SolidWorks Software Helps Monarch Hydraulics Bring Raw Power To Heavy Equipment

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 22, 2005— Monarch Hydraulics Inc., a world leader in mobile and industrial hydraulic systems, is using 20 licenses of SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design software to create a wide range of hydraulic power units for customers around the world. These products produce up to 20,000 pounds of force for auto lifts, snowplows, lift buckets, dump trucks, wheelchair lifts, exercise equipment, farm implements, robotics, and other hydraulic applications.

SolidWorks and COSMOS(R) design analysis software helps this Grand Rapids, Mich., company meet the complex challenges of bringing a wide variety of power units to a competitive global market. Key design challenges for Monarch Hydraulics include the power units' manifolds, which are sophisticated aluminum blocks with complex patterns of interconnected holes, contours, and valves that regulate force.

"The Monarch engineering team has doubled its productivity in the three years since it switched to SolidWorks, which is critical for our global competitiveness," said Monarch Designer Nathan Garrett. "Our analyses indicate we complete twice as many engineering work requests today as five years ago with the same staff. Since each application differs so dramatically from the next, SolidWorks is essential for helping us quickly create multiple designs from a finite number of basic models. Using SolidWorks, we can strategically place cavities and working holes so that they interoperate with third-party components and fit seamlessly into our customers' applications. COSMOSWorks(R) design analysis software ensures key parts are strong yet not over-designed, keeping units reliable, compact, and long-lasting."

In addition to its hydraulic power products, Monarch also uses SolidWorks to design sophisticated testing environments, some incorporating more than 1,000 parts. Monarch thoroughly tests every product leaving its factory.

"The beauty of hydraulics is that enormous forces can be created from relatively compact machines, and Monarch Hydraulics has mastered the technology over its 150 years," said Bertrand Sicot, vice president of North American sales for SolidWorks Corporation. "Hydraulics systems engineers need powerful yet easy-to-use design tools that enable them to quickly match form to function, and validate their designs as they work. SolidWorks and COSMOS are ideal for these applications, as Monarch's results are proving."

Monarch Hydraulics works with authorized SolidWorks reseller DASI Solutions for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Monarch Hydraulics

Monarch Hydraulics, founded in 1856 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., designs, manufactures, and delivers innovative fluid power solutions and provides unparalleled support for its customers. The company remains family owned and today manufactures a vast range of Hydraulic Power Units and Dyna-Lift(R) ergonomic systems. Monarch's corporate management is committed to continuous improvement. All U.S. locations are ISO 9001 certified. For more information visit www.monarchhyd.com.

About DASI Solutions

Founded in 1995, DASI Solutions assists companies in the implementation of CAD, CAE, and PDM collaborative technologies used in the product development process. DASI Solutions offers a host of complementary partner software products that are tightly integrated with SolidWorks and COSMOS. The company has authorized sales, training, and technical support facilities located throughout Michigan. For more information on the company call 888-327-2974 or visit www.dasi-solutions.com.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. It is the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software for the mainstream market. SolidWorks leads the market in number of users in production, customer satisfaction, and revenue. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOS and COSMOSWorks are registered trademarks of Structural Research and Analysis Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2005 SolidWorks Corporation.



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