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Rapid supply of component parts to critical industries in the Corona crisis

18th February 2021

WDS Components has supplied component parts to the NHS throughout the Coronavirus crisis, including the first Nightingale Hospital, providing large volumes with rapid delivery. The components and standard parts supplier has maintained reliable and timely supply to all of its customers within critical industries, including medical equipment, pharmaceutical and food & beverage.

Mark Moody, Sales & Marketing Director at WDS Components, talks about the importance of flexible and robust operations to maintain supply.

While many manufacturers have slowed down production as the Coronavirus epidemic has reduced demand, those supplying critical industries have faced different challenges. Care of staff is the first priority, followed by maintaining supply to existing customers in critical industries amongst reduced component availability. In addition, as designers and manufacturers work together to tackle Covid-19, new projects have placed increased demands.

WDS Components has been involved in the development of many key projects invoked to combat Covid-19, including London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital, set up to provide critical care throughout the crisis. WDS was asked to supply 10,000 castors for hospital beds manufactured by an aerospace company, which had diversified to fulfil emergency demand.

In a hospital environment where hygiene is fundamental, particularly during the period of emergency infection control, equipment must be able to withstand washdown when required while providing resistance to corrosion. Not only does corrosion deteriorate the integrity of the structure, it can also encourage bacteria and becomes harder to clean effectively. Therefore, the castors had to fit the specification with stainless steel and the selection of Type 304 stainless steel frames with nylon wheels meant that they would be able to endure thorough wash down when required and provide the necessary resistance to corrosion.

When the hospital opened on 3 April, the emergency situation meant that time was of the essence. As a result of WDS Components’ commitment to maintain deep stock levels and an extensive supply network, it was able to supply the complete order within two days.

The current ongoing situation has meant that WDS Components has had to be more agile in terms of manufacture and procurement as product availability combined with a need for fast delivery have been the driving forces. The company designs and manufactures many of its components onsite in Leeds, which means that to a significant extent it can control its own stock flow to ensure its customers are supplied with what they want, when they need it most. Components are also manufactured for best cost and, when necessary, to meet demand. Despite recent challenges regarding supply by importation, WDS Components has been able to rely on its extensive supply network to procure parts from overseas and Europe despite the challenges of Brexit.

In addition to the Nightingale project, WDS Components has supplied key sectors with a wide variety of parts and accessories, including handles for ventilator systems as well as tripod support bases for medical drip systems. Due to the crucial importance of hygiene during the Covid outbreak, stainless steel has been a material in growing demand. WDS Components has been able to fulfil this need by manufacturing an increased variety of components in stainless steel which can be identified on searching for product types 303 to 316.

WDS Components’ technical support and engineers have also been heavily utilised in recent months, especially for OEMs who were manufacturing non-standard products for their operations to help answer the demands of the Covid situation. In some cases, manufacturers were developing bespoke parts which required extensive technical expertise from WDS Components’ own engineers. Offering in house engineering and design services has been a crucial factor for WDS Components’ customer base.

Aside from new projects, many WDS Components customers are involved in key industries including medical equipment, pharmaceutical products and food & beverage, as well as nuclear, rail and transport, and the drilling and supply of oil, gas and water. Continued uninterrupted supply to these critical sectors has been vital. As a result, WDS Components’ manufacturing operation has continued, albeit with new safety measures in place to ensure that infection control safety is upheld.

Continued operation for WDS Components also means that when restrictions are lifted, a transitional period won’t be required to restart processes. The benefit to customers is that product availability and delivery will continue as normal.


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About WDS Components Ltd

WDS Components is the home of standard parts and machine accessories. Established in 1952 ‘Woodside Die Sinking Company’ made jig and die parts to speed up production in tool rooms, WDS Components has grown from humble beginnings to become a leading European manufacturer and global distributor of high quality durable parts at competitive prices. We supply components, standard parts and machine accessories to original equipment manufacturers, maintenance engineers, small businesses and individuals all over the world. Over 98% of our range is available from stock and can be shipped the same day from our global distribution centre in the UK, using best in class worldwide logistics companies.We provide unrivalled choice and unequalled availability.

WDS Components are proud to support some of the most prestigious engineering companies and brands in the world, who all trust WDS Components to service their needs.

We are committed to engineering excellence and continuous improvement. Our team of in-house engineers has expertise spanning several decades and is a blend of highly experienced and new generation graduate engineers who focus on the latest developments in design and manufacturing technology.

Our entire range of products is available to purchase on our website WDS COMPONENTS.COM where designers and manufacturers alike can download 3D models of all components in the widest range of formats available.

WDS Components provide solutions for customers who require a wide and growing range of high quality, competitively priced products, coupled with incredible product availability and same day despatch, backed up by easily accessible technical support.

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