Power Jacks Elevates Online Catalog Content With 3D PartStream.NET

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 28, 2006— U.K. linear motion device provider Power Jacks is using SolidWorks 3D PartStream.NET(R) service to create an interactive online catalog that lets customers quickly and easily configure the exact screw jack, gear box or other product for their designs. 3D PartStream.NET will help the company reduce the costs of producing paper catalogs, increase sales and free engineers to focus on new product design instead of helping customers configure parts.

Since the 1930s, Power Jacks or its forbears have pioneered screw jack technology to help companies in a variety of industries with their manufacturing processes. Today the company is the leading screw jack provider in the U.K., and it supplies a broad range of motion control devices to global firms such as Airbus, ALCOA, Nestle, Siemens, and Volkswagen. Power Jacks had been using thick paper catalogs and static Web sites to market its products to customers. It chose 3D PartStream.NET to deliver more dynamic content that gives customers greater control over how they choose and purchase Power Jacks products. Customers can configure the product they need and download it into their designs to check form and fit.

"We often had to walk customers through parts configuration to make sure they had the right screw jack with the right specifications for their designs," said Bruce Hamper, Power Jacks product and marketing director. "3D PartStream.NET's self configuration capabilities give customers more control over the process, faster answers about the parts they need, and more confidence that the part they're selecting will work in their equipment."

Power Jacks also chose 3D PartStream.NET because the company was already using SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software to reduce product development time and design better products. "Our customers demanded that we switch to a 3D CAD system as most are now working in this environment. We chose SolidWorks because it is the best system for our products throughout their life cycle and it gives us the flexibility to quickly and accurately exchange models with all major CAD systems," said Hamper. While SolidWorks is the CAD format for many Power Jacks customers, 3D PartStream.NET lets users configure and download product models in the CAD format of their choice.

Power Jacks products are listed on SolidWorks' 3D ContentCentral(R) ( www.3dcontentcentral.com) service, which provides an online directory of downloadable 3D CAD models. 3D ContentCentral is available to hundreds of thousands of SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software users via a link within the SolidWorks window. The integration of SolidWorks and 3D ContentCentral gives customers fast access to the Power Jacks catalog from within the SolidWorks environment so they can incorporate solid models of screw jacks and other products into their designs.

"In an industry where competition is fierce and differentiation is a matter of degrees, Power Jacks distinguishes itself by paying attention to its customers' needs," said Timo Brueggemann, European manager for 3D PartStream.NET at SolidWorks Corporation. "Deploying 3D PartStream.NET and SolidWorks is evidence of that dedication, and helps explain why Power Jacks is a market leader."

Power Jacks relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Thom Micro Systems for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Power Jacks

Power Jacks is a leading manufacturer for precision linear actuation, power transmission, and mechanical jacking. The company is based in Scotland where its history for supplying high quality engineered product dates from 1903. The product ranges are detailed on the Web site ( www.powerjacks.com) and include screw jacks, electric linear actuators, mechanical jacks, bevel gearboxes, planetary roller screws, reduction gearboxes, winches, and rotary unions. They can be supplied worldwide singularly or as complete systems, whether in standard or specially engineered designs.

About Thom Micro Systems Ltd.

Thom Micro Systems Ltd. (TMS) was formed in 1981 to help organizations make the most out of their IT investments. During the last 24 years, TMS computer systems have dramatically improved companies' design, manufacture, sales, administration, accounting, and information management processes. TMS is a SolidWorks supplier dedicated to providing the intensive and ongoing support that is crucial to obtaining the maximum return for customers' CAD investments. For more details, visit www.thom-micro.com.

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 ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks, 3D PartStream.NET, and 3D ContentCentral are registered trademarks of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006 SolidWorks Corporation.

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