CFS Accelerates Food Production Machine Design With SolidWorks 3D Mechanical Design and COSMOS Analysis Software
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CFS Accelerates Food Production Machine Design With SolidWorks 3D Mechanical Design and COSMOS Analysis Software

SolidWorks and COSMOS streamline large assembly design, cut production errors for machines that prepare and package everything from sliced cheese to medical supplies

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 2003-- Convenience Food Systems (CFS) has standardized on SolidWorks(R) software to design the industrial food processing and packaging machines it sells to global food companies, SolidWorks announced today. SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software accelerates large-assembly design for CFS' machines, while COSMOS(TM) analysis software reduces production errors so CFS can speed products to customers.

Based in the Netherlands, CFS is one of the world's foremost convenience food packaging, preparation, processing, and marination machine makers. It comprises nine different companies that specialize in designing and building machines and production lines that do everything from preparing and packaging frozen grilled hamburgers to packaging dog food. One unit also packages a variety of medical supplies such as sterile forceps. CFS purchased 50 licenses of SolidWorks to transition to solid modeling so CFS' engineers can visualize their finished products better than they could with static 2D drawings. This visualization, coupled with advanced large-assembly design capabilities, helps engineers accelerate design time while fine-tuning their machines.

"Our customers want our machines to fit their exact specifications," said Aart Plomp, CFS operations director. "The need to customize product designs and deliver new products faster than before outpaced AutoCAD's capabilities. SolidWorks allows us to quickly tailor new product designs to each customer's needs. COSMOSWorks(TM) and COSMOSMotion(TM) allow us to test our designs to ensure that we get them right the first time."

COSMOSWorks ensures the machines will stand up to production stresses. COSMOSMotion prevents any moving parts from interfering with each other and slowing production.

"The public doesn't realize the amount of work that goes into preparing food and packaging it in a manner that makes consumers feel confident about their purchase," said Michel Gros, executive vice president for SolidWorks Europe. "Convenience Food Systems has built an international reputation for smart and efficient packaging solutions. SolidWorks and COSMOS will help it meet its customers' specific needs and grow that reputation."

CFS is working with SolidWorks' reseller, CADMES in Hertogenbosch, Holland for ongoing software implementation, training, and support.

About CFS

CFS is a world-leading supplier of preparation, marination, and processing and packaging solutions, primarily for the meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and cheese industries. This global organization offers the most extensive range of advanced solutions on the market today - from a single machine or packaging material to a complete production line. Innovative, complete solutions are also available for the specific needs of producers of Ready Meals, Meal Components, Case Ready, and Sliced Products. This broad range of capabilities, together with its extensive consultancy resources, enables CFS to develop tailor-made solutions for companies across the food industry. CFS is a member of FPME (Food Processing Machinery Europe). For more info about CFS, visit the company website


CADMES is an international reseller of engineering productivity solutions with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. With over 800 customers and more than 15 years experience, CADMES is one of the key resellers in this territory. By providing best in class CAD/CAM/CAE and PDM solutions combined with its experience in engineering, data management, and production, CADMES increases productivity for its customers. Products distributed by CADMES include: SolidWorks, SMARTEAM(R), COSMOSWorks, and Cimatron.

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 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 ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOS, COSMOSWorks and COSMOSMotion are trademarks of Structural Research and Analysis Corporation. SMARTEAM is a registered trademark of SmarTeam Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.

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