Nearly half of CAD Downloads result in at least one order

3D CAD Downloads Drive Purchases and Supplier Selection

Nearly half of CAD Downloads result in at least one order

SAN JOSE, California, August 15, 2007 - Catalog Data Solutions (CDS), a leading provider of online CAD Download, Catalog and Configurator tools for industrial suppliers and distributors, today announced the results of a user survey conducted for J.W. Winco, Inc. CAD download customers.

J.W. Winco Inc. provides a comprehensive selection of quality metal and plastic, metric and inch size standard machine components and assembly hardware. These modernly designed, ergonomically shaped standard components bring a 21st century look, function and feel to customer equipment.

As one survey responder, Daniel M Smith of the Goodrich Corporation said, “I am a designer, and I dictate where the parts are purchased from. If you have the CAD model I want, you get the sale. It is just that simple.”

“Since implementing the CDS CAD solution in February of 2006, we are already seeing an average of over 850 downloads/month from our 18,000 CAD model library,” said John Winkler, J.W. Winco CEO, Office of the President. ”We and CDS wanted to find out what those CAD download customers thought – our survey revealed many terrific insights and we’re delighted to share some of these:”

• 96% rated the usability of the JW Winco E-Store and 3D-CAD acceptable or better;
• On average designers said that nearly half of downloaded 3D-CAD models result in at least one order for that part;
• 3D-CAD models save design time for 95% of designers (on average over ¾ hour per model and 9% of their total annual design time);
• For 94% 3D-CAD model downloads help ensure design accuracy and minimize CAD errors;
• For 82% downloadable 3D-CAD models get their designs to market faster;
• 75% thought that 3D-CAD model downloads are important, very or extremely important in their selection of a supplier;
• If a vendor doesn’t offer 3D-CAD downloads – at least 40% of designers will search for an equivalent part from another vendor that does offer CAD downloads.

“This very positive customer feedback is gratifying for J.W. Winco and CDS,” said John Major, CEO Catalog Data Solutions. “87% agree or strongly agree that ‘offering downloadable CAD models online will become essential’ for the manufacturing industry. This is more irrefutable evidence that online 3D-CAD models are a vital sales and marketing tool for all industrial suppliers and distributors. By providing downloadable 3D CAD models of products, industrial suppliers save design engineers valuable time and make it easier for their products to be selected over competitors’ products. In return their parts are ‘locked and loaded’ into new designs, and enjoy sales in proportion to the sales success of those designs. The first step is to get downloadable part models online in multiple CAD formats, the second to ensure they are easily found – both by specification/attribute-based catalog search on your web site and in design engineering portals. This is the best business-to-business (B2B) ecommerce lead generation available for industrial suppliers – the process reaches the true decision maker, the design engineer, ahead of the traditional buying process - and buyers rarely change what the engineer has spec’d.”

Studies show that over 90% of designers and engineers now use the Internet to locate components for their new designs. Catalog Data Solutions helps industrial suppliers and distributors grow sales and strengthen customer loyalty through interactive online catalogs, ecommerce, 3D CAD model delivery and product configurator solutions.

About J.W. Winco, Inc.

J.W. Winco, established in May of 1978, provides a comprehensive selection of quality metal and plastic, metric and inch size standard machine components and assembly hardware. With over 16,000 items in stock, the majority of orders are shipped within 24 hours. They are ISO 9001: 2000 certified. From their in-house manufacturing facility they also offer complete secondary machining of standard machine components, special custom manufactured component parts, assembly, special labeling and kit packaging. For more information, visit www.jwwinco.com .


About Catalog Data Solutions (CDS)

Founded in 2005 with headquarters in San Jose, CA Catalog Data Solutions enables online marketing by industrial suppliers. The solution covers any complexity or breadth of products and integrates into existing websites and other software. The CDS solution interactively delivers the technical information needed for industrial products to be specified into new engineering designs and enables the best B2B ecommerce lead generation available for industrial suppliers. For more information, including product data sheets, case studies and whitepapers please visitwww.catalogdatasolutions.com.