Improving Lifesaving Rescue Equipment with SOLIDWORKS Software.


Holmatro, Inc

The Company 

Quickly freeing victims from the twisted wreckage of car crashes often means the difference between life and death. Firefighters and other rescue personnel need access to advanced hydraulic-powered rescue tools and equipment—such as cutters, spreaders, and rams—to remove entrapped victims so medical professionals can treat their injuries and, in many cases, save lives. Providing rescuers with the most innovative and technologically advanced tools and equipment is the goal of Holmatro, Inc.

A global leader in developing and manufacturing high-pressure hydraulic products for the rescue, marine, and industrial equipment markets, Holmatro operates design and manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands and United States, with additional offices in China and the United Kingdom. 

The Challenge

Develop hydraulic systems for rescue, marine, and industrial applications more quickly and cost-effectively.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS 3D design software to improve visualization, increase innovation, and enhance communication.

The Result

  • Reduced design adaptation time by 66 percent
  • Cut prototype iterations by 33 percent
  • Reduced UL testing time by 25 percent
  • Introduced a breakthrough product innovation

"With SOLIDWORKS software, we can easily adapt a single design to work with 30 different products. It used to take us three times as long to prepare a design for manufacturing. The software makes us more efficient and allows us to collaborate more effectively with our colleagues in the netherlands."

Eric Marquess
Engineering Manager