CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—August 27, 2007— Tractair, Ltd. is using SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software to design the air and hydraulic brakes that farmers, construction workers, and others driving heavy duty tractors and off-road vehicles rely on to stop quickly and safely. Tractair's brake systems enable customers to safely operate larger equipment carrying heavier loads at faster speeds than ever before.
Based in Brough, U.K., Tractair has spearheaded development of air
brake systems which - unlike traditional hydraulic systems - deliver
finely controlled, powerful stopping capabilities for both the tractor
and the trailer for the bigger loads customers pull today. The company
standardized on SolidWorks software to speed up the design and
"We're working with engineering departments 50 times our size,"
said Tractair Managing Director David Constantine. "SolidWorks levels
the playing field because its table-driven format gives us repeatable
designs that we can quickly modify to meet specific customer needs and
design better products. That's huge when you're designing brake
systems to fit on tractors for John Deere, New Holland, and Massey
SolidWorks allows Tractair to send customized brake system models
to customers in the CAD format of their choice. That flexibility,
coupled with time-saving features such as physical simulation,
streamlined large assembly design, and automated bill of materials
creation and updating help Constantine and his team reduce overall
development cycles, costs, and time to delivery. This productivity has
played a key role in the company's 75 percent growth in the past five
"Stopping a 40-ton load traveling 50 kilometers per hour is not a
simple task," said SolidWorks Marketing Manager, Europe Simon Booker.
"Tractair has an impressive list of globally recognized customers
precisely because it has developed an efficient braking system capable
of such demands - even as customers continue to push the limits of
weight, velocity, and size."
Tractair relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller CADConnect for
ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
About Tractair, Ltd.
Tractair Ltd. designs, manufactures and installs air and hydraulic
brake systems for special applications. The company is design led, and
works closely with the design engineers of major international tractor
manufacturers and other OEMs to ensure that the braking systems are
fully integrated. The company has been closely involved in the
development of air brakes for agricultural and other off-road vehicles
since 1985 and continues to adapt available technologies to meet the
demands of increasing loads and speeds handled by agricultural and
construction vehicles both on and off the highway. For more
information, visit the Web site (www.tractair.co.uk).
CADConnect is a supplier of 3D design and engineering solutions
based in the North of England. It provides manufacturing and design
companies with 3D design automation solutions based on SolidWorks
software. By providing a knowledgeable pre- and post-sales and support
team, it enables customers to successfully implement SolidWorks,
enhancing their ability to compete, collaborate, shorten product
development cycle times, and grow their business. For more
information, visit the Web site (www.CADConnect.co.uk).
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
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, giving teams intuitive, high-performing
software that helps them design better 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,
SolidWorks is a registered trademarks of SolidWorks Corporation.
Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective
owners. Copyright (c) 2007 SolidWorks Corporation.
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