Alloyd Company Standardizes On SolidWorks Software to Speed Complex Package Design

SolidWorks' flexibility and short learning curve enable North America's largest producer of high visibility consumer packaging to increase design productivity and reduce time to market

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 2002-- SolidWorks today announced Alloyd Company, the country's largest producer of thermoformed consumer packaging, is standardizing on its three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software. SolidWorks® software enables Alloyd's engineers to ramp up on the software quickly and create more complex package designs faster, reducing time to market.

With 29 licenses of SolidWorks, Alloyd has rolled the software out to its entire mold design group. The company's machinery design group will migrate to SolidWorks within the next several months. Alloyd chose SolidWorks because its previous 3D CAD technology could not keep up with its growing business. Alloyd needed to hire more engineers to meet rising demand for its products, but its previous CAD software took new employees too long to learn and had limited design capabilities.

The company chose SolidWorks because it has a short learning curve, significantly reducing training costs, and more flexible design capabilities, enabling Alloyd's engineers to create more complex, accurate designs faster. Increased accuracy allows Alloyd to eliminate re-work and design modifications, reducing development costs.

"The combined advantages of controlled cost and reduced time to market give Alloyd a competitive advantage in serving its customers in the retail market who are increasingly being pressured on product pricing and project timing by the large national retail chains," said Jim Price, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Alloyd.

"Each package we design is different, we can almost never re-use anything. The packages can range from simple pen and pencil blister packs to more complex free-form packages. SolidWorks is very flexible, enabling us to design any type of package faster than we could with Pro/E," said Brian Lothson, who works in Alloyd's new technology and support development group. "SolidWorks is also easy to learn and use. It previously took new employees a year to learn how to use Pro/E. With SolidWorks, they are up and running in their jobs in no time."

Alloyd designs a variety of packaging for products such as cosmetics, pens, locks, and fire alarms. The company won an award for a package it designed with SolidWorks for a major smoke alarm manufacturer. In addition to creating designs, Alloyd uses SolidWorks' eDrawings Professional to collaborate on designs with customers via e-mail. Designers can send eDrawings files to customers and show them a 3D representation of the product before spending time or money on prototypes.

"Package design can be deceiving," said Mike Crismond, vice president of North American sales at SolidWorks. "What looks like a simple design can actually be very complex and take companies months to perfect. Without the right design tools, the process can take even longer. SolidWorks software has set the bar for powerful 3D design tools. Engineers at Alloyd can now translate their ideas into 3D models and easily share and present them to their customers much faster than with their previous 3D system."

Alloyd is working with SolidWorks' reseller Computer Aided Technology, Inc. for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Alloyd Company

Founded in 1961, the Alloyd Company is North America's largest manufacturer of light-gauge custom thermoformed retail packaging materials and medical trays, and the leading manufacturing of blister packaging machines, heat seal tooling, and Radio Frequency (RF) sealing equipment. Alloyd is an ISO 9001 registered thermoformer with five regional thermoforming sites: DeKalb, Illinois; Branford, Connecticut; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Fontana, California; and Juncos, Puerto Rico. For more information on Alloyd please visit www.alloyd.com, or contact Alloyd Company at 1-800-756-7639 ext. 5862.

About Computer Aided Technology

Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI) is the Midwest's leading SolidWorks Value Added Reseller and is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions for the engineering, manufacturing, and educational sectors. By offering product sales, implementation, training, and support of the "Best-in-Class" technologies, CATI delivers powerful solutions that assist companies in increasing productivity and profitability. CATI currently serves Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa. For the latest news and information, see the company's Web site (http://www.cati.com) or call (+1-888-308-CATI).

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 six years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 188,000 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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