Bedford Pumps has become one of the first companies in the UK to deliver its 3D CAD/CAM product design systems via Azure Virtual Desktop to deal with the challenges of a global hardware and computer chip shortage and a need for hybrid working during the pandemic.
Implemented by Foundation IT (FIT), the system has given the manufacturer’s design team the necessary computing processing power to cope remotely with the complex designs ofcomputer-aided design and engineering programmes.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Bedford Pumps struggledto procure powerful, 3D capable laptops or desktops forits design team to work from home. The lead time ondelivery of suitable computer hardware, particularly computer chips, wasunpredictable. The companyalso had issues withteamsusing existing machines from home.
Alix MacDonald, head of Design at Bedford Pumps, said: “Foundation IT helped us to overcomethese challenges by leveraging modern Cloud computing advances and Cloud-hosted Azure Virtual Desktop to digitally transformour CAD/CAM system and ensurewe could continue to design and deliver products. “The system has enabledour product designers to operate remotely from any location and enabled us to extendtheuse ofour legacy hardware.”