Automating Engineering Tasks with Fishbowl Solutions' DXF Flat Pattern Automation

Media Contact: Rick Passolt Fishbowl Solutions, Inc. ® Phone: (952) 465-3400 E-mail: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maintainer Corporation Automates Engineering Tasks Using Fishbowl Solutions’ DXF Flat Pattern Automation™ Solution Maintainer slashes time spent creating DXF output for manufacturing from seven hours to fifteen minutes. Minneapolis, Minn.—May, 2008— Fishbowl Solutions, Inc., a software and services firm supplying solutions for PTC’s product development solutions announced that Maintainer Corporation of Iowa has succeeded in automating a tedious engineering task with the help of its DXF Flat Pattern Automation solution. Maintainer Corporation manufactures and markets high quality, value-based products for work trucks. Maintainer had recently implemented a new sheet metal manufacturing software package to speed manufacturing and reduce costs and scrap. Implementation of this new solution, however, required Maintainer to create DXF flat pattern files for every sheet metal part. This was new for Maintainer because their previous NC sheet metal solution was integrated with Pro/ENGINEER® requiring no flat pattern or DXF output creation. Literally over night, DXF flat pattern output became a mandatory task in Maintainer’s process – a task that consumed as much as 7 hours for their larger truck bodies. Manual DXF output was tedious and error-prone, even when partially automated through mapkey routines. Maintainer quickly realized this non-value added activity needed to be addressed. That is when they found Fishbowl Solutions’ DXF Flat Pattern Automation solution. DXF Flat Pattern Automation has allowed Maintainer to automate DXF creation. DXF output for one of their largest truck bodies can be completed in as little as 15 minutes — 28 times faster than the manual method. According to Adam Besaw, Product Designer for Maintainer, “Being an Engineering-to-Order company, we needed to automate this tedious chore so we could focus our time on engineering new designs. This module was the perfect solution.” Since implementing DXF Flat Pattern Automation, Maintainer has been able to focus engineers on more value-added work. DXF Flat Pattern Automation solution automates the creation of 1:1 flat patterns for every Pro|ENGINEER® sheet metal part in an assembly and outputs them as DXF for downstream usage. This saves significant time and reduces errors. About Fishbowl Solutions, Inc.: Fishbowl Solutions (, founded in 1999, is a national leader in partnering with its clients to deliver innovative and effective services and solutions. Fishbowl Solutions is differentiated by its unparalleled industry and technology expertise; its solid reputation for on-time delivery, value-added results and enhanced ROI; and its clear-thinking, accountable and knowledgeable people. To learn more about DXF Flat Pattern Automation Solution, please visit: DXF Flat Pattern Automation. Fishbowl Solutions’ areas of expertise include: PTC’s Pro/INTRALINK®, Pro|ENGINEER®, Pro/TOOLKIT®, Pro/INTRALINK ® Toolkit and Windchill® software solutions, as well as being a Gold Level member of the PTC PartnerAdvantage™ Program; Oracle® (formerly Stellent) content management software solutions; and its own software solutions to web-enable manufacturing information and automate engineering processes. About Maintainer Corporation: Maintainer Corporation, Inc. ( of Iowa, founded in 1976, has developed its products to be the best in their class. The company has continued to be the industry leader in manufacturing and sales of heavy duty customized service bodies, service body cranes and lube bodies. Products that truly meet the needs of the end use customer. Over the years, new products have been introduced and existing products have been improved...all with the common goal of offering only the very highest quality, value priced, products to our customers...dealers and end users alike. ###

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