Cooking Up Advanced Commercial Kitchen Equipment with SOLIDWORKS


Distform S.l.

The Company 

Behind the scenes at many food service operations, an array of gleaming, stainless steel equipment represents the centerpiece of successful commercial kitchens. From banquet halls and hotel chains to schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, the availability of quality equipment and the talent of the resident chef can greatly affect food quality and patron satisfaction. For more than 20 years, Distform S.L. has supplied the work tables, self-service lines, buffet modules, dishwashing systems, food service trolleys, vacuum packagers, blast chillers, and high precision oven ranges that make commercial kitchens go.

The Spanish manufacturer’s focus on ergonomics, research, and technology development, and its commitment to incorporating the input of chefs, has allowed Distform to grow at an annual rate of 9 percent despite the recent worldwide recession. The company’s success stems in part from the efforts of its skilled product development team, which has created industry innovations like the TekSeries line of advanced vacuum packagers, blast chillers, transport units, and high precision ovens.

The Challenge

Streamline the design of commercial kitchen products to accelerate time-to-market, control costs, and support growth.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS design and SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM product data management software to automate sheet-metal design and fabrication, increase design reuse, and establish standardized components

The Result 

  • Shortened design cycles by 40 percent
  • Accelerated time-to-market by 40 percent
  • Cut development costs by 30 percent
  • Increased design reuse by 80 percent

"We are leveraging a variety of materials and technologies, and SOLIDWORKS solutions enable us to more quickly coordinate the development of new products."

Jordi Aymerich
Product Manager