A look into our Design and Manufacturing process

Caragh BarryNews UK

CAD software


CAD software

Over the last 50 years we have continually improved our design and manufacturing process to ensure that we repeatedly produce superior products for our customers and continue towards our goal to be a UK based, world-class manufacturer. So, what is our process?

Our products start as concept designs utilising 3D CAD software.  Our CAD software helps to increase productivity when designing our products and bespoke variants. In this video, our design team show how this new technology has helped us to become more efficient. WATCH VIDEO.

Those concept designs are converted into working protoypes which are tested for performance using our in-house test equipment including a photometer. These prototypes are then further developed by our engineers to result in manufacturing innstructions for our skilled production teams.

It then moves on to the production process. In August 2014, we moved to a new BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accredited purpose-built factory, allowing us to leverage further investment and position us for continued future growth. We now operate in  high-quality manufacturing facility with a low carbon footprint. Designplan’s processes use a mixture of advanced CAD and robotic machines, together with our highly skilled operators. Here, punching presses and fabrication machines ensure our production process is efficient and accurate. After this, luminaires bodies flow into our paint plant to apply the finishes that will protect them from the harsh environments that they are designed to operate in.

Our manufacturing workflow uses LEAN methodology to reduce waste in both materials and time, ensuring that lead times are minimised and prices remain competitive.

Have a specific requirement for a luminaire?

Here at Designplan we understand tha in some projects our standard luminaires do not quite provide the desired solution. We recognise this need and work closely with our customers to alter our existing fittinngs to match their requirements. Whether it’s a modification to a standard product in our range or a completely new design, we have the capabilities to create the perfect fitting for your project. If you require a bespoke fittig or amendments to an existing one, please contact technical sales on +44 (0)20 8254 2022 or by email on technicalsales@designplan.co.uk