SBP S.p.A To Use OptisWorks To Design Lighting Fixtures

Toulon, France, 05 June 2006 − The Italian lighting manufacturer SBP S.p.A* will use Optis’ OptisWorks software to design and manufacture floodlighting, architectural, residential and street lighting. SBP S.p.A intends to reduce the time it takes to develop a new lighting reflector (the optical part of the light fitting) by a massive 70%, and hope to save 10,000 Euros per new reflector development.

SBP’s innovative products can be found lighting the Place de la Victoire in Bordeaux, sports stadia in Denmark and the bobsleigh run of the Turin Winter Olympics. Founded in 1982, SBP exports 80% of its production around the world.

In the past SBP carried out their product design without software, just using experience and drawings. “We used to make a whole series of real prototypes based on trial and error, re-adjusting each time until we got it right. That was costly and inefficient and we didn’t know how well the designs would perform photometrically until we tested them in our labs.” They acquired the SolidWorks® 3D CAD software 18 months ago. “The fact that OptisWorks is 100% integrated in SolidWorks® was a key factor in the decision to purchase SolidWorks®” says Ing. Marco Pasinetti, Technical Director of SBP.

Now having acquired OptisWorks, the light simulation and optimization package from OPTIS which is 100% integrated in SolidWorks®, SBP has been able to reduce the time spent on making prototypes, and improve the quality of their photometric optimizations. In effect, OptisWorks allows the user to make ‘virtual’ prototypes while optimizing the light performance and efficiency of the design, cutting out the time consuming and costly phase of making multiple physical prototypes. Now, designers can be sure that they need only make one physical prototype, and that it will be the right one. Consequently the time it takes to test the designs in their photometric laboratory has also been significantly shortened.

Thanks to OptisWorks’ full integration in SolidWorks®, SBP’s engineers can now work on optimizing the light performance of their products directly within SolidWorks® – in fact mechanical and light design can now occur concurrently in one collaborative workspace. This avoids the classic problems of data loss and time wasting which occurs when using a 3D CAD tool alongside a standalone, or merely interoperable, lighting software.

“We chose OptisWorks because it was integrated in SolidWorks®, is user friendly, and does not require vast prior knowledge of optics or physics” says Ing. Pasinetti. He estimates that it took just 2 weeks for his engineers to become operational on OptisWorks. “Thanks to OPTIS software we have saved time on photometric design and reached a very high level of performance and optimisation of our products.”
“SBP are major players in the lighting industry and produce high quality, innovative lighting fixtures which are installed all over the world. We are pleased to offer them a tool which will enable them to further improve their designs and speed up their design process” says Jacques Delacour, CEO & President of OPTIS. SBP S.p.A. is currently using OptisWorks to design a new generation of street lights and plan to train a further 4 engineers in OptisWorks.

About SBP S.p.A
*SBP S.p.A , Prisma and klewe are part of Performance in Lighting Group, www.performanceinlighting.com. SBP produces lighting equipment for industrial use, sports centres, and public and residential illumination. The company’s planning and production capabilities are concentrated on the technical characteristics of the product and its lighting performance combined with an essential and functional design, in order to satisfy specific standards.
Founded in 1982, SBP is a particularly dynamic and leading company, that exports over 70% of its production and is present on the French market with a branch office. SBP has obtained the UNI EN ISO 9001 Quality Certification. For more information on SBP S.p.A, visit www.sbp-pil.com

About OPTIS
OPTIS is headquartered in Toulon, France, and develops and markets software for the simulation of optics, light and product visualization with a scientific approach. It has over 5000 licences deployed worldwide in the automotive, consumer electronics, defence, displays, lighting and aerospace sectors. OPTIS solutions are compatible with all CAD programs, and integrated in SolidWorks® and CATIA V5. For more information about OPTIS, visit www.optis-world.com.
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