NKK Switches Launches 3D CAD Models With PARTsolutions Technology

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Oct 15, 2007 -- NKK Switches, the leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switching devices, has launched a partnership with PARTsolutions, a leading provider of digital parts management technology and services, to provide a digital 3D CAD library and configurator for NKK's product lines.

Using PARTsolutions, NKK has Web-enabled a partial collection of M Series Toggles, M Series Rockers, LB Series Illuminated and Non Illuminated Pushbuttons and the SmartSwitch™ LCD programmable switches, all of which are available immediately, representing over 125,000 viewable configurations. The catalog will grow over time, allowing prospective customers to graphically configure components with the sizes, features, and colors they need. Once configured, the online library creates high quality, native CAD data including the accurate NKK SWITCHES part number, which is downloaded by the designer.

"In an effort to exceed our customer's expectations, providing 3D models is another way NKK can bring value and support to their needs." said Lou Molinari, Vice President Marketing at NKK Switches. "We reviewed many 3D solution providers and determined that PARTsolutions yielded the best over all support and flexibility to help us in this area."

"PARTsolutions is excited to partner with NKK Switches and looks forward to serving the company with the best lead generation network available, and to serving their customers with the best quality CAD native digital catalog data possible," commented Rob Zesch, President of PARTsolutions.

The PARTsolutions' 3D CAD library may be accessed on the NKK website as well as various online market places including the Autodesk® Supplier Content Center, Machine Design Magazine CAD library, and others. NKK products will also be available within PARTsolutions Intelligent Parts Management solutions, allowing NKK Switches to introduce their products to new prospects worldwide independent of the CAD technology they may be using.

With the comparative lack of available 3D tools for component selection, PARTsolutions' 3D CAD library and configurator represent a significant enhancement to NKK's overall support strategy. In addition to the company's dedicated and experienced switch specialists who help with engineering, pricing and competitive cross referencing, NKK can now offer engineers a fast and efficient way to utilize NKK Switches in their designs.

The leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches, NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty and surface mount switches. The company manufactures more than four million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary, DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches. All switches are designed and manufactured to provide the quality and dependability that has made NKK the benchmark for reliability for over half a century.

NKK continues to lead the industry in responding to the needs of the marketplace with innovation, high reliability and a commitment to excellence. The company provides environmentally safe products for its valued customers, including the myriad of issues that are covered under the RoHS directive. NKK maintains a complete network of qualified representatives and distributors through the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Engineers who design the man-machine interface for their products rely on the broad product line, specialized design expertise and customer support of NKK Switches. For more information contact NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone 480/991-0942. Fax 480/998-1435. See the NKK Web site at www.nkkswitches.com.

PARTsolutions® LLC is a leading provider of enterprise, digital parts management technology and services, delivering solutions since 1992. Manufacturers increase sales by enabling engineers to specify components early in the design process. Engineers reduce design time with access to components and assemblies in over 85 CAD & graphic formats, addressing nearly 100% of all global CAD seats. Information about PARTsolutions can be found at http://www.part-solutions.com.

Chris Walker
Connect Public Relations

Debbie Martin
NKK Switches

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