MISUMI Teams With PARTsolutions as Worldwide Strategic Technology Partner

MILFORD, OH and SCHAUMBURG, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Aug 30, 2011 -- PARTsolutions, LLC, a global provider of 3D part catalogs for manufacturers and enterprises and MISUMI Corporation, the world's largest supplier of fixed and configurable components for the manufacturing industry, today announced that PARTsolutions is the company's exclusive 3D part catalog technology partner. MISUMI exclusively leverages PARTsolutions' technology to host its 3D product configurator for its Factory Automation (FA) division's products, which integrates directly with its e-commerce solution. Combined, the solution generates $38 million in sales per month, or $460 million per year. Each month PARTsolutions is delivering more than 1,125,000 digital product files to MISUMI's worldwide customers in 67 of the more than 150 available native & neutral CAD and graphic formats. Click here to see the website in action.

"We surveyed our customers, and the #1 reason they buy from MISUMI is online CAD configuration provided by PARTsolutions," said Patrick Esposito, Marketing Manager, MISUMI USA, Inc. "MISUMI's Factory Automation configured product downloads are growing at year over year rate of 33% per month, and file downloads are growing at 49%. This is a clear indication of the importance of PARTsolutions to our customers around the world."

The current MISUMI Metric catalog contains over 3,450 product pages, offering trillions of configurable parts such as single-axis actuators, linear shafts, aluminum extrusions, linear guides, XY stages and other components for factory automation and various machine builds. To date, PARTsolutions has delivered more than 24 million digital product files to MISUMI customers. "The quantity of MISUMI product downloads available from PARTsolutions is staggering," said Esposito. "Our engineers calculated that on a one page spread for locating pins, there are 97 billion individual pins that will generate a unique part number and CAD file."

Using rules-based logic, the MISUMI sales configurator can quickly configure and download high quality product data in more than 150 native and neutral CAD and graphics formats. Product spec sheets and drawings come to life with a 3D preview of the exact product, which can be downloaded in real time to users' design applications. By providing critical information, like price and availability, in real time and enabling "add to cart" ordering, the solution also promotes e-commerce and is contributing to MISUMI's rapid growth.

"The fact that MISUMI is now leveraging PARTsolutions' technology exclusively is truly significant," said Rob Zesch, president of PARTsolutions. "It means that they're not only acknowledging the strategic business value of next generation 3D part catalog hosting, but also recognizing that our technology is the best in the industry."

The MISUMI online catalog currently supports ten languages -- including English, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Italian, French, Czech and British English -- and will continue to grow in size and scope. For more information, visit www.misumi.co.jp or www.misumiusa.com.

About PARTsolutions LLC
PARTsolutions® LLC is a leading provider of PLM solutions for next generation 3D part catalog management and hosting, delivering solutions since 1992. For large manufacturers, the PARTsolutions product suite provides centralized 3D standard part catalogs making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary 3D parts. Click here to download the 3D Part Catalog Management white paper from CIMdata, titled "A PLM Strategy to Reduce Direct Material Costs." For component manufacturers, the PARTsolutions product suite provides web hosting of 3D part catalogs to increase lead generation, and to ensure that components get "designed in" to OEM products. The PARTsolutions CAD-Native advantage provides support of over 150 native and neutral CAD and graphics formats, versions and revisions to meet the needs of your multi-CAD environment or supply chain. The PARTsolutions product suite maximizes support of your reuse and standardization initiatives to deliver measurable business growth through maximizing standard part reuse to get products to market faster with reduced cost. Information about PARTsolutions can be found at www.partsolutions.com.

About MISUMI USA, Inc.
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, MISUMI USA, Inc. was established in 1988 as a Subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, a part of the MISUMI Group ( TOKYO: 9962). MISUMI USA, Inc. is a leading supplier of fixed and configurable components such as single-axis actuators, linear shafts, aluminum extrusions, linear guides, XY stages and other components for factory automation and various machine builds. For a complete list of available components, please visit: www.misumiusa.com.

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