Nordson Sheds Light On Better UV Lamp Design With SolidWorks

U.K. operation reduces design time, designs better products by switching from 2D drawings to 3D CAD

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 7, 2006— Nordson UV has standardized on SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software to design innovative ultraviolet (UV) lamps used to quickly dry the ink in printers and paper presses around the world. Using SolidWorks, Nordson has reduced its design time while improving the UV lamps that allow inkjet printers and printing presses to produce more pages faster.

A subsidiary of Nordson Corporation, Nordson UV switched from 2D drawings to 3D SolidWorks Office Professional software to more efficiently design components that fit in tight spaces while ensuring accuracy.

"Our lamps must fit in awkward spaces, but it's much easier to design something to operate in that space working in 3D because you can better visualize interference and other issues," said Charles Bushell, design engineer at Nordson. "We switched from AutoCAD(R) software to SolidWorks so that we can see how the assembly will come together during manufacturing. SolidWorks automates the processes that AutoCAD can't so we can focus on designing better UV lamps, and not on the steps for getting there."

Reducing development time

Now engineers can better identify and fix design errors on screen instead of in prototyping. They can also track how water will pass through the manifold in water-cooled systems to ensure the lamp will maintain optimum operating temperatures. Additionally, they use SolidWorks mass properties to quickly calculate weights in assemblies where every gram counts. "SolidWorks allows us to be more innovative and push weight limits and performance as far as they'll go," said Bushell.

Nordson uses the PDMWorks(R) product data management tool to allow engineers to work on designs concurrently while ensuring version control and accuracy. It uses COSMOSXpress(TM) to test the strength of different assemblies, such as the shutters that regulate the amount of UV light that hits a page without burning it. The company also uses SolidWorks eDrawings(R) e-mail-enabled design communication tool to share designs with customers and suppliers.

"Printing technology has evolved significantly in the past few years, and Nordson has been at the forefront of these innovations," said Simon Booker, SolidWorks marketing manager, Europe. "Using SolidWorks lets its engineers work in 3D so they can focus on the next improvement."

Nordson relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Cadtek for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

Nordson Corporation

Nordson Corporation is one of the world's leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants, and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson has 3,600 employees worldwide, and direct operations and sales support offices in 30 countries. For more information, visit the Web site at (

About Cadtek Systems Limited

Cadtek Systems is one of the U.K.'s leading engineering software solutions providers helping businesses improve how they design their products, share their ideas, and manage their data. A customer base of over 800 companies includes organisations that have worked with Cadtek for more than 17 years - a testament to real engineering partnership and expertise. These successful and longstanding relationships are under-pinned by one of Cadtek's core commitments - the provision of world class training and support for SolidWorks' products. Cadtek offers tiered SolidWorks support packages designed to cater for all sizes of company, and comprehensive SolidWorks training solutions including an online learning option. Cadtek hold sales, training, and support certifications from organizations including SolidWorks, Microsoft, SmarTeam, and Hewlett-Packard. More information about Cadtek Systems Limited can be found at or by emailing

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 3D CAD technology, providing intuitive, high-performing software that helps product design teams develop great products. 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, PDMWorks, and eDrawings are registered trademarks and COSMOSXpress is a trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006 SolidWorks Corporation.

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