SolidWorks Fires Up Ceramic and Packaging Design for SACMI Group

One of world's largest facilities and equipment manufacturers for ceramics and packaging uses 3D CAD software to speed design and reduce time-to-market

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2002-- Italy-based SACMI Group is using SolidWorks® three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to design equipment, automated systems, fittings, and facilities for the ceramics and packaging industries, SolidWorks Corp. today announced. SolidWorks' intuitive Windows®-based environment and complex assembly design capabilities help SACMI Group accelerate new product development and production so that the company can bring products to market faster.

Comprised of 38 companies scattered around the world, SACMI Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of the machines (such as kilns, presses, and driers) and facilities that make ceramic tiles, toilets, and tableware found in everyday life. It also manufactures the machines used in a variety of consumer product packaging, such as bottle caps, boxes, and labeling. SACMI Imola (based in Imola, Italy), SACMI Mold & Dies (based in Sassuolo, Italy), and SACMI Forni (based in Salvaterra, Italy) will license 100 seats of SolidWorks software in 2002, of which 30 are already deployed, to speed product design.

"For a long time, SACMI has been looking for a software design solution that can handle complex technical requirements without forcing personnel to receive specific training," said Pietro Bandini, director of information systems of SACMI. "A careful evaluation of the 3D CAD products available on the market assured us that SolidWorks has set the standard for intuitiveness. It also combines this ease of use with powerful modeling functions and the ability to manage complex assemblies. These advantages will allow SACMI to reach its business goals of rapid quality product creation."

SACMI chose SolidWorks because its ability to handle complex assemblies helps the company's design engineers easily create designs for the heavy-duty machines that make kilns and plastic bottle caps. When searching for a 3D CAD platform, SACMI's executives wanted software that was easy to learn so its design engineers could begin developing new products immediately. SACMI chose SolidWorks over competing products from Autodesk, PTC, SolidEdge, Solidesigner, UGS, and Think3.

"The facilities and equipment used in ceramics and packaging manufacturing are typically very large and sophisticated," said Michel Gros, executive vice president of SolidWorks, Europe. "The machinery is complex, and it requires exact engineering to avoid any production problems. SolidWorks lets SACMI's engineers incorporate that complexity right into their designs without toiling over frustratingly complex CAD technologies. The result is that SACMI turns out new products quickly, feeding a large international industry."

SACMI receives installation, training, and support for its 3D CAD software from SolidWorks reseller Nuovamacut Automazione S.p.A.

About SACMI

SACMI is an international group that manufactures machines and complete plants for the ceramics and packaging industries - markets in which it is a recognized worldwide leader. The strengths of both sides of the business lie in the application of innovative technology, the well-established position the group holds in international markets, and its commitment to research in order to ensure consistent top quality and service to clients. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.sacmi.it.

About Nuovamacut Automazione S.p.A.

Nuovamacut Automazione S.p.A., based in Reggio Emilia and with operating units in Varese, Brescia, and Vicenza, is currently the leading Italian reseller of SolidWorks products. Focused on the mechanical sector, Nuovamacut Automazione supports more than 5,000 companies in Italy and offers innovative technological solutions from design to production, aimed at improving productivity and time-to-market. For more information, visit the site www.nuovamacut.it or call +39-0522-505311.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development. In over five years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 175,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through a worldwide network of resellers. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2002 SolidWorks Corporation.


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