U.S. Tsubaki Teams With PARTsolutions to Offer Industry's First Chain Configurator

MILFORD, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jan 19, 2011 -- PARTsolutions, LLC, a global provider of 3D part catalogs for manufacturers and enterprises, and U.S. Tsubaki Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of power transmission and motion control products, announce the launch of the U.S. Tsubaki Attachment Chain Configurator. Created for the company's Roller Chain Division, the U.S. Tsubaki Attachment Chain Configurator contains many of the most common attachments used in a wide variety of conveyor and packaging applications, and automates a process that has traditionally been manual and prone to errors. This new digital tool not only enables engineers and designers to create custom attachment chain configurations interactively via the Internet, but also provides users with the ability to download 3D files in a variety of electronic formats and request a quotation.

The first solution of its kind to be offered by a chain manufacturer, the Tsubaki Chain Configurator uses PARTsolutions' rules-based logic to quickly configure and download high-quality product data in native CAD, simplifying the previous time-consuming and complex manual paper process of configuring standard chains or specialty attachments. More specifically, with the web-based graphical configurator, customers and partners can take the following actions:

  • Interactively design hundreds of thousands of attachment chain variants by selecting graphic representations of chain sizes (pitch), types, materials, repeating sections, and attachments.
  • Preview the product interactively on screen.
  • Download the product as a 2D or 3D CAD model in any of more than 85 native and neutral CAD and graphic file formats.
  • Submit the configured product for quotation.

For U.S. Tsubaki, the solution is already having a dramatic impact on its demand generation by allowing the company to proactively deliver sales and support information to its customers in less time. In its 90-day beta period with select customers and partners, U.S. Tsubaki is averaging 300+ configurations a month and is saving end users hours of time in configuring custom attachment chains.

"During the recent economic downturn, we were looking for a new and innovative way to leverage our technical expertise and provide a useful resource to the end-users of our attachment chain products," said George Basel, Director of Marketing, U.S. Tsubaki. "The Tsubaki Attachment Chain Configurator provides a service that none of our competitors have and helps to drive more traffic to our website, generate new inquiries, and ultimately grow our sales."

"PARTsolutions is excited about partnering with U.S. Tsubaki to create an industry first by streamlining the process of configuring and purchasing U.S. Tsubaki attachment chain products," said Rob Zesch, president, PARTsolutions. "Adding the Tsubaki Chain Configurator technology demonstrates how much U.S. Tsubaki understands the needs of its customers, and truly sets a new precedent for service in the industry."

About PARTsolutions LLC
PARTsolutions® LLC is a leading provider of PLM solutions for next generation 3D part catalog management and hosting, delivering solutions since 1992. For large manufacturers, the PARTsolutions product suite provides centralized 3D standard part catalogs making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary 3D parts. For component manufacturers, the PARTsolutions product suite provides web hosting of 3D part catalogs to increase lead generation, and to ensure that components get "designed in" to OEM products. The PARTsolutions CAD-Native advantage provides support of over 85 native and neutral CAD and graphics formats to meet the needs of the multi-CAD supply chain. The PARTsolutions product suite maximizes support of reuse and standardization initiatives to deliver measurable business growth through maximizing standard part reuse to get products to market faster with reduced cost. Information about PARTsolutions can be found at http://www.partsolutions.com.

About U.S. Tsubaki
The TSUBAKI name is synonymous with excellence in quality, dependability and customer service. An intense focus on research and development, along with continuous modernization of its production facilities, has resulted in Tsubaki meeting the ever changing needs of the marketplace.

U.S. Tsubaki offers its customers the finest state-of-the-art Power Transmission products available in the world, and is well positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st century by striving to be the "Solutions Provider" to the Power Transmission industry. For more information on U.S. Tsubaki and our products, please visit www.ustsubaki.com.

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