Absolute Machinery Chooses Onshape for Industrial Equipment Design

Massachusetts company says cloud CAD’s real-time collaboration tools improve communication between its facilities in U.S. and China

Massachusetts company says cloud CAD’s real-time collaboration tools improve communication between its facilities in U.S. and China

Cambridge, Massachusetts (October 31, 2018)

Absolute Machinery, which provides plastic injection molding machinery, robotic equipment, and integrated systems to the North American manufacturing market, has chosen Onshape as its primary CAD system.  Onshape is the only CAD system that combines advanced 3D modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace.

“We used to be primarily a distributor of industrial equipment, but we now provide a lot more value-added engineering functions,” says Mike Ortolano, Chief Technical Officer and one of the owners of Absolute. “We use a lot of web-based tools at our company because we have a facility in China, one in Ohio and another one we’re building in South Carolina. It’s important for us to be all on the same page and for management to have visibility across the business.”

“When we were using workstation-based CAD, it was tough for me to look closely at any of our projects. Now with Onshape, I can always see what everybody is working on, and always be confident it is the latest, most up-to-date version,” he says.

“We’re delighted to help Absolute streamline its operations around the world,” says John McEleney, co-founder of Onshape. “It’s gratifying to see Absolute’s engineers validate the value of a modern CAD system with data management at its core – versus treating data management as some kind of clunky afterthought.”

Absolute is also finding Onshape valuable to employees beyond its core engineering and installation teams. The company regularly uses Onshape’s configurations feature to quickly generate 3D models for sales prospects. By plugging field measurements into the configuration tool, the sales team is able to create more accurate system proposals and deliver them much faster.

“When a customer wants a quote, you want to waste as little time as possible,” Ortolano says. “I’ve heard from colleagues that they sometimes wait a couple of weeks for a quote. If somebody asks us for a proposal and they want a quick concept on a standard work cell, they’re getting it fast, often on the same day. Onshape helps us move faster.”

Ortolano envisions that Absolute service teams will soon use Onshape’s mobile apps to help assemble machinery, robots and integrated systems onsite for customers.

“Having immediate access to Onshape CAD models on phones and tablets will be especially important in the field,” adds Ortolano. “Whenever a customer adds on an option, they’re understandably in a rush to get up and running fast. Having the 3D models readily accessible will make a huge difference.”


About Absolute Machinery

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Absolute Machinery sells, services and customizes plastic injection molding machinery and auxiliary equipment for manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada. The company also integrates robotic systems with injection molding machines to create flexible production workcells.  

Absolute Machinery is part of the Absolute Group of Companies, which also includes Absolute Haitian, and Absolute Robot.

For more information, visit AbsoluteMachinery.com or contact sales@absolutemachinery.com.

About Onshape

Onshape is a next-generation SaaS design platform that speeds up product development. It’s an all-in-one system that combines CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, analytics, admin tools, and an API with more than 50 engineering applications. Onshape helps extended design teams work together faster and helps executives make better business decisions with real-time analytics and unprecedented visibility into their company’s design and manufacturing processes.

Founded in 2012, Onshape was acquired by PTC in November 2019 and will operate as a SaaS business unit within the company. For more information, visit onshape.com/press-room.

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