World's Largest Supplier Of Food Weighing Machines Automates Custom Product Configuration With SolidWorks

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 27, 2006— Ishida Europe will use SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software to streamline design time for the machinery global food companies use to automatically weigh and pack everything from cereal to seafood. The U.K.-based company plans to reduce custom machine configuration time by 80 percent with SolidWorks' automated design and advanced sheet metal capabilities.

Ishida Europe is the European commercial and manufacturing arm of Ishida Co., Ltd., the Japan-based global developer of weighing and packaging machinery founded in 1893. Its machines weigh and pack food for such global brands as Frito-Lay, Mars, and Nestle. The parent company had largely been using static 2D software in its operations around the world before gradually switching to SolidWorks. The company has purchased 40 licenses of SolidWorks, and expects to grow that number to further increase product development efficiency.

"From my experience, SolidWorks is the market leader in the custom machinery design market," said Ishida Europe Design Systems Manager Tim Cutler. "Many of our suppliers also use SolidWorks, so we can ensure we're on the same design page without wrestling with piles of 2D drawings. SolidWorks' 'right-first-time' parametric modeling will also eliminate the many errors associated with 2D design."

Ishida's machines are large, complex, and highly customized. Cutler and his team would spend up to five days designing custom parts in 2D software to meet customers' requirements. Engineers will cut that time to less than a day using SolidWorks' smart table-driven design features. By plugging in specifications for different features, engineers can quickly configure machines to handle the type of food each customer packages. That precision boosts confidence that the design will be accurate before manufacturing starts. These factors are already beginning to allow Ishida to outsource manufacturing overseas without delivery and rework timescale issues.

"Ishida is a market leader in the industrial food equipment industry, and its decades-old reputation is founded on quality and customer service," said SolidWorks Marketing Manager, Europe, Simon Booker. "Using SolidWorks for 3D design will help the company deliver better designed custom weighing and packaging machines faster and enhance its customer relationships."

For more information on Ishida Europe, listen to the podcast at Ishida Europe relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Solid Solutions Management for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Ishida Europe

Ishida Co., Ltd. was established in Japan in 1893. From its roots in weighing equipment, Ishida went on to build the world's first automatic weighing machine in 1959. Thirteen years later, the revolutionary multi-head weigher was launched. Since then, Ishida has grown significantly and its product range has expanded to provide not only weighing, but also handling and packing solutions to European manufacturers both within and outside the food industry. For more information, visit the company Web site (

About Solid Solutions Management

Founded in 1998, Solid Solutions focuses on providing industry-leading software and services. This philosophy has helped Solid Solutions gain respect, recognition, and awards as an established and high-capability supplier of SolidWorks software. With main offices in Warwick and Fareham, and regional training facilities throughout the U.K., Solid Solutions supports thousands of customers encompassing all industry sectors and ranging in size from single-person operations to large multi-national organizations. For more information, visit the company's Web site

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of CAD software, helping hundreds of thousands of users speed next-generation products to market around the world. With SolidWorks software, designers excel at their jobs and make their companies more successful by bringing designs to life. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006 SolidWorks Corporation.

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