SolidWorks 3D Mechanical Design Software Helps Prevent Great Beer from Going Flat
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SolidWorks 3D Mechanical Design Software Helps Prevent Great Beer from Going Flat

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 systems worldwide.

"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.

About McDantim

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: 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 and PhotoWorks is a trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.

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