We're the big little company
Coolsense NZ Ltd is a Hamilton based Refrigeration and Thermal Energy Storage Systems (TESS) manufacturing company. Formed in February 2013, Coolsense specialises in the on-farm and agri-tech markets, primarily supplying chilling equipment to the dairy farm market. It is a dedicated lean manufacturing company and has been built from the ground up using systems that fully support an Original Equipment Manufacturing operation. Its initial development of a variable capacity packaged chilled water system has built Coolsense a reputation as a manufacturer of high quality, highly efficient R410a refrigerant driven gaseous refrigeration systems, closely focusing on water and glycol as its heat transfer method.
Meet the Team
A true-blue Scottish born and bred fella is the Technical Director and developer of the Vari-COOL technology. Allan emigrated to New Zealand in 2001 as a Biopharmaceutical Process Engineer initially working for PPL Therapeutics (a subsidiary of the Roslin Institute) where he headed up the technical services department engineering equipment to extract the protein from transgenic ewes.
In 2004 Allan was third party contracted to Fonterra to collate data on snap chilling milk. This research led to his development, in 2005, of his first Thermal Storage system which (through his company New Zealand Cold Ltd) went on to gain a Technical Appraisal Project grant from Technology New Zealand.
In 2006, the final concept resulted in a chilling system named the Aqua-TESS which was launched onto the market in 2007 with 30 reference sites established. In 2009 Milfos purchased the technology and this unit is now known as the i-Converter. Allan’s technology was launched into the Australian, Britain and the Fonterra China mega-farm markets and he was responsible for many of those installations.
In 2013 the opportunity presented itself to redevelop a new chiller system using technology advancements in the refrigeration industry and this formed the basis of incorporating Coolsense NZ Ltd and the establishment of the Vari-COOL system. Allan recalls he had “been working with chilling systems and compromising on getting the exact product I wanted since I started in the industry in 2005. Now we can concentrate on building something that the Coolsense team and I can be really proud of”.
Allan is married with four daughters and when he’s not developing state of the art refrigeration systems he rides very fast motorbikes.
National Sales Manager
Joining the team in 2017, Brendan comes with wide experience in sales and key client relationship management. Brendan is your “good guy in today’s cold war” and will play a key part in integrating your desired chilling objective on farm with a chiller that will become the workhorse of your dairyshed. Taking ownership of each project he is the guy who rolls his sleeves up, and meets you on farm to discuss the solution that fits with your farm and budget. Hardworking with integrity he should be your first point of contact. You can contact Brendan via mobile 021-618 804.
Simon heads-up the production management position. His expertise has been built over years having worked with Allan previously and now within Coolsense on the Vari-cool project. Simon joined the company in its early developmental stages and has been responsible for a ground-up build of both systems and processes of a manufacturing facility that follows lean practices. Simon is married with two daughters.
Carl is a qualified Electrical Engineer and his role overseas all machine builds, with his electrical expertise applied to the internal electrical needs of each machine. Carl is British born and emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. He is married with twin daughters and an avid follower of the Leicester City football team.
Richard is our contracted programmer responsible for all the ‘smarts’ behind the Vari-COOL PLC drives. A qualified Electrician and Automation Engineer Richard has a key role in the development stages of each project. He resides in Tauranga and in his spare time is a keen mountain biker.
Gavin is an independent contractor in charge of business development in the South Island of New Zealand. The South Island is a primarily large target market for the Vari‐COOL product due to larger platform dairy farms. As a former employee of LIC, one of New Zealand’s oldest farming co‐ operatives and ex dairy farmer, Gavin has more than 23 years in the dairy industry and is at his happiest driving up farmers driveways – his office is his four wheel drive truck. Outside of work, Gavin enjoys trap shooting, has competed in drag racing cars over the years and more recently might be seen fishing off the coast of Oamaru or developing his passion for photography, often from a remote-controlled Drone.
Richard is our Junior Engineer responsible for the development and maintenance of the model audit and meta data storage vault, generation of all systems, operational, electrical, installation, maintenance manuals and 3D modelling. Newly married, Richard is the youngest of the Coolsense team.
Tim oversees the Operational Directorship of the company. He brings financial, supply chain and marketing experience to the table of Coolsense. Before joining the team, Tim was a business owner of a company which had manufacturing capabilities and which exported, imported and wholesaled nationwide. Joining the Coolsense team saw a return for Tim to his agricultural heritage and he is playing a pivotal role in the business’s next growth stages. He is married to Kate and they have three teenage children. Tim enjoys a wide variety of outdoor and sporting activities in any spare time he can find.
Kate is a Director and shareholder of Coolsense taking on specific project work. She has extensive business interests in dairy, horticulture, viticulture, engineering firms, commercial property and property development. Kate is involved in charity work, loves her exercise, aggressive dog walking and being a good mum.