Tailored PDU Solution Solution Improves Efficiency for Global Telco Manufacturer

Case Study


Tailored PDU solution improves efficiency for global telco manufacturer

Sector: Original Equipment Manufacturer



A global manufacturer of telecommunications networking equipment was having difficulty sourcing DC power distribution units (PDU’s) to meet new UK and customer specific electrical standards. This provided an opportunity to review and consolidate a fragmented supply base in this category.

The challenge

Bringing together mechanical and electrical parts from different suppliers adds to on-site rack assembly time and cost, and managing an inconsistent supply chain is an issue for any business because of higher direct and indirect purchasing costs, as well as increased risk of supply interruption causing project delays.

Our approach

After understanding the challenges in detail following an initial consultation meeting and site visit to determine the variables, Rainford proposed several tailored pre-configured and factory wired racks including an appropriate PDU solution to improve the overall process and meet the required standards.

Rainford Solutions has completed almost 4,000 customer projects to date, which gives us a huge library of building blocks from previous designs and experience to meet customer needs to draw upon. It means that unique designs do not begin from a completely blank piece of paper, so development costs, and crucially time, to market are not inhibitors to a highly tailored solution.

Our solution

Rainford was able to consolidate the supply chain with a one stop shop approach and a small number of tailored pre-configured and factory wired racks that included the appropriate PDU. 


The new approach has enabled the manufacturer to streamline and optimise its supply chain with single part number ordering and lower purchasing costs – fewer parts are required and economies of scale have been achieved. Reduced assembly time on-site has improved efficiency and productivity too. 

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