"It is important that engineers be aware of the latest products on the market, including the innovations of the market leader. Aspen possesses years of experience and the know-how on condensate pumps and it is a pleasure to share it with the National Forces."
- Carl Foreman, Aspen's National Sales Manager
Hailsham, Tuesday 24th January 2012
Market leader Aspen Pumps was pleased to receive Chatham’s Royal School of Military Engineers from the British Army, for a day of training on Aspen Pumps’ site in Hailsham, East Sussex. National Sales Manager Carl Foreman was in charge of the group for a tour of the plant and a thorough lecture of all there is to know about air conditioner’s pumps, how to choose them and how to install them. Carl explains: “It is important that engineers be aware of the latest products on the market, including the innovations of the market leader. Aspen possesses years of experience and the know-how on condensate pumps and it is a pleasure to share it with the National Forces.” The day was split between theory and practice to give a good overview of the full specifications. “The workshop is part of the formation and adds a good bonus after the theory class,” says Carl.
Aspen’s partner Kooltech is at the origin of this collaboration. As Mitsubishi certified trainers, they were already in working with the Army, and recommended a visit to the Aspen site in order to learn the realities of an installation process and tips on how to choose the right equipment for the right structure.
Air conditioning army instructor Michael Botha from the Royal School of Military Engineering was also enthusiastic about the experience. After 22 years in the British Army, he is now dedicated to training the Forces and comments: “A collaboration between the Private Sector and the Army is important to us. First, we are limited with the resource we can train with in-house, and second we need to keep up as technologies ‘progress, so on-going training is a must.”
Royal Engineers receive a high level technical training through a first year of basic trade training and can then continue to upgrade their skills for 6 more months after 3 or 4 years of experience. Mike Botha explains that they also run small courses for soldiers going on operational deployment and this type of training is vital for expedient tasks. The added value of an on-site training with excellent practice on the equipment is of great benefit for his young students. Mike adds: “Our training is very thorough; it allows the Royal Engineers to design refrigeration and air conditioning system theoretical parameters right through to installation and final commission, but we found that condensates was really the missing link for us.”
On the Royal Engineers’ side the experience is also a success; upgrader student Jack Doherty says: “Aspen pumps are very interesting for us. Pumps are used more and more often with air conditioning units; for field kitchens, medical centres and operations room, and we should be self-sufficient in the army, so gathering that piece of knowledge is very valuable for us.”