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
"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)
"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
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:
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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