Managing Director at Airwise Pneumatics comments “Airwise are proud to be an authorised UK distributor of Gardner Denver, CompAir & Hydrovane Compressors. We offer our clients bespoke solutions and our engineers are committed to delivering a first class service to all our clients 24 hours a day 7 days a week”.

For further information contact Airwise Pneumatics at or


0151 448 1300


Unit 9, Lingard Court,
Skypark Industrial Estate,
Speke, Liverpool,
L24 1YL

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