CONCORD, Mass., Jan. 29, 2007 — Shanghai Electric Group, a $3.7 billion electrical equipment company, held a seven-month SolidWorks 3D Design Contest involving 270 product designers and 42 of its subsidiaries. The goal was to study and improve existing production processes, promote innovation, and raise the company’s overall design skills. Shanghai Electric Group also organized the contest to give its technical staff an opportunity to hone their skills on SolidWorks software.
Top Honors were awarded to one of the company’s subsidiaries for designing a 600-megawatt, supercritical steam turbine reheat valve series using SolidWorks software. At the end of the contest, Shanghai Electric selected SolidWorks as its standard 3D CAD solution.
“The SolidWorks 3D Design Contest helped Shanghai Electric Group create an environment that encourages innovation,” said Shanghai Electric CEO, Huang Dinan. “It took us to a higher level by giving our employees realistic challenges, which in the end enhanced their ability to use the software to its greatest potential.”
Shanghai Electric purchased over 100 SolidWorks licenses for its engineering academy and design teams, which develop products from elevators to fossil fuel generators. The company believes that SolidWorks will strengthen its market leadership by increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and making it possible to share information between design groups. It will acquire additional licenses as part of a multi-year strategy to make SolidWorks the preferred 3D CAD platform.
SolidWorks will work with Shanghai Electric Group to develop training programs for engineers so they can learn how to model and develop specialized parts, component libraries, and other tools. SolidWorks will also coordinate a program to teach engineers how to train other engineers at the company’s subsidiaries.
“Shanghai Electric is one of the largest manufacturers in one of the fastest growing markets in the world,” said SolidWorks Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Ray. “Standardizing on SolidWorks gives it the power to dramatically reduce design time and costs while exploring new design options to meet its customers’ needs and continuing to grow.”
Shanghai Electric Group relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller, Sino Consultant, for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
About Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd
Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd., is the largest Chinese enterprise that designs, manufactures, and sells mechanical and electrical equipment. It has products in more than 10 industries, including power generation, transmission, and distribution equipment; industrial automation equipment; digitally controlled machinery; package and print machinery; rail communication equipment; air conditioning and refrigerating equipment; environmental protection equipment; engineering power machinery; heavy mineral equipment; elevators, and more.
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