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24 August 2004

Implementation Investments

Anderson Power Products Applies Kubotek KeyCreator to Accelerate Integrated Product Design Process

Kubotek USA ( ) announced it has received a contract renewal for software upgrades from Anderson Power Products® (APP) of Sterling, MA, a supplier in the design and manufacture of high power interconnects and accessories. Anderson purchased, installed and is working with the latest version of Kubotek® KeyCreatorT (formerly CADKEY®), geometry-based design and modeling technology.

"We chose KeyCreator for the flexibility that is not available through any parametric-based solid modeler," said Danna Mancini, Anderson's manager of engineering services. "KeyCreator can be used for both very simple and very complex modeling applications. Its interface is much more intuitive, and the detailing and 2D functionality are far superior to other products. The new generic move and generic edit features alone were worth the upgrade. Right now we are using it to design a new product for a major telecommunications firm, one of our biggest customers."

A long time CADKEY user, APP has established a reputation for high-quality products, on-time deliveries and excellent customer service, drawing on more than 120 years of experience in designing and manufacturing versatile high power, hot-pluggable, interconnect products.

Kubotek solutions are an important part of that process. For example, APP used Kubotek solutions to help bring one of its newest products, the SBE 700 Connector, to market, including product specification, the design of the product and the machinery to produce it. Finally, the software also provided image captures to create artwork for the marketing and sales teams to use.

Kubotek KeyCreator builds on the heritage of CADKEY. KeyCreator combines both the latest in geometry-based design and modeling technology, and a legacy of success in helping customers in the design of tooling, complex machinery, fixtures, molds, dies in a multitude of product development industries including automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, sports equipment, medical device, and many more.

The KeyCreator creation engineering product line includes multidimensional design and drafting, NC programming and reverse engineering capabilities. The expanding product line features the company's unique geometry-based foundation with localized feature editing and sophisticated deformation techniques. These capabilities are particularly useful for design teams working with advanced designs of solid models because KeyCreator blends surface, solids and wireframe modeling, allowing easy modification and editing functionality.

Anderson Power Products is a leader in developing high quality, low cost power interconnect solutions for several industries, including: Back Up Power Systems, Electrical Recreational Vehicles, UPS Systems, Telecommunications and High-Technology Devices. Visit Anderson at


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