Danish Manufacturer Standardizes on SolidWorks to Accelerate Design Time, Reduce Production Errors, and Augment Collaboration
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 2003-- One of Europe's largest refrigerator and freezer manufacturers is using SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design software to accelerate new product design for some of the 800,000 units it ships around the world annually. The Vestfrost Company has standardized on SolidWorks to reduce design time and production errors so it can speed new, innovative products to market.
Based in Esbjerg, Vestfrost is Denmark's largest and Europe's
fourth largest manufacturer of household and commercial refrigerators,
freezers, and coolers. It has established a worldwide reputation for
high quality and environmentally friendly products, as well as
constantly developing designs to meet customer and market demands. It
designs custom products for some of the largest manufacturers in the
industry and has also developed strong markets for its own Vestfrost
brand products. Vestfrost purchased 18 licenses of SolidWorks to unify
two separate research and development divisions on one 3D design
software package to reduce the time to complete and troubleshoot
creative product designs.
"Our biggest challenge has been to meet our customers' product
design, performance, and delivery demands. They're always changing,"
said Jan Hou Larsen, an engineer at Vestfrost's research and
development department. "When we merged research and development
departments, we evaluated different 3D modeling packages, including
Inventor. But SolidWorks gave our engineers more creative freedom when
designing our parts. It has made engineers' jobs easier, so they can
finish designs faster than with 2D products."
Vestfrost relies on design firm Smedegaard & Weis to design forms
for all the interiors of the Vestfrost products, including the egg
trays and vegetable bins. Smedegaard & Weis engineers often draft
designs in SolidWorks and send them to Vestfrost, where engineers
finalize the designs prior to manufacturing. With both firms using
SolidWorks, design collaboration is seamless, fast, and virtually
"Designing competitive refrigeration products that meet consumer
whims and rigid commercial deadlines and specifications is a feat in
itself," said Tobias Andersson, SolidWorks manager for the Nordic
Region. "Vestfrost has also become one of Europe's largest
manufacturers. SolidWorks will help it maintain a market advantage by
delivering more new products faster and with fewer errors than 2D."
Vestfrost works with SolidWorks reseller TEAMWORKS for ongoing
implementation, support, and training.
Vestfrost, which was established in 1963, is the largest
manufacturer of refrigerators and freezers in Denmark. The export
share today is approximately 96 percent covering markets in Europe as
well as worldwide. Annually, 800,000 refrigerators and freezers are
sold all over the world. There is continuous development of new
products and Vestfrost is renowned for its thorough quality controls
during the entire production process. The company holds the leading
position for CFC-free products and has the facility to produce these
environmentally friendly products in large scale production. In 1998,
the Danish Environmental Protection Agency awarded the company as
first manufacturer worldwide to use the Community Ecolabel. For more
information about Vestfrost, call +45 79 14 22 22 or visit its Web
TEAMWORKS was founded in 1997 and today is one of the key
resellers in the Danish territory with offices in both Copenhagen and
Aarhus. By providing CAD/CAM and PDM solutions combined with
experience in engineering, production, and analysis, TEAMWORKS helps
organizations increase their productivity. The key focus is to meet
organizations' requirements to become more efficient in their product
development. With technical support, training, and production
services, TEAMWORKS provides them a total solution. Products
distributed include SolidWorks, SMARTEAM(R), CAMWorks, and
COSMOSWorks(TM). For more information, visit
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 of SolidWorks Corporation.
SMARTEAM is a registered trademark of SmarTeam Corporation Ltd.
COSMOSWorks is a trademark of Structural Research and Analysis
Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their
respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.
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