Weir Pumps to Reduce Product Design and Delivery Time by 50 Percent Using SolidWorks Software

One of world's largest pump manufacturers uses 3D mechanical design software to facilitate collaboration and reduce production errors

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 27, 2003-- Weir Pumps, one of the world's largest pump manufacturers, will slash its design time in half and bring its products to market 50 percent faster with SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design software, SolidWorks announced today. Weir Pumps will standardize on SolidWorks software as it continues to build pump products to suit a broad range of industries including water and wastewater treatment, power generation, mining, manufacturing, and oil drilling and exploration.

A major subsidiary of $1.4 billion Weir Group PLC, Weir Pumps set out to streamline its engineering integration and reduce overall expenses by replacing its 2D design software with 3D mechanical design software. Weir Pumps chose SolidWorks because it gives companies like Weir the functionality to shorten design time and reduce production errors in an easy-to-use environment. SolidWorks helps Weir deliver its products to customers around the world faster than with its previous design software.

"Our clients have high standards for product quality and meeting tight deadlines," said Nick Muntz, engineering director at Weir Pumps. "SolidWorks software has helped us identify and rectify potential design problems before we get to the manufacturing stage because our engineering teams can easily collaborate on new product designs. Smooth collaboration and easy design fixes help us get the design right the first time and begin production quickly. That's a significant advantage in a fiercely competitive global market."

Weir Pumps initially deployed 12 SolidWorks licenses, then expanded to 33, and will expand to more than 40 licenses in the next several months. The company receives ongoing software, implementation, training, and support from SolidWorks' reseller NT CADCAM.

"Weir Pumps' products are found worldwide in all industries including oil platforms in the North Sea, wastewater treatment plants in the Middle East, and power plants around the globe including the US and China," said Simon Booker, SolidWorks sales and marketing director for the UK and Ireland. "With such a wide variety of demands, Weir must meet exact engineering specifications to deliver on its promise of reliability and durability. With hundreds of engineering companies around the world using SolidWorks, it has become the mainstream 3D mechanical design standard that allows global manufacturers like Weir to meet all of their customers' expectations quickly and accurately."

About Weir Pumps and The Weir Group PLC

Weir Pumps is the largest company in the Weir Clear Liquid Division, one of five specialist divisions of The Weir Group PLC. Weir Pumps enjoys a global reputation for engineering excellence in the design and manufacture of engineered pumps and fluid handling systems for oil and gas, power generation, water, wastewater, hydrocarbon processing, and general industrial projects. The Weir Group PLC is a UK listed engineering company founded in 1871, quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Its divisional activities range from mining and minerals processing to the defense and nuclear industry, from oil and gas exploration to power generation and water treatment, and include skilled technical project management, customer support, and asset management. For more information, visit the Web site at


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: 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 ( 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) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.

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