An IT infrastructure for success

MGI’s values of engineering quality and on-time delivery manifest themselves in all aspects of the business. From initial conceptual phases right through to completion of ground breaking projects, the company’s experts bring the highest standards to everything they do. And they have an array of cutting edge tools to do the job.

“We have long recognised the importance of investing in our business in order to continue providing the best service possible to our clients,” explains CEO Mike Gascoyne. “That extends to our IT and computer infrastructure.”

The ten-strong core ‘in-house’ team, with an impressive pedigree working at the pinnacle of engineering, have access to a raft of latest specification software and hardware to deliver innovative solutions to MGI’s clients in the automotive, aerospace, motorsport, marine and transportation industries.

In terms of Computer Aided Design (CAD), the first port of call is the Siemens PLM Software NX for Design software. NX represents the next generation of design, simulation and manufacturing that plays to the strengths of MGI, covering the complete development cycle.

“We are predominantly NX based,” says Mike, “but we pride ourselves on putting in place any other systems as dictated by specific client projects. For example, we have recently put in a couple of SOLIDWORKS seats. We are a client-first business and although we have a highly advanced set-up already in place, we are able to upgrade where needed.”

The NX solution also extends to Teamcenter, a collaborative product lifecycle management system that forms an important part of MGI’s expansion into aerospace. “Teamcenter ties in with our AS9100D certification,” explains Mike. “It allows us to manage parts and issues in a very controlled and traceable manner, a fundamental requirement for the AS9100D.”

For Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MGI’s team makes use of the HyperWorks suite by Altair, an extensive range of software tools that includes best-in-class modelling, linear and non-linear analyses, structural and system-level optimisation, fluid and multi-body dynamics simulation, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), multi physics analysis, model-based development, and data management solutions.

“We have a large number of HyperWorks units at our disposal, which allows access to the full suite” says Mike. “We can do in-house CFD, vehicle analysis, kinematics analysis, and much more.”

MGI’s approach to its daily operations also brings specific hardware requirements. The company’s human resources ethos encourages engineers to work wherever most convenient. Whether it’s at MGI’s technical campus in Bampton, from its clients’ offices or from home, the company has the server capability and security to support the engineering team at all times.

Founder and CEO, Mike Gascoyne, said: “We have invested in an upgraded server to expand our network capability for larger volumes of data,” says Mike. “Most of our workstations are laptop-based because we encourage our engineers to work wherever most convenient. Our engineers are not tied to being on site; we have put in place all necessary hardware and software to allow them to work remotely. For a small engineering company, our investment in software, and hardware tools to complement it, is pretty significant.”