EpiGrid Expands Service for CAD, PDM

epigrid-logoGAINESVILLE, GA, Mar 8, 2016 – EpiGrid, a cloud and managed services provider for engineers, by engineers, has expanded its services from a hosted SOLIDWORKS PDM provider to more flexible solutions for CAD and PDM that is revolutionizing the way its customers work. Epigrid is now offering services including:

  • Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI)
  • CAD in the Cloud
  • Desktop as a service (DaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Managed services

Working across a full spectrum of businesses, from a one-person shop to Fortune 500 companies, Epigrid’s customers are realizing huge savings in time and money, and are now able to focus more on what they do best.

“EpiGrid offers game-changing solutions to our clients,” said Chad Garrish, chief technical officer at EpiGrid. “We are the only SOLIDWORKS service partner offering cloud and managed services for CAD and PDM. Our cloud-based services and VDI’s have significant benefits for clients, saving them time and money, reducing I.T. headaches, and increasing performance accessibility.”

One such client is Quality Plus Manufacturing (QPM). For more than 20 years, QPM has been a trusted source for the design, engineering and manufacturing of farm equipment that provides innovative solutions for the safe and gentle processing of seed and fertilizer. Operating from a
state-of-the-art facility in Oelwein, Iowa, QPM was experiencing CAD and I.T. inefficiencies which were costing them precious time and money.

“We were faced with very slow performance on large file assemblies and our engineers could not work remotely as needed. I.T. issues, delays, and excessive server upkeep and maintenance costs were also eroding our budgets,” said Dan Forsyth, president of QPM. “After implementing EpiGrid’s solutions, we changed the way we work. We have now seen a dramatic improvement in efficiency, productivity and capacity to create new designs.”

Working with EpiGrid, Quality Plus Manufacturing has:

Created More Time in Their Day

Prior to implementing EpiGrid’s cloud-based and VDI solutions, large assembly open times at QPM were averaging 20 to 30 minutes, and checking in files was taking an hour or more. Working with EpiGrid, these opening times have been reduced to two to three minute and check in times to three to five minutes, boosting speeds 10 fold.

“Before we were just waiting around for our files to upload and download, but now with EpiGrid’s new technology, we’ve created much more design and development time in our day (and can even leave work on time occasionally to make it home for dinner),” Forsyth noted.

Freely Enabled High Performance Access Anytime, Any Place on Any Device

EpiGrid offers users a simple, reliable and secure solution with unmatched performance to run applications and software in the cloud.

“We have an engineer who prefers to work from home, but that was not really possible with our old infrastructure set up,” continued Forsyth. “Using EpiGrid’s flexible VDI, we can now empower our team to work remotely from anywhere in the world, including their homes or on the road. This has made for some happy engineers for sure.”

Eliminated I.T. Cost, Headaches and Distractions Allowing Engineers to Focus on What They Do Best.

With no in-house I.T. department, QPM was also wasting valuable design time troubleshooting I.T. issues and facing rising infrastructure upkeep costs of more than $15,000-$20,000 per year. Now, expenditures have been smoothed out and a predictable operational budget has been implemented.

“EpiGrid provides expert application administration and managed services to provide our clients with the peace of mind that potential problems are identified and corrected before they even occur,” Garrish said. “By proactively monitoring, adjusting and updating our client’s applications, we can quickly work to get to the root cause of any issue and avoid costly delays and disruptions.”

EpiGrid’s Infrastructure as a Service also provides application management and hosting for applications, including SOLIDWORKS, by placing CAD workstations and PDM servers in the cloud. This creates an easy to deploy, scalable and redundant infrastructure equipped with state-of-the-art security and disaster recovery capabilities.

Saved Money by Extending the Life of Their Hardware

Before EpiGrid, outdated hardware and computer equipment was viewed as a sunk cost. By using EpiGrid’s new VDI solution, QPM can now reuse traditionally slower devices, including older computers, to quickly perform SOLIDWORKS tasks. Older hardware is now being resurrected, revitalized and redeployed throughout the enterprise.

“The EpiGrid team is made up of engineers who really understand our critical business and technical needs and speak our language,” Forsyth concluded. “They were very responsive and supportive, and now everyone on my team is much happier. Ultimately, the EpiGrid solution has allowed my team to do what they do best.”

For more information about EpiGrid, visit epigrid.com, call 470-248-1013 or contact you local reseller.

About EpiGrid

Based in Gainesville, Ga., EpiGrid offers cloud and managed services for engineering and manufacturing companies that eliminates on premise I.T. barriers, extends capabilities and revolutionizes the way they work. As the only SOLIDWORKS service provider offering cloud and managed services for CAD and PDM, EpiGrid complements current support providers and software applications by providing cloud and managed services and virtual desktop interfaces resulting in a highly optimized, secure solution for engineering and manufacturing.

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