Olympus Optical subsidiary replaces mix of 2D and 3D CAD packages with
SolidWorks software to design endoscope equipment for hospitals
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2003-- KeyMed has standardized on SolidWorks(R) three-dimensional (3D) design software to design its life-saving endoscope equipment and workstations found in hospitals worldwide, SolidWorks announced today. The U.K.-based company uses SolidWorks software, including COSMOSWorks(TM) analysis and SMARTEAM(R) product data management (PDM) applications company-wide - from research and development to manufacturing. Together, these applications enable the company to streamline the product development cycle and get its medical products into doctors' hands faster.
KeyMed, a subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., uses 30 licenses
of SolidWorks computer-aided design (CAD) software to design support
equipment for a range of endoscopy systems that enable doctors to see
internal organs during surgery. Their products include vacuum pumps,
sterilization cases, and ultrasonic cleaners, as well as equipment
trollies that carry life-saving utensils down hospital corridors.
SolidWorks greatly increases KeyMed's productivity, where each project
can involve hundreds of parts, shortening the product development
lifecycle, and reducing design errors.
KeyMed previously used a mix of 2D and 3D CAD packages, but
replaced them with SolidWorks to gain more powerful design
capabilities in one easy-to-use product. SolidWorks also integrates
with several third-party software packages that are essential to
KeyMed's design process.
"Our products' ergonomics are complex in terms of shapes and
moldings and our previous design software was not flexible enough to
model all the surfaces," said Ian Hallett, KeyMed's medical research
and development manager. "We also wanted to expand our CAD use within
the engineering department and throughout the entire company, and our
existing software wasn't suitable for that because it was too
difficult to use. SolidWorks is clearly a more advanced design package
that offers superior modeling capabilities, a powerful user interface,
and extensive integration with third-party packages."
With SolidWorks, KeyMed can visualize what a product will look
like on the computer screen instead of machining actual parts, an
expensive and time-consuming process. The company uses SolidWorks'
PhotoWorks(TM) to produce photo-realistic images for internal feedback
on its designs. KeyMed uses SolidWorks' eDrawings to e-mail designs to
its parent company in Japan, replacing in-person meetings that added
months to the product lifecycle. The company also uses eDrawings to
share designs with its 200 suppliers, allowing them to view 3D CAD
files as a simple, self-executing program, without downloading
additional software. Suppliers can review and mark up the drawings and
e-mail them back to KeyMed in record time.
KeyMed uses COSMOS finite element analysis solutions, which let
KeyMed calculate how its products will perform under shock and loading
vibrations, such as those that come from orderlies pushing trollies
through hospital doors. Additionally, KeyMed uses SMARTEAM product
data management software (PDM) to effectively manage the thousands of
drawings KeyMed produces every year, allowing engineers to view the
designs on a read-only basis.
"As a leader in the specialized medical and industrial equipment
market, KeyMed realized it needed to move to an integrated 3D CAD
package that would allow it to increase productivity to continue to
meet market demand," said Simon Booker, SolidWorks sales and marketing
director for the UK and Ireland. "SolidWorks has set the standard for
3D CAD software and has the largest selection of integrated partner
applications in the industry, making it the right choice for companies
that need a complete, powerful, solid modeling solution."
KeyMed is working with SolidWorks reseller NT CADCAM for ongoing
software implementation, training, and support.
KeyMed is one of the principal business centers of the Olympus
Optical Co. Ltd. of Japan and since its formation in 1969, has
established a worldwide reputation as a leading supplier of specialist
optical and electronic products to both medicine and industry. KeyMed
is now one of Britain's largest medical companies, having core
technology in optics, electronics, thermo-
plastics, and precision mechanics. The company researches,
develops, and manufactures products within its own facilities, with
the largest export markets being Japan and America. For more
About NT CADCAM
NT CADCAM has offices in five locations across the UK and Ireland,
and has in-house expertise in the fields of FEA, CAM, PDM, ERP, and
the integration of all these disciplines. A SolidWorks Solution
Partner, NT CADCAM provides complete end-to-end design and
manufacturing solutions by offering SolidWorks software. Supporting a
wide range of SolidWorks Gold Partner and Solution Partner products,
NT CADCAM provides organizations with a total solution, including
support, training, consulting services, and API programming. For more
information, visit the Web site at
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded
in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 230,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. 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.
COSMOSWorks is a trademark of Structural Research and Analysis
Corporation. SMARTEAM is a registered trademark of SmarTeam
Corporation Ltd. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their
respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.
CONTACT: SolidWorks Corporation Simon Booker, +44 (0) 122-334-6900 Email Contact or Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, Inc. Darby Johnson, 603/559-5809 Email Contact