SolidWorks Enhances Riverwood International's Packaging Machine Design Process


Global packaging firm uses SolidWorks solid modeling software to accelerate design of packaging machines used in international beverage and consumer product plants


CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 12, 2003-- Packaging giant Riverwood International will standardize on SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design software to improve the design of the machines that corporations around the world will use to package their products, SolidWorks announced today. Along with more than 40 licenses of SolidWorks, Riverwood will use SMARTEAM(R) product data management (PDM) software and COSMOSWorks(TM) and COSMOSMotion(TM) analysis software to streamline product design and bring high-quality products to customers more efficiently than with its previous computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Riverwood is the latest in a growing list of international packaging machinery and materials handling manufacturers to choose SolidWorks software. A sample of the leading companies includes Doboy Packaging Machinery, Hartness International, M&M Mars, McKee Foods International, Nordson Corporation, and Robert Bosch GmbH. Riverwood manufactures the paperboard and containers used for packaging beverage and consumer products goods, as well as the machines that pack these goods. The company will use SolidWorks software to migrate from 2D to 3D mechanical design and improve the process of designing packaging machines that go into international beverage and consumer product plants. 3D mechanical design allows Riverwood's engineers to more easily generate flexible product designs, such as machinery to pack beverage cans and bottles into the Fridge Vendor(TM) carton. This unique carton is designed to fit in the "dead space" in the average refrigerator and serves as a dispenser for 12-ounce cans or recyclable plastic bottles.

"We hope to simplify design reviews and optimize design alternatives through the use of SolidWorks," said Steve Ingram, director of product development for the packaging machinery division. "In our business, we modify and manage increasing amounts of engineering data for machinery with multiple variants. SMARTEAM will enable us to maintain our designs more effectively, achieving design reuse and cost savings in creating versions of standard equipment. The 3D CAD environment brings benefits throughout the engineering process, from presentation of concepts, improved visualization in design, and communications with manufacturing, to post-shipment support including parts, technical publications, and service. Apart from ease of use, SolidWorks contains most of the functionality we need to reap these benefits in packaging machinery design."

Product design, analysis, and data management

Riverwood customizes its packaging machine designs to meet each customer's individual needs. For example, Riverwood may someday have to redesign the Fridge Vendor package for a customer that wants to dispense a non-standard product. With SolidWorks, engineers can quickly modify the existing machine designs to accommodate new products without recreating the design. SolidWorks' COSMOSWorks analysis software will let engineers perform multiple "what-if" scenarios to test a variety of factors such as material stress. COSMOSMotion, a virtual prototyping application, simulates a design's mechanical operation to see if any parts will collide or act improperly during operation. This type of analysis allows engineers to optimize designs before manufacturing begins, which significantly improves quality and efficiencies.

Riverwood will use SMARTEAM software to manage the data that the engineering and manufacturing teams generate. One of the main reasons Riverwood chose SMARTEAM is that it has multi-site capability that allows collaboration between engineers in Marietta, Ga. and Crosby, Minn. (including Riverwood's Minnesota Automation division). SMARTEAM maintains version control of all product designs to ensure that if an engineer in Georgia alters a design, the manufacturing team in Minnesota will have immediate access to the latest version. Riverwood will plug SMARTEAM into its SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

"Just about every time you reach into a store cooler for a package of beverages, you're touching a Riverwood product," said Mike Crismond, vice president of North American sales at SolidWorks. "To maintain its market leadership, Riverwood will use SolidWorks software and the COSMOS products to design packaging machines that meet exacting specifications and deliver them on time to global bottling, canning plants, and consumer product markets. SMARTEAM will provide the CAD data management to ensure everyone is on the right page. Helping companies like Riverwood International maintain global market leadership is why SolidWorks is the standard for 3D mechanical design."

About Riverwood International

Riverwood International Corporation is a leading integrated provider of paperboard and paperboard packaging solutions to multinational beverage and consumer products companies. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Riverwood has annual sales of over $1.2 billion and approximately 4,100 employees.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, 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 245,000 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 and COSMOSMotion are trademarks 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.

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