February 2015

The internet has come a long way since the days of Prodigy and AOL, back when a website was a digital version of a business’ brochure. Sure, all of the facts were there, and all of the bases were covered: “About Us,” “What We Do”, and “Contact US.” But, in the twenty or so years since, people have come to expect much more from your website.

Zipatec GmbH & Co. KG has been relying on CADENAS' PARTcommunity embedded technology since 2014. With this ingenious solution in the field of electronic product catalogs, the complete 3D CAD download portal, based on CADENAS' eCATALOGsolutions technology, was integrated seamlessly into Zi-patec’s website in the course of improving Zipatec’s web presence.

Bishop Wisecarver (BWC) has launched an all-new digital product catalog, built by CADENAS. The catalog was the result of numerous customer requests for models in a wider variety of native CAD formats. In addition to meeting customer demands, the BWC digital product catalog will serve as a primary driver of marketing data with a direct integration to their Pardot marketing automation software.

CADENAS organized the 16th Industry-Forum at the IHK in Augsburg, Germany on 4 and 5 February 2015. In 20 best practice presentations, about 200 international participants from the mechanical, plant, and electrical engineering sector informed themselves about innovations and trends regarding the topics Strategic Parts Management and Electronic Product Catalogs.

In December 2014 the new eCl@ss version 9.0 was published. Since the release new subject areas have been provided and integrated into the standard. CADENAS is an authorized eCl@ss IT service provider and supports the new eCl@ss version 9.0. As of now, users of the Strategic Parts Management system PARTsolutions have access to eCl@ss 9.0 standard parts classified according to DIN/EN/ISO.

The new PARTcloud function to create 3D HTML graphics for websites enjoys great popularity. Under www.partcloud.net users can convert self-designed 3D CAD models in a STEP or STL format into a WebGL 3D HTML graphic and afterwards integrate it into their website in only three easy steps.

CADENAS had a record year helping manufacturers deliver more than 106,000,000 digital product models to their customers. CADENAS clients have seen a 23% increase in digital part downloads over 2013, representing more than $83.2 Billion in estimated sales of industrial components.