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issue: April 2006 APPLIANCE Magazine

Engineering Refrigerators
Building A Monument


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Sub-Zero engineers a "monument to food preservation" using SolidWorks(R) software.

Sub-Zero Freezer Company used SolidWorks(R) software to create the Sub-Zero PRO 48, its largest refrigerator/freezer combination. The appliance offers almost 30 cubic feet of space. It features wall-to-wall stainless steel and integrated LED lighting throughout the interior. Sub-Zero calls it a "monument to food preservation."

"There's a lot of technology in the PRO 48," said Sub-Zero Senior Drafter John Andrews, a winner of the SolidWorks 2005 Design Contest for the PRO 48's sheet metal design. "SolidWorks 3D CAD software helps us take elegant concepts from our industrial designers and quickly prepare them for manufacturing, exchanging files seamlessly." Andrews saw benefits from the software's capability to automatically update assemblies with each dimension adjustment. The software's sheet metal design capabilities let the company make parts they way they want them to look, as opposed to predicting the final shape of a flat-pattern design.

Sub-Zero (Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.) recently purchased additional licenses of SolidWorks to support its strong growth, including a new 300,000 square-foot plant in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. "We've standardized on SolidWorks software because of its user-friendly interface, minimal training requirements, and enhanced administrative capabilities, all of which help us meet increasing demand for our world-class products," said Jason Lindgren, Sub-Zero's engineering systems manager.

SolidWorks Corporation is a business unit of Dassault Systemes S.A. (Paris). Sub-Zero said that as design data accumulates, it will use Dassault Systemes' SmarTeam(R) product data management software to manage part, product and revision files across all Sub-Zero's engineering, production and service locations. Sub-Zero relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller CATI (Buffalo Grove, Illinois, U.S.) for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

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