Economic boom or gloom? It makes no difference to flexible factory engineers

Mid-sized manufacturers, energy providers and plant designers are adopting technologies that help 

them capitalise on opportunities and productively handle challenging times

Cambridge, UK and Pittsford, NY – 28 October 2010: Engineering solutions provider CAD Schroer is
headquartered in Germany, with subsidiaries in the UK, US, Switzerland, Italy and France. Despite
differing economic outlooks, the impetus for investment in flexible technology for factory design
is everywhere.

“News coverage about a big German recovery on one hand, and the insecurity triggered by a UK
austerity budget on the other, tends to exaggerate differences, rather than emphasise
similarities,” says CAD Schroer’s Managing Director, Michael Schroer. “Yet both countries’

manufacturing and plant engineering sectors are boosted by overseas demand
, and their firms accept
that technology is a key project enabler. The solid yet flexible engineering organisations that
make up our customer base - be they food or energy producers, machinery or plant providers – had
their period of austerity in 2009. 2010/2011 is the time for making smart investments which offer
quick benefits and good returns.”

Serving a Niche
“Our customers work internationally, and of course they feel the effects of different economic
climates. But most of them are experts in their industry, supplying niche products, or engineering
services to niche sectors,” explains CAD Schroer’s Product Line Manager Mark Simpson. “They have to
plan, design or modify complex installations with a lot of mechanical content. The last thing they
need is design software which is difficult to use, administrate or adapt.” CAD Schroer’s niche is
the supply of flexible, affordable, and dynamic 2D to 3D plant and factory planning, layout,
design, and visualisation software to mid-sized Owner/Operators and process plant providers.

MPDS4 Factory Layout:

Making the Most of Opportunities
“Be it a German machinery man
ufacturer gearing up to handle higher demand from Asia; a UK food
manufacturer adapting processing lines to produce value ranges; or a design & construction firm
progressing from 2D to 3D to be more competitive,” says Mark, “They invest in our software and
services because we get projects off the ground quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.”

From Pre-Sales to Build Order
CAD Schroer’s scalable, modular software allows users to start with conceptual designs in 2D, then
progress to detailed 3D design. Parametric, rules- and catalog-driven, it runs on a relational
database, storing component definitions in a lightweight format. 3D factories are drawn on demand,
generating impressive walk-through visualisations t
hat help win bids, and make it easy to
communicate and progress projects quickly. MPDS4 FACTORY LAYOUT can integrate with existing
CAD/PLM/ERP/EDM systems and data, and is extremely configurable for niche requirements.

A Head Start with Factory Modelling Services
Along with its software, CAD Schroer often delivers factory layout and modelling services to get
Owner/Operator projects off the ground quickly, providing everything clients need to dynamically
edit and visualise their existing data, and to plan and cost changes.

Factory Modelling Services:

“We regard the harbingers of boom or gloom with healthy scepticism,” Michael concludes. “Economies
are interlaced and complex. Innovative manufacturers and plant engineers use our technologies and
services to help them capitalise on new opportunities, and productively handle challenging times.”

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MPDS4 factory layout software

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MPDS4 flexible plant design helps business take off

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About CAD Schroer

CAD Schroer is a global software development company and engineering solutions provider, helping to
raise the productivity and competitiveness of customers working in manufacturing and plant design,
including the automotive sector and its supply chain, the energy sector and public utilities. CAD
Schroer has offices throughout Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and independent subsidiaries
in France, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

CAD Schroer’s product portfolio includes 2D/3D CAD, plant design, factory layout and data
management solutions. Customers in 39 countries rely on MEDUSA4®, MPDS4™ and STHENO/PRO® to provide
an efficient, flexible and integrated design environment for all phases of product or plant design
– cutting costs while raising quality. CAD Schroer emphasises close customer partnerships and
supports its clients’ objectives through extensive consultancy, training, development, software
support and maintenance services.

Contact Information

Michael Schroer
CAD Schroer GmbH
Fritz-Peters-Straße 26-30
47447 Moers


Germany: +49 2841 9184 0
UK: +44 1223 460 408
France: +33 141 94 51 40
Switzerland: +41 44 802 89-80
Italy: +39 02 38303267
USA: +1 866-SCHROER (866-724-7637)

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