McDantim Inc. uses SolidWorks for wide range of product design, training, and marketing applications
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2003-- McDantim Inc., the leader in commercial gas blenders, is using SolidWorks(R) three-dimensional (3D) mechanical design software to invent, improve, and market systems that safeguard the integrity of the world's leading beers, including Guinness and Coors, SolidWorks Corporation announced today.
McDantim uses SolidWorks to invent new gas blending systems, add
new features to existing ones, customize products for original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs), produce sales training materials, and
collaborate with its sister company in the United Kingdom.
McDantim's Trumix(TM) Gas Blender addresses the delicate gas
balance beer requires to taste as the brewer intended. Beer with
insufficient carbon dioxide goes flat, too much CO2 makes it overly
foamy, and oxygen turns it sour. Trumix, originally designed for
Ireland's famed Guinness brewery, heads off these costly and
frustrating problems by ensuring the proper CO2, nitrogen, and
pressure levels in kegs, lines, microbrewery tanks, and sometimes in
the brewing process itself. The gases propel beer from source to
glass, displace oxygen, and prevent the product from spoiling.
Trumix is the only gas blending technology certified for use by
Guinness, which in 2000 declared McDantim, of Helena, Montana, a
company that has reached "the highest possible standards in their
field." Coors Brewing Company has also endorsed the technology,
lauding its blending precision and saying Trumix is "the best
equipment and technology to become available to the beer industry in
recent years." Other large microbrewery customers include New Belgium,
Sierra Nevada, and Hale's Ales. McDantim has sold 100,000 of the
"SolidWorks has dramatically reduced our design time compared with
AutoCAD and was more mature than the other 3D mechanical design
software we tested," said Charles Nelson, McDantim's technical
director. "The software has helped us quickly bring our new products
to market and achieve the gas blending precision levels the world's
best brewers demand. Moreover, seeing what a finished product will
look like is a huge advantage, and the transparent, photorealistic 3D
models have turbo charged our training and marketing efforts."
The flagship Trumix Gas Blender enables a maximum throughput of 40
liters of blended gas per minute. With SolidWorks, the company has
quickly invented versions with flows 20 times higher, useful for the
welding industry, and four times lower for small restaurants and bars.
SolidWorks enables McDantim to move so fast that the company created
custom gas blending unit for an OEM in SolidWorks' PhotoWorks(TM)
photorealistic rendering software, and was taking catalog orders
before the first unit was even built.
"Mechanical design is a far-reaching practice, but we rarely
realize that it affects the quality of our food and drink," said Ilya
Mirman, SolidWorks vice president of marketing. "SolidWorks is
increasingly the software of choice for companies that are
significantly advancing the practice of food manufacturing - and
consequently, the quality and flavor - whether the end product is
beer, bread, cakes, chocolate, or the packaging that protects it."
SolidWorks' thousands of customers in the food, beverage, packaging,
and food machinery industries include McKee Foods, Nestle, Crown Cork
& Seal, and Procter & Gamble.
McDantim is working with SolidWorks reseller Salient Technologies
Inc. for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
McDantim is fast becoming the acknowledged international leader in
the manufacturing of commercial gas blenders. To date McDantim has
sold more than 100,000 gas blenders worldwide. McDantim's crown jewel
is the Trumix(TM) Gas Blender for the modern draught beer system. It
has revolutionized the way we dispense beer. The corporation is based
in Helena, Montana with a sister company, Beverage Systems, Ltd., in
Rochester, Kent, England. The McDantim Trumix(TM) Gas Blender has
changed the way beer is dispensed by designing a blending system that
ensures the beer that is served is precisely the beer that the brewer
has produced. For more information, visit
About Salient Technologies, Inc.
Salient Technologies, Inc., provides design, analysis, and
research and development products and services. Founded in 1996 and
incorporated in 1998, Salient's key focus is to enable companies to
more effectively address their markets through better, more efficient
design and engineering practices. A licensed professional engineering
firm, Salient has helped a number of companies produce award-winning
products using SolidWorks and related software, training and support,
contracted engineering design and analysis services, and research and
development in conjunction with Montana State University - Bozeman.
For a more complete description of Salient's capabilities, visit the
company's 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 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 and PhotoWorks is a trademark
of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are
trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks
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