Lancashire engineering firm produces vital equipment for NHS amid coronavirus crisis

Adlington-based precision engineering firm DA Design Automation has ramped up production of key equipment used by the NHS in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 30th April 2020, 4:45 pm

Specialist in machinery design and build, the company has begun to produce hundreds of headbands for face shields, a crucial piece of PPE for healthcare workers.

The firm has also more than doubled its production of aluminium components used in bedside hoists, which frees up NHS capacity by enabling patients to be treated at home. DA Design Automation manufactures the chassis and mounting hooks for the portable hoist system that is used by hospitals and in care homes and care facilities.

The Lancashire company has been the key supplier of the parts since 2018, but order volumes have doubled since the lockdown.

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Tim Walton and Finley McCarthy at DA Design Automation which is making PPE to help the NHS in the coronavirus crisis. Photo Steve Salmon

John Morris, director at DA Design Automation said: “We are delighted to be doing our part in the ongoing effort to keep the British public safe from coronavirus and to take care of those who have fallen ill.

The NHS is a fantastic organisation and all at DA Design Automation are proud to be involved in assisting them to carry out their incredible work."

"Social distance has forced us all to adopt new working methods, yet there are upsides. Taking advantage of conference calling and ‘Zoom' meetings has improved the company's turnaround of new parts - decisions just get made faster."

Design Automation (DA) was founded in 1998, then known as DA Industrial Design. The company has grown to become a UK-wide supplier of precision engineering expertise, serving all manufacturing sectors.