3D mechanical design software accelerates product design and reduces errors for tanks, snorkels, automatic doors, and other systems on planes and helicopters
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2003-- The largest aerial firefighting contractor in the U.S. is using SolidWorks(R) software to help stop forest fires that ravage millions of acres of land every year. Aero Union Corporation has standardized on SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software to quickly design custom tanks, hydraulic loading and unloading systems, and other products for fighting rampant wildfires.
Chico, Calif.-based Aero Union purchased 24 licenses of SolidWorks
to create a uniform, easy-to-use 3D mechanical design system for all
engineering disciplines. Using SolidWorks, Aero Union will be able to
design new products faster and with fewer errors than when engineers
worked on different systems. For more than 40 years, the company has
set a standard for effective airborne wildfire suppression systems.
The company now provides air-to-air refueling systems for large
military aircraft stationed around the world; special operations
sensor systems that provide reconnaissance for search and rescue;
border patrol, and other missions; and advanced spraying devices used
to eradicate insects, including locusts in Morocco. Aero Union's
customers include Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., the United
States Forest Service, the Canadian Department of National Defense,
and the government of Thailand, among others.
"Outsourcing parts manufacturing and sharing designs internally
when our engineers were using different software slowed production and
increased the chances of design irregularities," said Bill Strait,
Aero Union's director of engineering. "We need to be able to design
products that, for example, allow firefighters to use a snorkel system
that fills a 2,000-gallon tank on a Sikorsky helicopter in under a
minute. Standardizing on SolidWorks allows our engineers and suppliers
to work from the same page so we can develop new products faster and
with less chance for errors."
After an extensive search for a 3D mechanical design package,
Strait and his team chose SolidWorks for its intuitive user interface,
its ability to handle complex product designs, and its affordability.
Aero Union is also deploying PDMWorks (TM), SolidWorks' product data
management software, so engineers can work concurrently on product
designs and effectively manage all of the company's design data. Aero
Union also plans to integrate SolidWorks with a new manufacturing
application to streamline the product lifecycle process from design to
"By standardizing on SolidWorks, Aero Union will save precious
time on developing new firefighting and special operations systems
that save lives and minimize wildfire damage," said Mike Crismond,
vice president of North American sales at SolidWorks. "SolidWorks
adapts to most any design challenge so engineers can explore all
possibilities, quickly and efficiently."
Aero Union works with SolidWorks reseller GEI technology inc. for
ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
About Aero Union Corporation
The Aero Union Corporation is a privately held aviation company
headquartered in Chico, California. It specializes in airborne
firefighting services, in the design and manufacture of aircraft
payload systems, in aircraft maintenance, and in the design,
manufacture, and installation of special mission equipment for
airborne firefighting, fuel transport, and reconnaissance. For
additional information, go to Aero Union at
About GEI technology, inc.
Since 1974, GEI technology, inc. has provided a wide range of
engineering, business, and hardware solutions to support the product
development needs of manufacturers. With certified SolidWorks training
and technical support facilities in San Mateo, Roseville, Santa Clara,
Rohnert Park, and Dublin, California, GEI helps manufacturers move
their organizations forward through the implementation of
state-of-the-art MCAD and business solutions. For further information
about GEI technology, access 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 268,000 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 PDMWorks 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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