TactonWorks Boosts Customer Response Capability for Berg Propulsion

Berg Propulsion combines its 3D CAD capabilities with a leading configuration system to offer customers a comprehensive draft design service at the touch of a button.

Stockholm, Sweden - March 21, 2007 - Tacton Systems, a global vendor of configuration software, announced today that Berg Propulsion AB has implemented TactonWorks in its SolidWorks 3D applications to support its sales force and speed the process of providing customized marine propeller solutions.

Berg Propulsion is one of the world's leading designers and producers of Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and Tunnel Thrusters for use in merchant shipping. Since almost all ship designs are unique, a lot of work goes into designing the shaft and propeller arrangement for the combination of hull, engine, and propeller.

Berg Propulsion has previously used AutoCAD to produce the individual 2D drawings for customer approval and manufacturing, a manual process that could take a week. It has now automated this process by using TactonWorks in SolidWorks instead, allowing the interactive engineering-to-order of complete 3D designs simply by defining the customer's requirements, and reviewing how the design changes for each selection.

The company has been working with 2D ACAD together with its own basic version of a configurator. In 2001 they started with 3D design using SolidWorks. The added complexity of upgrading to 3D design, plus the increasing number of choices in product elements and customer constraints, meant that the company had been looking for a means of streamlining and boosting the flexibility of the design phase of its propulsion systems.

"With such an infinitely variable range of options to cope with, the TactonWorks/SolidWorks solution provides us with the ideal way to generate drawings automatically. It gains a lot of time, and ensures a specification system that is virtually error-free," says Anders Thoresson, Technical Manager, Berg Propulsion AB.

For more information, contact:

Tacton Systems
Klas Orsvarn, Executive Vice President, R&D
Telephone: +46 (0)8 690 07 50
Cell: +46 (0)70 657 58 70
E-mail: klas.orsvarn@tacton.com

Berg Propulsion
Anders Thoresson, Technical Manager
Telephone: +46 (0) 31 976 524
Email: anders.thoresson@bergpropulsion.com

About Tacton Systems

Tacton is a global vendor of sales configuration software and services, with channel partners around the world. Tacton Configurator Solution enables effective selling of customized products whether online or from a PC at the point of sale. Tacton Configurator can be tightly integrated with any existing system and has standard integrations with leading e-Commerce, ERP, CRM, PLM and CAD systems. Tacton's solutions are used by customers including GE Healthcare, Ericsson, ABB, Black Box, Pentair Water, Hoffman Enclosures, Mod-Pac, FlaktWoods and Albany Door Systems.
For more information: www.tacton.com

About Berg Propulsion AB
Berg Propulsion is a privately-owned company specializing in the design and manufacture of controllable pitch propeller solutions for use in shipping. The company, which was originally founded in 1928, has built more than 5000 controllable pitch propellers for the mid-tonnage range in merchant and industrial shipping around the world. For more information: www.bergpropulsion.se

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