DesignSource Technology, Inc.: Life Fitness Selects PDM/Works -R- Software as Standard Design Data Management Solution for SolidWorks -R- Software

Physical Fitness Equipment Manufacturer Drives Engineering Communication Initiatives With Design-Centric PDM

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2001-- DesignSource Technology, Inc., a SolidWorks Gold Partner and a leading provider of design-centric data management solutions, today announced that Life Fitness has selected PDM/Works software as its standard data management solution for managing product design data created in the SolidWorks mechanical design environment.

Headquartered near Chicago, Life Fitness is the leading manufacturer of a full line of cardiovascular and strength training equipment.

Life Fitness selected PDM/Works after an extensive benchmark of commercially available PDM software, according to Robert Seaman, Senior Project Manager for Engineering at Life Fitness. "PDM/Works has proven to be the obvious choice for boosting productivity and supporting our concurrent product development activities. After selecting, piloting, and implementing 44 seats of PDM/Works, we plan to add more here at headquarters and at our Hammer Strength, ParaBody, and Life Fitness Strength locations. PDM/Works operates and behaves so much like SolidWorks that our engineers picked it up immediately. PDM/Works looks and feels like it was developed by SolidWorks," Seaman says.

"Our goal is to secure and control our product design data to the extent that we can do more concurrently," Seaman explains. "While our designers develop assemblies for our products, manufacturing engineering can use PDM/Works to access designs and develop fixtures and tooling at the same time. We plan to use the PDM/Works Portal (a web-browser-based tool for accessing design information) to tie in our Incoming Quality Control, Purchasing, Technical Publications, and Customer Service departments. PDM/Works elevates our product design communication capabilities, which will help us bring products to market faster."

Jim Foster, President of DesignSource Technology, Inc., says, "The data management challenges that Life Fitness faced are typical of an organization that needs to maximize communication and control of product design information in today's solid modeling design environment. Because PDM/Works is simple to use and implement, companies such as Life Fitness can realize benefits almost immediately and leverage their partnership with us to improve 3D product design communication throughout the manufacturing enterprise."

Unlike traditional PDM software solutions, which are expensive, difficult to implement, and based on a top-down approach to PDM, PDM/Works was developed specifically to provide an affordable solution for supporting the product design process and the engineering workgroup. By managing product design data at its source, PDM/Works provides a solid foundation for extending product design communication. PDM/Works enables SolidWorks users to fully manage the revision control and vaulting of SolidWorks design information as well other file types, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, DWG, PDF, etc. The software also allows engineers to work concurrently across project teams, over LANs, WANs, and the Internet, while maintaining the integrity of product data and minimizing duplicated effort and redundancies across an organization.

InFlow, a subsidiary of Computer-Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), is the PDM/Works reseller in Chicago working with Life Fitness to provide implementation, training, and support services.

About Life Fitness

Life Fitness, a Brunswick company, is the global leader in designing and manufacturing a full line of reliable, high-quality fitness equipment for commercial and consumer use. Its cardiovascular and strength training products, including the renowned Lifecycle exercise bike, are used in health, fitness and wellness facilities, as well as in homes, worldwide. The company is headquartered near Chicago and distributes its equipment in more than 120 countries.

About InFlow Technology, LLC

InFlow was formed in response to the increasing need for collaborative design and communication throughout the engineering, manufacturing and production processes. In today's business environment, manufacturers need to share information in an efficient and dependable manner in order to compete in the global marketplace. InFlow is staffed by industry professionals who are dedicated to helping manufacturers manage the flow of information and get products to market on time. InFlow is a subsidiary of Computer Aided Technology, Inc. For the latest news from InFlow, visit the company's website at or contact a representative at 800-875-3009.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Bourse de Paris) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to deliver the power of 3D to everybody in design and manufacturing. In five years of shipping product, SolidWorks has delivered more than 160,000 total seats worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and distributes products through a network of 230 resellers selling in 70 countries. For more information and a product demonstration, contact a SolidWorks reseller, or call SolidWorks at +1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's web site (

About DesignSource Technology, Inc.

DesignSource Technology, Inc., based in Southborough, Mass., is a privately held corporation committed to maximizing the productivity gains of product development organizations through the efficient support and management of data created by mechanical design software products for Windows®. The company, which was founded with the mission to bring supporting software products to the desktop of every engineer using MCAD products, focuses on the data management needs of design-centric product development organizations. For the latest news and information from DesignSource Technology, visit the company's web site at

Note to Editors: PDM/Works is a registered trademark of DesignSource Technology, Inc. Life Fitness and Lifecycle are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Brunswick Corporation. SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. All other products, brand names, or company names are the property of their respective holders.

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