MLC CAD Systems Facilitates Ultra Electronics’ Transition to SolidWorks

Industrial Instrument Manufacturer Converts from 2D to 3D to Improve Efficiencies, Assure On-Time Delivery of Products

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 8, 2010 — MLC CAD Systems announces it is providing software and services to support Ultra Electronics Nuclear Sensors & Process Instrumentation’s (NSPI) implementation of SolidWorks 3D mechanical CAD and simulation software. The international defense and aerospace company has purchased SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation tools in addition to training and implementation services from MLC CAD Systems.

Round Rock, TX-based Ultra Electronics NSPI offers products that range from custom-designed, high-volume temperature sensors for OEM applications to high-performance products for the nuclear power generation and industrial automation markets. Ultra Electronics’ products deliver critical measurements for the nuclear power and energy industries. The company’s temperature and pressure sensors and fiber-optic converters and switches are used in nuclear, process automation and control, and aerospace and military applications.

The company has built a successful niche in its market by offering its customers innovative, customized solutions to a wide range of platforms and programs. As the company has grown, it has recognized the importance of integrating advanced 3D mechanical design and simulation technology into its design process to cut design cycle time and improve efficiencies. Configuration management, advanced simulation functionality, photorealistic renderings of products models, and ease of migration from AutoCAD were among the company’s top criteria for a new design system.

Picking the Right Partner is as Important as the Right Solution

Ultra Electronics ultimately chose to partner with MLC CAD Systems, a SolidWorks Value-Added Reseller with offices throughout the Southern U.S. and headquartered in Austin, TX, to help the company implement SolidWorks 3D design and simulation software and to ease the transition from AutoCAD.

“Our experience with MLC CAD Systems has been very positive,” says Mark McCray, vice president of Engineering at Ultra Electronics. “We were immediately impressed with their knowledge, professionalism and willingness to help us find the best solution to meet the needs of our customers. The comprehensive training provided by MLC CAD Systems exceeded our users’ expectations. MLC CAD Systems has been responsive to our needs through every stage of our implementation and continues to provide outstanding support.”

By converting its design process from 2D AutoCAD to SolidWorks 3D mechanical CAD systems, the company hopes to assure on-time delivery of its products to customers; improve overall efficiency by reducing hand calculations for analysis and manual drawing creation; and improve quality and product performance through increased analysis and simulation testing.

“Converting from a 2D drawing-based design system to a 3D solid modeling system can be a scary process for some companies,” says MLC CAD Systems President Dennis Hill. “With our extensive knowledge of SolidWorks solutions, we can help ease Ultra Electronics’ transition to solid modeling, avoid legacy data conversion headaches, train its engineers to simulate models using integrated analysis capabilities, and help the entire team to become productive much faster.”

About MLC CAD Systems. Founded in 1982, MLC CAD Systems is a value-added reseller of industry-leading solutions for manufacturing, design, analysis, data publishing, and data management. The company’s experienced team of industry professionals offer real-world, hands-on expertise in implementing a wide variety of solutions, including Mastercam, SolidWorks, SolidWorks Simulation, 3DVIA Composer, SolidWorks Sustainability, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. With offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston TX; Stillwater, OK; New Orleans, LA; Birmingham and Huntsville, AL; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Phoenix and Tempe, AZ; and Saltillo, MX; MLC CAD Systems is one of the largest and most well-respected companies in CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM, and PLM industry.

About Ultra Electronics, Nuclear Sensors & Process Instrumentation. Founded in 1968, Ultra Electronics, NSPI business unit (formerly Weed Instrument Co., Inc.) has designed and manufactured products that deliver critical measurements for nuclear power, energy, and many other industries. The company, headquartered in Round Rock, TX, specializes in temperature and pressure sensors and fiber-optic converters and switches for use in nuclear, process automation and control, and aerospace and military applications.


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